Lithuanian and Slovak Experiences 

Among the project consortium are two organizations based in Lithuania and Slovakia, respectively, which are to share their countries’ experiences in accessing the EU single market. Until Lithuania and Slovakia joined the European Union in 2004, their trade relations with EU member states fell under the Free Trade Agreement. To some extent, that past arrangement can be compared to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Agreement between the EU and Georgia.

The experiences of Lithuanian and Slovak businesses are to be used as illustrative materials when explaining the benefits of the DCFTA to Georgian producers. Among the experiences are not only best practices and success stories but also lessons learned, which can serve as guidance for Georgia’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

Lithuanian examples 

Lithuanian herbal tea finds its way to European homes
Story of the Lithuanian herbal tea production and how their succeeded on the European market. 
Lithuanian mushrooms: a European success story 
How Lithuanian mushrooms managed to succeed on the EU market. 
Success is 90 percent about finding the right partner 
Interview with Arūnas Laurinaitis, Vice-President of Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists — whose long and distinguished career even includes overseeing a Lithuanian investment project in Kakheti — has much experience-based advice to offer producers from small countries (whether Georgia or Lithuania) can compete in the European market. 
Building success, one chair at a time: the Baldeka Furniture Production Company
Story of successfull Lithuanian furniture producing company on how they adapted to the EU market.

Slovak examples 
Story of family company that grew into one of the most successfull Slovak food processing companies with the focus on healthy livestyle and nutrition.