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EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA)

The "Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part" was signed in Strasbourg on 27 October 2015 and entered intor force on 1 April 2016.

The treaty establishes a contractual relationship that entails mutual rights and obligations and covers a wide variety of sectors. The SAA focuses on respect for key democratic principles and core elements that are at the heart of the EU's single market.

The SAA establishes an area that allows for free trade and the application of European standards in other areas such as competition, state aid and intellectual property. It is designed to support the implementation of reforms to achieve the adoption of European standards by Kosovo. Other provisions cover political dialogue, cooperation in a wide variety of sectors ranging from education and employment to energy, the environment and justice and home affairs.

Article 132 of the SAA establishes a Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (the EU-Kosovo SAPC) -- "a forum for Members of the European Parliament and Members of the Parliament of Kosovo to meet and exchange views" -- and describes how the Committee functions.