Centre for European Perspective (CEP) in cooperation with CEFTA Presidency – Montenegro and CEFTA Secretariat is organising Workshop on Implementation and Potential Effects of SAP+ Cumulation which will take place between 6 and 8 October 2009 in Bečići, Montenegro.

At the workshop the issue of diagonal cumulation of origin in the Western Balkan countries, will be discussed. It will be focused on empowering CEFTA Parties in their decision-making process for gaining maximum benefits out of the preferential free trade policies (diagonal cumulation). This will contribute to the independency in decision-making processes and in taking such decisions that would prove best for country’s foreign trade activities.

The workshop will concentrate on steps for operationalisation of SAP cumulation and possible technical solutions for the introduction of SAP+ cumulation (i.e. the inclusion of the Western Balkan countries in the Pan-European cumulation system between EU, EFTA and Turkey).

Legal and customs experts from EU, EFTA and CEFTA countries will present what in their opinion would be the best option for the implementation of SAP+. The ideas will be analysed and the optimal legal solution for all parties concerned will be defined. The steps which should be taken by the WB/CEFTA countries, EU, EFTA countries and Turkey as well as the EU institutions to introduce the system of SAP+ diagonal cumulation will be defined.

In the second part of the workshop the economic analyses of the effects of the SAP+ introduction on regional trade will be presented. The purpose of the research is to theoretically underpin the necessity and reasonableness of the SAP+.

The high-level workshop will bring together decision-makers of ministries from CEFTA countries, responsible for foreign economic relations, i.e. deputy ministers of economy, representatives from ministries of foreign affairs and finance as well as customs administrations, that are attending meetings of relevant bodies authorised to propose amendments of the protocols to the agreements with the EU.

The project is a follow-up to the 2008 Istanbul seminar on movement of goods in the area of the EU, EFTA, Turkey and CEFTA. The seminar showed there is a need to improve the conditions for regional trade cooperation in the Western Balkans as well as for trade between Western Balkan countries and other European countries (EU, EFTA, Turkey).