Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

28.09.21

Tirana/Brussels/skopje, 28 September 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, today said she hopes and at the same time the goal of the body she represents is that the first Inter-Governmental-Conference (IGC) between the EU and with Albania will start this year, which would officially represent the opening of membership negotiations the country is waiting since 2014 when it was granted candidate status, when asked should the European bloc launch the talks with Tirana without having to wait for North Macedonia which is being blocked by Bulgaria amid bilateral disputes over Macedonian language which it doesn’t recognize and history books.

28.09.21

Prishtina/Mitrovica, 28 September 2021, dtt-net.com - Kosovan police said it arrested yesterday ten Ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica South municipality for attacking eleven local Serbs in front an office of Agriculture Ministry.

27.09.21

Prishtina, 28 September 2021, dtt-net.com – A video posted on the Facebook account “Jepi Zë” in Albanian language shows two buses from Serbia territory with Belgrade licence plates of the company ‘Kolasin Prevoz’ dropping off near Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje new protesters and picking up previous ones.

 

27.09.21

Belgrade, 27 September 2021, dtt-net.com – American and Canadian Defence Attache Officers, from  the Embassies of the two countries in Belgrade, today afternoon visited two border crossings with Kosovo, after NATO-led troops (KFOR) were dispatched to patrol the areas earlier today, as western powers are stepping in trying to diffuse tensions between the two sides, including through talks set to be re-launched on Wednesday (September 29) at EU HQ in Brussels.

27.09.21

Brussels, 27 September 2021, dtt-net.com – Chief negotiators of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, and of Serbia, Peter Petkovic, will meet on Wednesday in Brussels under mediation of EU top officials, the first meeting between the two sides after tensions erupted since last week over Kosovan reciprocity to Serbia vehicle plates, a spokesperson of the European bloc announced.


EU brief news

23.09.21

London, 23 September 2021, dtt-net.com – “A unique type of tiny antibody produced by llamas could provide a new frontline treatment against Covid-19 that can be taken by patients as a simple nasal spray,” according to scientists at the Rosalind Franklin Institute RFI.

 

12.07.21

Brussels, 12 July 2021, dtt-net.com – EU 27 member states today agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia until 31 January 2022 initiated  in 2014, and expanded twice, over illegal annexation of Crimea seven years ago.

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.


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

20.09.21

Podgorica, 20 September 2021, dtt-net.com – The public power company of Montenegro, Elektroprivreda Crne Gore AD (EPCG) said it has opened a public international tender for solar panels and other related supplies worth of 19.9 million Euros for installation at private houses and other buildings, a project aimed at reduction of CO2 in the country.

20.09.21

Baar, 20 September 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) pipeline, which started  Azerbaijani gas supplies to EU member countries since last year, said that it was named today the winner in the “Gas, LNG, or Hydrogen Project of the Year” category at the Gastech Awards 2021 ceremony, which took place in Dubai.

08.09.21

Tirana, 08 September 2021, dtt-net.com – Albania’s state-owned electricity distribution company, OSHEE, today signed a  €70 million loan deal with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) amid liquidity gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

08.09.21

Prishtina, 08 September 2021, dtt-net.com – A French company investment in energy sector and another one from UK and Poland  in mining, with both of total 145 Euro millions amount, are being put on hold for “review and evaluation” by the government of the Prime Minister Albin Kurti, despite getting the status of “strategic investor” from the previous government, according to local media reports.

08.09.21

Prishtina/Belgrade, 08 September 2021, dtt-net.com - Air pollution from coal plants in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), North Macedonia and Montenegro has caused 19,000 deaths over the past three years in the W. Balkans and neighbouring EU countries, including in Romania, Hungary and Greece, according to some estimations, a report by CEE Bankwatch Network and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air says.


Business / Economy

16.09.21

Podgorica, 16 September 2021, dtt-net.com – Montenegro and the USA governments today held their first Economic Dialogue meeting through a video conference, aimed at expanding engagement and pursue “new economic, trade, investment, and commercial opportunities”.

26.08.21

Skopje, 26 August 2021, dtt-net.com – 70 percent of some German 200 investors would invest in North Macedonia again, but only 54 percent of their around 20.000 local employees say they are satisfied with their jobs, a new survey shows.

11.08.21

Prishtina, 11 August 2021, dtt-net.com – Heads of economic chambers of the two countries called after a meeting held in capital Prishtina called their governments to enter a free trade agreement, following the mutual recognition between the two sides earlier this year.

03.08.21

Belgrade, 03 August 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of Serbia is looking for new investors in Germany and Turkey to take over a factory closed days ago by the Italian giant shoemaker Geox which left 1200 local employees without jobs five years after launching the investment in the southern city of Vranje.

21.07.21

Belgrade/New York, 21 July 2021, dtt-net.com – The American multinational investment bank and financial services company, Goldman Sachs Group, is likely expected to launch “a small joint project “ in Serbia, according to country’s premier Ana Brnabic after a meeting she had in New York with company’s CEO David M. Solomon.


opinions

16.08.21

" The ASM (Association of Serb Municipalities) agreement, which the GoK (Government of Kosovo) considers as a code word for fragmentation and disfunction, should be rescinded "

" Interminable negotiations are maddening. But Kosovo should not boycott them. It must work with Washington to set terms for its continued participation "

By David L. Phillips

01.07.21

By KOERT DEBEUF

 Brussels, 01 July 2021, dtt-net.com / euobserver.com - The European Union is facing some fundamental problems that need an rather urgent solution.

28.06.21

28 June 2021, dtt-net.com - The EU continues to be the best guarantee for peace, democracy, and prosperity on our continent. For over almost 70 years, it has helped us overcome our differences and increase the unity of our continent.  However, we should not take its achievements for granted. The EU must keep responding to the challenges of our time to move forward on a path to a better future.

 By German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his colleagues from Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, and Slovenia, Anže Logar.

21.05.21

By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 21 May 2021, dtt-net.com - On Tuesday, together with Commissioner Várhelyi, I had an informal dinner with leaders of the Six Western Balkans countries. In recent months, we have seen frustration on their side towards the EU and a proliferation of nationalistic, often divisive rhetoric. At our last Foreign Affairs Council, EU Foreign Ministers agreed on the need to increase our efforts to bring the region closer to the European Union.

 

05.05.21

EU delivers anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Western Balkans six countries, finally.

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, 05 May 2021, dtt-net.com – For yet unknown reasons, the European Commission (EC) and EU 27 member states had not included six Western Balkans countries, and region's 17,77 million inhabitants, from the list while making first deals with pharmaceutical companies for purchase of anti-COVID-19 vaccines last year.