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Western Balkan States and the European Union Enlargement

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

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Relationes Internationales
ISSN 2065-0272

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 22;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) | European Commission (EC) | European Integration (EI) | European Union Coordination Systems (EUCS) | Prime Minister (PM).

For half a century, European Union-(EU) has pursued ever-deeper integration while takingin new members. It’s marked as an important step in relationship deepening between EU and WesternBalkans-(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 inWBs. The declaration contained a conditional promise; EU would consider WBs for membership onlyif they reached EU standards. The EU was motivated by usual economic considerations connected toenlargement and a desire to increase regional stability. The enlargement process regarding Albaniawill bring several reforms on different fields. Our country will benefit from a share of multibeneficiaryfunds for competitiveness, SMEs, energy efficiency and banking sector regulation. Thispresentation handles out these main issues: EU policy and the enlargement process regarding Albaniainspecting the way and progress done up to now by our country, the main features of our national EU coordinationsystem, 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 forthe future of EU.
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