Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News


Ankara/Sarajevo, 16 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan today called what for ‘revision’ of the 1995 Peace Accord which halted the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), but didn’t explain what exactly the changes should be according to him.


Athens/Skopje, 16 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and his cabinet tonight won a confidence vote by the parliament, thus opening the way for ratification of the agreement with Skopje on changing neighbouring  country’s name to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’, which clears the remaining obstacle for Macedonia’s NATO and EU path.


Pristina, 16 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj today said that he will not revoke the 100 percent on Serbia goods, thus rebuffing the recent pressure from the US government of Donald Trump over the tax imposed in November and which is hurting considerably Serbia’s exporting power.


Belgrade, 16 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic expressed excitement  and joy over the decision of Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to decorate him with Aleksandar Nevsky Order, which he will receive at their meeting on Thursday in capital Belgrade in appreciation for strong Serbia’s relations he is building with Russia.


Belgrade, 16 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Ahead  of Thursday visit to Serbian capital, Vladimir Putin told Belgrade media that Serbia and Serbs are Russia’s strategic partners in the Western Balkans to counter NATO enlargement plans in the troubled region.

European Union


Brussels, 25 December 2018, dtt-net.com – Finns, French and German citizens are the most against enlargement of the EU, 64, 62 and 61 percent respectively, while in EU28 the percentage of opposition goes down to 45 and support to 43 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Eurobarometer done for the European Commission (EC).

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and government of 27 EU members approved today a divorce agreement between the bloc and the UK, with all eyes now not set on the divided British parliament which has to green light the 585-page text in order it can enter into force as of end of March.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU member countries and the UK today agreed a “political declaration’ setting out the framework for the future relationship between the two sides, subject to approval of heads of states and governments.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Austria, the country which holds current rotating Presidency of the EU, today said that the draft-agreement on Brexit is a ‘fair compromise’, as all eyes are now turned toward the future of UK’s government amid internal split in London over the 585-pages text.

Berlin/Brussels, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron today said that the EU should make up its mind to reshape, get 'stronger' and ‘more autonomous’ to become a heavy weight power in the world.

Energy & Environment

Vienna/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that, apart of Macedonia, the rest of the EU aspirant countries in the Western Balkans region are not making sufficient progress on electricity market reforms.

dtt-net.com – Russia’s gas giant Gazprom is planning to change the initial route planned of its Turkish Stream pipeline - by avoiding Greece and Macedonia - and pass from Turkey to Bulgaria and then continue through Serbia to Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, according to Russian media.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The EU and Algeria are working to strengthen partnership on energy sources not only on gas but also on renewable energy as the European bloc continues with efforts to diversify imports and depend less on Russian gas.

Washington/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The US and Ukraine will “keep working together” to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas project, over which EU member countries can’t find common position as eastern countries are against the Russia-Germany pipeline which makes the bloc even more dependent on Russian gas, Washington officials said.

Podgorica, dtt-net.com – A Norwegian ship started today first exploration for oil and gas in Montenegrin Adriatic sea waters.

Business / Economy


Belgrade/Brussels, 15 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia called on the EU to exempt the country from its proposed new steel import quotas expected to be decided on Wednesday by the European bloc as consequence of the imposition of tariffs by the US on steel and aluminium imports.

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Albanian governments today vowed to boost further trade exchanges between the two countries by facilitating some of procedures and cutting some of existing barriers.

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that economic activity in Macedonia is “slowly recovering” after stalling because of 2016 and 2017 internal political crisis with GDP expected to bounce at 2 percent this year and 2.8 in 2019.

Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia continues the best country in the EU aspirant region for doing business while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is the worst, according to the 2018 ranking report by the World Bank.

Belgrade, 15 October 2018, dtt-net.com – The US-Turkish company, Bechtel-Enka, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Serbian government for construction of a 110 km highway in Serbia, the first infrastructure project between an American company and the country.