W. Balkans General News

Macedonia’s opposition leader tells US official deal with Greece is “harmful” and “unacceptable”


Skopje, dtt-net.com – The leader of Macedonian conservative opposition party, Hristijan Mickoski, wrote back to an US official saying that the agreement with Greece to change country’s name is “harmful” to Macedonia’s interests and as such “unacceptable” for the party.

Greek FM resigns over row on agreement with Macedonia


Athens/Skopje, dtt-net.com - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned after disputes he had with Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, an opponent of Macedonia name agreement.

US calls on Macedonian opposition party to support name deal with Greece


Skopje/Washington, dtt-net.com – The US administration today called on the Macedonia conservative VMRO-DPMNE party to support proposed constitutional changes over agreement with Greece to change country’s name to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ and not miss the opportunity for country’s EU and NATO path.

Macedonian ruling party enjoys highest support (poll)


Skopje, dtt-net.com – A new opinion survey says that Macedonian ruling the social-democrat (SDSM) party continues to enjoy highest support in the country leaving behind its main opponent with more than ten percent, at the time when early parliamentary elections are looming.

EU Commissioner hopes Spain and other non-recognizers would review position over Kosovo


Madrid/Pristina, dtt-net.com – The European Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed hope that Spain and other four EU non-recognizers would review their position over Kosovo if an ‘legally binding agreement’ is reached with Serbia.

Energy & Environment

World Bank won’t lend for new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo


Pristina, dtt-net.com – The world lender has refused a loan to the American Contour Global company for construction of a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo because of environmental concerns, World Bank’s President Jim Yong Kim announced today.


Albania 3rd in Europe over electricity consumption generated from renewable sources


Tirana/Brussels, dtt-net.com - Albania ranks third in Europe, following Norway and Iceland, for the electricity consumption generated from renewable sources, according to the figures by EU’s statistical agency Eurostat.

Albania and Macedonia agree for gas interconnection project


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albania and Macedonia today signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for gas interconnection pipeline as the second is planning to get gas supplies from the EU gas pipeline (TAP) which passes through the first.

Russia wants Bosnia to join its Turkstream gas pipeline


Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – Russian government today has asked Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to join the Turkstream gas pipeline, a project of Moscow aimed at increasing its gas exports to Balkans and the EU, but which hasn’t found European bloc’s support so far.

EU energy body blasts Kosovo’s deal with US company over new power plant


Vienna, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community today has criticized the deal between the Kosovo government and the US Contour Global agreement of building a new power plant and related power purchase agreement between the two saying that it constitutes state aid which is contrary to EU energy rules.

The Vienna-based body also said that “other potentially critical elements in the set of contracts concluded in December 2017 include exemptions from taxes and customs duties, state guarantees, and the transfer/lease of land below market price.”


US - Turkish company to construct highway in Serbia


Belgrade, 15 October 2018, dtt-net.com – The US-Turkish company, Bechtel-Enka, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Serbian government for construction of a 110 km highway in Serbia, the first infrastructure project between an American company and the country.

FDI in Montenegro climb since membership in the NATO


Podgorica, dtt-net.com – Latest figures show that Montenegro’s membership in the western military alliance is having positive effects in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), according to the country’s Central Bank.

Unemployment in Serbia at record low


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Unemployment in Serbia has reached record low and the lowest in the Western Balkans region, according to country’s president Aleksandar Vucic.

Albania reports record low unemployment


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian government today said the unemployment in the country in May dropped to the record low at 12.5 percent an decrease of 1.7 percent comparing to the same month last year.

W. Balkans countries, Turkey vow to work with EU on economic and social reforms


Brussels, dtt-net.com - EU aspirant countries from Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey today vowed “to deepen economic and social reforms in order to improve the economy and boost competitiveness and inclusive growth”.


Kosovo gets first ever Olympic gold medal and a HERO


dtt-net.com – The two time world champion Majlinda Kelmendi made history on Sunday (07 August) wining first ever Olympic gold medal for her country: Kosovo.


Kosovo granted FIFA membership


Mexico City / Prishtina – With 141 votes in favour and 23 against FIFA Congress today granted membership to Kosovo’s Football Federation, a second big news this month from the football world after the new country was admitted ten days ago as the new member of UEFA.

FIFA Council proposes membership of Kosovo, Gibraltar


Prishtina/Mexico City, dtt-net.com - The Council of the world football body today proposed to its Congress which takes place on Friday (13th May) to admit Kosovo and Gibraltar’ as its new members.

Furious Serbia to appeal Kosovo UEFA's vote


Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian authorities said Belgrade will file complaint against today’s UEFA vote in favour of Kosovo Football Federation membership.

Kosovo to join UEFA


Budapest, dtt-net.com – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today voted in favour of Football Federation of Kosovo membership. >>>>


[Opinion] Albania on an irreversible path towards the EU


The more Albania delivers on its people's needs and demands, the more it will advance towards membership to the EU

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn


[Opinion] Macedonia: A clear EU path ahead


The doors of our Union are open. Your path towards the European Union has become irreversible.

By Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn >>>>

[Opinion] EU Enlargement to the Balkans: Playing hardball or playing with fire?


“…the EU failed to live up to its own rhetoric and show the Balkans that hard work – of the kind that Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have done – pays off.”

By Corina Stratulat, European Policy Centre


[Op-ed ] Is EU’s carrot big enough? Calling for a new accession policy towards the Western Balkans


By Andor Deli

Brussels, dtt-net.com - Currently, six Western Balkans countries are huddled in the waiting-room of EU accession, when the EU has little more to offer than the carrot and the stick. With a renewed focus on enlargement policy, the Western Balkans could get a new stimulus in order to make the benefits of the EU accession process more tangible to their citizens >>>>

[Opinion] Europe's division cannot be overcome without W. Balkans joining the EU


Zagreb, dtt-net.com - "The division of Europe will not be overcome until all countries of the Western Balkans have joined the EU", the Germany's State Minister for European Affairs , Michael Roth said in a speech held in Zagreb, Croatia.

Earlier News

Serbia leaders castigate US Ambassador over independence of Kosovo

Incoming Bosnian Croat member of presidency declared ‘person non-grata’ in several municipalities

UK provides £2m to stem human trafficking in Albania

Albanian opposition lawmakers leave meeting with EU counterparts

Kosovo's interior minister sacked

EU ministers call Bosnia parties to form government

Macedonia’s PM calls on opposition for ‘reconciliation’ in search for support over deal with Greece

Bosnia will not join NATO, pro-Russia leader reiterates

Kosovan president says Macron supports idea of Presevo Valley joining Kosovo

Croatia’s army to receive a US donation of 2 helicopters

Serbia’s president to meet again with Putin

Kosovo and Serbia join International Organization of La Francophonnie

Serb epidemiologist dismisses claims that NATO bombings are cause of cancer in Serbia

Macedonia’s prosecution opens new probes against former and current top officials over corruption

Bosnia’s incoming presidency member and Serbia’s FM clash over Kosovo

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