between the European Union,
Georgia and Moldova


Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs)

About the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) between the European Union, Georgia and Moldova:

Since 2014, the European Union (EU) has in place a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTAs) with Georgia and Moldova. The DCFTAs are the economic and trade pillars of the EU-Georgia and the EU-Moldova Association Agreements (AAs). The general purpose of the AAs is to deepen political association and economic integration between the EU and its associated partners. To achieve this objective, the DCFTAs provide far-reaching and progressive regulatory approximation to EU law in trade-related areas and foresee gradual reciprocal market opening. With these distinctive components they go beyond the ‘new generation’ FTAs and represent “a unique type of trade agreements”.

ex-post evaluation

About the ex-post evaluation of the DCFTAs:

The European Commission, the Directorate-General (DG) for Trade has commissioned a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) to undertake an ex-post evaluation of the implementation and impact of the DCFTAs. The evaluation will be carried out between February 2021 and July 2022 in cooperation with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), based in Chisinau and Reformatics based in Tbilisi. The ex-post assessment will analyse the economic, social and environmental, and human rights (including labour rights) effects which the DCFTAs have had since their application.

DCFTA Roadmap

Study Timeline

February 18 2021

Kick-off meeting

April 19 2021

Inception Report

October 2021

Interim Reports

March 2021 - February 2022

Stakeholders' Consultations

March 2022

Draft final reports

July 2022

Study completion



CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)

Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 (0) 2 229 39 11
Fax: +32 (0) 2 894 49 39

email: dcftas.ex-post@ceps.eu


    The study is financed by the European Commission and executed by a consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Any views expressed on this website are those of CEPS and do not represent an official view of the European Union.