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Cross-Border Cooperation in Southeastern Europe




This article examines the current status, limits, prospects, and policies of cross-border cooperation in the border zone of Albania, Bulgaria, FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Greece on the basis of a survey sample of 291 manufacturing firms located near the borders in all four countries. The analysis suggests that border region firms have a higher level of interaction than the respective average national firms in all countries and that trade relations and economic cooperation eventually depend on the level of specialization and the size of the markets. It also suggests that barriers to cooperation are important and can negatively affect the performance of border region firms. Overall, firms are less concerned about the quality of infrastructure and more concerned about the general or the financial conditions prevailing in each country, indicating that the best policy for cross-border cooperation, rather than improvements in infrastructure, may be the development of the economies in the region and the improvements in their economic environment.

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  • Mitko Dimitrov & George Petrakos & Stoyan Totev & Maria Tsiapa, 2003. "Cross-Border Cooperation in Southeastern Europe," Eastern European Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(6), pages 5-25, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:eaeuec:v:41:y:2003:i:6:p:5-25

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    1. Stoyan Totev, 2003. "Cross-Border Economic Cooperation in South East Europe in the Framework of the Globalizing Market," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 7, pages 118-131.
    2. Lefteris Topaloglou & George Petrakos, 2006. "The New Economic Geography of the Northern Greek Border Regions," ERSA conference papers ersa06p456, European Regional Science Association.
    3. Dimitrov, Mitko & Totev, Stoyan, 2009. "Трансграничното Сътрудничество На Балканските Страни
      [Cross-Border Cooperation of the Balkan Countries]
      ," MPRA Paper 62823, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. George Petrakos & Lefteris Topaloglou, 2005. "Tracing the new economic geography of borders in Europe," ERSA conference papers ersa05p424, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Catalin-Silviu Sararu, 2011. "The cross-border cooperation agreement," Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Law Department, vol. 1(1), pages 106-115, June.
    6. Vassilis Monastiriotis, 2008. "The Emergence of Regional Policy in Bulgaria: regional problems, EU influences and domestic constraints," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 15, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    7. Stephen Roper, 2005. "Cross-Border and Local Cooperation on the island of Ireland - A Behavioural Perspective," ERSA conference papers ersa05p475, European Regional Science Association.
    8. Petrakos, George & Economou, Dimitri, 2002. "The spatial aspects of development in south-eastern Europe," ERSA conference papers ersa02p139, European Regional Science Association.
    9. Cãtãlin-Silviu SÃRARU, 2011. "Considérations Sur Les Accords De Coopération Transfrontalieres Entre Les Unités Administratives-Territoriales Limitrophes Des Zones Frontalieres De La Roumanie Et Les Structures Similaires Dans Les P," Curentul Juridic, The Juridical Current, Le Courant Juridique, Petru Maior University, Faculty of Economics Law and Administrative Sciences and Pro Iure Foundation, vol. 45, pages 87-95, June.
    10. Stoyan Totev, 2004. "Regional Economic Differences in Bulgaria and the Îther Countries Applying for Membership of the EU," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 3-17.

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