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Western Balkan States and the European Union Enlargement

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Author(s): Gelina Maliqi (Ramolli) | Alba Robert Dumi

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio
ISSN 1844-7562

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 105;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) | Eur opean Commission (EC) | European Integration (EI) | European Union Coordination Syste ms (EUCS) | Prime Minister (PM)

ABSTRACT
For half a century, European Union-(EU) has pursued ever-deeper integration while taking in new members. It’s marked as an important step in relationship deepening between EU and Western Balkans-(WBs) where Albania is part of. In 2003, EU declared that the future of WBs is within EU. Initially it adopted a generous strategy that linked the timetable for accession to the pace of reform in WBs. The declaration contained a conditional promise; EU would consider WBs for membership only if they reached EU standards. The EU was motivated by usual economic considerations connected to enlargement and a desire to increase regional stability. The enlargement process regarding Albania will bring several reforms on different fields. Our country will benefit from a share of multibeneficiary funds for competitiveness, SMEs, energy efficiency and banking sector regulation. This presentation handles out these main issues: EU policy and the enlargement process regarding Albania inspecting the way and progress done up to now by our country, the main features of our national EUcoordination system, concluding in a SWOT Analysis of EU-coordination system in Albania. Eventually, I believe that Albania being part of WBs is at one time an opportunity and a challenge for the future of EU.
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