Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Prishtina, 03 April 2020, dtt-net.com – Nearly 150 lorries with goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) have entered Kosovo territory since Kosovan caretaker government lifted the 100 percent tax on April 1st.


Brussels/Prishtina, 03 April 2020, dtt-net.com – EU member countries today appointed the former Slovakia’s foreign minister as its “Special Representative for Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues,” at the moment when the USA government is trying to take over the lead of the talks between Serbia and Kosovo from the European bloc for an eventual compromise between the two sides as Belgrade refuses to recognize Kosovo’s statehood within current borders.


Sarajevo, 02 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Zoran Tegeltija told European Commissioner in charge of EU enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, that the country will need some 600 Euro millions to recover from the damages caused by the Coronavirus to the economy.


Belgrade, 02 April 2020, dtt-net.com – Serbian President announced today that authorities will prohibit movement of citizens from 13:00 Saturday to Monday 05:00, while announcing at the same time that last month decree on controlling information about the pandemic by the government is abolished amid complaints by media organizations.


Belgrade, 02 April 2020, dtt-net.com - The social network Twitter has announced that it has removed 8,558 accounts working to promote the ruling party of Serbia and its leader Aleksandar Vucic, who is also country’s president.

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.

Energy & Environment


Prishtina, 17 March 2020, dtt-net.com – Contour Global said it’s abandoning the EU criticized lignite-fired power plant project in Kosovo as the new governing coalition of the Prime Minister Albin Kurti is not backing plans which would have made Kosovan state  guarantor of the project and legally binding buyer of electricity, Reuters agency reported.


Brussels/Strasbourg, 10 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) is set to approve Wednesday a list of 55 gas projects, proposed by the European Commission (EC),  to be funded by the EU, which includes the gas interconnection between Bulgaria and Serbia (from Dupnica near Sofia to Nis), making Serbia the only country of the Western Balkans non-EU members to benefit directly from funding of Brussels “priority” interconnection projects on top of Krk LNG terminal in the EU member Croatia.


Podgorica, 07 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The US government is asking Montenegro and other countries of the Western Balkans region to buy its shipped liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the region continues to depend on supplies from Russia and as the EU is failing to help regional countries to connect to the TAP gas pipeline for using Azerbaijan gas.


Brussels, 03 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The left group of lawmakers in the European Parliament (EP) today called on the European Commission (EC) and members of the EU to include Western Balkans six countries in the “New Green Deal” as well, aimed to “improve the health of citizens” and transformation to “a new, green economy” in the region.





Prishtina, 30 January 2020, dtt-net.com -  The EU grant is aimed to improve the environmental performance of the “Kosovo B” coal-fired power plant, country’s largest electricity producer and biggest air polluter.

Business / Economy


Tirana, 10 February 2020, dtt-net.com – Albanian tourism sector is expected to suffer nearly 74 Euro million because of the damages from the November 26 earthquake in coastal town of Durrës and surrounding areas which caused more than 1 Euro billion of damages in total, according to some estimations.


Belgrade/Zagreb, 23 October 2019, dtt-net.com – As the German car manufacturer has put on standby its 1.3 Euro billion investment project in Turkey, the four countries are racing with massive incentives trying to convince Volkswagen to set up a new production facility in their territories.


Belgrade, 22 October 2019, dtt-net.com – German manufacturer Brose will open a new factory in Serbia and employ 1100, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced.


Podgorica, 16 October 2019, dtt-net.com - The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said it’s not competent to decide on a investment row between Montenegro and the Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, Montenegrin government said.


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.