Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Belgrade/Brussels, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The cabinet of the US President Donald Trump has accelerated its pressure in full speed pushing Serbia and Kosovo leaders for an eventual compromise this year and has put aside the EU which until 2018 was mediating the talks between the two sides without success because of deep divisions over the land swap idea floated by Serbian president and embraced by Washington officials and diplomats.


Skopje, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com - There is no progress in the latest negotiations between North Macedonia parliamentary parties as the EU and US are pushing for amending a law aiming at making the Special Prosecution Office (SPO) a permanent department of the Public Prosecution Office ( PPO) in the EU candidate country.


Brussels/Tirana, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Some officials of EU institutions say the enlargement process  in the Western Balkans needs to be “credible” based on French “non-paper”, suggesting it was not until now, others say it needs to be “more credible” through the tighten rules designed by President Emmanuel Macron, as Brussels and member states are now working on how to merge the previous rules and the Paris list of conditions to unblock the process and launch the talks with Tirana and Skopje, but still unclear on whether Paris will be satisfied only with “new methodology” or the EU must reform itself first as well in order to unblock the process for the region.


Prishtina, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s outgoing minister of finance warned the country risks collapse as of April if the newly half way constituted parliament fails to approve this year budget because of ongoing disputed of two political parties on forming new government after October elections.


Brussels/Tirana, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Commission and international financial institutions are still working on financial assessment of damages caused by November powerful earthquake in Albania ahead of EU hosted donors conference which takes place next month in Brussels, officials said.

EU brief news


Brussels, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The UK wants the amount back as it will not be allowed to fully use EU’s navigation satellite system, Galileo, because of leaving the bloc, but the European Commission (EC) is keeping silent over it at the moment awaiting the end of Brexit transitory period for a final verdict over money dispute.


Brussels, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen and EU’s chief of diplomacy Josep Borrell today urged the USA and Iran to de-escalate the growing tensions between the two countries saying that the “the use of weapons must stop now to give space to dialogue” as “it is in no one’s interest to turn up the spiral of violence even further”, after two Iraq basis housing American forces were hit last night by Tehran in retaliation to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.


Zagreb, 07 January 2020, dtt-net.com - 14 members of the Croatian army have been redeployed from Baghdad to Kuwait following the NATO decision to suspend training of Iraqi forces amid the US-Iran crisis, Croatian defense ministry announced today.


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.

Energy & Environment


Brussels/Tirana, 23 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Of initial 10 bcm per year capacity of the EU’s  Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP A.G.) only three member countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) will be using the new gas supply from Azerbaijan as of this year for their consumers, according to the figures of the Swiss-based company, but not Western Balkans countries which complain of European bloc’s failure to finance gas interconnection grid throughout the region at this stage.


Sarajevo, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of the Energy Community today said Bosnian authorities are in breach of state aid rules after loan guarantees to a Chinese bank for construction of Tuzla 7 coal fired power plant.



Belgrade/Vienna, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community today sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address the incomplete implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive after failure of country’s institutions despite multiple calls made by the body.


Istanbul, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The TurkStream gas pipeline is of ‘vital importance’ for economic development of Serbia, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the margins of the ceremony of official opening of the Russian gas pipeline in Istanbul today.


Sofia/Belgrade, 06 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The three countries of the Balkan region have started receiving Russian gas through the TurkStream pipeline this month, Bulgarian 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.