Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

26.02.21

Sarajevo, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) decided to create the “Commission for Cooperation with NATO”, after initial naming it “for integration” in the western military alliance which Serb entity reject.

26.02.21

Tirana, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com – A new opinion survey says ruling Socialist Party (PS) has a ten percent lead to the main opposition Democratic Party (PD) ahead of April 25 elections.

26.02.21

Prishtina/Brussels, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com – A French diplomat said several other members states of the European bloc also disagree with the European Commission’s (EC) assessment that Kosovo has met all 95 criteria for EU visa liberalisation, especially on the rule of law and fight against corruption and organized crime.

26.02.21

Skopje, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com - Several thousands ethnic Albanians today took the streets in capital Skopje following Tuesday’s decision of judges in a retrial to sentence five men over murder of five Macedonians in 2012 which they deny.

26.02.21

Skopje, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com – A total of nine people are found guilty today by judges in North Macedonia, including a former minister and a former chief of secret service, and are sentenced to jail terms over  illegal wiretapping which surfaced to the public in 2015.


EU brief news

26.02.21

Brussels, 26 February 2021, dtt-net.com -  Leaders of 27 EU member states today decided to continue with non-essential travel restrictions within and into the bloc’s territory because  the epidemiological situation "remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges”.

02.02.20

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.

25.01.20

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.

08.01.20

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.

07.01.20

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.


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

11.02.21

Brussels, 11 February 2021, dtt-net.com – The European Union is setting up plans to help six countries in the Western Balkans region to use more gas and gradually phase out coal, mainly through the planned doubling of capacities of the TAP pipeline which brings gas from Azerbaijan, as part of wider goal for energy transition in the region.

08.02.21

Vienna, 08 February 2021, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of the Energy Community has sent a letter of warning to the four countries of the Western Balkans region over their failure to implement their pledged nationals plans for emission reductions.

26.01.21

Belgrade, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – A local NGO has taken legal action against Serbia’s state-owned electricity company (EPS) for exposing citizens to toxic gases six times above the legal limit – a breach of both national and international law – by its two coal fired power plants.

18.01.21

Vienna/Sarajevo, 18 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has adopted measures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as the country has failed to meet certain reforms in energy sector.

 

11.01.21

Tirana/Baar, 11 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is eying to double its gas capacity flow from Azerbaijan from 10 bcm to 20 bcm per year in 2026 or 2027, representatives of the Swiss-based company said.


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