W. Balkans General News

Two former officials in Macedonia sent to 30-day detention


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Two former top officials, from the Macedonian opposition conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, on trial over multiple charges of corruption are sent today to a 30-day detention amid fears of fleeing the country as did the former Prime Minister to Hungary Nikola Gruevski.

Kosovo business association calls for withdrawal from CEFTA free trade area


Pristina, dtt-net.com – A Kosovan association of businesses said the country should walk out of Central Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) because of its membership as UN mission (UNMIK) but also over increasing trade deficit with other member countries of the area (Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova) which is in detriment of local manufacturing by far.

Montenegro urged to do better on rule of law and media freedom


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – The European Commission (EC) told Montenegrin authorities they should do more over rule of law reforms and media freedom as the Western Balkans country continues to progress with its EU membership negotiations.

Bosnia still not ready with answers on EC questionnaire over entry application


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is still working to complete its answers to additional questions sent by the European Commission (EC) over state of play of reforms in the country related to its application for membership in the EU.

Slovenian EU lawmakers urge member countries to end visa regime for Kosovo


Brussels/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Two Slovenian members of the European Parliament (EP) said the EU should end the isolation of Kosovans and end the visa regime as it did for other countries of the Western Balkans region, amid looming concerns that the decision will be postponed for few more months despite positive recommendation by the European Commission (EC) and the green light given by bloc’s legislative body.

Energy & Environment

World Bank won’t lend for new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo


Pristina, dtt-net.com – The world lender has refused a loan to the American Contour Global company for construction of a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo because of environmental concerns, World Bank’s President Jim Yong Kim announced today.


Albania 3rd in Europe over electricity consumption generated from renewable sources


Tirana/Brussels, dtt-net.com - Albania ranks third in Europe, following Norway and Iceland, for the electricity consumption generated from renewable sources, according to the figures by EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.

Albania and Macedonia agree for gas interconnection project


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania and Macedonia today signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for gas interconnection pipeline as the second is planning to get gas supplies from the EU gas pipeline (TAP) which passes through the first.

Russia wants Bosnia to join its Turkstream gas pipeline


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Russian government today has asked Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to join the Turkstream gas pipeline, a project of Moscow aimed at increasing its gas exports to Balkans and the EU, but which hasn’t found European bloc’s support so far.

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


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.”


Macedonia best in W. Balkans for ‘ease of doing business”, World Bank says


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia continues the best country in the EU aspirant region for doing business while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is the worst, according to the 2018 ranking report by the World Bank.

US - Turkish company to construct highway in Serbia


Belgrade, 15 October 2018, dtt-net.com – The US-Turkish company, Bechtel-Enka, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Serbian government for construction of a 110 km highway in Serbia, the first infrastructure project between an American company and the country.

FDI in Montenegro climb since membership in the NATO


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Latest figures show that Montenegro’s membership in the western military alliance is having positive effects in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), according to the country’s Central Bank.

Unemployment in Serbia at record low


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in Serbia has reached record low and the lowest in the Western Balkans region, according to country’s president Aleksandar Vucic.

Albania reports record low unemployment


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.


Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO


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.


Kosovo granted FIFA membership


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.

FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar


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.

Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote


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

Kosovo to join UEFA


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


[Opinion] Albania on an irreversible path towards the EU


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


[Opinion] Macedonia: A clear EU path ahead


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?


“…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


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


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


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.

Earlier News

Meeting of Kosovo’s President with Putin won’t change Moscow’s position, Serbia’s President says

Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM escapes to Hungary, applies for asylum

Kosovo PM threatens President with sacking over eventual land swap deal with Serbia

Kosovo PM vows further increase of tax on Serbia and Bosnia goods

Albanian PM and President still deadlocked over proposed new interior minister

Serb and Croat parties in Bosnia partner to form new governments

Macedonia issues arrest warrant for fugitive ex-PM

Kosovo’s President meets Putin over redraw of borders idea with Serbia

Macedonian police can’t find former PM after jail sentence confirmed

Merkel reiterates to Serbia’s president opposition to redraw of borders idea with Kosovo

Greek Cypriot EU lawmaker among 52 declared ‘persona non-grata’ in Albania

52 Greeks declared ‘persona non-grata’ by Albania’s government

EU lawmaker urges Albania to appoint new interior minister

Germany supports Kosovo’s Interpol membership bid

Macedonia’s former PM to keep his lawmaker post but must go to prison

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