W. Balkans General News

01.07.22

Sarajevo, 01 July 2022, dtt-net.com – The leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik, today announced that the first 35 Euro million of total 100 Euro million financial assistance from Hungary for the Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was agreed today during a meeting he had with Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto.

01.07.22

Skopje, 01 July 2022, dtt-net.com – The preliminary assessment of North Macedonia’s government on the French proposal for EU accesion talks related to Bulgaria row, sounds positive, but the main opposition party, the conservative VMRO-DPMNE, rejects it and called for street protest for tomorrow evening.

30.06.22

Skopje, 30 June 2022, dtt-net.com – Macedonian premier Dimitar Kovacevski, announced today that the government has received a French EU Presidency proposal (still not made public ) over conditions for lifting Bulgaria blockade on accession negotiations, and a decision on it will be made only after a broader and all inclusive consultations, including with the parliament and the opposition.

30.06.22

Podgorica/Belgrade, 30 June 2022, dtt-net.com – The main opposition party of Montenegrins, Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), today accused Serbian Orthodox church (SPC) of trying to ignore the independent past of Montenegrin Church (MPC) and called on Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic (ethnic Albanian) to reject a draft-deal proposed between the SPC and his government.

30.06.22

London/Sarajevo, 30 June 2022, dtt-net.com - Two British experts in counter-disinformation and defence reform will be sent to Sarajevo to work with the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Armed Forces and NATO, “to uphold peace and security in the country”, the UK government announced, accusing Russia and its President Vladimir Putin of backing Serb secessionist leaders who are “actively working to create further division and conflict”.


EU brief news

19.05.22

Berlin/Brussels, 19 May 2022, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, told national parliament that Ukraine can’t be granted a special treatment differently from Western Balkans six countries on their EU pathway, thus joining the position of French President, Emmanuel Macron, who last week said that the accession process is not a matter of a few months or a few years.

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.


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

01.07.22

Washington/Prishtina, 01 July 2022, dtt-net.com )  - The USA agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) has approved a $202 million compact with the government of Kosovo, a 5-year grant program that promotes sustainable, inclusive economic growth, focused on energy sector.

01.07.22

Tirana, 01 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Voltalia today started construction of a solar power plant in  of the country and will cover the annual electricity consumption of 220,000 inhabitants, which according to the authorities and representatives of the company is the biggest of its kind in the Western Balkans region so far.

30.06.22

Madrid, 30 June 2022, dtt-net.com – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today in Madrid between Spanish Enagas and Albanian Albgas companies, aimed at collaboration in developing gas infrastructure in Albania.

27.06.22

Prishtina, 27 June 2022, dtt-net.com – A prominent group of organizations said Kosovo institutions should “either pass a Renewable Energy Law or change its Energy Law” to incorporate renewable energy self-consumption as the energy strategy 2022-2031 designed by the government is not sufficient to support deployment of prosumers.

24.06.22

Zagreb, 24 June 2022, dtt-net.com – Croatia is considering options to increase LNG capacities at Krk Terminal from current 2.8 bcm/y - which Croatia  needs for domestic consumption – to another 3.3 bcm/y to supply the three neighbouring countries, as the region is preparing to end dependency from Russian gas.


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

27.06.22

In the EU-Western Balkans summit, Edi Rama both in his published speech and in the following press conference with Aleksandar Vucic, went to great lengths to justify the Serbian position (refusal to join EU sanctions) towards Russia. Referring to distorted interpretations of historical and economic facts, Rama criticized the West for its pressure on Serbia.

 By Genc Pollo

17.06.22

 The Western Balkans Strategic Group, which works under the auspices of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, assesses the ‘Open Balkan’ project as an initiative that would be negatively competitive with the "Berlin Process", while leading regional integration in an unacceptable and fragmented direction.

 By Western Balkans Strategic Group - Heinrich Boell Foundation

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