Successive amendments to the agreement were introduced in the original document. This consolidated version is only of documentary value. The agreement with Kosovo was the first to be signed after the Lisbon Treaty came into force, which brought down the EU`s legal personality.   An EU representative in Kosovo stated that “unlike the ASA with other countries in the region, this agreement will be exclusively the EU agreement. The EU will sign them as a legal entity.  The agreement did not have to be ratified individually by each Member State, some of which did not recognize Kosovo`s independence.  The representative added: “Since Kosovo is not recognised by the five Member States, we had to adopt a directive stating that the signing of the agreement will not mean that the EU or any of the countries will recognise Kosovo as a state.”  The decision has been in effect since February 26, 2009 and the agreement since April 1, 2009. Stabilization and association agreements are part of the EU stabilisation and association process and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). At present, the countries of the Western Balkans are at the heart of the PSA. Specific Stabilization and Association Agreements (ASAs) have been implemented with various Balkan countries, which contain explicit provisions for the country`s future accession to the EU. The SAAs resemble in principle the European agreements signed in the 1990s with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the association agreement with Turkey. The ASA stresses the importance of the rule of law and the strengthening of institutions at all levels.
Cooperation focuses on a number of specific areas, including: we do not have references on this point. You can help them add them using this form. Working document of the Commission`s services – Albania 2018 report – Accompanying document Communication of the Commission to the European Parliament, to the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Communication 2018 on eu enlargement policy (SWD (2018) 151 final, 17.4.2018) If you are not yet registered with RePEc, we recommend that you do so here. This way, you can link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept possible quotes on this article of which we are not sure. The ASA is based on a number of key principles. Albania agrees: For any technical questions regarding this article or for the correction of its authors, titles, summaries, bibliography or download information, please contact: (Peter Golla). General supplier contact information: www.sciendo.com/services/journals . The ASAs rely mainly on the EU`s EU acquis and are based on their enactment in the legislation of the cooperating countries.