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Incorporation into the Soviet Union

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From the outset, the Baltic States clearly perceived the free-trade agreements (FTAs) as an important step towards a more privileged relationship with the European Union. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania wanted to join the group of associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe as soon as possible. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania now clearly belonged to the geopolitical area of Central and Eastern Europe. The adoption of Community standards and laws by the associated countries formed an important characteristic of the EAs. Taking into account the obvious political significance of the EAs, the parties devoted considerable attention to the establishment of close political relations. In comparison to the FTAs, the EAs entailed a specific title on "movement of workers, establishment and supply of services". In the area of capital movement, the EAs provided for immediate and total liberalisation on the current account of balance of payments.

Keywords: Baltic states; eastern Europe; Estonia; free-trade agreements (FTAs); Latvia; Lithuania



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