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International Journal of Trade and Global Markets
International Journal of Trade and Global Markets


Special Issue on: “A Single Free Trade Area in South Eastern Europe: Problems and Solutions”

Guest Editors:
Bruno S. Sergi, University of Messina, Italy
Qerim R. Qerimi, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Gemany

This special issue of IJTGM intends to address complex issues that surround current trends aiming at a free trade area in the region of South Eastern Europe (SEE). Lack of a free trade environment in the region’s emerging economies is a serious impediment to regional cooperation, development and growth. Economic revival is what the region ultimately needs, while key to that revival is a genuine process of economic integration, and first of all, the creation of a free trade zone.

Both obstacles to such a free trade environment in SEE and alternative solutions will form the core object of this issue. It is also keen to receive submissions related to a possible future customs union between the European Union (EU) and SEE states, similar to the EU-Turkey customs union and its likely impact for regional economies.

By addressing the issue of a free trade area, the special issue seeks to examine the correlation between different factors such as the impact of a free trade environment to future processes of SEE integration into the EU, or economic and political benefits of a free trade area for regional development and growth.

Subject Coverage
Submissions are invited of articles related, but not limited to, the following broad themes:
  • The challenges to a free trade area in SEE
  • Key factors and measures to facilitate and liberalise trade relations (i.e. reduction and elimination of tariffs, quotas and preferences on goods, etc.), as well as modes of implementation
  • Effects of a free trade zone on the countries and societies of SEE (economic and political benefits of a free trade area)
  • Means and methods of liberalisation and facilitation of trade in SEE
  • The role of bilateral free trade agreements
  • Regional cooperation in fighting corruption and organised crime as a means towards creating a sustainable free environment of regional trade
  • The role of a regional free trade area in the process of SEE’s integration into the EU
Articles may take the form of comparative studies, analytical pieces or joint research reports

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November, 2006

Deadline for final papers: 29 June, 2007