Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

03.07.20

Tirana, 03 July 2020, dtt-net.com – An Appeal body in the capital Tirana confirmed today the sacking of judge after being sacked in February for failing to justify wealth as authorities in Albania continue with the vetting process in judiciary and rule of law structures.

03.07.20

Skopje/Prishtina/Tirana, 03 July 2020, dtt-net.com – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia, as well as Serbia, continue to be faced with the spread of Covid-19 infections as all the six countries are being faced with the second wave.

03.07.20

Prishtina, 03 July 2020, dtt-net.com – A member of the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and former deputy-minister Friday addressed public threats to several political opponents, publicists and a journalist, as the internal debate in Kosovo following the war crimes charges against President Hashim Thaçi and several others is dividing the society and is deteriorating.

03.07.20

Brussels, 03 July 2020, dtt-net.com – EU member countries will start discussing negotiating frameworks proposed by the European Commission (EC) for Albania and North Macedonia as of next Monday, officials in Brussels said.

03.07.20

Tirana, 03 July 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovan Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said he is still trying with the USA special envoy Richard Grenell to set a date for talks with Serbia in Washington over what the American official first called ‘economic’ issues between the two countries, after the cancellation of June 27 meeting because of war crimes charges filed against Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi.


EU brief news

02.02.20

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.

25.01.20

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.

08.01.20

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.

07.01.20

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.

28.10.19

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.


Football News

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.

08.06.20

Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.

07.06.20

Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment

04.06.20

Belgrade, 04 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Hungarian and Serbian governments today signed a deal on gas supplies, according to which Hungary will start receiving Russian gas also through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia as of next year, as pipeline construction works are advancing fast, including the section from Serbia to the Hungarian border.

 

 

27.05.20

Tirana, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The French renewables energy company Voltalia today was awarded a  tender by Albanian government for a 140 MW solar plant.

25.05.20

Tirana, 25 May 2020, dtt-net.com - Cars will be banned to circulate in Albania on Sundays from October 2020 to March 2021 aimed at clean air, Albanian premier Edi Rama announced.

22.05.20

Tirana, 22 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) said it has launched the testing phase process in Albania – after completing it in Greece – ahead of first deliveries of the Azerbaijani gas to the EU member states planned by the end of 2020.

21.04.20

Prishtina/Tirana, 21 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENSTO-E) yesterday backed Kosovo leaving Serbia’s grid and joining that of Albania, which would enable power exchanges between Tirana and Prishtina through the a new interconnection grid financed by Germany after several years since its construction blocked by Belgrade so far.


Business / Economy

10.06.20

Sarajevo/Brussels, 10 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The European Union today said it has allocated €20 million for modernization of the agri-food sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for next four years.

29.05.20

Sarajevo/Brussels, 29 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today decided to extend for another year a measure which would help local companies obtain more contracts and work in public procurement services, in a move of Sarajevo to protect them from EU companies following economic damages that the Covid-19 has caused to the country.

12.05.20

Belgrade, 12 May 2020, dtt-net.com – France will contribute with 8.3 Euro million to the feasibility study for the metro project in the Serbian capital, while Paris is also considering a loan for construction of the underground railway which according to the Serbian government could cost to around 5 Euro billion.

01.05.20

Washington/Tirana, 01 May 2020, dtt-net.com – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are expected to enter a recession this year, with all six countries forecast “to experience negative growth” as they continue to grapple with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank said in a new report.

10.04.20

Belgrade, 10 April 2020, dtt-net.com - Serbian government has adopted a variety of economic measures including grants and tax payment delays to local companies totalling 608.3 billion dinars (5.1 billion euros) euros to cope with damages caused by the virus in order to continue their business activities.


opinions

24.06.20

By Daniel Serwer

Washington, 24 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) charged with ensuring accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the 1999 NATO/Yugoslavia war announced today that the prosecutor on April 24 charged President Thaci and former Speaker of the parliament Veseli, who is now the head of the political party Thaci founded. The announcement added:

20.06.20

By Daniel Serwer

Prishtina, 20 June 2020, dtt-net.com - The (Donald) Trump Administration is bringing Kosovo and Serbia Presidents (Hashim) Thaci and (Aleksandar) Vucic to Washington June 27, in an effort to hammer out some sort of agreement the American President can boast about at a Rose Garden ceremony before the November 3 election. Speculation about the substance has focused on the apparent willingness of both Vucic and Thaci to consider land/people swaps on an ethnic basis: Serbs in northern Kosovo would be traded to Serbia in exchange for Albanians in southern Serbia.

07.05.20

Washington/Prishtina, 06 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The United States and Kosova have enjoyed a special relationship. Liberating and state-building was a bipartisan endeavour. The Clinton administration went to war to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Kosova Albanians by Serbia and Bush led Kosova’s coordinated declaration of independence. Today, US-Kosova relations are at their lowest point in years. President Donald J. Trump has betrayed Kosova’s trust in the US, rolling back decades of progress.

By David L. Phillips

20.04.20

By Tobias Bunde, Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Boris Ruge and Nathalie Tocci

Berlin/Brussels, 20 April 2020, dtt-net.com -  The European project was built on the ashes of two world wars. The ongoing COVID19 crisis, the most devastating pandemic afflicting humankind in the last century, may be its undoing. Or can it become the catalyst for building a stronger European Union for the future? The jury is still out.

30.10.19

*The Europeans and Americans will be pressing Prishtina hard for an agreement with Belgrade in advance of Serbia’s April 2020 election.

* Milorad Dodik will continue to fulminate about independence, some Croats will continue to dream of a third entity, and the Bosniaks will try to ignore both and defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

* Delayed opening of negotiations should not delay implementation of the acquis. Most of the benefits of EU membership come well before accession, from the reforms you (Albania) undertake.

 By Daniel Serwer