Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Prishtina, 21 February 2020, dtt-net.com - Kosovan President Hashim Thaci announced that Jamaica has recognized Kosovo's independence, with the PM Albin Kurti welcoming the “good news” minutes after,  but the foreign minister of the Caribbean island nation denied it through a direct twitt response to Thaçi, turning the scandal into a national embarrassment, especially of its leaders ridiculed in front of their citizens and the world.


Paris/Sarajevo, 20 February 2020, dtt-net.com – An European diplomat told French officials that western powers should shows unity over renewed crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as continuation of the ongoing political tensions between Serbs and Bosniaks with the first threatening with secession can have detrimental consequences for the stability of the country.and the Western Balkans region.



Tirana/Prishtina, 20 February 2020, dtt-net.com - Albanian government has proposed that Kosovo authorities and Tirana jointly launch lobbying action across the world for more recognitions of Kosovo’s independence as Serbia is already working hard for the opposite, especially in Africa continent.


Prishtina, 20 February 2020, dtt-net.com – According to the Kosovan new Minister of European Integration Blerim Reka (former North Macedonia Ambassador to the EU) visa liberalisation is a priority for the new government of the Prime Minister Kurti, expressing hope that member countries of the European bloc will agree to end the visa regime no later than this year after more than 2 years of waiting despite meeting conditions designed by Brussels.


Sarajevo, 19 February 2020, dtt-net.com – Diplomats in Sarajevo of EU member countries, the USA and Turkey called Wednesday Bosnia Serbs to unblock country’s parliament and government amid the new tensions erupting over Constitutional Court ruling over arable land in the Serb entity whose leaders are threatening with secession and independence in protest.

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.