Association Agreements are international agreements that the European Community / European Union has concluded with third countries with the aim of setting up an all-embracing framework to conduct bilateral relations. These agreements normally provide for the progressive liberalisation of trade (to various degrees: Free Trade Area, Customs Union…).
In certain cases, they prepare for future membership of the European Union. Although Association Agreements differ in their exact content and finality depending on the partner country, nevertheless, they meet the following criteria:
The Treaties Office Database provides a complete inventory of international agreements concluded by the European Community/European Union and is updated daily.
European Union law documents are accessible via the EUR-lex website.