Georgia and EU agreeing upon associated membership
Georgia and European Union are conducting negotiations on associated membership, - Novosti Georgia reports.
The fifth plenary session on the associated agreement starts working in Tbilisi.
The Georgian delegation is headed at the meeting by Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Tornike Gordadze.
"When the associated agreement comes into force it will replace the existing bilateral agreements on partnership and cooperation", - Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze remarked.
Last year, the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union approved of the negotiations format, having issued a mandate to European Commission for conducting negotiations on concluding bilateral agreements on an association between EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Negotiations were officially opened with the participation of the president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili and EU High Commissioner for International Affairs and Safety Policy, First Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton.