W. Balkans General News

26.09.22

Podgorica, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com - The President of Montenegro and leader of the biggest party in the country, Milo Djukanovic, says time has come for early elections while his opponents want him dismissed claiming breach of constitution, which he denies.

26.09.22

Sarajevo, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com - The USA government today sanctioned Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) state prosecutor, Diana Kajmakovic, over corruption and links to criminal organizations.

26.09.22

Belgrade, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com – The USA Ambassador to Belgrade, Christopher Hill, says it’s “hard to understand” the reason why Serbia signed a “consultation plan” with Russia Friday and called for explanation about the document from Serbian government.

26.09.22

Brussels/Skopje, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com – The European Commission (EC) said it proposed on 23 September the signing and conclusion of an agreement between the EU and North Macedonia on Frontex’s operational activities.

26.09.22

Brussels/Prishtina, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com – Governments of 27 member states of the EU are expected to discuss the ongoing saga over visa regime on Kosovo next month, as the mood amidst majority of them is being positive now, but sources say a definitive decision is closely linked with eventual progress in the EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia leaders, which so far are proving difficult.


EU brief news

19.05.22

Berlin/Brussels, 19 May 2022, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, told national parliament that Ukraine can’t be granted a special treatment differently from Western Balkans six countries on their EU pathway, thus joining the position of French President, Emmanuel Macron, who last week said that the accession process is not a matter of a few months or a few years.

04.05.22

Strasbourg, 03 May 2022, dtt-net.com – Italian Prime  Minister Mario Draghi called Tuesday during a speech in the European Parliament (EP) for change of EU treaty on decision-making  to end the veto rule and switch to qualified-majority in EU’s foreign policy, defence sector and enlargement process, respectively.

08.04.22

Brussels, 08 April 2022, dtt-net.com - The fifth package approved today by the 27 governments of EU member states doesn't include ban on Russian oil and gas, despite yesterday's call by the European Parliament to immediately impose the full ban on the two main imports from Russia.

07.04.22

Strasbourg, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) today called governments of 27 member states for “additional punitive measures, including “an immediate full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas” over invasion of Ukraine, while at the same time calling also for stepping up arms deliveries to the Ukrainian army.

07.04.22

Brussels, 07 April 2022, dtt-net.com - G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the USA) and EU today condemned “in the strongest terms” the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and a number of other Ukrainian towns and at the same time warned against any threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. 

“Any use by Russia of such a weapon would be unacceptable and result in severe consequences,” foreign ministers of the seven countries and EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell said in a statementafter a meeting in Brussels.


SPORT/Football News

28.02.22

Zurich, 28 February 2022, dtt-net.com - The world and European football organizations today decided to kick out Russian national team and club clubs from all competitions organized by the two organizations temporarily, amid Russia’s military assault on Ukraine.

04.01.22

London, 04 January 2022, dtt-net.com – Southampton Football Club today confirmed that SportRepublic - backed by Lead Investor Dragan Solak - has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake of 80 percent in Southampton Football Club.

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.

Energy & Environment

27.09.22

Tirana, 27 September 2022, dtt-net.com – Excelerate Energy company has installed two floating petrol-fired power plants at Albanian Vlora port to generate some 15 percent of electricity needs for the country expected to be operational in January.

26.09.22

Belgrade, 26 September 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbian government officials said that with non-binding recommendations it has made to local consumers up to 15 percent of energy can be saved this winter and explained that authorities will not impose restrictions as sufficient energy has been ensured for households and companies.

22.09.22

Belgrade, 22 September 2022, dtt-net.com - Serbian government has provided sufficient amounts of energy and energy sources for the upcoming winter, the Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic, said today in a attempt to reassure citizens amid ongoing global energy crisis and difficulties expected during the winter, while at the same time recommending to consumers to reduce energy consumption.

21.09.22

Moscow/Sarajevo, 20 September 2022, dtt-net.com – The Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) tri-partite presidency, Milorad Dodik, said he got a favourable price from Gazprom for natural gas for the Republika Srpska (RS) as the Serb entity in planning to construct two gas-fired plants with Russian natural gas throgh Russian owned TurkStream which future is uncertain ones other gas suppliers find and bring to the region sufficient quantities to replace it.

16.09.22

Belgrade/Brussels, 15 September 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbia is having talks with Venezuela authorities to purchase oil as the country will be affected as of January 1, 2023, when the EU oil ban on Russia enters into force as the Western Balkans country receives most of Russian oil through Croatia pipeline.


Business / Economy

13.09.22

Belgrade, 13 September 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbia signed Monday a 1 billion USD loan with  United Arab Emirates (UAE), with which the country is planning to purchase natural gas and electricity to cope with energy difficulties. 

 

08.08.22

Prishtina, 08 August 2022, dtt-net.com -  Kosovan officials and Israel diplomats met today and talked about possibilities of Israel investing in Kosovo’s poorly managed healthcare system and also in potable water supply in the Western Balkans country - the most underdeveloped on in the European continent.

08.08.22

Belgrade/Prishtina, 08 August 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbia goods are coming reaching back fast Kosovo market and could soon approach to the 450 Euro million record of 2017, after a drastic fall since 2018 - when the then government of Kosovo of Ramush Haradinaj, imposed a 100 percent tax and which started to be lifted partially in early 2020 by today’s premier, Albin Kurti, and totally after his predecessor Avdullah Hoti.

26.07.22

Tirana, 26 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Serbian government officials today met with Albanian import companies as Belgrade aims to increase its exports, including of flour, cooking oil and sugar to Albania, through the Open Balkan initiative of free flow of goods and people it designed and entered with North Macedonia too.

26.07.22

Belgrade/Podgorica/Skopje, 26 July 2022, dtt-net.com – Average net salaries in Serbia in May reached 74 168 RSD (632 Euro) and gross salaries to 102 432 RSD (872,85 Euros), country’s statistical office said, but highest salaries in the Western Balkans region continue to be in Montenegro.


opinions

06.07.22

   The present crisis is the culmination of a long historical drama that has the potential to spark a new Balkan war and seriously derail the integration of the Western Balkan states into the European Union and NATO.

 By Denis Rajic and Marko Attila Hoare

27.06.22

In the EU-Western Balkans summit, Edi Rama both in his published speech and in the following press conference with Aleksandar Vucic, went to great lengths to justify the Serbian position (refusal to join EU sanctions) towards Russia. Referring to distorted interpretations of historical and economic facts, Rama criticized the West for its pressure on Serbia.

 By Genc Pollo

17.06.22

 The Western Balkans Strategic Group, which works under the auspices of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, assesses the ‘Open Balkan’ project as an initiative that would be negatively competitive with the "Berlin Process", while leading regional integration in an unacceptable and fragmented direction.

 By Western Balkans Strategic Group - Heinrich Boell Foundation

21.03.22

“…even before the war in Ukraine, there was a worrying resurgence of tensions in the region, particularly within Bosnia and Herzegovina and between Serbia and Kosovo. We have seen outside interference seeking to destabilise our neighbours and weaken the European Union, notably through Russia’s insidious and well-documented disinformation campaigns”.

By Josep Borrell

13.03.22

By Miodrag Vlahovic

Podgorica, 13 March 2022, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Russian aggression against Ukraine has provoked a dramatic change in the Western approach to Russia. Confrontation with Russia has re-united the Euro-Atlantic community and given a new raison d'etre to NATO. It will have profound effects in the Balkans too.