Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Belgrade, 20 November 2019, dtt-net.com – The Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Government of Serbia has drafted a law proposal for ending the 50 percent +1 threshold turnout in referendums, prompting strong criticism from the opposition which claims that changes proposed aim recognition of Kosovo which the government denies.


Zagreb/Brussels, 20 November 2019, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel today said that Germany and other EU member countries will have to enter talks with France over new enlargement methodology proposed by Paris and reach a compromise as soon as possible in order to continue with the EU pathway process for the Western Balkans aspirants.


Sarajevo/Brussels, 20 November 2019, dtt-net.com – A member of German Bundestag said that French messages over the Western Balkans  and its demands for overhauling enlargement rules of the European bloc in the region are “confusing’.


Skopje, 19 November 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union today signed the counter-terrorism arrangements with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Montenegro and Serbia after similar signatures already with Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.


Skopje, 19 November 2019, dtt-net.com - The EU today signed an agreement with Serbia on border management cooperation between Serbia and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aimed at helping the country control better its borders amid flow of illegal migrants who are using Balkan route on their way to the EU territory.

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


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.


Belgrade, 23 October 2019, dtt-net.com -  The northern stretch of the Russia owned TurkStream gas pipeline of 15.75 BCM of gas capacity per year is expected to reach costumers in the three countries as of next year as construction works are advancing fast in Bulgaria and Serbia, despite EU complaints over Gazprom monopoly contracts signed with the costumer countries in the SouthEastern Europe (SEE).

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.