The EU decided to start negotiations on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Georgia and Moldova in early 2012, the EU Commission announced. The DCFTA will be an integral part of association agreements which EU negotiates with the two countries since 2010. The aim af the DCFTA is to foster mutual trade by lifting barriers to trade as well as by introducing EU norms and standards in third countries. Creation of DCFTA leads to third countries integration with EU internal market, and is supposed to contribute to their development.
Signing association agreemets which include DCFTA has been the principal goal of the Eastern Partnership. So far the EU has pursued negotaitions on DCFTA only with Ukraine.
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