Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News

18.04.19

Belgrade/Prishtina, 17 April 2019, dtt-net.com – Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a meeting with Serbia’s counterpart Aleksandar Putin later this month in Beijing a month ahead of a Summit to be organized by Germany and France with leaders of Western Balkans countries.

18.04.19

Strasbourg/Skopje, 17 April 2019, dtt-net.com – EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini said she “expects” the two Western Balkans countries to open accession negotiations with the European bloc this year.

18.04.19

Prishtina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj called on Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic to return to the EU-mediated talks and work for an agreement of mutual recognition between the two countries.

18.04.19

Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Leaders of three main parties of Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Wednesday agreed over distribution of new government portfolios, but the deadlock over countries ties with the western military alliance remains the main obstacle for successful conclusion of more than five months of negotiations since elections.

18.04.19

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The government of North Macedonia declared a measles epidemic after more than 960 cases were registered and three babies died since the beginning of this year.


European Union

25.12.18

Brussels, 25 December 2018, dtt-net.com – Finns, French and German citizens are the most against enlargement of the EU, 64, 62 and 61 percent respectively, while in EU28 the percentage of opposition goes down to 45 and support to 43 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Eurobarometer done for the European Commission (EC).

25.11.18
Brussels, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and government of 27 EU members approved today a divorce agreement between the bloc and the UK, with all eyes now not set on the divided British parliament which has to green light the 585-page text in order it can enter into force as of end of March.

22.11.18
Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU member countries and the UK today agreed a “political declaration’ setting out the framework for the future relationship between the two sides, subject to approval of heads of states and governments.

19.11.18
Brussels, dtt-net.com – Austria, the country which holds current rotating Presidency of the EU, today said that the draft-agreement on Brexit is a ‘fair compromise’, as all eyes are now turned toward the future of UK’s government amid internal split in London over the 585-pages text.

18.11.18
Berlin/Brussels, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron today said that the EU should make up its mind to reshape, get 'stronger' and ‘more autonomous’ to become a heavy weight power in the world.

Energy & Environment

11.02.19

Pristina, 11 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s and Macedonia’s governments today signed a Memorandum (MoU) on energy cooperation aimed at linking Kosovo to the EU’s Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) with the planned stretch from the neighbouring country.

04.02.19

Vienna/Belgrade, 04 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said Serbia has breached EU’s energy rules related to unbundling, third party access and tariff regulation exemptions made to the gas pipeline project Gastrans, which will pas through its territory from Bulgaria border to Hungary and which will bring Russian gas through Turkey to the Western Balkans and neighbouring countries members of the EU.

31.01.19

Sofia/Belgrade, 31 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bulgarian Bulgartransgaz EAD gas transmission and storage system operator announced today that it has completed its investments plans for construction of the pipeline through its territory from Turkish to Serbian border.

20.01.19

Moscow/Belgrade, 20 January 2019, dtt-net.com – By expanding underground gas storages with Russia supplies Serbia is becoming a mayor gas hub in the EU aspiring Western Balkans region.

23.11.18
Vienna/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that, apart of Macedonia, the rest of the EU aspirant countries in the Western Balkans region are not making sufficient progress on electricity market reforms.


Business / Economy

18.04.19

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian and Qatar authorities vowed to boost further economic ties between the two countries with trade and investments in both countries at the center of topics discussed during a meeting held in Albanian capital Tirana.

28.02.19

Skopje, 28 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Macedonian government today reported a record foreign direct investments in the country last year of 624,5 Euro million, an increase of 244 percent compared to 2017.

25.01.19

Sarajevo/Pristina, 25 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hopes that its proposal for suspension of 100 percent tax on its goods for a six-month period will be considered positively by Kosovan government despite certain conditions set by Pristina authorities.

23.01.19

Brussels/Belgrade, 23 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union hasn’t exempted Serbia from recently imposed and updated tariffs on steel but top officials say the country is not expected to be damaged by the measure.

16.01.19

Belgrade/Brussels, 15 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia called on the EU to exempt the country from its proposed new steel import quotas expected to be decided on Wednesday by the European bloc as consequence of the imposition of tariffs by the US on steel and aluminium imports.