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W. Balkans General News

Macedonia’s citizens will decide in referendum over new name, PM says

23.05.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com - The final word over new country’s belongs to Macedonia’s citizens through a referendum, the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said today in a TV duel with his main opposition opponent.
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Kosovo seeks recognition from Vatican

23.05.2018

Vatican/Pristina, dtt-net.com – The Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj today met in Vatican with Pope Francis seeking recognition of independence of his country.
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Leader of Bosnia Serbs renews calls for independence of entity

23.05.2018

Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – As October elections are approaching the President of Serb Republic (RS) entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Milorad Dodik is renewing his calls for independence of the entity.
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Parliament of Bosniak-Croat entity vows to deal with demands of war veterans

23.05.2018

Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) entity today pledged to deal in coming weeks with demands of war veterans of the entity for more social benefits.
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Macedonia’s ex-PM sentenced over abuse of office

23.05.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian former-prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, today was sentenced to two years of imprisonment over abuse of office and financial damages caused to the state budget.
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Energy & Environment

EBRD launches energy efficiency programme in Macedonia

24.04.2018

Skopje, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat today launched a Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Macedonia designed to provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements in the residential sector.
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EU energy body takes infringement case on Bosnia’s environmental impact assessment of thermal power plant further

19.03.2018

Vienna/Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Energy Community Secretariat has launched infringement procedures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breach of environment rules related to a planned thermal power plant.
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Ex-minister of Germany to mediate Serbia-Kosovo power grid dispute

08.03.2018

Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Germany is sending its former environment minister, Klaus Töpfer, to Belgrade and Pristina, in a new attempt to solve row between Serbia and Kosovo over Kosovan electricity grid, which according to ENTSO-E is causing system frequency deviation from the mean value of 50 Hertz to Europe’s synchronized high voltage electricity network.
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W. Balkans countries not making sufficient progress on energy reforms, EU body says

06.02.2018

Ljubljana, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are not making sufficient efforts in implementing energy reforms to meet EU set agenda.
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Albania urged to reform energy sector

31.01.2018

Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania must continue with energy sector reforms, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopac told today Albanian officials.
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Business/Economy

Resignation of finance minister delays Serbia’s new deal with IMF

18.05.2018

Serbia, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said it has put on hold a new agreement on economic reform program with Serbian government until a new finance minister takes office.
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Kosovo loses 32 Euro million because of SAA deal with EU in 2017

08.05.2018

Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo lost last year nearly 32 Euro million of custom fees because of the free trade part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU, almost the double of loses in 2016 when the implementation of the deal started.
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EBRD launches Investment Platform for W. Balkans

26.02.2018

London, dtt-net.com - A new electronic tool has been launched today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Western Balkans Investment Summit in London aimed at facilitating market access and raise the attractiveness to foreign direct investment in the EU aspirant region.
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Of six W. Balkans countries Serbia with lowest unemployment, Bosnia the highest

24.01.2018

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Serbia has the lowest unemployment rate and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) the highest in the Western Balkans region, according to a report by the European Commission (EC).
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Serbia and Russia to boost energy, trade ties

21.12.2017

Belgrade/Moscow, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Russian governments signed in Moscow, a series of agreements on cooperation in energy, economy, trade, tourism and culture.
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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

dtt-net.com – The two time world champion Majlinda Kelmendi made history on Sunday (07 August) wining first ever Olympic gold medal for her country: Kosovo.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

Mexico City / Prishtina – With 141 votes in favour and 23 against FIFA Congress today granted membership to Kosovo’s Football Federation, a second big news this month from the football world after the new country was admitted ten days ago as the new member of UEFA.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

Prishtina/Mexico City, dtt-net.com - The Council of the world football body today proposed to its Congress which takes place on Friday (13th May) to admit Kosovo and Gibraltar’ as its new members.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.
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Kosovo to join UEFA

03.05.2016

Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


Opinions

[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans

01.06.2017

By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

[Opinion] Europe's division cannot be overcome without W. Balkans joining the EU

16.01.2017

Zagreb, dtt-net.com - "The division of Europe will not be overcome until all countries of the Western Balkans have joined the EU", the Germany's State Minister for European Affairs , Michael Roth said in a speech held in Zagreb, Croatia.
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[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?

18.11.2016

If the new (US) president is inclined to accept a Russian sphere of influence in the Balkans, the consequences for the region’s relatively new democracies could be dramatic.

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Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 

27.05.2016

"It would be imprecise to suggest that Kosovo is uniquely prone to radicalism or that the effort to radicalize a historically moderate population is succeeding. In fact, Kosovo merits our attention as a bellwether state and exemplar of how to undermine extremism".

By Rabbi Joshua M. Z. Stanton >>>>

EU, US pushing too fast with Serbia’s PM, forgot “mafia” victim Zoran Đinđić

06.09.2015

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Imagine these world media headlines next month or next year:
- “Serbia’s PM killed in car accident” ;
- “Pro-EU Serbia's PM Aleksandar Vucic ill of brain cancer”;
- “Serb mafia executes Serbia's PM as in 2003 Zoran Djindjic”; or the most preferable headline of all Serb media together:
- “Vucic killed by Albanian Muslim terrorists-mafia, according to international intelligence and security experts.”

Imagine for a second that one of these headlines becomes true. What would Angela Merkel and Barack Obama do with or in the Western Balkans the next day or during another 12 years after it ???

By Edmond Ekrem Krasniqi
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Earlier News

Unification of Bosnia’s Serb entity and Serbia will happen, Serb leader says

Venice Commission travels to Sarajevo over electoral law reform efforts

EU accession of W. Balkans key to stability, Montenegrin president says

Serbia’s president says no change of foreign policy priorities

Serbia’s minister warns EU over Kosovo condition

Macedonian party sues PM over readiness to change country’s name

Court acquits Macedonian PM of bribe-taking charges

Erdogan seeks votes in Bosnia rally from Diaspora in Europe

Montenegro’s new president takes office

New name proposal rejected by Macedonian and Greek opposition parties

Montenegro calls on EU countries to open entry talks with Albania and Macedonia

Kosovo court sends to jail 8 over planned attack on Israeli football team

Albanian opposition to stage new anti-government protest

Albania's PM not in good mood after Sofia Summit, but still optimistic over EU entry talks

Greek PM says maritime border deal with Albania possibly next month



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