The Stabilisation and Association Agreements are part of the EU`s Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). SAP is currently focusing on the western Balkan countries. Specific Stabilisation and Association Agreements (SAAs) have been implemented with various Balkan countries, which explicitly contain provisions for the future accession of the country concerned to the EU. The SAAs are in principle similar to the Europe Agreements signed in the 1990s with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Association Agreement with Turkey. On 7th November the EU and Serbia initialled a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). This agreement, which defines the respective rights and obligations of the signatories, provides a framework for the implementation of the reforms that will bring this potential candidate country closer to the EU. The agreement with Kosovo was the first to be signed after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which gave the EU legal personality. [2] [3] As a result, an EU representative in Kosovo said: „Unlike the SAA with other countries in the region, this will be exclusively the EU agreement. The EU will co-sign it as a legal entity. [4] The agreement did not have to be ratified individually by each member state, some of which did not recognise Kosovo`s independence. [5] The representative continued: „Since Kosovo is not recognised by the five member states, we had to adopt a directive stipulating that the signing of the agreement does not mean that the EU or any of the countries recognise Kosovo as a state.“ [4] The decision has been in force since February 26, 2009 and the treaty since April 1, 2009. Subsequent amendments to the agreement were incorporated into the original document.

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