Agreement On Stabilization And Association


The following amendments to the agreement have been included in the original document. This consolidated version is only documentary. The decision has been in effect since February 26, 2009 and the contract since April 1, 2009. The agreement with Kosovo was the first to be signed after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which has the legal personality of the EU. [2] [3] As a result, an EU representative in Kosovo said: “Unlike the SAA with other countries in the region, this will be exclusively the EU agreement. The EU will sign it as a legal entity.¬†[4] The agreement did not have to be ratified individually by each member state, some of which did not recognise Kosovo`s independence. [5] The representative continued: “Since Kosovo is not recognised by the five member states, we had to adopt a directive stipulating that the signing of the agreement does not mean that the EU or any of the countries recognise Kosovo as a state.” [4] The Stabilisation and Association Agreements are part of the EU Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). At present, the countries of the Western Balkans are at the centre of sap`s concerns. Specific Stabilisation and Association Agreements (SAAs) have been implemented with various Balkan countries, which explicitly contain provisions on the future accession of the country concerned to the EU. The AAs resemble in principle the Europe Agreements signed in the 1990s with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Association Agreement with Turkey. The SAA is based on a number of essential principles.

Albania agrees: saAs are mainly based on the EU acquis communautaire and its promulgation in the legislation of the cooperating states. The depth of policy harmonisation expected by the SAAs is lower than that of the EU Member States; Some acquis policies may not be covered by a particular SAA. In discussions with countries that have expressed a desire to join the European Union, the EU usually concludes association agreements in exchange for commitments to political, economic, trade or human rights reforms in that country. In return, the country may be offered duty-free access to some or all EU markets (industrial goods, agricultural products, etc.) as well as financial or technical assistance. The SAA stresses the importance of the rule of law and institution-building at all levels. The cooperation focuses on a number of specific areas, including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia SAA have been in force since April 2016. Croatia previously had an SAA, but it died out when it joined the EU in 2013. The EU supports projects with a regional or cross-border dimension through its technical assistance programmes. Commission Staff Working Document – 2018 Report on Albania – Accompanying Document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Communication on the EU`s enlargement policy in 2018 (SWD (2018) 151 final of 17.4.2018) EU relations with the Western Balkan countries were moved in 2005 from the policy area “External Relations” to the political segment ” ¬†enlargement`. . .