Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Prishtina, 11 December 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovan authorities today followed decision of Bosnia’s capital of Sarajevo to declare the Nobel Prize winner for literature, Peter Handke, “persona non-grata”, for his support to ‘The Butcher of Balkans’ the late Serbia’s President Slobodan Milosevic and denial of Srebrenica genocide.


Sarajevo, 11 December 2019, dtt-net.com - The Assembly of the Sarajevo Canton today decided to declare Peter Handke ‘persona non-grata’ because of his support to the late Serbia’s President Slobodan Milosevic and denial of genocide on Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica when Serb forces slaughtered more than 8000 men and boys in July 1995.


Brussels, 10 December 2019, dtt-net.com – EU governments decided today to open Chapter 4 ( Free movement of capital) in accession negotiations for Serbia, bringing the number of chapters opened to 18 so far of total 35 with the candidate country from the Western Balkans.


Belgrade/Sarajevo, 10 December 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia considers the Nobel Prize award to the Austrian writer Peter Handke for literature as he was one of theirs, while Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey boycotted today’s ceremony in Stockholm, because of Handke’s support to the late Slobodan Milosevic and denial of 1995 genocide in Srebrenica committed by Serb forces against Bosniak civilians.


The Hague/Prishtina, 10 December 2019, dtt-net.com – The former Kosovan parliament Speaker, Kadri Veseli, was questioned today for three hours by the office of the prosecutor of the EU and US sponsored special war crimes court in The Hague, but it remains unknown if he was called up as witness or a suspect.

EU brief news


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.


Brussels, 22 October 2019, dtt-net.com – According to the European Commission (EC) Croatia has met conditions to join the Schengen area but Slovenia disagrees as the two countries are still at row over Bay of Piran.


London/Brussels, 19 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed an amendment which delays the revised deal with the European bloc on Brexit which obliges now the government to seek extension of withdrawal date 31 October deadline.


Brussels, 17 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The head of the European Commission (EC) Jean Claude Juncker announced that a new “fair and balanced agreement” was reached today with the British government over Brexit, recommending to the heads of state and government of the EU bloc to endorse it as they gather for a two-day Summit in Brussels and the UK PM Boris Johnson hoping that the British parliament approves it Saturday.

Energy & Environment


Tirana, 02 December 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s Transmission System and Market Operator (KOSTT) and Albania's Transmission System Operator (OST) Monday signed an to establish a joint electricity grid system, which makes Kosovo gain its energy system independence from Serbia and at the same time integrate with that of Albania.


Podgorica, 18 November 2019, dtt-net.com – A new wind farm of 46 MWh, an investment from Maltese companies, became operational today in Montenegro.


Vienna, 18 November 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia and Montenegro have all failed to comply with emission ceilings with their power plants despite commitments made, Energy Community Secretariat said in a new report.


Podgorica, 15 November 2019, dtt-net.com – The Italian energy company Terna Friday made operational  the undersea 445-km long electricity inter-connector of 600 MW between the Italy and the Montenegro.


Sarajevo, 14 November 2019, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, today invited Russian companies to help the country with investments in gas infrastructure.

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.