Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

14.07.20

The Hague/Prishtina, 14 July 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi was interviewed Monday and Tuesday and will continue to respond to questions of the prosecution of the special court on Wednesday as well over war crimes charges.

14.07.20

Brussels, 14 July 2020, dtt-net.com – Montenegro and Serbia have joined other four countries of the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Kosovo) in the travel ban list - to be confirmed on Wednesday - of the European Union for 14 days to come, because of increase of Covid-19 infections and deaths, dtt-net.com learns.

14.07.20

Brussels, 14 July 2020, dtt-net.com  - A Russian diplomat told the EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak that the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 “is the legal basis for settling the Kosovo issue, and remains relevant to the full extend,” as the European bloc just relaunched Kosovo-Serbia talks for what it calls "legally binding agreement" for "normalisation of relations" between the two countries.

14.07.20

Belgrade, 14 July 2020, dtt-net.com – Health authorities in Serbia today said 344 more people confirmed positive of Covid-19 and another 13 died in the last 24 hours, as the spread of the virus continues in the country and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region.

14.07.20

Brussels/Prishtina, 14 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The EU continues to refuse to clarify its position over calls of relatives of Kosovo war victims to amend the law of the special court to tackle war crimes committed by Serbia army, police and paramilitary against nearly 13,000 Albanian civilians during the 1998-1999 war of independence in parallel with the alleged crimes of members of former guerrilla, KLA.


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

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.

29.05.20

Sarajevo/Brussels, 29 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today decided to extend for another year a measure which would help local companies obtain more contracts and work in public procurement services, in a move of Sarajevo to protect them from EU companies following economic damages that the Covid-19 has caused to the country.

12.05.20

Belgrade, 12 May 2020, dtt-net.com – France will contribute with 8.3 Euro million to the feasibility study for the metro project in the Serbian capital, while Paris is also considering a loan for construction of the underground railway which according to the Serbian government could cost to around 5 Euro billion.

01.05.20

Washington/Tirana, 01 May 2020, dtt-net.com – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are expected to enter a recession this year, with all six countries forecast “to experience negative growth” as they continue to grapple with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank said in a new report.


opinions

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.

07.05.20

Washington/Prishtina, 06 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The United States and Kosova have enjoyed a special relationship. Liberating and state-building was a bipartisan endeavour. The Clinton administration went to war to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kosova Albanians by Serbia and Bush led Kosova’s coordinated declaration of independence. Today, US-Kosova relations are at their lowest point in years. President Donald J. Trump has betrayed Kosova’s trust in the US, rolling back decades of progress.

By David L. Phillips

20.04.20

By Tobias Bunde, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Boris Ruge and Nathalie Tocci

Berlin/Brussels, 20 April 2020, dtt-net.com -  The European project was built on the ashes of two world wars. The ongoing COVID19 crisis, the most devastating pandemic afflicting humankind in the last century, may be its undoing. Or can it become the catalyst for building a stronger European Union for the future? The jury is still out.