W. Balkans General News

Albania's PM calls on the EU to open accession talks with Albania, Macedonia


Sofia/Brussels, dtt-net.com – It’s time that the EU opens membership negotiations with Albania and Macedonia and treat both countries as it's treating Montenegro and Serbia, Albanian prime minister called.

Serbia hopes Trump administration will change policy toward Kosovo, W. Balkans


Vienna/Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbia is hoping that the current US government led by President Donald Trump will adopt a different approach to previous administrations in Washington toward Kosovo and the Western Balkans region.

No true reconciliation in W. Balkans, Prosecutor tells UN Security Council


New York, dtt-net.com - Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) told the UN Security Council (UNSC) that true reconciliation after wars of ‘90s is still absent in the former-Yugoslavia countries.

EC expected to make yet another proposal for opening to entry talks with Macedonia


Brussels, dtt-net.com - The European Commission (EC) is expected to make its tenth consecutive proposal to EU member countries to open accession talks with Macedonia, but prospects of opening them are inexistent unless Skopje and Athens reach a solution to Macedonia’s constitutional name which Greece rejects.

Serbia and Bosnia leaders vow to improve ties but divisions remain deep over war crimes, Kosovo


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Presidency traveled to Serbia on Wednesday with both sides vowing to improve ties between the two countries but divisions over war crimes and BiH’s foreign policy remain deep, however.

Energy & Environment

EU secures another pipeline for new gas supplies to lessen dependence from Russia


Brussels, dtt-net.com – On top of the Tran-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas from Azerbaijan as of 2020 to Europe, the European Union is advancing with a new similar project which will secure more supplies of gas from Israel and Cyprus waters through Greece to reach the Italy and the rest of EU as of 2025, as the European bloc is determined to diminish its gas dependence from Russia.

Serbia’s gas imports from Russia up for 26 percent


Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Gas imports of Serbia from Russia have increased for 26.2 percent during January-November this year comparing to the same period of 2016, according to the data of Russian gas giant Gazprom.

Bosnia and Macedonia still failing to comply with EU energy rules


Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community - an EU energy body - said that Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia are not complying with Energy Community Treaty.

Serbia to build largest wind farm in the W. Balkans


Belgrade, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are providing a €215 million loan to ?ibuk 1 wind farm, the largest wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans to date.

Montenegro ratifies Paris Climate Agreement


Podgorica, dtt-net.com - The Parliament of Montenegro ratified the 2015 Paris Climate deal, setting clear goals of reducing greenhouse gases to combat air pollution and climate change.


Serbia to host EU - Western Balkans Transport Community


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The recently decided by the EU transport body for the European bloc and the Western Balkans will have its headquarters in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, governments of six countries of the region agreed on Wednesday.

China to increase business presence in W. Balkans


Budapest, dtt-net.com – China is about to increase further its business presence in Western Balkans EU aspirant countries through multi-million loans in infrastructure projects, a Summit held in Hungarian capital shows.

World Bank forecasts lower growth in W. Balkans countries compared to EU predictions


dtt-net.com – World Bank (WB) growth forecast for Western Balkans countries is different to the European Commission’s one published earlier this month. According to the bank growth in the six countries of the region (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia) is estimated to 2.6 percent in 2017 and region’s projected growth is less optimistic than the 3.2 percent expected when the Spring issue of this report was published. The WB also forecasted lower growth for the two years to come for the region.

Macedonia best in W. Balkans for doing business, World Bank says


dtt-net.com – A new report by the World Bank says that Macedonia is the best country in the Western Balkans region for doing business environment.

Kosovo and Serbia enter into trade dispute


Pristina/Belgrade, dtt-net.com - Kosovan government announced introduction of a special fee to flour imports from Serbia saying that the measure aims at protecting local production from Serbian dumping which Belgrade denies.


Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO


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.


Kosovo granted FIFA membership


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.

FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar


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.

Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote


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

Kosovo to join UEFA


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


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


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


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.

[Opinion] What to expect in the Balkans (after Donald Trump’s election) ?


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.

By Daniel Serwer >>>>

Kosovo: An example on how to fight radicalism 


"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


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

Earlier News

Serbia to open more chapters in EU entry talks next week

Kosovo President wants EU mission to leave the country

EC most likely to propose opening of EU entry talks with Albania amid reform progress

Macedonia opposition continues protesting detentions over April assault in parliament

EU’s Tusk urges Albania to continue with rule of law reform

Serbia’s protests removal of Kosovo’s PM from Interpol arrest warrant

Serbia’s convicted war criminal elected at top body of ruling party

Kosovo government proceeds contested border deal with Montenegro to parliament for vote

EC’s Hahn urges Bosnia to focus on reforms as the country is hoping for candidate status

Macedonia police uncover synthetic drug laboratory, arrest 6

6 opposition Macedonia's lawmakers stripped off immunity

Macedonia seeks US help for NATO entry blocked by Greece

Leader of Albania’s opposition accused of money laundering

Bosnia police arrest a former member of ISIL

Bosnia’s Croat convicted war criminal dies after swallowing poison in UN court

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