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Requirements For Getting Closer To European Union And The Potential Membership


  • Lavdosh Ahmetaj

    () (Kristal University, Albania)

  • Ilir Berhani

    (University of Shkodra, Albania)


Considers the significant conditions set out by the Treaty of Europe particularly the so-called Copenhagen Criteria that requires Western Balkan countries including Albania to fulfil all the conditions as well as the criteria for commencement of accession negotiations in order to obtain membership of the European Union (EU).It expresses the understanding of the integration into the EU including its process.Entails the Western Balkan countries must first meet the criteria established by the Council of Europe in 1997 within the framework of Copenhagen criteria concerning Democratic, Economic and institutional reforms also implementing the Stability and Association Agreement in the Regional Cooperation. Requirements that Albania needs to ensure on negotiations on the Association Stability Agreement such as political dialogue, justice and home affairs. In addition, technical dialogue on free movement of goods, the right of establishment and frees movement of workers. It considers a reflection on the progress including further steps needed by the Albanian government in relation to the Association Stability Agreement.

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  • Lavdosh Ahmetaj & Ilir Berhani, 2011. "Requirements For Getting Closer To European Union And The Potential Membership," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 6(3), pages 138-150, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:6:y:2011:i:3:p:138-150

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