In the end, the question of whether Kosovo is violating the agreement could only be resolved in the near future before an arbitral tribunal. But on the basis of the articles of the FTACE that promote free trade, we come to the conclusion that this assertion is largely true. “I very quickly warned against the measures that can be taken against the countries of the ALECE that have violated the agreement… Soon, we will take measures for fruits and vegetables to defend local production,” Shala said on June 26, according to a ministry statement. This recent difference of opinion between the EU and Kosovo is surprising. It was only last summer that the EU began talks between the decades-old country and its neighbour Serbia, which still regards Kosovo as a southern province rather than an independent state. Pristina, the Kosovar capital, also hosted ALECE week last December – an event to discuss the status of the trade agreement in a changing global economy. As soon as a participating country joins the European Union (EU), its membership in the FTACE ends. Since 1 July 2013, the parties to the CEFTA agreement have been on behalf of Kosovo: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and UNMIK.
Kosovo`s Minister of Trade and Industry, Endrit Shala, has issued a new alert specifically to Albania and Northern Macedonia for violations of the CEFTA agreement. Shala also said that measures will be introduced against any COUNTRY in the ALECE that violates the agreement. This website provides a wide range of information on ALECE 2006, including the organizational structures that control the operation of the agreement; The text of the agreement and all the decisions of the joint committee; information on the new trade themes covered by this agreement, as well as on the various projects and studies that facilitate implementation; and a description of the various partners who assist the parties to the CTAA in their efforts to develop trade and investment. All the former participating countries had already signed association agreements with the EU, so the FTACE effectively served as a preparation for full membership of the European Union. Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU on 1 May 2004, followed by Bulgaria and Romania on 1 January 2007. Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013. The trade agreement was concluded for the former communist countries so that they could harmonize their economic and legal systems with the requirements of the EU. Since its inception in 1992, countries such as Hungary and Romania have left the agreement after gaining full EU membership.
The original agreement, signed in 1992 in Poland, clearly states in Article 5 that “no new effect tax equivalent to an import tariff is introduced in trade between the contracting parties.” The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) is an international trade agreement between countries mainly based in South-Eastern Europe. Founded by representatives of Poland, from Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the CTA HAS extended to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Minuk (on behalf of Kosovo, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244). All parties to the original agreement had now joined the EU, leaving the FTACE. It was therefore decided to extend the FTACE to other Balkan countries that had already concluded a matrix of bilateral free trade agreements under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe. On 6 April 2006, at the Summit of The Prime Ministers of South-Eastern Europe in Bucharest, a joint declaration on the extension of CEFTA to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and UNMIK (on behalf of Kosovo) was adopted.  Ukraine`s accession was also discussed.  The new expanded agreement was signed in Brussels on 9 November 2006 and signed on 19 December 2006 at the Summit of The Prime Ministers of South-Eastern Europe in Bucharest.  The agreement came into force on 26 July 2007 for the
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