Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Prishtina/Brussels, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The current USA government and the European Union are still fighting who will take the lead of upcoming talks between Kosovo and Serbia after those mediated by the European bloc are halted since November 2018.


Brussels/Belgrade, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com – Several members of the European Parliament of the Renew Europe group expressed doubt over fairness of June 21 parliamentary elections in Serbia which are to be boycotted by several opposition parties while at the same time scolded Serbian authorities of media control.


Belgrade/Podgorica, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com – As Montenegro is not opening borders to Serbia citizens for the time being related to the Covid-19 pandemic, authorities in Belgrade last night decided to ban temporarily Montenegrin civil transport airliner flights.


Prishtina, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The Vetevendosje (VV) party of Kosovo’s acting Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, is preparing for resistance and street protests if the Constitutional Court this week approves plans of rivals for a new government.


Belgrade/Washington, 26 May 2020, dtt-net.com - Two walk-in and up to ten drive-through testing points for COVID-19 will be established in Serbia and the country’s testing capacity will be increased from 7,000 to at least 9,000 tests a day thanks to the new $100 million loan from the World Bank, approved today.

EU brief news


Brussels, 02 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The chief of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell will be in Tehran Monday and Tuesday in a fresh effort of the European governments to 'preserve' the 2015 deal and try reach political solution to the ongoing crisis between Iran and the USA.


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.

Energy & Environment


Tirana, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The French renewables energy company Voltalia today was awarded a  tender by Albanian government for a 140 MW solar plant.


Tirana, 25 May 2020, dtt-net.com - Cars will be banned to circulate in Albania on Sundays from October 2020 to March 2021 aimed at clean air, Albanian premier Edi Rama announced.


Tirana, 22 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) said it has launched the testing phase process in Albania – after completing it in Greece – ahead of first deliveries of the Azerbaijani gas to the EU member states planned by the end of 2020.


Prishtina/Tirana, 21 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENSTO-E) yesterday backed Kosovo leaving Serbia’s grid and joining that of Albania, which would enable power exchanges between Tirana and Prishtina through the a new interconnection grid financed by Germany after several years since its construction blocked by Belgrade so far.


Prishtina, 17 March 2020, dtt-net.com – Contour Global said it’s abandoning the EU criticized lignite-fired power plant project in Kosovo as the new governing coalition of the Prime Minister Albin Kurti is not backing plans which would have made Kosovan state  guarantor of the project and legally binding buyer of electricity, Reuters agency reported.

Business / Economy


Belgrade, 12 May 2020, dtt-net.com – France will contribute with 8.3 Euro million to the feasibility study for the metro project in the Serbian capital, while Paris is also considering a loan for construction of the underground railway which according to the Serbian government could cost to around 5 Euro billion.


Washington/Tirana, 01 May 2020, dtt-net.com – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are expected to enter a recession this year, with all six countries forecast “to experience negative growth” as they continue to grapple with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank said in a new report.


Belgrade, 10 April 2020, dtt-net.com - Serbian government has adopted a variety of economic measures including grants and tax payment delays to local companies totalling 608.3 billion dinars (5.1 billion euros) euros to cope with damages caused by the virus in order to continue their business activities.


Skopje/Podgorica, 09 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The impact of containment measures to address the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Western Balkans six countries which will make economic growth fall this year, the World Bank said in a new outlook report.


Tirana, 10 February 2020, dtt-net.com – Albanian tourism sector is expected to suffer nearly 74 Euro million because of the damages from the November 26 earthquake in coastal town of Durrës and surrounding areas which caused more than 1 Euro billion of damages in total, according to some estimations.




Washington/Prishtina, 06 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The United States and Kosova have enjoyed a special relationship. Liberating and state-building was a bipartisan endeavour. The Clinton administration went to war to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kosova Albanians by Serbia and Bush led Kosova’s coordinated declaration of independence. Today, US-Kosova relations are at their lowest point in years. President Donald J. Trump has betrayed Kosova’s trust in the US, rolling back decades of progress.

By David L. Phillips


By Tobias Bunde, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Boris Ruge and Nathalie Tocci

Berlin/Brussels, 20 April 2020, dtt-net.com -  The European project was built on the ashes of two world wars. The ongoing COVID19 crisis, the most devastating pandemic afflicting humankind in the last century, may be its undoing. Or can it become the catalyst for building a stronger European Union for the future? The jury is still out.


*The Europeans and Americans will be pressing Prishtina hard for an agreement with Belgrade in advance of Serbia’s April 2020 election.

* Milorad Dodik will continue to fulminate about independence, some Croats will continue to dream of a third entity, and the Bosniaks will try to ignore both and defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

* Delayed opening of negotiations should not delay implementation of the acquis. Most of the benefits of EU membership come well before accession, from the reforms you (Albania) undertake.

 By Daniel Serwer