W. Balkans General News

EU’s chief of diplomacy urges W. Balkans PMs to focus on reforms for membership


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The EU’s chief of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini called on prime ministers of six countries in Western Balkans region to speed up work on reforms needed for membership in the European bloc.

Montenegro’s membership helpful to W. Balkans stability, NATO chief says


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The upcoming membership of Montenegro in the western military alliance will help the stability in the country and entire Western Balkans region, NATO Secretary General said.

Serbia’s spy present in Macedonia’s parliament during the violent incident (report)


Skopje-Shkup, 24 May 2017, dtt-net.com – A member of Serbia’s Intelligence Agency (BIA) and adviser at the Serbian embassy in Macedonia had entered local parliament alongside the mob which stormed country’s legislative body last month, with local media raising questions over his controversial presence there.

Russian and Macedonian presidents vow to strengthen ties between the two countries


Moscow, dtt-net.com – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov said the relations between the two countries are developing well vowing to further strengthen the ties between the two sides.

Kosovo president accuses EU’s Hahn of siding with Serbia


Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi has addressed harsh accusations against the EU and in particular against EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn over their policy toward Kosovo and the Western Balkans region.

EU Energy & Environment

EU’s energy body submits infringements against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia


Vienna, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has submitted a total of seven dispute settlement cases against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breaches of energy acguis, asking on the ministers of member countries to take decision.

Bulgaria to join W. Balkans electricity market


Sofia/Wienna, 18 May 2017, dtt-net.com - Bulgaria has agreed to join Western Balkans (WB6) regional electricity market integration initiative, part of initiatives coordinated and supervised by EU’s energy body, the Secretariat of Energy Community, aimed at extending the EU internal energy market to South East Europe.

EU gas pipeline celebrates 1st year of construction


Tirana/Baar, dtt-net.com - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will bring gas to the EU and Balkans through Turkey, Greece, Albania and Italy as of 2020, marks the one-year anniversary since construction started.

Construction works of EU gas pipeline in Albania suspended as ancient settlement uncovered


Tirana, dtt-net.com - The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) construction works are suspended for a month in Albania after uncovering of an ancient settlement in a village in south-eastern municipality of Korçë last week.

EU agrees conditional approval of French state aid to gas-fired power plant


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European Commission said it conditionally approved state aid of French government to a local company for the construction of a gas-fired electricity plant in Brittany.


EU calls on W. Balkans, Turkey to focus on economic reforms


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Western Balkans countries and Turkey today were called by the European Union to focus on economic reforms aimed at better preparing their economies for the EU path.

Kosovo politician suggests suspension of trade deal with EU


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - A Kosovan politician has criticized the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU saying that the deal is harmful to local production.

Albanian authorities block tons of poultry imported from Brazil


Tirana, 15 May 2017, dtt-net.com – Albanian food security authorities said today they have blocked a total of 26 tons of poultry imported from Brazil because of containing salmonella.


EU candidate countries in Balkans to have positive growth, EC says


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The four EU candidate countries from the Western Balkans region (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro) are set to have positive economic growth this and next year, according to a forecast by the European Commission (EC).

EU expected to have ‘steady’ growth in 2017 and 2018


Brussels, dtt-net.com – GDP in the EU is expected to be at 1.9 percent this and next year, while in the Euro area to 1.7 percent in 2017 and 1.8 percent in 2018, according to the European Commission (EC).


Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO


dtt-net.com – The two time world champion Majlinda Kelmendi made history on Sunday (07 August) wining first ever Olympic gold medal for her country: Kosovo.


Kosovo granted FIFA membership


Mexico City / Prishtina – With 141 votes in favour and 23 against FIFA Congress today granted membership to Kosovo’s Football Federation, a second big news this month from the football world after the new country was admitted ten days ago as the new member of UEFA.

FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar


Prishtina/Mexico City, dtt-net.com - The Council of the world football body today proposed to its Congress which takes place on Friday (13th May) to admit Kosovo and Gibraltar’ as its new members.

Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.

Kosovo to join UEFA


Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


[Opinion] Europe's division cannot be overcome without W. Balkans joining the EU


Zagreb, dtt-net.com - "The division of Europe will not be overcome until all countries of the Western Balkans have joined the EU", the Germany's State Minister for European Affairs , Michael Roth said in a speech held in Zagreb, Croatia.

[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?


If the new (US) president is inclined to accept a Russian sphere of influence in the Balkans, the consequences for the region’s relatively new democracies could be dramatic.

By Daniel Serwer >>>>

Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 


"It would be imprecise to suggest that Kosovo is uniquely prone to radicalism or that the effort to radicalize a historically moderate population is succeeding. In fact, Kosovo merits our attention as a bellwether state and exemplar of how to undermine extremism".

By Rabbi Joshua M. Z. Stanton >>>>

EU, US pushing too fast with Serbia’s PM, forgot “mafia” victim Zoran Đinđić


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Imagine these world media headlines next month or next year:
- “Serbia’s PM killed in car accident” ;
- “Pro-EU Serbia's PM Aleksandar Vucic ill of brain cancer”;
- “Serb mafia executes Serbia's PM as in 2003 Zoran Djindjic”; or the most preferable headline of all Serb media together:
- “Vucic killed by Albanian Muslim terrorists-mafia, according to international intelligence and security experts.”

Imagine for a second that one of these headlines becomes true. What would Angela Merkel and Barack Obama do with or in the Western Balkans the next day or during another 12 years after it ???

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi

EU, US ‘resolved’ half of Macedonia crisis, ignored discrimination on Albanians


dtt-net.com – The deal clinched by the EU and the US officials this week over Macedonia crisis has completely ignored the need for equal rights for Ethnic Albanians, as 14 years since the end of the 2001 armed conflict, Macedonians continue to treat them as second class citizens by limiting the use of Albanian language and bias approach on the economic front.

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi

Earlier News

US deports to Serbia Serbian man suspected of war crimes in Bosnia

Kosovo citizen member of ISIL killed in Syria

Serbia establishes special body to strengthen ties with Russia and China

Court rules probation for 9 over Macedonia parliament violence

Mladic appeals denial of provisional release by UN war crimes court

Former Kosovo PM promises EU visa liberalisation, formation of army

MEP urges EU to focus on W. Balkans to avoid falling into “Russian orbit”

W. Balkans countries condemn terrorist attack in Manchester

Albania's government reshuffled until election

UN war crimes court orders 2 Serbian suspects to return for retrial

Serbia to remain military neutral, PM reiterates

Former Serbia's minister sacked over sexist remarks reinstated to top job

Croatia's conservatives score best in municipal elections

Talks over new Macedonia’s government launched

Kosovo NGOs call on citizens not to vote for corrupt politicians

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