Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Free trade

CEFTA is the most important thing to happen in the Balkans since the break up of Yugoslavia. It's a great step towards further European integration. Hopefully, it will lead to more economic and other types of cooperation between these countries. Greater linkage will also mean less chances of instability.

Southeastern European Countries Sign Free Trade Pact

Romania -- Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu at the conference that ends the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) 2006 summit in Bucharest, 19Dec2006
Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu at the CEFTA summit
December 19, 2006 -- Nine countries of Southeastern Europe and the Serbian province of Kosovo today signed a new Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) in Bucharest.

The free trade zone is seen as a stepping stone for the region's deeper economic integration within the European Union.

The members of the pact are Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Kosovo according to the will of its citizens
B92 - 9 hours ago
VLASTONICE -- Čedomir Jovanović said that Kosovo’s status must reflect the realistic situation of its population. “The right of territorial control which Belgrade is demanding, we must give to the Kosovo ...

Balkan States Create "new And Improved" Free Trade Zone
Playfuls.com - 6 hours ago
by Playfuls Team. South-eastern European countries Tuesday signed the new Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), extending the zone into the Balkans ahead of the advancing European Union boundary.

Jansa: Turkey and Western Balkans not in the Same Boat
Slovenia Business Week - Dec 18, 2006
Prime Minister Janez Jansa came out of the EU summit on Friday, 15 December saying that the enlargement debate had made it clear that the EU policy towards the Western Balkans was unrelated to Turkey's enlargement issue.

Montenegro to ask for membership in EU in 2008
Makfax - 1 hour ago
Montenegro will submit a request for membership in the European Union in 2008, Podgorica's electronic media quoted Montenegrin PM Zeljko Sturanovic as saying.

ADVISORY-Romania and Bulgaria join the EU: Features series
Reuters AlertNet - 8 hours ago
Romania and Bulgaria enter the European Union on Jan. 1. In a package of stories on Dec. 27, Reuters will highlight key issues facing the two Black Sea countries as they join the bloc.

EU To Monitor Romania’s Legal System After Accession -EU ...
Mediafax - 8 hours ago
The European commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn warned Romania that the European Union would keep monitoring the country’s progresses in justice field after it joins the EU given that one of the issue, which may activate the safeguarding clause ...

Turkey Still On Track For EU Membership, Foreign Minister Insists
Playfuls.com - 6 hours ago
by Playfuls Team. Turkey remains committed to the goal of EU membership despite the partial freezing of entry talks, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Tuesday in Ankara.

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