EU leaders congratulate Georgia, Moldova on signing EU pact

29 November 2013 12:53
(QHA) - EU leaders have congratulated Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan as initialing of association and free trade agreements with the countries had been completed at Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. No mention has been made of Ukraine, Radio Free Europe reports. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has called the initialing of the association agreements by Moldova and Georgia the evidence that the Eastern Partnership was working and bringing results, reports Interfax-Ukraine. "Today, Europe has become broader. The signing is only a symbol of the hard work, which remains to be done. Strong political commitments are needed to make this process irreversible," she said. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, welcomed the initialing of the accords. "I am delighted to stand here today to witness a very important event, the initialing of the Association agreements and the related DCFTAs [free trade accord] with Georgia and Moldova. This is an important milestone -- it [marks] the start of the new phase in our relationship," Barroso said. As reported, the EU and officials of the two countries on November 29 separately initialed the last pages of their association agreements, setting the stage for the two former Soviet states to sign formal EU association agreements in the future.