The Stabilisation and Association Agreement is the first contractual agreement between Kosovo and EU, and as such it represents a new phase of political relations between Kosovo and the EU. Being an international agreement, the SAA defines mechanisms and official terms for implementation of all reforms, which will progressively align Kosovo with EU in all policy areas, until the fulfilment of all EU standards. Moreover, the SAA sets the framework of Kosovo’s relations with EU Member States and institutions for implementation of Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP), until full EU membership. Regarding the scope, in addition to political issues and legal obligations (including those affecting the domestic legal order), the SAA shall cover all areas of governance.
The Republic of Kosovo and European Union signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement on 27 October 2015, in Strasbourg. It was subsequently adopted by the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on 30 October 2015, by means of Decision No. 01/55 on approving the Draft-Law on Ratification of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the Republic of Kosovo, of the one part, and the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the other part, and it was ratified by the Assembly of Kosovo on 2 November 2015 by the adoption of the Law No. 05/L-069 on Ratification of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the Republic of Kosovo, of the one part, and the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the other part.