Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

16.05.22

Skopje, 17 May 2022, dtt-net.com – The conservative VMRO-DPMNE opposition party in North Macedonia announced a street protest for Wednesday (May 18), in yet another move of pressuring the government to agree for early parliamentary elections, on top of ongoing blockade of the parliament through filibustering and other type of obstructions of the legislative body.

16.05.22

Brussels, 16 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Foreign ministers of the European Union today scolded Serbia for refusing to join bloc’s sanctions against Russia as invasion of Ukraine is now at 82nd day, with chief of diplomacy Josep Borrel, saying that Belgrade “being neutral today with respect to Ukrainian war is a false concept”, while welcoming Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia for aligning with the sanctions.

16.05.22

Podgorica, 16 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Montenegrin government said today it sent military assistance and humanitarian aid to Ukraine worth 400 000 Euros and pledged more alongside other NATO members to help the country against Russian military aggression.

16.05.22

Prishtina, 16 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Kosovan government today decided to join sanctions of the European Union against Russian amended in late March, as Prishtina keeps aligning with the sanction packages of the bloc on voluntary bases in solidarity with Ukraine.

16.05.22

Podgorica, 16 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Montenegro’s premier, Dritan Abazovic, said the country supports intentions of Finland to become member of the western military alliance as part of joint interest of having a “strong and unified Europe” in defence of its values.


EU brief news

04.05.22

Strasbourg, 03 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Italian Prime  Minister Mario Draghi called Tuesday during a speech in the European Parliament (EP) for change of EU treaty on decision-making  to end the veto rule and switch to qualified-majority in EU’s foreign policy, defence sector and enlargement process, respectively.

08.04.22

Brussels, 08 April 2022, dtt-net.com - The fifth package approved today by the 27 governments of EU member states doesn't include ban on Russian oil and gas, despite yesterday's call by the European Parliament to immediately impose the full ban on the two main imports from Russia.

07.04.22

Strasbourg, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) today called governments of 27 member states for “additional punitive measures, including “an immediate full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas” over invasion of Ukraine, while at the same time calling also for stepping up arms deliveries to the Ukrainian army.

07.04.22

Brussels, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com - G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the USA) and EU today condemned “in the strongest terms” the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and a number of other Ukrainian towns and at the same time warned against any threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. 

“Any use by Russia of such a weapon would be unacceptable and result in severe consequences,” foreign ministers of the seven countries and EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell said in a statementafter a meeting in Brussels.

05.04.22

Brussels, 05 April 2022, dtt-net.com – The European Commission (EC) today forwarded to 27 EU governments a proposal of fifth package of sanctions on Russia over aggression against Ukraine, which include bans on certain exports, but not on gas and oil which make EU's biggest imports from the country which continues brutal military assault against Ukraine and its civilians since February 24.


SPORT/Football News

28.02.22

Zurich, 28 February 2022, dtt-net.com - The world and European football organizations today decided to kick out Russian national team and club clubs from all competitions organized by the two organizations temporarily, amid Russia’s military assault on Ukraine.

04.01.22

London, 04 January 2022, dtt-net.com – Southampton Football Club today confirmed that SportRepublic - backed by Lead Investor Dragan Solak - has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake of 80 percent in Southampton Football Club.

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.

Energy & Environment

16.05.22

Tirana, 16 May 2022, dtt-net.com - Albanian Albgaz and the Bulgarian Overgas today signed a memorandum of understanding in Tirana aimed at cooperation on projects that will diversify natural gas supplies to the Balkans, as Albania will be constructing a LNG Terminal in Vlora port for receiving American gas.

13.05.22

Belgrade, 13 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbian government has revoked licences to the British-Australian Rio-Tinto company for the lithium mining project in west of the country in January amid heavy opposition by the environmentalists, but the minister of energy and mining said Friday that the final decision is not made yet because of “critical” importance of the raw mineral for energy transition and country’s economy.

12.05.22

Belgrade, 12 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbia is working to import 40 percent of its gas consumption from other suppliers, including from the USA and Azerbaijan, as currently it imports only from Russia, and also plans to construct interconnectors with North Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Montenegro, Serbian minister of energy said.

11.05.22

Washington/Sofia, 11 May 2022, dtt-net.com – The USA will start shipping first LNG quantities to Bulgaria through Greek terminal Revithoussa as of June, as Russia’s Gazprom has halted supplies to the country over refusal to pay in Ruble, with more quantities to come next year through Alexandropoulos terminal.

10.05.22

Prishtina, 10 May 2022, dtt-net.com – An agreement was signed today between Kosovan government and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for a loan of €5 million by the bank and €1 million grant by the EU for energy efficiency of public buildings in Prizren town.


Business / Economy

10.05.22

Prishtina/Belgrade, 10 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Kosovan premier is having meetings with IT companies of the Silicon Valley trying to convince them to invest in Kosovo, while at the same time the American Oracle Corporation – world's largest database management company - today signed with Serbian government for opening its South-East-Europe regional IT centre in Kragujevac town.

10.05.22

Prishtina/Podgorica, 10 May 2022, dtt-net.com – According to the revised economic outlook of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Kosovo will have its GDP growth at 4.0 percent this year and Montenegro next year at 4.5 percent, making the two small countries of the Western Balkans region with the best forecast of the bank in the respective years.

05.05.22

Vienna 06 May 2022, dtt-net.com -  The six countries of the Western Balkans region are facing a new range of economic challenges, despite a better-than-expected rebound from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, says the latest Western Balkans Regular Economic Report.

28.04.22

Belgrade,28 April 2022, dtt-net.com – A new Fiat electric vehicle model will be produced in Serbia, according to a deal signed Thursday by Stellantis company and Serbian government, for an investment from the company of 190 Euro millions and contribution of Serbian authorities with additional 48 Euro millions.

19.04.22

Tirana, 19 April 2022, dtt-net.com – Montenegro will continue to have the best GDP growth this and the next year, but all countries of the region will see contraction of their economies compared to 2021, as most of the countries worldwide, largely because of the war in Ukraine, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) outlook.


opinions

21.03.22

“…even before the war in Ukraine, there was a worrying resurgence of tensions in the region, particularly within Bosnia and Herzegovina and between Serbia and Kosovo. We have seen outside interference seeking to destabilise our neighbours and weaken the European Union, notably through Russia’s insidious and well-documented disinformation campaigns”.

By Josep Borrell

13.03.22

By Miodrag Vlahovic

Podgorica, 13 March 2022, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Russian aggression against Ukraine has provoked a dramatic change in the Western approach to Russia. Confrontation with Russia has re-united the Euro-Atlantic community and given a new raison d'etre to NATO. It will have profound effects in the Balkans too.

25.01.22

Brussels, 25 January 2022, dtt-net.com – France and Germany today used a Transparency International (TI) report praising Kosovo of making some progress last year in the fight against corruption, after Paris since 2018 said it disagrees with the positive assessment over the same with the European Commission (EC), which few believed in the official clash between the EC and the group of countries led by French authorities. 

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

21.01.22

 "Today we find inspiration in the history of France and Germany and in the successful reconciliation of our peoples also for our engagement in Kosovo and in the Western Balkans. To yearn for joining the European Union also means to comprehend this dimension of the European construction. The European Union could not have been built without the willingness of the peoples to live together".

By Marie-Christine Butel and Jorn Rohde

10.01.22

By Genc Pollo 

Images of violence in and around the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Party of Albania were to be seen on Saturday and prompted criticism. However understanding the context is more relevant to the recent political developments in Albania.