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Serbia’s police closes down Russia backed paramilitary camp for children

17.08.2018

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s police today said it closed down a paramilitary camp - supported by Russian embassy - at which youngsters and children where trained for combat and use of arms, authorities said.
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Merkel says disputes between W. Balkans countries must be solved before joining the EU

17.08.2018

Berlin, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel today said that Western Balkan aspirant countries must solve their disputes with their neighbours, before joining the European bloc, referring to multiple borders conflicts in the region and especially to the Serbia-Kosovo tensions.
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Trump’s office and the US State department not coordinated over Serbia-Kosovo tensions, Committee hearing shows

17.08.2018

Washington/Pristina, dtt-net.com – According to an Q&A at the Foreign Relations Committee in the US Senate between the Senator Chris Murphy and the incoming US Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett, the State Department has received no read-out from the President Donald Trump's office over meeting of his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, three weeks after, thus leaving open rumours that the White House would not be against border changes between the two countries as Serb minister has hinted.
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Montenegro to strengthen controls of border with Albania amid illegal migrants

16.08.2018

Podgorica/Tirana, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin government today decided to strengthen its controls along the border with Albania and asked the army to help the police against illegal migrants entering the country on their way to the EU.
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Serbia’s PM calls for support to President Vucic for compromise with Kosovo

16.08.2018

Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, called today on country’s citizens and the opposition to support efforts of country’s President Aleksandar Vucic for the talks with Kosovan side for a compromise agreement.
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Energy & Environment

EU energy body blasts Kosovo’s deal with US company over new power plant

14.06.2018

Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community today has criticized the deal between the Kosovo government and the US Contour Global agreement of building a new power plant and related power purchase agreement between the two saying that it constitutes state aid which is contrary to EU energy rules.

The Vienna-based body also said that “other potentially critical elements in the set of contracts concluded in December 2017 include exemptions from taxes and customs duties, state guarantees, and the transfer/lease of land below market price.”
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Italian minister says EU gas pipeline TAP ‘pointless’ for Italy

08.06.2018

Rome/Tirana, dtt-net.com – New Italian Environment Minister Sergio Costa considers the Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) - which will bring gas from Azerbaijan to Balkans and the EU - as of 2020 ‘looks pointless’ to Italy and will be reviewed by the new ruling coalition in Rome.
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EBRD launches energy efficiency programme in Macedonia

24.04.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat today launched a Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Macedonia designed to provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements in the residential sector.
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EU energy body takes infringement case on Bosnia’s environmental impact assessment of thermal power plant further

19.03.2018

Vienna/Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Energy Community Secretariat has launched infringement procedures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breach of environment rules related to a planned thermal power plant.
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Ex-minister of Germany to mediate Serbia-Kosovo power grid dispute

08.03.2018

Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Germany is sending its former environment minister, Klaus Töpfer, to Belgrade and Pristina, in a new attempt to solve row between Serbia and Kosovo over Kosovan electricity grid, which according to ENTSO-E is causing system frequency deviation from the mean value of 50 Hertz to Europe’s synchronized high voltage electricity network.
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Business/Economy

Albania reports record low unemployment

11.06.2018

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government today said the unemployment in the country in May dropped to the record low at 12.5 percent an decrease of 1.7 percent comparing to the same month last year.
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W. Balkans countries, Turkey vow to work with EU on economic and social reforms

25.05.2018

Brussels, dtt-net.com - EU aspirant countries from Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey today vowed “to deepen economic and social reforms in order to improve the economy and boost competitiveness and inclusive growth”.
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Resignation of finance minister delays Serbia’s new deal with IMF

18.05.2018

Serbia, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said it has put on hold a new agreement on economic reform program with Serbian government until a new finance minister takes office.
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Kosovo loses 32 Euro million because of SAA deal with EU in 2017

08.05.2018

Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo lost last year nearly 32 Euro million of custom fees because of the free trade part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU, almost the double of loses in 2016 when the implementation of the deal started.
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EBRD launches Investment Platform for W. Balkans

26.02.2018

London, dtt-net.com - A new electronic tool has been launched today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Western Balkans Investment Summit in London aimed at facilitating market access and raise the attractiveness to foreign direct investment in the EU aspirant region.
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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

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.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

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.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

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.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

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

03.05.2016

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


Opinions

[Opinion] Albania on an irreversible path towards the EU

29.06.2018

The more Albania delivers on its people's needs and demands, the more it will advance towards membership to the EU

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn

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[Opinion] Macedonia: A clear EU path ahead

29.06.2018

The doors of our Union are open. Your path towards the European Union has become irreversible.

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn >>>>

[Opinion] EU Enlargement to the Balkans: Playing hardball or playing with fire?

28.06.2018

“…the EU failed to live up to its own rhetoric and show the Balkans that hard work – of the kind that Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have done – pays off.”

By Corina Stratulat, European Policy Centre

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[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans

01.06.2017

By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

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

16.01.2017

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.
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Earlier News

Macedonia’s journalist association protests use of public funds in media campaigns by government

US State Department blasts attempts by Bosnia Serbs to deny Srebrenica genocide

Kosovo opposition party vows to stage street protests against president, government

Cyprus could change its position over Kosovo if EU-mediated talks with Serbia are concluded with an agreement

Bosnia: Serb entity’s leadership hits at Srebrenica slaughter report ahead of elections

Death toll in Serbia from West Nile Virus climbs to 11

Serbia’s President gets nervous with Merkel’s position against border changes ideas in W. Balkans

Another poll says Macedonia’s citizens to back name deal with Greece for EU, NATO entry

Macedonian main opposition party still silent over referendum on name deal with Greece

Merkel speaks out against border changes ideas in W. Balkans

Greece defends its decision to expel Russian diplomats over meddling in Macedonia deal as Moscow retaliates

Council of Europe scolds Macedonia over new electoral code aimed at media reporting

Russia reiterates support to Serbia over Kosovo

EU donates €6 million to Bosnia over migration

Serbia’s President in favour of ‘delineation’ of borders with Kosovo Albanians



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