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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

This page gathers key information on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's negotiations to join the WTO.  The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia became the 146th WTO member on 4 April 2003.

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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 30/11/1994  PC/W/18
Accession Working Party established 21/12/1994  PC/M/11
Establishment of an accession Working Party; Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  23/08/1995  WT/ACC/FYM/1
31/03/1999  WT/ACC/807/1  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
1st 01/2000 - 09/2002 Ambassador K.are BRYN (Norway)
2nd 08/1995 - 03/1999 Ambassador Terje JOHANNESSEN (Norway)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice/fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 10/07/2000
2nd 15/03/2001
3rd 07/12/2001
4th 23/05/2002
5th 17/09/2002
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  12/04/1999  WT/ACC/807/2
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 05/05/2000  WT/ACC/807/5  (+ addenda & corrigendum)
Factual Summary of Points Raised 
Additional Questions & Replies 12/01/2001  WT/ACC/807/12
09/08/2001  WT/ACC/807/18
17/04/2002  WT/ACC/807/23
10/07/2002  WT/ACC/807/26
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party 
Draft Report of the Working Party  03/05/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/4   (+   revisions & corrigenda)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  30/07/2001  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/3   (+  addenda & revision)
10/06/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/5   (+  addendum and revisions)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 20/12/2000  WT/ACC/807/10
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 20/12/2000  WT/ACC/807/11
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 20/12/2000  WT/ACC/807/9
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2
Comprehensive Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  30/03/2001   WT/ACC/807/17  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans 
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
12/04/1999  WT/ACC/807/3/Add.1
  •  Customs Law (1993)
  •  Customs Tariff Law of 15 August 1996
  •  Law on Excises with amendments (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 42/95)
  •  Trade Law (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 23/95-523)
  •  Foreign Trade Law (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 31/93-716)
  •  Law on Foreign Credit Relations (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 31/93-716)
  •  Law on Foreign Investments (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 31/93-732)
  •  Law on Sales Tax on Goods and Services (1995)
  •  Property Taxes Law (published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia No. 80/93-1976)
  •  Personal Income Tax Law (1994)
  •  Draft Law Against Unfair Competition
28/02/2000  WT/ACC/807/4
  •  Law on Foreign Credit Relations No. 31/93-717; 45/96 – 40/96-2517
  •  Law on Value Added Tax of 1 January 2000
  •  Decree on Proclamation of the Law on Foreign Exchange Operations No. 08-1870/1 of 12 May 1993
  •  Program of the Republic of Macedonia for stimulating investments with a special emphasis on attracting foreign direct investments of March 1999
  •  Public Investment Programme of the Republic of Macedonia of 1999-2001
  •  Law on Medicaments, Remedial Medicines and Medical Devices No. 21/98
  •  Law on Free Economic Zones of October 1999
  •  Law on Public Procurement No. 26/98 of 15 December 1999
  •  Law on Copyright and Related Rights of 20 September 1996 as amended by the Law of 30 January 1998
  •  Regulations for the Recognition of the Mark Right of 1994
  •  Regulations for the Recognition of the Model or Design of 1994
  •  Regulations for the Recognition of the Patent of 1994
  •  Regulations for Amendment of the Regulations for the Procedure for Patent Recognition No. 15/94
  •  Provisions of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Macedonia Relating Intellectual Property Rights No. 37/96
  •  Act of Industrial Property
  •  Law on Protection of Topographies of Integrated Circuits
  •  Act on Environment and Nature Protection and Promotion of 1997
  •  Collection of Legislation Sets in the Field of Communal (Public) Works of 1998
  •  Law on Concessions No. 42/93 1057
  •  Foreign Trade Law No. 31/93-716
  •  Correction of the Foreign Trade Law No. 12-2503/1 of 29 June 1993
  •  Law on Banks and Savings Institutions (Banks and Savings Houses Law) No. 31/93-705
  •  Law on Payment Transactions
  •  Law on Insurance
  •  Law on Financial Operations
  •  The Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia
  •  Plant Protection Law
  •  Veterinary Law
  •  Law on Transformation of the Enterprises and Co-operatives Running Agricultural Land No. 19/96; 25/99
  •  Law on the Special Duties on Import of Agricultural and Food Products
  •  Law on Transformation of Socially Owned Enterprises No. 38/93; 48/93-Corr
  •  Law on Privatization of State Capital of Enterprises (No. 37/96; 25/99)
  •  Protocol 1 – Exchange of Concessions between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Croatia for Agricultural and Food Products
  •  Protocol 2 - for defining the concept "originating goods" and methods of administrative co-operation
  •  Annex IV – Protocol No. 3 on Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters
29/06/2000  WT/ACC/807/6
15/01/2001  WT/ACC/807/12/Add.1
14/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/15
26/11/2001  WT/ACC/807/20
26/03/2002  WT/ACC/807/22
31/05/2002  WT/ACC/807/24
10/06/2002  WT/ACC/807/24/Add.1
17/07/2002  WT/ACC/807/24/Add.2
11/09/2002  WT/ACC/807/24/Add.3
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
16/04/1999  WT/ACC/807/3
  •  Information on the Changes in the Foreign Trade Regime
09/06/2000  WT/ACC/807/5/Add.1 (+  corrigendum)
  •  Addendum to Questions and Replies to the Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime:
  •  Statistics and Publications
  •  List of Laws and Legal Acts
  •  Information on Import Licensing Procedures
  •  Information on Implementation and Administration of the Customs Valuation Agreement
  •  Information on Technical Barriers to Trade
  •  Information on State Trading
  •  Services Sectoral Classification List to be submitted*
  •  Trade Agreements:
  •  (a) List of Foreign Trade Agreements
  •  (b) List of Trade Agreements
29/06/2000  WT/ACC/807/7
  •  Checklist of documents
12/07/2000  WT/ACC/807/5/Add.3
  •  Addendum to Questions and Replies to the Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime:
  •  List of Products Subject to Licence, Issued by the Bureau for Standardization and Metrology
13/07/2000  WT/ACC/807/5/Add.2
  •  Addendum to Questions and Replies to the Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime:
  •  Statistics and Publications
  •  Services Sectoral Classification List
18/12/2000  WT/ACC/807/8
  •  Information on Policy Measures Affecting Trade in Services
20/12/2000  WT/ACC/807/5/Add.4
  •  Addendum to Questions and Replies to the Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime:
  •  List of Products Subject to Import and Export Licenses, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy
12/01/2001  WT/ACC/807/13
  •  List of laws and Legal Acts
02/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/8/Add.1
  •  Information on Policy Measures Affecting Trade in Services
05/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/7/Rev.1
  •  Checklist of documents
12/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/13/Rev.1
  •  List of laws and Legal Acts
12/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/14
  •  Import Statistics
12/03/2001  WT/ACC/807/16
  •  Customs Tariff
10/09/2001  WT/ACC/807/19
22/11/2001  WT/ACC/807/21
  •  Exports Subject to Licensing
22/11/2001  WT/ACC/807/13/Rev.2
  •  List of laws and Legal Acts
28/11/2001  WT/ACC/807/7/Rev.2
  •  Checklist of documents
10/06/2002  WT/ACC/807/25
  •  Information concerning the establishment of a single SPS enquiry point in Croatia
26/03/2002  WT/ACC/807/22
  •  Information on SPS; the abolition of the LB8 import and export licences and Free Trade Agreement with EFTA
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  02/03/2001  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/2  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  02/03/2001

 WT/ACC/SPEC/807/1  (+  revisions)

Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  31/07/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/6  (+  revision)
Draft Services Schedule  29/07/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/807/7  (+  corrigenda)
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 15/10/2002  WT/L/494  News item
Protocol of Accession  15/10/2002  WT/L/494
Report of the Working Party 26/09/2002  WT/ACC/807/27
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  04/10/2002  WT/ACC/807/27/Add.1
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  04/10/2002  WT/ACC/807/27/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments   http://acdb.wto.org/ click on “Report by Member”, select “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 05/03/2003  WT/LET/439
VIII. Date of Membership
  04/04/2003 146th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
18th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

Note:
The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.