Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Sarajevo, 17 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today called on Croatia to abandon plans of disposing radioactive waste near the Bosnian border and send it to Slovenia, the country of origin where the dangerous waste is made by the Krsko nuclear power plant.


Skopje, 17 September 2019, dtt-net.com – The Appeal Court in North Macedonia today confirmed prison sentences to 37 ethnic Albanians for the deadly incident of May 2015 when an armed group clashed with local police in the northern town of Kumanovo.


Sarajevo, 17 September 2019, dtt-net.com – The Alliance of Independent Social-Democrats (SNSD) is threatening again with Serb entity secession after calls by the main Bosniak party for constitutional reforms aimed at abolishing the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and more powers to central institutions.


Tirana, 17 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Not only North Macedonia but Albania should launch EU accession negotiations too, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said today during a visit to capital Tirana.


Berlin/Brussels, 17 September 2019, dtt-net.com – The government of Germany said redraw of borders between Kosovo and Serbia would not contribute to the stability in the Western Balkans region, as both the EU and the US are stepping up calls on Belgrade and Prishtina to resume the talks despite divisions amidst western powers over the idea floated by Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and his Kosovan counterpart Hashim Thaçi.

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


Sofia/Belgrade, 18 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Russian government said the the northern stretch of the gas pipeline in Bulgaria will be completed in January 2020 to connect with the Serbia section from Bulgarian border to Hungary, Russian media reported.


Tirana, 13 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Albanian marked could use some 1.7 billion cubic meter per year from the Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas to the Balkan and the EU countries as of next year, according to local companies’ calculations.


Brussels, 08 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Denmark, Germany and Spain – all three together – lead with 86 percent of global wind energy exports, with the first representing 42 percent alone, according to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) report.


Athens/Brussels, 08 August 2019, dtt-net.com – The US government is boosting its support to the three countries over planned 1900 km-long offshore and onshore Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline at the time when tensions between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey over gas and oil reserves in the waters of the EU member part of the island are mounting amid illegal drilling by Ankara.


Brussels, 02 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Energy producer prices in 28 EU member countries decreased by 2.9 percent in June compared to May and by 0.9 compared to June 2018, according to a new data from EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.

Business / Economy


Tirana, 11 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in the EU candidate country from the Western Balkans region has dropped to 11.5 percent, Albanian statistical agency reported.


Prishtina/Skopje, 05 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo and North Macedonia governments today decided to end mutual trade ban between the two countries involving Kosovan fish and North Macedonian honey and potatoes.


Podgorica, 04 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from NATO countries in Montenegro last year increased by 64 percent compared to 2017 thanks to country’s membership in the western military alliance, according to Montenegrin officials.


Belgrade, 29 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic today said that the unemployment in his country is at 10.3 percent currently, the lowest in the Western Balkans region.


Prishtina, 20 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovan and North Macedonia’s officials met today vowing to end a new trade row between the two neighbouring countries  under certain conditions which are expected to be met by Prishtina authorities on aquaculture.