Cross-Border Cooperation In Western Balkan Countries-Possibilities And Constraints Cover Image

Прекогранична сарадња у земљама западног Балкана - могућности и ограничења
Cross-Border Cooperation In Western Balkan Countries-Possibilities And Constraints

Author(s): Nataša Golubović, Srđan Golubović, Predrag Cvetković
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: Western Balkans; regional cooperation; cross-border cooperation; stability; EU integration

Summary/Abstract: In recend decades international relations have been characterized by the processes of enhancing regional connections and strengthening the economic cooperation between the countries. Regional cooperation depends on political or economic factors. Regardless of how it is conditioned, regional cooperation and integration is becoming part of the general trends in the modern world, and a way of implementing the economic and other goals and interests of countries and regions. There are two basic mechanisms for the improvement of regional relations. The first group consists of bilateral and multilateral interstate agreements which establish regional organizations or govern political and economic relations between the countries belonging to the specific geographical area. Another important mechanism for enhancing regional cooperation is the establishment of the relationship between local territorial communities in the border area. Unlike the interstate forms of establishing cooperation, which has a strictly formal character, the development of cross-border cooperation offers the possibility of finding a quick and practical solution without the involvement of traditional ways of regulating interstate relations. For the Western Balkans, cross-border cooperation is of special importance since it contributes to the alleviation of the negative effects of peripheral locations of the local community or region within a country, to the harmonization of policies and goals of the adjacent territorial communities (regions) separated by national borders, as well as the normalization of relations between countries after the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, and the restoration of broken economic, cultural and other ties.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 1613-1629
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian