2nd Network Workshop: 'CEFTA after Poznan: Commercial and Institutional Issues'

Skopje, 13-14 September 2019

The second LSEE-CEFTA Academic Network Workshop on International Trade took place in Skopje on 13 and 14 September.

The presentations from the workshop can be accessed by clicking at the paper titles in the workshop programme below.


 LSEE-CEFTA Academic Network, an initiative by LSEE Research on SEE, LSE Enterprise and the CEFTA Secretariat,  is aiming to encourage the production of new research on trade in the CEFTA region, and facilitate academic dialogue and knowledge exchange with the policy community.

Following the successful first Workshop held in Belgrade on 29-30 June 2018 which explored issues related to Trade in Services, Trade effects, Customs & Investments, the 2nd LSEE-CEFTA Academic Network workshop focused on some of the key themes among the stated priorities of CEFTA, concerning in particular the issues of: 

  • Quality Infrastructure
  • Geo-blocking
  • E-commerce
  • Interconnections between goods and services trade in the CEFTA region
  • We invited submissions of abstracts of papers dealing with any of the above themes, from any disciplinary field, including Law, Economics, Politics, Information Systems, International Relations and others. 

Below you can find the Workshop Programme and the related presentations:

Second LSEE-CEFTA Academic Network Workshop Porgramme





Vassilis  Monastiriotis – Director, LSE Research on Southeast Europe

Emir Djikic – Director, CEFTA Secretariat

Zoran Janevski – Director, Institute of Economics, Skopje


Session 1 - E-commerce                   Moderator: Vassilis  Monastiriotis

Digital Infrastructure and Services Trade in the CEFTA Region
Ivana Prica
, University of Belgrade; Will Bartlett, LSE

E-commerce: how can regional trade agreement facilitate cross-border e-commerce
Zlatko Veterovski
,Customs Office of the Republic of North Macedonia


Coffee break


Plenary session                                   Moderator: Silvana Mojsovska

Towards more intense and effective cooperation among policy-makers,
practitioners and the CEFTA Academic Network

Tariffication and Transparency of Non-tariff Measures in CEFTA - possibilities for support from academia
Zlatko Veterovski,Director of Sector for Customs System Customs Office of the Republic of North Macedonia

Тhe Role of Academia in Advancing Trade Reforms: the projects' experiences and lessons learned
Tanja Boskovic,Project Manager of Open Regional Fund/Foreign Trade Promotion, GIZ

Regional Economic Cooperation in the Western Balkans - creating synergies between the decision makers, private sector and academic research
Nenad Djurdjevic,Advisor to the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia




Session 2 - Cross border trade                            Moderator: Ivana Prica 

Barriers to cross-border trade in intermediate goods within regional value chains in the CEFTA region
Besnik Krasniqi, University of Pristina; Jasmina Ahmetbasić, Sarajevo School of Sciences and Technology; Will Bartlett, LSE

Trade Interconnections in the CEFTA Region: Commercial and Institutional Challenges for Serbia and Kosovo*
Boban Stojanović,University of Nis; Zorana Kostić,University of Nis; Vladan Vučić, Union-Nikola Tesla University

Increased Protectionism in CEFTA -2006
Irena Kikerkova, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University; Katerina Toshevska-Trpchevska, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University; Elena Makrevska Disoska, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University


Coffee break


Session 3 - The wider picture                                 Moderator: Will Bartlett                                                    

Perspective of CEFTA 2006 –Economics versus Politics
Dijana Grahovac, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina and University of Business Studies Banja Luka; Senad Softić, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina and University of Sarajevo

Intra-CEFTA Trade Promotion and Evidence-based Policy-making: Challenges and Perspectives
Silvana Mojsovska, Institute of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University

Chinese presence in the Western Balkans: Rivalry, complementarity, cooperation?
Xavier Richet
, University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle; Jovan Zafiroski, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University


Open discussion                                     Moderator: Vassilis Monastiriotis

CEFTA priorities, the LSEE-CEFTA Academic Network and the state-of-the-art of academic research in the CEFTA region


Workshop Dinner

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.