Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Brussels/Prishtina, 20 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The European Commission (EC) today expressed disapproval with the former Kosovan premier, Ramush Haradinaj, who warned Monday that if Kosovo is not allowed to make progress toward EU, NATO and UN membership than a referendum should be organized for unification with Albania in a single state by 2025.


Berlin/Sarajevo, 20 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of Germany today announced that it has proposed the former Federal Minister Christian Schmidt as candidate for the head the Office of High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which supervises the implementation of 1995 Dayton Peace Accord which haled the 1992-1995 war in the country.


Podgorica, 20 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of Montenegro today wrote to leaders of EU institutions to secure “certain doses of vaccines” for country’s population, as the governments of member states are to discuss Wednesday how can they help third countries, including those of the Western Balkans region, with the roll-out of the vaccine.


Prishtina, 20 January 2021, dtt-net.com – Albin Kurti, the former premier of Kosovo and leader of the biggest party in the country, Vetevendosje, and several others from other political parties are likely to be banned to run for parliamentary seat in February election as the Constitutional Court recalled that candidates who have been sentenced by courts in the past three years of the election date cannot run for seats in the legislative body.



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Tirana, 19 January 2021, dtt-net.com – Albanian media today have published the meant-to-be secret agreement of the government with Pfizer, according to which the country will receive only 8,19 percent of 499,580 doses of the vaccine in the firs half of the year, while the rest of 91.8 percent will arrive in the country in the third and fourth quarter of 2021.

EU brief news


Brussels, 02 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The chief of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell will be in Tehran Monday and Tuesday in a fresh effort of the European governments to 'preserve' the 2015 deal and try reach political solution to the ongoing crisis between Iran and the USA.


Brussels, 24 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The UK wants the amount back as it will not be allowed to fully use EU’s navigation satellite system, Galileo, because of leaving the bloc, but the European Commission (EC) is keeping silent over it at the moment awaiting the end of Brexit transitory period for a final verdict over money dispute.


Brussels, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen and EU’s chief of diplomacy Josep Borrell today urged the USA and Iran to de-escalate the growing tensions between the two countries saying that the “the use of weapons must stop now to give space to dialogue” as “it is in no one’s interest to turn up the spiral of violence even further”, after two Iraq basis housing American forces were hit last night by Tehran in retaliation to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.


Zagreb, 07 January 2020, dtt-net.com - 14 members of the Croatian army have been redeployed from Baghdad to Kuwait following the NATO decision to suspend training of Iraqi forces amid the US-Iran crisis, Croatian defense ministry announced today.


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.

Football News


13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The Kosovo right-foot forward of Werder Bremen is back for today’s match against Paderborn, as the two clubs are fighting for crucial points to avoid relegation.


13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Xherdan Shaqiri and Liverpool are likely to go separate ways as the player is on the list of transfer, provided that interested clubs and the Reds agree on a transfer fee, British media reported.


Prishtina/Brussels, 09 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 21-year left foot forward/midfielder of the Kosovan national team, Edon Zhegrova, nicknamed in Swiss and his home country as ‘Kosovo’s Lionel Messi’, is attracting the interest of several clubs in France, England, Germany and Italy as well, but dtt-net.com agency learns that the starlet is interested in staying with Swiss’s FC Basel and not return to Belgium’s Genk.


Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.


Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment


Vienna/Sarajevo, 18 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has adopted measures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as the country has failed to meet certain reforms in energy sector.



Tirana/Baar, 11 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is eying to double its gas capacity flow from Azerbaijan from 10 bcm to 20 bcm per year in 2026 or 2027, representatives of the Swiss-based company said.


Brussels/Tirana, 07 January 2021, dtt-net.com – During the first phase of  flows through TAP pipeline only three EU member states will be using Azerbaijan gas of total 10 bcm per year, but officials in Brussels say the European bloc is “keen” on finding ways to extend the supplies in an later phase to the Western Balkans countries as well.


Zagreb, 01 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Krk floating terminal today morning started receiving first deliveries from the USA, marking the launch of commercial use of the Croatian terminal in the island.


Belgrade, 01 January 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko today participated in the official opening of the 403 km long Turkstream pipeline stretch in Serbia from Bulgarian to the Hungarian border.

Business / Economy


Tirana, 30 November 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said that Albanian economic growth is set to decline by 7.5 per cent this year amid consequences of Covid19 pandemic and the earthquake of November 2019.


Tirana, 07 October 2020, dtt-net.com – Because of Covid19 pandemic, economic growth in the Western Balkans six countries is expected to shrink by 4.8 percent in 2020 - a steeper recession than envisioned in June, the World Bank said in a report today.


Tirana, 03 October 2020, dtt-net.com - Albanian and American governments today signed a Memorandum of Understanging (MoU) aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries, including on 5G technology standard for broadband cellular networks, on top of construction of a 120 MWh hydropower plant (HPP) by American company Bechtel.


Prishtina, 30 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The GDP of Kosovo decreased for -9,28 percent in the second trimester this year compared to the same period in 2019, according to Kosovan statistical agency.


Tirana, 29 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Albanian economy is expected to contract by 7,5 percent this year because of Covid19 pandemic damages to the economy, thus revising its outlook of April.



By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 05 January 2021, dtt-net.com - Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.


By Maria Suokko and Karen Hermarck 

Prishtina, 15 December 2020, dtt-net.com - We are entering a new geological era - the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. For the first time in 300,000 years, humans have become the dominant force in shaping the future of the planet - instead of the planet shaping us. Our actions – particularly our dependence on fossil fuels and material consumption - are driving climate change, biodiversity collapse, air and water pollution, and land degradation. It is time to for all societies to re-think their development pathways. 


The release of the EU’s enlargement reports has moved from being a top event for the countries involved to a non-event, in thousands of pages. Declining interest in enlargement is not the only reason for this – it also reflects the reporting process itself.

By Florian Bieber


Bosnia-Herzegovina is the third major target of pan-Serbianism. The country remains dysfunctional primarily because of the blocking policies of the autonomous Republika Srpska (RS). Its leader, Milorad Dodik, periodically threatens separatism to create a new Serbian state. The territory has a predominantly Serbian population following the war-time genocide of the Bosniaks.

By Janusz Bugajski


By Daniel Serwer

Washington, dtt-net.com - President Trump today claimed to have done what no one else has ever done before: negotiated an historic agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.