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Have you ever wondered about possibilities of further integration with the EU for countries in Europe’s neighbourhood? What are the tools that can be used to enhance trade relations and economic integration with the EU, or to or to enable non-EU companies to operate on the EU market? Did you know that custom duties are not the most important obstacle to international trade? Have you heard DCFTA mentioned on the news but not enough to learn what it’s all about?
If so, this course is for you.

The course on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreements explains how trade can help tighten the ties between a neighbourhood country and the EU. The course presents the overview of a typical DCFTA agreement and the content of the chapters it would include. This course covers in more detail a majority of the chapters: technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade in services, intellectual property rights, competition and public procurement, as well as mechanisms for dispute settlement.

It analyses the three DCFTA agreements which the EU has already signed - with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - and differences between them to demonstrate the “room for manoeuver” that every Neighbourhood country has negotiating its DCFTA with the EU. The course also explains the most important legal mechanisms of DCFTA, as well as the requirements to be met by signatory countries in order to make DCFTA work.

By following this course, you will be able to learn the principal provisions of the DCFTA, understand the logic of such agreements, and learn what obligations it puts on the signatory country. You will familiarise yourself with key terminology in the sphere of international trade. You will also learn about the mechanism for resolving trade disputes that may arise, and in what way they can be resolved.


Lesson 1: Introduction
  • State of Play
  • The origins of the DCFTAs
  • DCFTA’s substance at a glance
Lesson 2: Market access for goods and trade remedies
  • Market access for goods and trade remedies
  • Agricultural products
Lesson 3: Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
  • Technical regulations
  • Standards
  • Conformity and surveillance assessment procedures
  • ACAA
Lesson 4: Sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS)
  • Determination equivalence
  • Strategy of Approximation

Lesson 5: Trade in Services
  • Negative list
  • Temporary presence of natural persons for business purposes
Lesson 6: Competition and public procurement
  • Competition
  • Public Procurement
Lesson 7: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Geographical Indicators
  • Design
  • Implementation and enforcement
Lesson 8: Dispute settlement and mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
Final test

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Self enrolment (Student)