Integrating into the EU
“On June 27, 2014, the European Union signed Association Agreements with Georgia and the Republic of Moldova and completed the signature process with Ukraine — each providing for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
This was an important moment for the EU and the countries concerned. The agreements significantly deepened political and economic ties between the signatories with a long-term perspective of closer political association and economic integration.
The association agreements aim to integrate these countries gradually into the EU’s internal market, the largest single market in the world. This entails creating a DCFTA between the EU and each of these countries.
Much work remains on domestic reforms. The EU and each country will cooperate on strengthening the rule of law, advancing judicial reforms, fighting corruption, ensuring respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and strengthening democratic institutions...”
Excerpt from Irina Tsertsvadze and Natia Kalandarishvili, “Integrating into the EU,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 1, 2015: 46-49.
Irina Tsertsvadze works for the Georgian Public Service, where she conducts public relations for the Committee on European Integration of the Georgian Parliament. Her work experience includes covering news for the Georgian Public Broadcaster and the Voice of America Georgian Service in Washington, D.C., in 2009-2010. She is a Moscow State University graduate and is pursuing a doctorate in political science at Tbilisi Ilia State University.
Natia Kalandarishvili is head of the International Relations Department at Tbilisi City Hall. Prior to that, she served at various Georgian ministries and is an expert on European and Euro-Atlantic integration. She studied international relations and law at Tbilisi State University and was recently accepted into the Marshall Center’s Master in International Security Studies program.
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