After the electoral defeat and the fall of Slobodan Miloévié in 2000, negotiations intensified with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (then the Union of States of Serbia and Montenegro) and the EU officially declared the Balkan countries potential candidates after the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Thessaloniki on 21 June 2003. [3] In discussions with countries that have expressed a desire to join the European Union, the EU generally concludes association agreements in exchange for commitments on political, economic, trade or human rights reforms in that country. In return, the country may be offered duty-free access to some or all EU markets (industrial goods, agricultural products, etc.) as well as financial or technical assistance. The agreement opens a free trade area between Serbia and the EU for a transitional period of six years. The deadline for trade liberalization is set in accordance with the ability of Serbian industry and agriculture to adapt to free trade, but also serbia`s desire to accelerate reforms and join the European Union. Serbia`s commitment is to phase out tariffs on goods from the EU during a transitional period. On the other hand, through this agreement, the European Union confirms the free access of goods from Serbia to the European Union market. The establishment of a free trade area and the harmonisation of the legislation of the Republic of Serbia with EU law are two of the main obligations that the Republic of Serbia will assume under this agreement. The IIA Mapping Project is a cooperative initiative between UNCTAD and universities around the world to represent the content of II A. Individual contracts are mapped by law students from participating universities under the supervision of their professors and under the general direction and coordination of UNCTAD. The mapping results contained in the IIA Mapping Project database have a purely informative purpose.

Compliance with the provisions of the treaty is not exhaustive, has no official or legal status, does not affect the rights and obligations of the parties, and is not intended to permit a mandatory or formal interpretation of the law. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in the classification data. If there is any doubt as to the accuracy of the mapping results, users are invited to contact us via the online contact form. On 6 November, the EC published its progress reports on candidate and potential candidate countries (including Serbia), as well as its 2007-08 enlargement strategy document. In the latter case, Serbia`s cooperation with the ICTY and the current status of the ASA were described as follows: “A new reformist government was formed in May 2007.