Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

07.08.20

Skopje, 07 August 2020, dtt-net.com – Two Macedonian and Albanian parties in North Macedonia said they agreed in principle about the priorities of a possible future government, but talks are to continue in coming days and nothing is decided yet.

07.08.20

Prishtina, 07 August 2020, dtt-net.com – The EU office in Prishtina and the USA Embassy said that a law proposed to the Kosovan parliament on the protection of the KLA values which fought for independence from Serbia during the 1998-1999 contains provisions detrimental to freedom of expression.

07.08.20

Brussels, 07 August 2020, dtt-net.com - This week, more batches of FFP2 and FFP3 protective masks are being distributed to Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia from rescEU - the common European reserve of medical equipment set up this year to help countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission (EC) said.

07.08.20

Sarajevo, 07 August 2020, dtt-net.com – Bosnian authorities today reported the highest number of Covid-19 new cases and also of deaths in the last 24 hours in the Western Balkans region.

07.08.20

Belgrade/Prishtina, 07 August 2020, dtt-net.com -  The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said the next meeting with Kosovan leaders in September at the EU-mediated talks should be about the promised Association of Serb Municipalities (ASM) made seven years ago, which many in Kosovo consider detrimental to the Kosovan state as it would lead to the Bosnia power-sharing model on ethnic administrative lines.


EU brief news

02.02.20

Brussels, 02 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The chief of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell will be in Tehran Monday and Tuesday in a fresh effort of the European governments to 'preserve' the 2015 deal and try reach political solution to the ongoing crisis between Iran and the USA.

25.01.20

Brussels, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The UK wants the amount back as it will not be allowed to fully use EU’s navigation satellite system, Galileo, because of leaving the bloc, but the European Commission (EC) is keeping silent over it at the moment awaiting the end of Brexit transitory period for a final verdict over money dispute.

08.01.20

Brussels, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen and EU’s chief of diplomacy Josep Borrell today urged the USA and Iran to de-escalate the growing tensions between the two countries saying that the “the use of weapons must stop now to give space to dialogue” as “it is in no one’s interest to turn up the spiral of violence even further”, after two Iraq basis housing American forces were hit last night by Tehran in retaliation to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

07.01.20

Zagreb, 07 January 2020, dtt-net.com - 14 members of the Croatian army have been redeployed from Baghdad to Kuwait following the NATO decision to suspend training of Iraqi forces amid the US-Iran crisis, Croatian defense ministry announced today.

28.10.19

Brussels, 28 October 2019, dtt-net.com – 27 EU governments have agreed to postpone Brexit deadline until January 31, giving more time to the British parliament to ratify the revised withdrawal agreement from the European bloc, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced.


Football News

13.06.20

13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The Kosovo right-foot forward of Werder Bremen is back for today’s match against Paderborn, as the two clubs are fighting for crucial points to avoid relegation.

13.06.20

13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Xherdan Shaqiri and Liverpool are likely to go separate ways as the player is on the list of transfer, provided that interested clubs and the Reds agree on a transfer fee, British media reported.

10.06.20

Prishtina/Brussels, 09 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 21-year left foot forward/midfielder of the Kosovan national team, Edon Zhegrova, nicknamed in Swiss and his home country as ‘Kosovo’s Lionel Messi’, is attracting the interest of several clubs in France, England, Germany and Italy as well, but dtt-net.com agency learns that the starlet is interested in staying with Swiss’s FC Basel and not return to Belgium’s Genk.

08.06.20

Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.

07.06.20

Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment

04.06.20

Belgrade, 04 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Hungarian and Serbian governments today signed a deal on gas supplies, according to which Hungary will start receiving Russian gas also through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia as of next year, as pipeline construction works are advancing fast, including the section from Serbia to the Hungarian border.

 

 

27.05.20

Tirana, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The French renewables energy company Voltalia today was awarded a  tender by Albanian government for a 140 MW solar plant.

25.05.20

Tirana, 25 May 2020, dtt-net.com - Cars will be banned to circulate in Albania on Sundays from October 2020 to March 2021 aimed at clean air, Albanian premier Edi Rama announced.

22.05.20

Tirana, 22 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) said it has launched the testing phase process in Albania – after completing it in Greece – ahead of first deliveries of the Azerbaijani gas to the EU member states planned by the end of 2020.

21.04.20

Prishtina/Tirana, 21 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENSTO-E) yesterday backed Kosovo leaving Serbia’s grid and joining that of Albania, which would enable power exchanges between Tirana and Prishtina through the a new interconnection grid financed by Germany after several years since its construction blocked by Belgrade so far.


Business / Economy

03.08.20

Podgorica, 03 August 2020, dtt-net.com – Tourism sector in Montenegro is suffering severely because of the drastic fall of tourists numbers because of Covid-19 crisis, according to the data by authorities.

27.07.20

Belgrade/Moscow, 27 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Russia has approved the protocol of Serbia’s agreement for joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a free-trade area led by Moscow formed formally in 2015 which includes also Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

24.07.20

Podgorica, 24 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Montenegro announced a 1.2 Euro billion package for a four year period aimed at coping with damages to the economy and households caused by the pandemic.

08.07.20

London/Brussels, 08 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) said they will loan a total of 85 Euro million to the banks in the Western Balkans countries aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region to cope with the Covid-19 damages to their economies.

10.06.20

Sarajevo/Brussels, 10 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The European Union today said it has allocated €20 million for modernization of the agri-food sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for next four years.


opinions

28.07.20

By Daniel Serwer

 You will hear from many people who live in the Western Balkans, especially in Bosnia and Serbia, that nothing has changed (since the end of Balkans wars). This reflects their disappointment in what has happened in the last 25 years. I share that disappointment. I would like to have seen far more progress.

17.07.20

By Daniel Serwer

Washington/Skopje, dtt-net.com - The outcome of July 16 elections is no muddier than previous North Macedonian elections, which have consistently left the Albanian political parties as the dealmakers and breakers. That is true this time as well, with the added complication that no single Albanian party may be able to give either of the main parties enough votes in parliament to gain a commanding majority. So government formation is likely to be a messy and perhaps lengthy process, but that is often the case in parliamentary systems that have more than two parties or electoral coalitions.

07.07.20

The Srebrenica genocide, the most tragic event perpetrated on the European soil since the Second World War, is still an open wound at the heart of Europe. It continues to haunt us and reminds us of our shared responsibility to prevent genocide from ever happening again. 

By Oliver Varhelyi 

24.06.20

By Daniel Serwer

Washington, 24 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) charged with ensuring accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the 1999 NATO/Yugoslavia war announced today that the prosecutor on April 24 charged President Thaci and former Speaker of the parliament Veseli, who is now the head of the political party Thaci founded. The announcement added:

20.06.20

By Daniel Serwer

Prishtina, 20 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The (Donald) Trump Administration is bringing Kosovo and Serbia Presidents (Hashim) Thaci and (Aleksandar) Vucic to Washington June 27, in an effort to hammer out some sort of agreement the American President can boast about at a Rose Garden ceremony before the November 3 election. Speculation about the substance has focused on the apparent willingness of both Vucic and Thaci to consider land/people swaps on an ethnic basis: Serbs in northern Kosovo would be traded to Serbia in exchange for Albanians in southern Serbia.