The agreement also provides tariff concessions for processed agricultural products (Protocol A). Trade in agricultural commodities is covered by three bilateral agricultural agreements between the state of EFTA concerned and Albania. These agreements provide for substantial concessions on both sides, taking into account the respective sensitivities of the parties. Albania is a potential candidate country for accession after the European Council in Thessaloniki in June 2003. On 18 February 2008, the Council adopted a new European partnership with Albania. The Stabilization and Association Agreement (ASA) with the country was signed on 12 June 2006 and came into force on 1 April 2009. It replaces the interim agreement on trade and trade aspects, which came into force in December 2006. The EU-Albania Visa Facilitation Agreement came into force in January 2008, while the readmission agreement came into force in 2006. The agreement focuses on the liberalisation of trade in goods. All tariffs on industrial products, including fish and other seafood, will be abolished as soon as the agreement enters into force and additional agricultural agreements between the individual EFTA states and Albania will be an integral part of the free trade area`s instruments. The decision has been in effect since February 26, 2009 and the agreement since April 1, 2009. The parties recognize that economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent.
In Chapter 6, they reaffirm their commitment to multilateral environmental and labour contracts and principles and commit to imposing their level of protection. Arbitration procedures do not apply to this chapter. On 1 April 2009, a stabilization and association agreement (ASA) came into force setting out the conditions for accession. Short stays in the EU were facilitated in 2008 with the entry into force of an agreement on the facilitation of visa issuance. 01-01-2008 The Visa Facilitation Convention enters into force between the EU and Albania. The Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements between Albania and the EU came into force on 1 January 2008.  In June 2008, Albania received a roadmap from the EU for further visa liberalisation with Schengen countries.  Successive amendments to the agreement were introduced in the original document. This consolidated version is only of documentary value. The rules of origin and methods of administrative cooperation provided for by Protocol B and its seven annexes are based on the pan-Euro-Mediterranean model.
This will allow the accumulation of materials from the EFTA states, Albania and other Pan-Euro Med Member States as soon as the corresponding agreements between these countries and Albania have been concluded. Albania was recognised as a potential candidate country in 2003 and formally applied for membership in April 2009. Several agreements guarantee close cooperation between the EU and Albania. A European partnership with Albania supports the Albanian authorities in their willingness to join the EU by identifying areas where further efforts and reforms are needed. In Chapter 6, the agreement provides for the establishment of a joint committee to monitor and manage the agreement and monitor its evolution. The joint committee may, in the cases provided for in the agreement, make decisions and make recommendations on other issues.