On January 27, EESC together with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union organized a discussion “DCFTA Implementation in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities”.
During the event two recent studies analysing DCFTA implementation and effects to Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian economies were presented. Following introductory remarks by HE Jovita Neliupšienė, Lithuanian Ambassador to the European Union, where she stressed an important role DCFTA plays in strengthening links between the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU, EESC political analyst Dovilė Šukytė together with Iurii Vdovenko, project expert, Center for Cross-border Cooperation (Ukraine), presented analytical study “Economic Challenges of Ukraine and Moldova on the Way to EU” (also available in Russian). The study is a product of EESC together with Moldovan and Ukrainian partners implemented project seeking to analyse the difficulties Moldova and Ukraine face when implementing the Association Agreements with the EU and to provide practical advice based on the transitional experience of the Central and Easter Europe.
Sergiu Mihailov, Executive Director, Pro Cooperare Regionala (ProCoRe, Moldova) presented the second study “DCFTAs: Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs”, which evaluates the impact of DCFTA implementation on Georgian, Moldovan and Ukrainian small and medium businesses operating in agriculture sector and rural areas.
Presentations were followed by the remarks of Petras Auštrevičius, MEP (ALDE), Member of AFET, DROI, European Parliament, and Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Adviser for External Policies, Cabinet of the President, European Parliament, and discussion with the audience.
Both studies were supported by the EaP CSF re-granting mechanism seeking to contribute to the objectives of the EaP CSF Working Group 2 “Economic Integration and Convergence with the EU Policies” and to enable the participation of the EaP civil society in the economy-related decision making processes. More about the event here.