W. Balkans General News

Kosovo to hold municipal elections on Sunday


Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovan citizens will go to the polling stations on Sunday (22 October) to elect mayors and assemblies’ members in 38 municipalities.

EP committee agrees proposal on ‘travel authorization’ system for third-country nationals, including W. Balkans


Brussels, dtt-net.com - Members of Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament approved a proposal by the European Commission for a new system of border control of third-country nationals, who will need to obtain an entry authorization by the country of EU’s Schengen area.

Albania’s parliament postpones decision over immunity of ex-minister lawmaker


Tirana, dtt-net.com - A commission of Albanian parliament postponed for Saturday (21 October) decision over parliamentary immunity of an former-minister suspected of being involved with a local group of drugs trafficking.

Serbia shows military muscles with fighter jets from Russia


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbia today marked the anniversary of liberation of capital Belgrade in WWII, with an event showing its military muscles with a donation of fighter jets and helicopters from Russia.

Montenegro's pro-Russia opposition lawmaker sentenced for attack on policeman


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – An pro-Russia opposition lawmaker in Montenegro was sentenced to seven month of imprisonment for attacking physically a policeman two years ago, during a protest against the pro-NATO government in Podgorica. >>>>

Energy & Environment

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’s gas imports from Russia increase to more than 30 percent


Moscow/Belgrade, dtt-net.com - From January to September this year Serbia has increased gas imports from Russia for more than 30 percent comparing to the same period in 2016, according to latest figures.

Germany calls on Serbia to end energy infrastructure blockade toward Kosovo


Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com - German government has called on Serbia to end the long blockade toward Kosovo which is causing delays in integration of the regional energy market in the Western Balkans despite recent infrastructure investment efforts by Berlin and the EU.

EU gas pipeline TAP 50 % completed


Baar, dtt-net.coom - The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas from Azerbaijan through Turkey to Greece, Albania, the rest of the Western Balkans and the EU as of 2020 is now more than 50% completed, nearly 16 months after construction began, the company said.


Serbia and Turkey vow to boost economic ties


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Turkish President Recep Erdogan is in Serbian capital Belgrade today in a visit aimed at boosting economic and trade relations between the, what the first calls, “two key countries in the Balkan” region.

Albania’s PM defends W. Balkans ‘economic area’ project sponsored by EU


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian Prime Minister today responded to critics of the ‘economic area’ plan agreed by Western Balkans countries on Wednesday in Italy saying that the idea behind the project is to increase trade cooperation within the region and prepare the countries to join the EU market.

The EU and Japan reach free trade deal


Brussels, dtt-net.com – The European bloc and Japan today reached “Economic Partnership Agreement” in principle subject to approval by EU member countries and the European Parliament.

EU calls on W. Balkans, Turkey to focus on economic reforms


Brussels, dtt-net.com – Western Balkans countries and Turkey today were called by the European Union to focus on economic reforms aimed at better preparing their economies for the EU path.

Kosovo politician suggests suspension of trade deal with EU


Prishtina, dtt-net.com - A Kosovan politician has criticized the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the EU saying that the deal is harmful to local production.


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

Croatia and Russia to improve economic ties

2 fugitive Macedonia's ex-secret service officials arrested in Greece

US ambassador blasts Serbia over convicted war criminal lecturing in military academy

UN war crimes court appoints councillor to Serbia’s radical lawmaker

Kosovo President accuses EU of ‘double standards’

Serbia’s opposition party calls for dismissal of defence minister

Bosnia’s Serb entity adopts resolution on military neutrality

Albania prosecution wants immunity of lawmaker lifted over drug trafficking suspicion

Albania opposition accuses ex-minister of involvement in drug trafficking

Survey suggests vote trading between parties and citizens in W. Balkans countries

Kosovo Serb judges and prosecutors refuse to integrate in Kosovan judicial system

Macedonia and Albania vow to increase economic ties

5 more detained in Macedonia over April assault in parliament

Kosovo lawmaker on house arrest over suspicion of visa fraud

International observers OK Macedonia municipal elections

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