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Macedonia’s PM calls Greece to unblock NATO, EU path

21.06.2017

Sofia, 20 June 2017, dtt-net.com – Macedonia’s new prime minister, Zoran Zaev made a public call to Greece to unblock country’s path toward NATO and the EU. >>>>

NATO urges Bosnia to work on reforms for closer ties

21.06.2017

Brussels, 20 June 2017, dtt-net.com - NATO officials called on Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) authorities to do more on reforms needed for closer ties between the two sides, as Serb entity continues to hold back membership plans of country’s Bosniaks and Croats.
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Montenegro and Serbia open more chapters in EU entry talks

21.06.2017

Luxemburg, 20 June 2017, dtt-net.com – The two countries of the Western Balkans region on Tuesday made further steps in EU membership negotiations by opening two more chapters each.
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Arbitration court to rule over Croatia-Slovenia border row later this month

20.06.2017

The Hague, 19 June 2017, dtt-net.com – The Permanent Arbitration Court (PCA) in The Hague said it will render its final award on 29 June in arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia over border row. >>>>

Kosovo expects to join Interpol later this year

20.06.2017

Prishtina, 19 June 2017, dtt-net.com – Kosovo authorities expect that the country will join world police body later this year as the Interpol’s Assembly is set to vote on its membership application. >>>>


EU Energy & Environment

Macedonia’s new government vows to comply with EU energy treaty

08.06.2017

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The new Macedonian government of prime minister Zoran Zaev vowed to comply with EU rules on energy as the previous government has failed to do so.
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EU regrets Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate deal but will not renegotiate it

02.06.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Representatives of EU institutions and its member countries have expressed regrets over yesterday’s decision of US president to withdraw from the 2015 Climate Paris agreement with French President Emanuel Macron firmly ruling out any renegotiation as solicited by Donald Trump.
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EU’s energy body submits infringements against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia

23.05.2017

Vienna, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has submitted a total of seven dispute settlement cases against Serbia, Ukraine, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breaches of energy acguis, asking on the ministers of member countries to take decision.
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Bulgaria to join W. Balkans electricity market

18.05.2017

Sofia/Wienna, 18 May 2017, dtt-net.com - Bulgaria has agreed to join Western Balkans (WB6) regional electricity market integration initiative, part of initiatives coordinated and supervised by EU’s energy body, the Secretariat of Energy Community, aimed at extending the EU internal energy market to South East Europe.
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EU gas pipeline celebrates 1st year of construction

16.05.2017

Tirana/Baar, dtt-net.com - The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will bring gas to the EU and Balkans through Turkey, Greece, Albania and Italy as of 2020, marks the one-year anniversary since construction started.
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Business/Economy

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

23.05.2017

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.
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Kosovo politician suggests suspension of trade deal with EU

17.05.2017

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.
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Albanian authorities block tons of poultry imported from Brazil

15.05.2017

Tirana, 15 May 2017, dtt-net.com – Albanian food security authorities said today they have blocked a total of 26 tons of poultry imported from Brazil because of containing salmonella.

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EU candidate countries in Balkans to have positive growth, EC says

11.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The four EU candidate countries from the Western Balkans region (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro) are set to have positive economic growth this and next year, according to a forecast by the European Commission (EC).
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EU expected to have ‘steady’ growth in 2017 and 2018

11.05.2017

Brussels, dtt-net.com – GDP in the EU is expected to be at 1.9 percent this and next year, while in the Euro area to 1.7 percent in 2017 and 1.8 percent in 2018, according to the European Commission (EC).
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Football

Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO

08.08.2016

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.

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Kosovo granted FIFA membership

13.05.2016

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.
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FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar

11.05.2016

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.
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Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote

03.05.2016

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

03.05.2016

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


Opinions

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

01.06.2017

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

16.01.2017

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

18.11.2016

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 

27.05.2016

"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

06.09.2015

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
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Earlier News

Serbia's parliament postpones vote over next PM

Turkey calls for membership of Macedonia in NATO

Albania's parliament approves vetting bodies

Bosnia Serb entity against making genocide denial punishable

Serbia to have first gay PM

Reforms in Serbia remain the key to the EU, top German lawmaker says

US official warns of Russia’s ‘malign’ influence in W. Balkans

EU unblocks financial aid for Macedonia

Kosovo prosecution indicts 9 over terrorism

Complications over next Kosovo government growing

EU lawmakers call on Serbia and Kosovo to normalize relations, Macedonia to focus on reforms

Greece won’t allow Macedonia to join NATO, launch EU entry talks without solving name row

Bosnia government approves law to criminalize genocide denial

EU urges Albania parties to work on judiciary reforms needed for entry talks

Montenegro on the “the brink of civil war”, pro-Russia opposition warns



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