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    EU May Sign Kosovo Association Agreement Next Week

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    The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo will likely be signed next week, a source at the European Parliament said Wednesday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Earlier, a source at the European Council told RIA Novosti that the legal framework on signing the SAA initialed in July 2014 was at the final stage of preparation, however, the timing of the signing was not specified.

    "The document is expected to be signed next week," the source told RIA Novosti.

    Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, and has been recognized by 108 UN member states, while Serbia considers Kosovo to be part of its territory. Dozens more countries, including Russia and Spain, do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

    In March 2011, Pristina and Belgrade launched EU-facilitated reconciliation talks.

    The SAA is aimed at bringing the level of economic development, living standards and regulatory framework of a country aspiring to join the European Union to EU levels.


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