Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News


Strasbourg/Belgrade, 18 February 2019, dtt-net.com – A body of Council of Europe said Serbia is making progress in strengthening framework to tackle money laundering and terrorism financing.


Tirana, 18 February 2019, dtt-net.com -  Lawmakers of the Democratic Party (PD) will hand over their parliamentary mandates, the party decided today, calling for resignation of socialist government of the Prime Minister Edi Rama, thus creating a new political crisis in the country which is hoping to open EU accession talks by year’s end.

Belgrade, 16 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Several thousands marched today in capital Belgrade for the eleventh consecutive Saturday against President Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Progressive Party (SNS).


Pristina/Munchen, 16 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he would like to see German government be more directly involved in Pristina-Belgrade talks as the US and the EU are pushing for an eventual agreement between the two sides to solve disputes.



Tirana, 16 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Today’s anti-government protest called by opposition parties turned violent as police used teargas to stop protesters from storming the office of the Prime Minister Edi Rama.

European Union


Brussels, 25 December 2018, dtt-net.com – Finns, French and German citizens are the most against enlargement of the EU, 64, 62 and 61 percent respectively, while in EU28 the percentage of opposition goes down to 45 and support to 43 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Eurobarometer done for the European Commission (EC).

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and government of 27 EU members approved today a divorce agreement between the bloc and the UK, with all eyes now not set on the divided British parliament which has to green light the 585-page text in order it can enter into force as of end of March.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU member countries and the UK today agreed a “political declaration’ setting out the framework for the future relationship between the two sides, subject to approval of heads of states and governments.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Austria, the country which holds current rotating Presidency of the EU, today said that the draft-agreement on Brexit is a ‘fair compromise’, as all eyes are now turned toward the future of UK’s government amid internal split in London over the 585-pages text.

Berlin/Brussels, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron today said that the EU should make up its mind to reshape, get 'stronger' and ‘more autonomous’ to become a heavy weight power in the world.

Energy & Environment


Pristina, 11 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s and Macedonia’s governments today signed a Memorandum (MoU) on energy cooperation aimed at linking Kosovo to the EU’s Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) with the planned stretch from the neighbouring country.


Vienna/Belgrade, 04 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said Serbia has breached EU’s energy rules related to unbundling, third party access and tariff regulation exemptions made to the gas pipeline project Gastrans, which will pas through its territory from Bulgaria border to Hungary and which will bring Russian gas through Turkey to the Western Balkans and neighbouring countries members of the EU.


Sofia/Belgrade, 31 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bulgarian Bulgartransgaz EAD gas transmission and storage system operator announced today that it has completed its investments plans for construction of the pipeline through its territory from Turkish to Serbian border.


Moscow/Belgrade, 20 January 2019, dtt-net.com – By expanding underground gas storages with Russia supplies Serbia is becoming a mayor gas hub in the EU aspiring Western Balkans region.

Vienna/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that, apart of Macedonia, the rest of the EU aspirant countries in the Western Balkans region are not making sufficient progress on electricity market reforms.

Business / Economy


Sarajevo/Pristina, 25 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hopes that its proposal for suspension of 100 percent tax on its goods for a six-month period will be considered positively by Kosovan government despite certain conditions set by Pristina authorities.


Brussels/Belgrade, 23 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The European Union hasn’t exempted Serbia from recently imposed and updated tariffs on steel but top officials say the country is not expected to be damaged by the measure.


Belgrade/Brussels, 15 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia called on the EU to exempt the country from its proposed new steel import quotas expected to be decided on Wednesday by the European bloc as consequence of the imposition of tariffs by the US on steel and aluminium imports.

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Albanian governments today vowed to boost further trade exchanges between the two countries by facilitating some of procedures and cutting some of existing barriers.

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that economic activity in Macedonia is “slowly recovering” after stalling because of 2016 and 2017 internal political crisis with GDP expected to bounce at 2 percent this year and 2.8 in 2019.