This handbook explains in readily comprehensible language what the new Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia means in legal, political and economic terms. This treaty is a milestone in the history of Georgia's place in Europe, and definitively marks the country's post-Soviet independence. It is also a new model treaty for the EU’s relations with its closest neighbours.

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Table of Contents

Preface / Summary / Part I: Political principles, the rule of law and foreign policy 1. Political principles / 2. Rule of law and movement of people / 3. Foreign and security policy / Part II: Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area / 4. Market access for goods / 5. Trade remedies / 6. Customs and trade facilitation / 7. Technical standards for industrial goods / 8. Food safety regulations / 9. Services / 10. Public procurement / 11. Intellectual property rights / 12. Competition policy / 13. Statistics / Part III: Economic cooperation / 14. Macroeconomic context and financial assistance / 15. Financial services / 16. Transport / 17. Energy / 18. Environment / 19. Digital sector / 20. Consumer protection / 21. Company law / 22. Agriculture / 23. Employment and social policy / 24. Education, training and culture / 25. Science and technology / 26. EU agencies and programmes / 27. Cross-border cooperation / 28. Civil society / Part IV: Legal and institutional provisions / 27. Dispute settlement / 28. Institutional provisions

Author Bio

Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.

Tamara Kovziridze is co-founder of Reformatics in Tbilisi. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Heidelberg and a PhD from the Free University of Brussels. Her research interests include economic regulations, European integration and federalism. In 2004-2012, she held senior positions in the Government of Georgia, including as negotiator with the WTO and EU.