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Common principles for future contractual relations with certain countries in South-Eastern Europe. Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. COM (96) 476 final, 2 October 1996

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 02.10.1996 ('( >M(%) ,J7(, final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Common principles for future contmctual relations with certain countries in South-Eastern Europe Subject: REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL Common principles for future contractual relations with certain countries in South-Eastern Europe 1. The Context The overriding objective of the European Union's action in South-Eastern Europe is the successful implementation of the Dayton/Paris peace agreements and the creation of an area of political stability and economic prosperity, also by fostering the process of political and economic reforms and the respect of human and minority rights and democratic principles. Cooperation and the establishment of good neighbourly relations between the countries in the region is an essential clement in this context. Following the report from the Commission of 14 February 1996 on the prospects for the development of regional cooperation for the former Yugoslavia and what the Community could do to foster such cooperation, the General Affairs Council of 26 February defined a regional approach which "should be directed primarily at those countries (~l the region for which the European Community has not adopted directivcs.f(>r the nexotiation ofm·.wciation agreements (i.e. Albania and four of the five successor republics of former Yugoslavia). Neighbouring countries which so wish should he able to be associated in the cooperation by appropriate means". The Council noted that the future agreements with each of these countries would be particularly useful tools for favouring political stability and economic development as well as cooperation between these countries and with their neighbours. It considered that "the agreements with each (~/the countries concerned must he desixned as a substantial incentive to political stability and m mz instrument.f(n· economic de

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