Skip to main content

CEFTA: shaping the region to fit into the "EU shoes"


LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

The modern Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) is seen as a springboard for stimulating economic development and the EU accession agenda in the Western Balkan region and Moldova. But does it fit the “EU shoes”?

The history of CEFTA goes back to 1992, when the Visegrad Group saw the idea of closer economic cooperation as a route to EU accession. Based on the original idea, the modern CEFTA was signed between the Western Balkans economies and Moldova in 2006. Since then, CEFTA has been developing trade relations and economic cooperation among the Parties, expanding to new areas, increasing the competitiveness of the region and its integration into the European and global economies. What does CEFTA bring to the Parties? What is its role in the Parties’ EU accession path? Will CEFTA prepare the region to speak with one voice within the EU? These and other questions will be discussed at the lecture delivered by the Director of the CEFTA Secretariat Emir Djikic.

Meet our speakers and chair

Emir Djikic (@CEFTA_) is the Director of the CEFTA Secretariat as of May 2017. He started his career in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and, in 2003 continues it in the private sector. Mr. Djikic was also engaged in the non-governmental organisations, being a Member of the Board of Directors of the Transparency International from 2001 to 2008 and a Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015. He graduated from the Moscow State University and obtained Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economy.

Silvana Mojsovska is a full-time Professor in International Economics at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. 

Vassilis Monastiriotis is the Director of LSEE: Research on South Eastern Europe and Associate Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute, LSE. 

More about this event

LSEE (@LSEE_LSE ) was officially launched at the start of the 2009-10 academic year as a research unit established within LSE's European Institute. Over the last several years LSEE has developed the School's expertise on South East Europe, drawing on the strength of existing and new academic expertise at the LSE.

The twitter Hashtag for this event is: #LSEECEFTA

24 Mar 2022 Online