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Effects of the free trade agreements on the development of the agriculture sector in the Balkan region


  • Ndoc Faslia

    (Ministry of Agriculture, Albania)

  • Fran Brahimi

    (Ministry of Finace, Albania)


The signature of free trade agreements between the countries of the Balkan region has given these countries' economies more space and makes them much more competitive. These effects are sensitive mainly in the agricultural sector where the volume of trade exchanges in these last 3 years turns out to be significantly increased. On the other hand, the economic crisis has highlighted a number of problems which need to be considered for the agricultural market in the region. The experience of these years shows that for the agricultural sector in Balkan countries, there is a need for deep structural changes such as changing the size of the farm, the land market development and increased competitiveness. For this reason we should increase the level of public and private investments in the future.

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  • Ndoc Faslia & Fran Brahimi, 2012. "Effects of the free trade agreements on the development of the agriculture sector in the Balkan region," Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research, Pro Global Science Association, vol. 4(2), pages 108-113, Decembre.
  • Handle: RePEc:rse:wpaper:v:4:y:2012:i:2:p:108-113

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    1. S├ębastien Miroudot & Patrick Messerlin, 2004. "Trade Liberalization in South East Europe: Review of Conformity of 23 FTAs with the MoU," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/8306, Sciences Po.
    2. Edward Christie, 2001. "Potential Trade in Southeast Europe: A Gravity Model Approach," wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers 11, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
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    Cited by:

    1. Natos, Dimitrios & Staboulis, Christos & Tsakiridou, Efthimia, 2014. "Agricultural Trade Integration in Western Balkans: Orientation and Complementarity," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 0(Issue 2), pages 1-15.

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    free trade agreement; trade exchanges; land market; competitiveness; agricultural market.;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q19 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Other


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