Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Brussels/Skopje/Tirana, dtt-net.com – If the European Union refuses to open the talks for the fourth time in coming months with Skopje and Tirana then ‘other global factors’ could expand their influence in the region, including in North Macedonia,  a top lawmaker from the country warned.


Brussels/Tirana, 28 January 2020, dtt-net.com – German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth today reiterated Berlin’s call to other EU member countries, especially to France, Denmark and Netherlands, to keep the promise to the two countries of the Western Balkans region to open accession negotiations, as Paris continues to insist on bloc’s reforms and overhauling of enlargement rules first, before making any moves over the two hopefuls.


Skopje, 27 January 2020, dtt-net.com -  Measures to reduce pollution aimet at protecting North Macedonia citizens entered into force Monday due to enormously high air pollution in capital Skopje and western town of Tetovo.


Prishtina, 27 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Leaders of Vetevendosje (VV) and of Democratic League (LDK) failed once again on Monday to clinch a deal for forming new governing coalition after October elections and will meet Tuesday with western diplomats for mediation.


Brussels, 27 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The new chief of EU’s diplomacy Josep Borrel will travel to Kosovo and Serbia this week at the time when the US government is accelerating its efforts to convince on its own Belgrade and Prishtina leaders to resume dialogue for an eventual compromise as Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

EU brief news


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.


Strasbourg, 24 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament today called on EU member countries to impose economic and visa bans sanctions against Turkey over military intervention in northern Syria and also urged for a UN-led security zone in the area.

Energy & Environment


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.


Sarajevo, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of the Energy Community today said Bosnian authorities are in breach of state aid rules after loan guarantees to a Chinese bank for construction of Tuzla 7 coal fired power plant.



Belgrade/Vienna, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community today sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address the incomplete implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive after failure of country’s institutions despite multiple calls made by the body.


Istanbul, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The TurkStream gas pipeline is of ‘vital importance’ for economic development of Serbia, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the margins of the ceremony of official opening of the Russian gas pipeline in Istanbul today.


Sofia/Belgrade, 06 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The three countries of the Balkan region have started receiving Russian gas through the TurkStream pipeline this month, Bulgarian media reported.

Business / Economy


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.


Prishtina/Skopje, 05 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo and North Macedonia governments today decided to end mutual trade ban between the two countries involving Kosovan fish and North Macedonian honey and potatoes.