Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Tirana/Berlin, 19 September 2020, dtt-net.com -  Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said his government will take into consideration calls by many European bodies over media defamation law which many see as attempt of his and the ruling Socialist Party (PS) to silent media outlets.


Sarajevo, 18 September 2020, dtt-net.com – Bosnian government today signed with the Bill and Melinda Gates founded foundation GAVI - Global Vaccine Alliance an agreement for procurement of Covid19 vaccine.


Sarajevo, 18 September 2020, dtt-net.com - Total 888 Covid19 new cases of infections and 26 more people died from the virus in the Western Balkans six countries in the last 24 hours, according to official data.



Brussels/Skopje, 18 September 2020, dtt-net.com – Bulgaria rejects the use of term “Macedonian language” and claims in Skopje over Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and is asking other member countries to include the row in the chapter 35 in the upcoming EU accession talks in order to make North Macedonia implement the treaty of friendship signed between the two countries three years ago.


Strasbourg/Tirana, 18 September 2020, dtt-net.com – Austrian lawmaker, Stefan Schennach, who is the General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on media freedom and the protection of journalists, has today expressed his serious concern regarding the possibility that the Parliament of Albania may adopt a number of amendments to current legislation targeting online media, despite severe international criticism, including from media freedom organisations and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission.

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.

Football News


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 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.


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.


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.


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


Skopje, 21 August 2020, dtt-net.com – Hundreds of citizens today blocked the highway between Tetova town and the capital Skopje calling on the authorities to abandon electricity price hike.


Baar/Tirana, 10 August 2020, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will bring the gas from Azerbaijan to three EU member countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) at its initial phase today issues its Network Code thus setting rules that govern TAP’s services to customers, including shipper registration, credit support, capacity products offered, capacity booking, balancing and usage costs.


Belgrade, 04 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Hungarian and Serbian governments today signed a deal on gas supplies, according to which Hungary will start receiving Russian gas also through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia as of next year, as pipeline construction works are advancing fast, including the section from Serbia to the Hungarian border.




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.

Business / Economy


Belgrade, 15 September 2020, dtt-net.com - The coronavirus pandemic has hit micro enterprises in Serbia hardest and led to a decline in working hours during the second quarter of 2020 equivalent to the loss of 510,000 full-time jobs, according to a report by the the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).


Podgorica, 03 August 2020, dtt-net.com – Tourism sector in Montenegro is suffering severely because of the drastic fall of tourists numbers because of Covid-19 crisis, according to the data by authorities.


Belgrade/Moscow, 27 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Russia has approved the protocol of Serbia’s agreement for joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a free-trade area led by Moscow formed formally in 2015 which includes also Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.


Podgorica, 24 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Montenegro announced a 1.2 Euro billion package for a four year period aimed at coping with damages to the economy and households caused by the pandemic.


London/Brussels, 08 July 2020, dtt-net.com – The London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) said they will loan a total of 85 Euro million to the banks in the Western Balkans countries aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region to cope with the Covid-19 damages to their economies.



By Daniel Serwer

Washington, dtt-net.com - President Trump today claimed to have done what no one else has ever done before: negotiated an historic agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.


By Miodrag Vlahovic

Podgorica, 18 August 2020, dtt-net.com - Campaigning for the August 30 parliamentary elections campaign in Montenegro is entering its final stage. A déjà vu impression is inevitable. The main-stream political battle has remained in the same trenches from 1997 until this day. Political differences and distinctions have been defined along the same lines in both presidential or parliamentary elections. Even most local elections follow the same pattern and reflect the same issues.


By Daniel Serwer

 You will hear from many people who live in the Western Balkans, especially in Bosnia and Serbia, that nothing has changed (since the end of Balkans wars). This reflects their disappointment in what has happened in the last 25 years. I share that disappointment. I would like to have seen far more progress.


By Daniel Serwer

Washington/Skopje, dtt-net.com - The outcome of July 16 elections is no muddier than previous North Macedonian elections, which have consistently left the Albanian political parties as the dealmakers and breakers. That is true this time as well, with the added complication that no single Albanian party may be able to give either of the main parties enough votes in parliament to gain a commanding majority. So government formation is likely to be a messy and perhaps lengthy process, but that is often the case in parliamentary systems that have more than two parties or electoral coalitions.


The Srebrenica genocide, the most tragic event perpetrated on the European soil since the Second World War, is still an open wound at the heart of Europe. It continues to haunt us and reminds us of our shared responsibility to prevent genocide from ever happening again. 

By Oliver Varhelyi