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The European Union and Georgia have completed negotiations over a future Association Agreement

On the 22nd of July 2013 the European Union (EU) and Georgia completed negotiations over a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) as part of a future Association Agreement between the two. The text of this Association Agreement is now completely agreed and is ready to be initialed.

The Association Agreement will increase Georgia's political association and phased economic integration with the European Union. Taking into account the fact that the Agreement provides for a high level of rapprochement with the European Union and its legislation, the process of Georgia's Europeanization will become irreversible.

The EU and Georgia held 14 plenary meetings during negotiations over the Association Agreement; the two also conducted 6 rounds of negotiations and more than 100 video press-conferences on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Ms Catherine Ashton, and the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Štefan Füle, made a joint statementon the completion of negotiations over the future Association Agreement with Georgia:

"We look forward to the initialing of the Association Agreement at the next Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place in Vilnius on 29 November 2013, and to the subsequent signing of the Agreement as soon as the technical procedures are completed.

For both the European Union and Georgia this is a very important milestone, opening the way to comprehensive modernization and reform based upon shared values, political association, and economic integration with the European Union. This Agreement will have a direct impact on daily life and will bring Georgia and all its citizens closer to the European Union. It will build on existing strong co-operation between the EU and Georgia on international issues.

We congratulate all those on both sides who contributed to this excellent result. During meetings with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze yesterday we expressed our appreciation for the commitment of the Georgian negotiating teams who have worked with dedication and energy since the talks began in 2010."

26 July 2013

Press and Information Department

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