W. Balkans General News

Macron tells Macedonia’s citizens to approve name deal with Greece in referendum


Paris/Skopje, dtt-net.com - French President Emmanuel Macron today called on Macedonia’s citizens through a video message to approve the name agreement with Greece on September 30, which he said is good for the country, the Western Balkans and Europe.

Kosovo PM warns President over attempts to bypass parliament on deal with Serbia for border redraw


Pristina, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj today called country’s President Hashim Thaçi to halt attempts to bypass the parliament and conclude an agreement for redraw of borders with Serbia on his own without the approval of the legislative body.

Macedonia’s PM gets support from US Vice-President on deal with Greece for NATO, EU path


Washington/Skopje, dtt-net.com – The US Vice President Mike Pence expressed support to Macedonia’s premier Zoran Zaev on the agreement with Greece to change country’s name to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ which if approved by citizens in the referendum later this month clears the way for membership in the NATO and the EU.

Serbia’s president says none can oblige him to recognize Kosovo


Belgrade/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said that there is no western power, nor person in the world which can oblige him to recognize independence of Kosovo, referring to those which are strongly against redraw of borders between the two countries.

Kosovo president eyeing to bypass parliament on eventual deal with Serbia for redraw of borders


Pristina, dtt-net.com - A letter sent to the Constitutional Court by Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi to the Constitutional Court indicating his intentions to bypass the parliament over an eventual agreement with Serbia clearly says that he is serious with his plans for exchanging borders and territories with Serbia.

Energy & Environment

Albania and Macedonia agree for gas interconnection project


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania and Macedonia today signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for gas interconnection pipeline as the second is planning to get gas supplies from the EU gas pipeline (TAP) which passes through the first.

Russia wants Bosnia to join its Turkstream gas pipeline


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Russian government today has asked Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to join the Turkstream gas pipeline, a project of Moscow aimed at increasing its gas exports to Balkans and the EU, but which hasn’t found European bloc’s support so far.

EU energy body blasts Kosovo’s deal with US company over new power plant


Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community today has criticized the deal between the Kosovo government and the US Contour Global agreement of building a new power plant and related power purchase agreement between the two saying that it constitutes state aid which is contrary to EU energy rules.

The Vienna-based body also said that “other potentially critical elements in the set of contracts concluded in December 2017 include exemptions from taxes and customs duties, state guarantees, and the transfer/lease of land below market price.”

Italian minister says EU gas pipeline TAP ‘pointless’ for Italy


Rome/Tirana, dtt-net.com – New Italian Environment Minister Sergio Costa considers the Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) - which will bring gas from Azerbaijan to Balkans and the EU - as of 2020 ‘looks pointless’ to Italy and will be reviewed by the new ruling coalition in Rome.

EBRD launches energy efficiency programme in Macedonia


Skopje, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat today launched a Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Macedonia designed to provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements in the residential sector.


FDI in Montenegro climb since membership in the NATO


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Latest figures show that Montenegro’s membership in the western military alliance is having positive effects in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), according to the country’s Central Bank.

Unemployment in Serbia at record low


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in Serbia has reached record low and the lowest in the Western Balkans region, according to country’s president Aleksandar Vucic.

Albania reports record low unemployment


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government today said the unemployment in the country in May dropped to the record low at 12.5 percent an decrease of 1.7 percent comparing to the same month last year.

W. Balkans countries, Turkey vow to work with EU on economic and social reforms


Brussels, dtt-net.com - EU aspirant countries from Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey today vowed “to deepen economic and social reforms in order to improve the economy and boost competitiveness and inclusive growth”.

Resignation of finance minister delays Serbia’s new deal with IMF


Serbia, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said it has put on hold a new agreement on economic reform program with Serbian government until a new finance minister takes office.


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. >>>>


[Opinion] Albania on an irreversible path towards the EU


The more Albania delivers on its people's needs and demands, the more it will advance towards membership to the EU

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn


[Opinion] Macedonia: A clear EU path ahead


The doors of our Union are open. Your path towards the European Union has become irreversible.

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn >>>>

[Opinion] EU Enlargement to the Balkans: Playing hardball or playing with fire?


“…the EU failed to live up to its own rhetoric and show the Balkans that hard work – of the kind that Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have done – pays off.”

By Corina Stratulat, European Policy Centre


[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.

Earlier News

Macedonia’s opposition could support constitutional changes if citizens approve name deal with Greece in referendum

Kosovo PM says President is bluffing with redraw of borders idea with Serbia

Serbia signs investment deals with China, enters talks for purchase of modern military weapons

Germany reiterates opposition to border redraw idea between Kosovo and Serbia

German minister praises judicial reforms in Albania, calls for more

Car of Bosniak politician torched

German and British ministers call for massive participation in Macedonia referendum

Serbia to purchase Chinese combat drones

Kosovo opposition announces street protest against president, government

No agreement with Serbia if no recognition, Kosovo’s president says

Bosnia amends criminal code

Serbia will not recognize Kosovo, nor allow it to join the UN, FM says

Opposition party in Kosovo enjoys highest support (poll)

Croatia worried over eventual redraw of borders between Kosovo and Serbia

NATO chief says Russia trying to prevent Macedonia from joining military alliance

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