Economic Feasibility, General Economic Impact and Implications of a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Georgia
254 Pages Posted: 20 May 2009 Last revised: 26 Oct 2010
Date Written: May 11, 2009
The aim of this study is to evaluate the economic feasibility and implications of free trade agreement between the EU and Georgia as well as of greater regional integration. The study uses a mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis along with surveys, sectoral studies and local expert knowledge. Overall we conclude that a free trade agreement between Georgia and the EU is feasible, since Georgia has already taken liberalising measures going considerably beyond a classic Simple FTA and on the other hand Georgia benefits from the EU GSP . We analyze the range of scenarios for deep integration that show the benefits of the various degrees of integration. The greatest benefits would accrue with a Deep FTA scenario involving a significant approximation of law along the priorities of the ENP Action Plan for Georgia coupled with additional flanking measures on e.g. competition and corruption and their effective implementation, which would mean a re-branding of Georgia as a safe and attractive investment location.
Keywords: European Neighborhood Policy, free trade agreement, institutional harmonization, EU, Georgia
JEL Classification: F15, F12, O13, P48, G21
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