CEFTA

In December 2006, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on behalf of Kosovo in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 signed an agreement to amend and expand the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA). The agreement, which took effect in 2007, covers trade in goods and services and investment.

last update: May 2012


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  • 16-Jan-2013 Free trade agreement with five CIS countries enters into force for Moldova
    The free trade agreement with the CIS member countries, signed in St Petersburg in 2011 and ratified by the Moldovan parliament on 27 September 2012, entered into force for Moldova in 2013.
  • 9-Nov-2012 Bsanna News CEFTA, trade agreement among 8 countries in region enters new stage
    Representatives, policy makers and experts from eight signatory countries of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) gathered in Tirana on Wednesday to examine progress and economic impact to date and debate new challenges and potential future developments of the agreement.
  • 8-Apr-2012 Serbia scores USD 116.4 million surplus with CEFTA
    Serbia recorded a USD 116.4 million trade surplus with the countries of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) over the first two months of 2012, resulting mostly from export of agricultural products, according to data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
  • 5-Nov-2011 Brussels Halts Free Trade Agreement with Macedonia
    Brussels has refused to renew the duty-free agreement with Macedonia. The free export resolution expired in December last year and documents for its renewal have not been prepared yet.
  • 20-Oct-2008 Bosnia News CEFTA fails to meet expectations
    The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), a trade agreement between Non-EU countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe, has failed to deliver positive impacts for Bosnia.
  • 15-Sep-2007 BIRN Bosnia faces tough choices over free trade
    Bosnian opponents of CEFTA — the Central European Free Trade Agreement — argue that the country’s agriculture and food industries are not yet ready to compete with their neighbors.
  • 17-Jul-2007 CEFTA needs one more ratification
    The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) needs one more country to ratify it before it can take effect.
  • 6-Jun-2007 Serbia tobacco action plan leads to CEFTA ratification in September
    The Serbian Economy Ministry announced earlier this week that the country would ratify the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) in September, ending its status as the only country in the region not to have done so.
  • 20-Dec-2006 ABHaber EU welcomes signing of new Central European Free Trade Agreement
    Prime Ministers of South Eastern European countries and territories have today signed a new Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA).
  • 31-Oct-2006 IWPR EU hails Balkan free trade deal as milestone
    The drive to create a free trade area in the Western Balkans ended more or less successfully on October 20, after negotiations closed on extending the Central European Free Trade Area, CEFTA. Trade integration is nothing new for the Western Balkans, where countries have signed at least 32 bilateral agreements freeing the movement of goods and services. “CEFTA will turn the spaghetti bowl into a lasagne,” said an EC official.
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