Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

02.12.21

Sarajevo, 02 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Bosniak and Croat politicians in the Bosniak-Croat entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) said today after talks with western envoys that there was no breakthrough in yet another round of talks for electoral reform in the region.

02.12.21

Belgrade, 02 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbia today launched construction works for the 76 km highway from Nis city to the Kosovo border Merdare, also known as Peace Highway, with 600 Euro millions of nearly total 740 Euro millions financed by the EU and European banks in forms of grants and loans.

02.12.21

London, 02 December 2021, dtt-net.com - British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, today appointed Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach Special Envoy to the Western Balkans region to join USA and EU in efforts to the stability in the region amid renewed tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and ongoing inconclusive negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia also marred with tensions.

01.12.21

Sarajevo, 01 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Germany has already prepared sanctions against Serb politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) who are blocking country’s central institutions, according to a statement from the office of the Bosniak and Croat members of Presidency, quoting a German minister after the meeting held today in capital Sarajevo.

01.12.21

Riga, 01 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Foreign minister of 30 NATO member states today discussed stability and security in the Western Balkans on top of Black Sea security and Afghanistan.


EU brief news

30.09.21

Washington/Pittsbourgh, 30 September 2021, dtt-net.com – The two of the world’s largest economies, which collectively represent 42 percent of world GDP met today to inaugurate joint Trade and Technology Council (TTC), aimed at coordinating “approaches to key global technology, economic, and trade issues” and cooperate in addressing global challenges, mainly on securing semiconductors supply chain and also to focus on clean energy, pharmaceuticals, and critical materials.

23.09.21

London, 23 September 2021, dtt-net.com – “A unique type of tiny antibody produced by llamas could provide a new frontline treatment against Covid-19 that can be taken by patients as a simple nasal spray,” according to scientists at the Rosalind Franklin Institute RFI.

 

06.04.21

Ankara/Brussels, 06 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The European bloc is aiming for an “honest partnership” with Turkey, but the concern over the situation of human rights in the country is “hampering the process” of fresh attempts to restore relations between the two sides, according to the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen.

 

02.04.21

Brussels, 02 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU representatives together with those of China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom today held a virtual meeting agreeing to continue fresh efforts next week in Vienna, and try convince the government of the United States to return to the 2015 JCPOA deal with Iran, through eventual concessions Washington would be ready to make over economic sanctions to Tehran and at the same time convince the Islamic country to return to the implementation of previously agreed deal measures.

24.03.21

Brussels, 24 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Top representatives of the EU and the USA government of Joe Biden, reaffirmed today in Brussels efforts of the two western powers to reinstate trans-Atlantic relations and partnership damaged by Donald Trump for four years and tackle together worldwide common challenges from China to Africa, of which the fragile stability in the Western Balkans including Kosovo-Serbia talks are the crucial part of joint undertaking in the European bloc’s close neighbourhood.


SPORT/Football News

13.06.20

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.

13.06.20

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.

10.06.20

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.

08.06.20

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.

07.06.20

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

01.12.21

Belgrade, 01 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, today said authorities will wait from the British-Australian Rio Tinto for the environmental impact, which will take 12 to 15 months, before taking any further decision on the massive lithium mining project in the west of the country.

30.11.21

Belgrade, 30 November 2021, dtt-net.com  - Ministers of the two countries met today in Serbian capital and vowed to work for construction of a gas interconnector and other type of cooperation in energy between the two sides.

29.11.21

Skopje, 29 November 2021, dtt-net.com - French company Aquo Energy will invest 270 Euro million in a solar power plant in North Macedonia, the government in Skopje announced, as the country is accelerating renewable energy; on top of recently announced natural gas projects, for production of electricity.

26.11.21

Belgrade, 26 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Several environmental organizations in Serbia are to stage a massive protest Saturday across the country against the two laws approved yesterday by the parliament, which they say are designed to accommodate interests of the British-Australian Rio Tinto company for the massive lithium mining project in the west of the country.

25.11.21

Prishtina, 25 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovan premier Albin Kurti today said that “soon” Serbs in four northern municipalities will start receiving electricity bills as they have not been paying since the end of the 1998-1999 war.


Business / Economy

25.11.21

Prishtina, 24 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s government said it’s preparing to impose new anti-dumping measures on certain imports from Serbia, aimed at protecting Kosovan producers from unfair practices by the neighbouring country.

11.11.21

Brussels, 11 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Montenegro will have the highest economic growth amidst Western Balkans countries this year, according to the European Commission (EC), which joined EBRD forecast in putting the country at the top of the list of the aspirant region with its forecast.

04.11.21

Podgorica, 04 November 2021, dtt-net.com – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) today said that according to its forecast the economic growth in Montenegro will be at 12.3 percent, followed by Albania with 8%, Kosovo 7.7%, Serbia 6.5 %, Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.5% and North Macedonia 4.0 %.

03.11.21

Athens, 02 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian foreign affairs minister told Greek businessmen Tuesday that the country “is the fastest growing economy in Europe” at which more than 75000 people are employed by German companies, while this year and for the first time, Chinese companies are the biggest investors and also biggest exporters from Serbia.

02.11.21

Prishtina, 02 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Nearly 1000 workers of the privately-owned Ferronickel company are seeking intervention of Kosovan government after the suspension of production following increase of electricity prices as result of global energy crisis.


opinions

17.11.21

By Kurt Bassuener

(This article was first published on Just Security on 11 November)

17 November 2021, dtt-net.com - The visit by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar to the region this week comes as Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces its greatest security challenge since the war in the 1990s. Yet in an approach that seems driven primarily by the desire to declare some – any – forward movement, he is pursuing a policy that single-mindedly focuses on deals with illiberal nationalist politicians, arrangements that would be good for their power, but detrimental – even dangerous — for their citizens.

12.11.21

 

"The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility." 

“Today, the United States’ relationship with Europe isn’t about Europe; it’s about working with Europe on issues of common concern elsewhere.”

By KURT BASSUENER

08.11.21

By Stipe Prlic, Zoran Jovanovic, Miro Lazovic and Nedzad Mulabegovic

Sarajevo, 08 November 2021, dtt-net.com - Changes to the highest legal act of a state – the Constitution, represent the most complex social political endeavor. In BiH, this process is even more complicated because it is an integral part of our constitutional legal order and the OHR, that is the “international community”, made up of representatives of the world’s most influential forces united in PIC, which do not have the same political views towards Bosnia and Herzegovina.

04.11.21

By Ekrem Krasniqi and Qazim Menxhiqi

Brussels/Prishtina, 04 November 2021, dtt-net.com - The US, German, and French governments should stop pushing Kosovo's new leaders into a dangerous deal with Serbia, which risks creating a mess far worse than Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the region.

25.10.21

By Daniel Serwer

Washington, 25 October 2021, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been threatening withdrawal from the state's army, its taxation authority, its intelligence and law enforcement apparatus, and its judiciary. Dodik also denies the authority of the international community's High Representative, who under the Dayton agreements that ended the Bosnian war 26 years ago is responsible for their civilian implementation. If passed in the Republika Srpska (RS) parliament, or implemented without formal legislative approval, Dodik's moves would amount to secession, even if no declaration of independence is issued. Dodik appears to have the support of both Serbia and Russia, though there is some dissent within Serb ranks inside the RS.