In the context of the European Neighborhood Policy, Georgia and Moldova are in the process of negotiating an Association Agreement (AA) with the EU to replace the current Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA). A Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), underpinned by regulatory approximation, will be part of this AA. This study supports the negotiation process by analyzing how the trade and trade-related provisions of the DCFTA will affect economic, social and environmental developments in Georgia and Moldova, as well as in the EU.
European Commission (2012). Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment in support of negotiations of a DCFTA between the EU and Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. ECORYS-CASE, Rotterdam
The paper discusses the mode and direction of the country’s economic development and offers analysis of the two fundamentally different development models of Singapore and the EU in the context of Georgia. Next, the paper reviews the background of launching DCFTA negotiations and the level of the former governing elite’s commitment to the reforms required under DCFTA process. Finally, it discusses the EU’s various programmes in Georgia and the extent to which these programs have influenced the reform process in the country.
Khuntsaria, T. (2012). Prospect of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) – Is there a European Way for Georgia? Center for Social Sciences, Tbilisi