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Kosovo Signs Association Deal With EU in First Step to Entry

  • Deal will lead to `much-needed' job creation in Balkan state
  • EU will give Kosovo 646 million euros to support overhaul

Kosovo signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union, taking the first step toward membership with a deal aimed at boosting trade and investment.

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa signed the accord with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Strasbourg on Tuesday, the 28-member trading bloc said in a statement on its website. Kosovo, which announced independence from Serbia in 2008, is the last country to emerge from the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia to sign the accord.