Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

16.04.21

Belgrade, 16 April 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s army and police will hold tomorrow a joint exercise to show country’s muscles to others in the Western Balkans region after, being helped mainly by Russia to boost its military capacities, but also by Belarus and China, with fighter jets, helicopters, tanks, missiles and drones.

16.04.21

The Hague/Belgrade, 16 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The Hague-based International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals has asked its President to notify the United Nations Security Council of Serbia’s “failure” to arrest and transfer two politicians over contempt in the trial case of the leader of Serb Radical Party (SRS), Vojislav Seselj.

16.04.21

Sarajevo,  16 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Presidency, Sefik Dzaferovic, said the Slovenian premier Janez Jansa phoned him today to tell him that "there was no non-paper that could be linked to the Government of Slovenia, which would include redrawing borders or violating the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

16.04.21

Belgrade, 16 April 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian healthcare authorities today afternoon said that 3.041.740 doses of vaccines are administrated so far in country and 1.220.993 people received the second jab of vaccine against COVID-19.

16.04.21

Berlin/Sarajevo, 16 April 2021, dtt-net.com – Germany’s Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, today warned against ideas of redrawing borders in the Western Balkans as “a dangerous path” saying that countries in the region have a future as multiethnic societies, amid Slovenian-linked “non-paper” which proposes attachment of parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to Serbia and Croatia, and also union between Kosovo and Albania.


EU brief news

06.04.21

Ankara/Brussels, 06 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The European bloc is aiming for an “honest partnership” with Turkey, but the concern over the situation of human rights in the country is “hampering the process” of fresh attempts to restore relations between the two sides, according to the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen.

 

02.04.21

Brussels, 02 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU representatives together with those of China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom today held a virtual meeting agreeing to continue fresh efforts next week in Vienna, and try convince the government of the United States to return to the 2015 JCPOA deal with Iran, through eventual concessions Washington would be ready to make over economic sanctions to Tehran and at the same time convince the Islamic country to return to the implementation of previously agreed deal measures.

24.03.21

Brussels, 24 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Top representatives of the EU and the USA government of Joe Biden, reaffirmed today in Brussels efforts of the two western powers to reinstate trans-Atlantic relations and partnership damaged by Donald Trump for four years and tackle together worldwide common challenges from China to Africa, of which the fragile stability in the Western Balkans including Kosovo-Serbia talks are the crucial part of joint undertaking in the European bloc’s close neighbourhood.

05.03.21

Brussels, 05 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of EU’s executive body, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the USA Joe Biden agreed today in a phone call to suspend export tariffs related to the two air-transport companies for a period of four-month.

01.03.21

Brussels, 01 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is trying to convince Iran and the USA and all other powers for an “informal consultations” meeting in a “appropriate time”, aimed at preserving the nuclear deal of 2015, according to officials in Brussels, as Tehran initially rejected direct informal talks seeking Washington ends economic sanctions first.

 


SPORT/Football News

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.

08.06.20

Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.

07.06.20

Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment

12.04.21

Belgrade, 12 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The governments of Montenegro and Serbia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of energy with the electricity interconnection as part of the Trans-Balkan corridor at the core of the cooperation.

31.03.21

Skopje, 31 March 2021, dtt-net.com –  North Macedonia’s energy companies today signed a MoU  with Greek counterparts paving the way for joint undertaking and investments in the LNG terminal in Greek port of Alexandroupoli and a gas power plant in the city both to be supplied with the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the USA exporters.

27.03.21

Sarajevo, 27 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Bosniak and Croat members of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today accused Croatia of illegal construction of gas pipeline to a oil refinery in BiH’s Serb entity which passes under Sava river separating the two countries.

25.03.21

Podgorica, 25 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Eni and Novatek started today offshore exploratory drilling at a depth of 6,525 meters, in the sea between Bar and Ulcinj, expected to last up to six months.

16.03.21

Sarajevo, 16 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Companies of Bosnia’s Serb entity and Serbia today signed an agreement for construction of a 325 km-long gas inter-connector from the border with Serbia across the territory of the entity to the border with Croatia.


Business / Economy

30.11.20

Tirana, 30 November 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said that Albanian economic growth is set to decline by 7.5 per cent this year amid consequences of Covid19 pandemic and the earthquake of November 2019.

07.10.20

Tirana, 07 October 2020, dtt-net.com – Because of Covid19 pandemic, economic growth in the Western Balkans six countries is expected to shrink by 4.8 percent in 2020 - a steeper recession than envisioned in June, the World Bank said in a report today.

03.10.20

Tirana, 03 October 2020, dtt-net.com - Albanian and American governments today signed a Memorandum of Understanging (MoU) aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries, including on 5G technology standard for broadband cellular networks, on top of construction of a 120 MWh hydropower plant (HPP) by American company Bechtel.

30.09.20

Prishtina, 30 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The GDP of Kosovo decreased for -9,28 percent in the second trimester this year compared to the same period in 2019, according to Kosovan statistical agency.

29.09.20

Tirana, 29 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Albanian economy is expected to contract by 7,5 percent this year because of Covid19 pandemic damages to the economy, thus revising its outlook of April.


opinions

27.02.21

By Ekrem Krasniqi, Brussels

Ibrahimovic is wrong when complains of only “undercover racism” when it comes to him personally and  totally ignores it when it’s about others. 

We should care and dare speak out and try to help as much as we can to those in need and what LeBron James does out of basketball pitch is just about that.

15.02.21

By Daniel Serwer

Washington/Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Kosovo's early elections have produced, as expected, a clear victory for Vetevendosje (VV or "Self-Determination"). According to preliminary results, it has won close to 48% and a commanding lead of something over 50 seats in the 120-seata Kosovo Assembly.

05.01.21

By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 05 January 2021, dtt-net.com - Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.

15.12.20

By Maria Suokko and Karen Hermarck 

Prishtina, 15 December 2020, dtt-net.com - We are entering a new geological era - the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. For the first time in 300,000 years, humans have become the dominant force in shaping the future of the planet - instead of the planet shaping us. Our actions – particularly our dependence on fossil fuels and material consumption - are driving climate change, biodiversity collapse, air and water pollution, and land degradation. It is time to for all societies to re-think their development pathways. 

12.10.20

The release of the EU’s enlargement reports has moved from being a top event for the countries involved to a non-event, in thousands of pages. Declining interest in enlargement is not the only reason for this – it also reflects the reporting process itself.

By Florian Bieber