Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Belgrade/Prishtina, 11 November 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbian government said that the African country during the weekend withdrew recognition to Kosovo, but Kosovan officials say that’s not true.


Prishtina, 11 November 2019, dtt-net.com - Kosovo Election Commission Complains Panel (PZAP) today ordered recount of votes in 58 percent of polling stations, 1472 out of total 2547 respectively, of October 6 early parliamentary elections, bringing the total number of recount votes to more than 90 percent as votes have been recounted already in 830 polling stations but which have not changed preliminary results.


Sarajevo, 11 November 2019, dtt-net.com - Bosnia and Herzegovina's  (BiH) Minister of Security, Dragan Mektic, warned today that the problem of illegal migration in the country is complicating further because of obstacles by the Serb member of country’s tri-partite presidency, Milorad Dodik.


Podgorica/Sofia, 11 November 2019, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin government is optimistic that the enlargement of the European bloc in the region will not be halted despite increasing turbulences being created over the process following France, Netherlands and Denmark blockade to accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.


Ohrid, 10 November 2019, dtt-net.com - The project of what some have named it 'Western Balkans mini-Schengen' designed by Serbia for free movement of people, goods and services is supported by North Macedonia and Albania, but Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are still are undecided, while Kosovo refuses to join it because of multiple reasons, including non-recognition of independence by Belgrade and Sarajevo but also of fears of  'new Yugoslavia' the project could eventually lead towards.

EU brief news


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.


Strasbourg, 24 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament today called on EU member countries to impose economic and visa bans sanctions against Turkey over military intervention in northern Syria and also urged for a UN-led security zone in the area.


Brussels, 22 October 2019, dtt-net.com – According to the European Commission (EC) Croatia has met conditions to join the Schengen area but Slovenia disagrees as the two countries are still at row over Bay of Piran.


London/Brussels, 19 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed an amendment which delays the revised deal with the European bloc on Brexit which obliges now the government to seek extension of withdrawal date 31 October deadline.


Brussels, 17 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The head of the European Commission (EC) Jean Claude Juncker announced that a new “fair and balanced agreement” was reached today with the British government over Brexit, recommending to the heads of state and government of the EU bloc to endorse it as they gather for a two-day Summit in Brussels and the UK PM Boris Johnson hoping that the British parliament approves it Saturday.

Energy & Environment


Belgrade, 23 October 2019, dtt-net.com -  The northern stretch of the Russia owned TurkStream gas pipeline of 15.75 BCM of gas capacity per year is expected to reach costumers in the three countries as of next year as construction works are advancing fast in Bulgaria and Serbia, despite EU complaints over Gazprom monopoly contracts signed with the costumer countries in the SouthEastern Europe (SEE).


Luxembourg, 14 October 2019, dtt-net.com – EU governments today said they will sanction Turkish ‘natural and legal persons responsible for or involved in the illegal drilling activity of hydrocarbons” in Cypriot waters.


dtt-net.com – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections 49 percent of world electricity will be generated by renewables by 2050 from  28 percent last year, with the solar’s share to grow faster than hydro-power and wind-power shares.


Belgrade, 20 September 2019, dtt-net.com – The Euro 189 million investment of the Israeli company Enlight Renewable Energies and the largest wind farm project in Serbia started its operations on Thursday in Serbian northern town of Kovacica.


Sofia/Belgrade, 18 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Russian government said the the northern stretch of the gas pipeline in Bulgaria will be completed in January 2020 to connect with the Serbia section from Bulgarian border to Hungary, Russian media reported.

Business / Economy


Belgrade/Zagreb, 23 October 2019, dtt-net.com – As the German car manufacturer has put on standby its 1.3 Euro billion investment project in Turkey, the four countries are racing with massive incentives trying to convince Volkswagen to set up a new production facility in their territories.


Belgrade, 22 October 2019, dtt-net.com – German manufacturer Brose will open a new factory in Serbia and employ 1100, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced.


Podgorica, 16 October 2019, dtt-net.com - The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said it’s not competent to decide on a investment row between Montenegro and the Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, Montenegrin government said.


Tirana, 11 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in the EU candidate country from the Western Balkans region has dropped to 11.5 percent, Albanian statistical agency reported.


Prishtina/Skopje, 05 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo and North Macedonia governments today decided to end mutual trade ban between the two countries involving Kosovan fish and North Macedonian honey and potatoes.