Vashadze: Georgia took a step into the EU
According to the Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, Georgia took a step forward towards the EU. As reported by "Georgia News", this was how the Minister commented the EU decision to start negotiations with Tbilisi on the Agreement on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
"The statement about the decision to start negotiations was made in Brussels. I want to express great satisfaction and to emphasize that Georgia has made a step forward towards European integration", said Vashadze.
He recalled that the EU has decided to launch negotiations on free trade with the two countries - Georgia and Moldova - on the eve. The first round of these talks will be held in early 2012.
Agreement on a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement is part of the Associate Agreement of Georgia with the European Union. In turn, it is part of the initiative "Eastern Partnership" on the political and economic rapprochement of six countries of the former Soviet Union - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus - with the EU.