Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Belgrade, 17 February 2020, dtt-net.com -  The first delivery of six Russian-made Pantsir S1 air defence system should be completed by the end of this week, as Serbia continues to boost rapidly military capacities in recent years helped by Moscow, Belgrade media reported.


Sarajevo, 17 February 2020, dtt-net.com –  Serb entity (RS) institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)  Monday seem embarking in serious pathway of breaking up from the country blaming Bosniaks and western powers of attack on powers of the entity as inter-ethnic and political tensions are resuming fast in the already internally divided country in the fragile Western Balkans region.


Brussels, 17 February 2020, dtt-net.com – International donors today pledged a total 1,15 billion of Euros to Albania, with most of it from European Commission and EU meember countries, for reconstruction from the damages of November 26 earthquake at which 51 people died, more than 1,000 injured, about 14,000 people temporarily displaced and thousands of buildings seriously damaged, including schools and health care facilities.


Brussels/tirana, 17 February 2020, dtt-net.com – Albania is promised today 100 Euro million aid from EU’s executive alone, for reconstruction from the November earthquake, on top of already 15 million earlier pledged, as EU members and other world countries and organizations are to make their pledges during the donor conference which started this afternoon in Brussels.


Skopje/Brussels, Skopje, 16 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The legislative body and the European Commission (EC) today approved a law incorporating permanently of the Special Prosecution Office (SPO) within the Public Prosecution Office (PPO) contested by the conservative party and aimed at shedding light over wiretap scandal of 2015 and dissolved itself paving the way for April 12 early parliamentary elections.

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


Brussels/Strasbourg, 10 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) is set to approve Wednesday a list of 55 gas projects, proposed by the European Commission (EC),  to be funded by the EU, which includes the gas interconnection between Bulgaria and Serbia (from Dupnica near Sofia to Nis), making Serbia the only country of the Western Balkans non-EU members to benefit directly from funding of Brussels “priority” interconnection projects on top of Krk LNG terminal in the EU member Croatia.


Podgorica, 07 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The US government is asking Montenegro and other countries of the Western Balkans region to buy its shipped liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the region continues to depend on supplies from Russia and as the EU is failing to help regional countries to connect to the TAP gas pipeline for using Azerbaijan gas.


Brussels, 03 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The left group of lawmakers in the European Parliament (EP) today called on the European Commission (EC) and members of the EU to include Western Balkans six countries in the “New Green Deal” as well, aimed to “improve the health of citizens” and transformation to “a new, green economy” in the region.





Prishtina, 30 January 2020, dtt-net.com -  The EU grant is aimed to improve the environmental performance of the “Kosovo B” coal-fired power plant, country’s largest electricity producer and biggest air polluter.


Brussels/Tirana, 23 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Of initial 10 bcm per year capacity of the EU’s  Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP A.G.) only three member countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) will be using the new gas supply from Azerbaijan as of this year for their consumers, according to the figures of the Swiss-based company, but not Western Balkans countries which complain of European bloc’s failure to finance gas interconnection grid throughout the region at this stage.

Business / Economy


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.


Belgrade/Zagreb, 23 October 2019, dtt-net.com – As the German car manufacturer has put on standby its 1.3 Euro billion investment project in Turkey, the four countries are racing with massive incentives trying to convince Volkswagen to set up a new production facility in their territories.


Belgrade, 22 October 2019, dtt-net.com – German manufacturer Brose will open a new factory in Serbia and employ 1100, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced.


Podgorica, 16 October 2019, dtt-net.com - The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said it’s not competent to decide on a investment row between Montenegro and the Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, Montenegrin government said.


Tirana, 11 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in the EU candidate country from the Western Balkans region has dropped to 11.5 percent, Albanian statistical agency reported.