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CEFTA Award Ceremony 2016

10th Anniversary CEFTA Award Ceremony for Academia


Part of:

CEFTA Week 2016: Monitoring Implementation of CEFTA


Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Hotel Verde, Podgorica


To celebrate the 10 years of CEFTA agreement, LSEE, the Research Unit on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics, and Montenegro as the CEFTA Chair in Office supported by the Secretariat launched a paper competition on the theme “CEFTA in 10 years on: its contribution to the CEFTA economies”.
We invited original scientific papers that seek to address the contribution of CEFTA to the economies of the CEFTA Parties, either in general or in relation to specific elements of CEFTA, or specific policy areas and sectors of the economy. The competition was open to papers from all fields of the social sciences, including but not restricted to economics, geography, development, political science, public administration, law, management, business studies, environmental studies, industrial relations, international studies, etc.

The competition lasted from February until October when the 3 winning papers were selected by the LSEE Selection Committee and then the winning paper was presented at the CEFTA Award Ceremony.

Best Paper Award

  • “Regional Integration, Trade and Development in the CEFTA Region” - Venera DEMUKAJ (RIT Kosovo*) & Luca JACOPO UBERTI (University of Otago)

       CEFTA award

Runner-up Award

  • “Has CEFTA increased members trade? Evidence with an enlarged set of plausibly exogenous instruments” - Marijan PETRESKI (University American College Skopje)


  • “Institutions and Intraregional trade in CEFTA 2006: A gravity approach” - Jelena TRIVIC (University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Economics, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)&Łukasz KLIMCZAK(University of Economics, Faculty of Economics and International Relations,Cracow,Poland)




Since the signing of the CEFTA agreement in December 2006, the Free Trade Area has played an important role not only in trade facilitation, but also more widely in terms of economic integration, institutional harmonisation and political approximation. Intra-regional trade, long lagging behind, increased substantially in the years after the signing of the agreement while the share of intra-industry trade within the region has also been on the rise. The encompassing nature of CEFTA allows for more market competition and learning; for example, the principle of the cumulation of origin allows the development of a regional supply chain and fosters integration across sectors and industries in CEFTA – while it also encourages FDI flows both from outside the region and from within. At the same time, CEFTA has facilitated information sharing and direct collaboration with regard to customs and trade policies more generally, thus also encouraging political dialogue, institutional approximation and capacity building among the Parties of the region.

About LSEE

LSEE (LSE Research on South Eastern Europe) is a research unit established within LSE's European Institute. Drawing on the strength of existing and new academic expertise at the LSE, and complementing the work of the Hellenic Observatory and the Contemporary Turkish Studies Programme, LSEE provides a significant platform on which to build high quality, independent research and facilitating public dialogue and dissemination of information on the region. Through its Network on Social Cohesion and Development in SEE, LSEE provides a forum for research collaboration not only within the LSE and the UK, but also with external partners in South Eastern Europe and beyond. LSEE furthermore organises regular series of public events related to its research - lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences – both at the LSE and in the region.