EU anticipates early signature of AA with Georgia

Georgia is supposed to sign an Association Agreement with the EU in June, 2014. Photo by RFE/RL, 15 Apr 2014 - 13:30, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union has reaffirmed its support for political association and economic integration with Georgia.

After its meeting in Luxemburg on Monday, the EU Council said the organization was positively anticipating the early signature of the Association Agreement (AA), including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA) with Georgia and Moldova no later than June 2014.

"It recalls that such association and integration is compatible with enhanced relations of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova with all their partners,” the Council stated.

The EU representatives said the organisation was confident that further deepening of EU-Georgia relations would have a positive impact on stability and socio-economic development, which would benefit all the citizens in the country.

"The EU encourages Georgia and the Republic of Moldova to continue implementing reforms as part of their commitment to further strengthen the political association and economic integration with the EU,” the Council concluded.

Yesterday, the EU representatives to Tbilisi issued a document that described the benefits and myths surrounding the AA and DCFTA agreements in Georgia. The document gave a detailed explanation for each myth and stereotype about the AA and said it would contribute to a significantly more prosperous Georgia.