Discussion Paper: Intra-Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans: Under which conditions does it foster economic progress?

The main motivation for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans is provided
by the EU, formulating it as conditional for the countries’ EU accession aspirations.
Economically, this claim includes the establishment of regional free trade agreements (RTAs)
whose direct economic effects are twofold and limited: Whereas inflows of FDI are likely to
increase due to a bigger market, an increase of interregional trade will be moderate and might
even stall microeconomic restructuring. To gain considerable profits from regional economic
integration, transnational linkages on a microeconomic level as the emergence of cross-border
alliances, joint efforts to conquer West European markets, or cooperation in R&D to enhance
innovation are needed. Gains from a RTA thus will be of indirect nature: Long term profits result
only from overcoming the aversions against regional partnerships and from the re-emergence of
mutual trust.
Citation
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Language

English

Publication Year

2005

Source
Claudia Grupe and Sinisa Kusić, published by the Centre of the Study of Global Governance
Geographical focus
  • WBC

Entry created by Martina Lindorfer on February 27, 2008
Modified on February 27, 2008