The free trade zone is seen as a stepping stone for the region's deeper economic integration within the European Union.
The members of the pact are Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Kosovo.
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