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Decreasing Border Delays through Elimination of Trade Barriers Jan Forest, USAID Mark Stomski, MBSP Advisor Reha Uran, SECI Turkpro SEE Regional Market Opportunity Forum November 1-3, 2006 Bucharest.

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Stability pact trade working group

Decreasing Border Delays through Elimination of Trade Barriers Jan Forest, USAIDMark Stomski, MBSP AdvisorReha Uran, SECI TurkproSEE Regional Market Opportunity ForumNovember 1-3, 2006Bucharest


Stability pact trade working group activities jan forest

Stability Pact TradeWorking GroupActivitiesJan Forest


Stability pact trade working group

Stability Pact Trade Working Group

  • SEE countries, EC, WTO, bilateral governments (including USA).

  • 2001: MoU on Trade Policy and Facilitation.

  • 2005: agreement to consolidate bilateral FTAs into a single FTA.

  • 2006: 32 bilateral free trade agreements.

  • April 2006: SEE Prime Ministers meeting – enlargement and amendment of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA).


Cefta negotiations

CEFTA Negotiations

  • Four rounds of negotiation between June 2006 and October 2006, chaired by the SP.

  • November 9 2006: Agreement to be initialled.

  • December 19 2006: Agreement to be signed at CEFTA Summit of Prime Ministers in Bucharest.

  • January 2007: EU Accession of Romania and Bulgaria.

  • July 2007: Entry into force – replacing bilateral FTAs.


Key features of cefta

Key Features of CEFTA

  • Modern, ambitious and inclusive FTA.

  • Liberalization of industrial goods by 2008 and further liberalization of agricultural goods.

  • Harmonization of trade rules and procedures.

  • Reduction of Technical Barriers to Trade.

  • Common system of rules of origin.

  • New areas: Trade in services, intellectual property, government procurement.

  • Strengthened dispute settlement mechanism and strengthened institutional support framework.


Sptwg activities regarding elimination of non tariff barriers in see

SPTWG activities regarding elimination of non-tariff barriers in SEE

▪Meeting of focal points in Bucharest October 31-November 1:

  • Introductions and communication network.

  • Inter-ministry cooperation.

  • NTB programs in region.

  • Content of annual NTB reports.

  • Next meeting in March 2007:

    • Finalize 2007 reports.

    • Address specific NTB.

    • Discuss transition to CEFTA committee.


  • Sptwg has identified the following ntbs as having the highest impact in see

    SPTWG has identified the following NTBs as having the highest impact in SEE:

    • Burdensome customs procedures.

    • Transport constraints.

    • Product regulations and standards.

    • Visa policies.

    • Infrastructure.

    • Other (includes tax rate differences, import licensing, import quotas, special import levies).


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