Commissioner De Gucht to open trade negotiations with Moldova and Georgia


EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is travelling to Moldova and Georgia on 27 and 28 February to launch negotiations on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA) between the EU and the two countries. A press release said the Commissioner would launch the free trade area negotiations together with the countries' political leaders and confirm the parameters within which the lead negotiators will operate.
Meetings in Moldova are scheduled with Acting President Marian Lupu and Prime Minister Vladimir Filat. In Georgia, Commissioner De Gucht will meet Prime Minister NikaGilauri, the press release said.
"The free trade area will be a key vehicle to advance Moldova's and Georgia's trade and economic ties with the EU", said De Gucht, adding: "I am confident that these negotiations will move ahead swiftly and pave the way to closer economic ties with the EU. The opening of negotiations confirms the EU's commitment to deepen progressive economic integration and political association with our Eastern Partners."
The Commissioner's visit takes place ahead of the first negotiation rounds scheduled for 19-23 March (Moldova) and 26-30 March 2012 (Georgia), and follows the first technical preparatory meetings between the parties, which took place on 18 January (Moldova) and 31 January 2012 (Georgia).
The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas will be part of the Association Agreements currently being negotiated with Georgia and Moldova, which aim to significantly deepen political association and economic integration with these Eastern Partner countries. (ENPI Info Centre)
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EU Delegation to Moldova


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