Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Washington/Prishtina, 19 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The US National Security Adviser John Bolton called on Serbia and Kosovo “to act now” and resume dialogue for a agreement as Kosovan government and opposition reject any talks which would compromise country’s territorial integrity.


Podgorica, 18 July 2019, dtt-net.com – President Milo Djukanovic and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) continue to enjoy highest support from Montenegrin citizens, according a new opinion survey.


Prishtina, 18 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union will end visa regime to Kosovan citizens within weeks, according to Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.



Sarajevo, 18 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The House of Representatives of the Bosniak-Croat entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today approved a law over social allowances for some 20,000 war veterans in need.


Belgrade, 18 July 2019, dtt-net.com – 130 passengers and the crew were evacuated today morning from a Lufthansa airplane at ‘Nikola Tesla’ Belgrade airport after a fake bomb threat, authorities said.

European Union


Brussels, 16 July 2019, dtt-net.com -  European Union governments last night decided to launch initial sanctions on Turkey amid its oil and gas drilling within Cyprus waters.


Brussels, 05 July 2019? dtt-net.com – Instex, an EU mechanism designed by Germany, the UK and France for trade with Iran bypassing the U.S. sanctions on Tehran is expected to make first transaction “in a few days”, according to the French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.


Strasbourg, 03 July 2019, dtt-net.com -  The former Italian journalist and leftist politician of the Democratic Party , David-Maria Sussoli was elected President of EU’s legislative body today.


Brussels, 02 July 2019, dtt-net.com – German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was agreed today by leaders of EU member countries to be the next President of the European Commission; the Belgian acting Prime Minister Charles Michel as European Council President; Spanish MEP Josep Borrell as EU chief of diplomacy and French director of IMF Christine Lagarde for the head of the European Central Bank (ECB).


Brussels, 01 July 2019, dtt-net.com - Leaders of EU member countries decided to adjourn their talks to tomorrow as despite some progress reported no agreement was reached after consultations launched yesterday over the top posts for the European bloc institutions’ in Brussels.

Energy & Environment


Sarajevo, 18 July 2019, dtt-net.com - Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) BH-Gas company said it has received approval from the European Commission (EC) to start implementing a project that would connect the gas network to that in Croatia aimed at diversifying country’s gas supplies in order to decrease dependence from Russia.


dtt-net.com – The U.S. government joined EU concerns over drilling by Turkey in the waters off Cyprus urging Ankara to halt oil and gas exploration operations and avoid increase of tensions between the two neighbouring countries.


Brussels, 08 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union today called on Turkey to abandon drilling plan northeast of Cyprus calling Ankara’s operations a “grave concern” as Turkish authorities announced a second oil and gas drilling exploration after the first one west of Cyprus.


Poznan/Brussels, 05 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union today pledged €180 million in forms of grants for new transport and energy infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans countries.


Belgrade, 04 July 2019, dtt-net.com – The government of Serbia has written-off at 1.2 Euro billion debt to the public gas company Srbijagas, which partners with Russian giant Gazprom in the construction of the 403-km-long northern stretch of the Russian owned TurkStream gas pipeline from the Bulgarian to the Hungarian border, local media reported.

Business / Economy


Podgorica, 17 July 2019, dtt-net.com – Montenegro and Turkey revised their Free trade Agreement (FTA) of 2010 aimed at boosting liberalisation of trade between the two countries in agriculture and services.


Belgrade, 24 June 2019, dtt-net.com – The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said authorities are about to launch later this year a massive cycle of infrastructure investments worth between 5 to 10 Euro billion hoped to be completed until 2025.



Belgrade, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Chinese governments today signed an agreement which foresees to increase a little Serbia’s agriculture exports to China as trade between the two countries increases constantly, of course with the first being in clear trade deficit with the world's export power.


Prishtina, 14 June 2019, dtt-net.com - A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Kosovo and Turkey entered into force six years after its signing, expected to boost further Turkey’s exports to Kosovo which last year went to more than 330 Euro million.


Sarajevo, 27 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Bosnian and Serbian governments are planning to introduce countermeasures to the 100 percent tax imposed by Kosovo to the goods from both countries since November if Prishtina doesn’t revoke them any time soon.