This is not a big deal ,except for the fact that it puts Macedonia one step closer to the EU. Those is Sofia and Athens who think they can veto Macedonian membership are dreaming. I never thought that the EU would actually accept Macedonia and other former communist countries in the Balkans for EU membership. It seems that the conventional wisdom in Europe is that the prospect of EU membership is one of the few things that can keep the peace in the Balkans.
CEFTA rules apply to Macedonia starting today
Skopje /24/08/ 11:46
The Agreement for Accession of the Republic of Macedonia in the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) officially comes into force today, the Macedonian Customs Administration announced.
As of today, our country is joining the incumbent CEFTA members - Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania - which automatically terminates the bilateral agreements with these Balkan's countries.
Pursuant to the Agreement, part of the imported goods originating from these countries will be subject to 0% customs duty, while the duty rates for some goods are subject to gradual decrease until full abolishment of the customs fee.
Benefits of inclusion in CEFTA for Macedonia include boosting of the economic cooperation, market liberalization, joint penetration to foreign markets and exchange of experiences with the other countries standing at the threshold of EU.
The Agreement on Accession of Macedonia to CEFTA is aimed at preparing the country for full market liberalization, as envisaged in EU strategic documents."