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Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003

The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities

Gazmend Qorraj ; Faculty of Economics, University of Prishtina
Gezim Jusufi

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APA 6th Edition
Qorraj, G. & Jusufi, G. (2018). The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities . Croatian International Relations Review, 24 (81), 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
MLA 8th Edition
Qorraj, Gazmend and Gezim Jusufi. "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ." Croatian International Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 81, 2018, pp. 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003. Accessed 10 Dec. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Qorraj, Gazmend and Gezim Jusufi. "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ." Croatian International Relations Review 24, no. 81 (2018): 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
Harvard
Qorraj, G., and Jusufi, G. (2018). 'The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ', Croatian International Relations Review, 24(81), pp. 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
Vancouver
Qorraj G, Jusufi G. The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities . Croatian International Relations Review [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2019 December 10];24(81):51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
IEEE
G. Qorraj and G. Jusufi, "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ", Croatian International Relations Review, vol.24, no. 81, pp. 51-68, 2018. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
Fulltext: croatian, pdf (1017 KB) pages 51-68 downloads: 134* cite
APA 6th Edition
Qorraj, G. & Jusufi, G. (2018). The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities . Croatian International Relations Review, 24 (81), 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
MLA 8th Edition
Qorraj, Gazmend and Gezim Jusufi. "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ." Croatian International Relations Review, vol. 24, no. 81, 2018, pp. 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003. Accessed 10 Dec. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Qorraj, Gazmend and Gezim Jusufi. "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ." Croatian International Relations Review 24, no. 81 (2018): 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
Harvard
Qorraj, G., and Jusufi, G. (2018). 'The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ', Croatian International Relations Review, 24(81), pp. 51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
Vancouver
Qorraj G, Jusufi G. The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities . Croatian International Relations Review [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2019 December 10];24(81):51-68. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003
IEEE
G. Qorraj and G. Jusufi, "The EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement for the Western Balkans: Between Challenges and Opportunities ", Croatian International Relations Review, vol.24, no. 81, pp. 51-68, 2018. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.2478/cirr-2018-0003

Abstracts
The role of the European Union (EU) trade liberalisation with the Western Balkans — namely Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia — is overestimated, as major benefits could be expected mainly from institutional reforms rather than trade creation and economic perspective due to low economic development and a lack of comparative advantages in these countries.1 The core issue to be addressed in this article is whether these firms can exploit the opportunities arising from the EU integration process. The aim of this article is to confirm the hypothesis that the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) and trade agreements in the Western Balkans are not sufficient pre-conditions for successful performance and increase of exports by local firms; the main focus should be on the internal performance of firms. The paper analyses and compares the data collected by surveys conducted with local firms in Kosovo in order to measure the impact of the SAA. Finally, the article suggests that in the short and medium run the SAA could support and improve the quality of products, technical standards, and firm competitiveness as a pre-condition for better access to the EU market in the long run.

Keywords
SAA; EU integration process; local firms; growth; free trade; export

Hrčak ID: 199992

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/199992

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