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04 Dec 2020


Marcikić Horvat A., Matkovski B., Zekić S., Radovanov B. (2020). The Technical Efficiency of Agriculture in Western Balkan Countries during EU Integration. Agricultural Economics – Zemědělskáekonomika, 66(2), 65-73. DOI: 10.17221/224/2019-AGRICECON

The main goal of this paper is to compare the relative technical efficiency of agriculture in Western Balkan countries to those of the European Union and to propose ways to improve the position of Western Balkan count­ries. The group of Western Balkan countries includes Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Albania, which are candidate countries for European Union membership, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is currently a po­tential candidate. An input-oriented Data Envelopment Analysis model with the variable return to scale was applied to an 11-year period from 2006 to 2016. Input variables used in the model included labour, land, and capital, and the out­put was presented as the value of agricultural production. The highest average technical efficiency was achieved by the EU15 countries for the entire eleven-year period, while the Western Balkan countries had the lowest score. The source of this inefficiency was identified in

04 Dec 2020


Matkovski B., Kalaš B., Zekić S., Jeremić M. (2019). Agri-food Competitiveness in South East Europe. Outlook on Agriculture. 48(4), 326-335. DOI:10.1177/0030727019854770

The purpose of this article is to determine the level of competitiveness of agri-food products in South East European (SEE)countries within the processes of European Union (EU) and regional integration as well as to find the factors thatdetermine agri-food competitiveness. This article uses the revealed comparative advantages (RCAs) index to find the levelof comparative advantage of agri-food products. Additionally, a model for identifying the determinants of the SEE agri-foodcomparative advantage was constructed and estimated. The results show that all SEE countries (except for Albania) havecomparative advantages in the agri-food sector as part of the global market. Also, the estimation of the model shows thatpartial productivities in agriculture have a positive impact on comparative advantage while gross domestic product (GDP)per capita has a negative impact. This article makes a useful review of competitiveness of agri-food sector in SEE countriesand determines which factors are significant for an RCA index. This is essential for policymakers to identify whatdeterminants improve or degrade competitiveness of the agri-food sector in SEE countries.

04 Dec 2020

website design

Our team have started development of website of the our Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project AgriCOM!

04 Dec 2020


On #Erasmusdaysweek, AgriCOM project was presented on Faculty of Economics, University of Novi Sad.

04 Dec 2020

Grant Agreement

Grant Agreement for the project Agricultural Policy of European Union and its influence on competitiveness of agri-food products of Serbia–AgriCOM is signed.

Start: 29-09-2020 – End: 28-09-2023

Project Reference: 620128-EPP-1-2020-1-RS-EPPJMO-MODULE

26 Nov 2020

Kick off meeting

26/11/2020 kick off meeting for coordinators of Jean Monnet projects was realised. For the project team AgriCOM coordinator of the project dr. Bojan Matkovski was participated.