The implementation of the DCFTA gives neighbours a possibility to integrate into the EU internal market without becoming an EU member state.Â These agreements are very extensive in the commitments by EU neighbours to approximate to a huge amount of EU acquis communautaire, i.e. approximate to almost an entire body of the European Unionâ€™s legislation. In other words, the DCFTAs go beyond strictly trade-related matters and imply serious domestic change.
The DCFTAs are modelled after the EUâ€™s agreements with the so-called pre-accession states, that is: countries preparing to become members of the EU, but do notÂ include EU membership perspective.Â The EU has offered a DCFTA to some of its neighbours in its East and South.
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