Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

26.01.21

Tirana, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – Albanian authorities started vaccination against COVId-19 two weeks ago only with 985 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines at possession which it received from an EU member state, but it risks disruption of the process as the first contingent of doses from agreement it reached with Pfizer haven’t still arrived.

26.01.21

Podgorica, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU and Montenegrin government today signed a financial agreement worth of 9.5 Euro millions aimed at helping the country against the COVID-19 pandemic by improving healthcare infrastructure and capacities in human resources.

26.01.21

Tirana/Brussels, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com -  The Constitutional Court of Albania has resumed its work after three years of being dysfunctional because of lack of quorum, a move which has now qualified  Albania to deserve the promised opening of EU accession negotiations.

26.01.21

Skopje, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of North Macedonia said it’s negotiating with Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm to buy anti-COVID-19 vaccine doses amid concerns related to distribution delays from Pfizer with which the country has agreed to purchase 800.000 doses and inability of EU member states to secure promised doses for the country and other five from the Western Balkans region.

26.01.21

Prishtina, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The appeal election panel of Kosovo today upheld the decision of Central Election Commission (CEC) banning the former Prime Minister Albin Kurti and four others of his Vetevendosje (VV) party to run in February early election because of suspended imprisonment sentences of 2018, with the party saying that it will now appeal to the Supreme Court as the last resort.


EU brief news

02.02.20

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.

25.01.20

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.

08.01.20

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.

07.01.20

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.

28.10.19

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.


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

26.01.21

Belgrade, 26 January 2021, dtt-net.com – A local NGO has taken legal action against Serbia’s state-owned electricity company (EPS) for exposing citizens to toxic gases six times above the legal limit – a breach of both national and international law – by its two coal fired power plants.

18.01.21

Vienna/Sarajevo, 18 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said it has adopted measures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as the country has failed to meet certain reforms in energy sector.

 

11.01.21

Tirana/Baar, 11 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is eying to double its gas capacity flow from Azerbaijan from 10 bcm to 20 bcm per year in 2026 or 2027, representatives of the Swiss-based company said.

07.01.21

Brussels/Tirana, 07 January 2021, dtt-net.com – During the first phase of  flows through TAP pipeline only three EU member states will be using Azerbaijan gas of total 10 bcm per year, but officials in Brussels say the European bloc is “keen” on finding ways to extend the supplies in an later phase to the Western Balkans countries as well.

01.01.21

Zagreb, 01 January 2021, dtt-net.com – The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Krk floating terminal today morning started receiving first deliveries from the USA, marking the launch of commercial use of the Croatian terminal in the island.


Business / Economy

30.11.20

Tirana, 30 November 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said that Albanian economic growth is set to decline by 7.5 per cent this year amid consequences of Covid19 pandemic and the earthquake of November 2019.

07.10.20

Tirana, 07 October 2020, dtt-net.com – Because of Covid19 pandemic, economic growth in the Western Balkans six countries is expected to shrink by 4.8 percent in 2020 - a steeper recession than envisioned in June, the World Bank said in a report today.

03.10.20

Tirana, 03 October 2020, dtt-net.com - Albanian and American governments today signed a Memorandum of Understanging (MoU) aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries, including on 5G technology standard for broadband cellular networks, on top of construction of a 120 MWh hydropower plant (HPP) by American company Bechtel.

30.09.20

Prishtina, 30 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The GDP of Kosovo decreased for -9,28 percent in the second trimester this year compared to the same period in 2019, according to Kosovan statistical agency.

29.09.20

Tirana, 29 September 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Albanian economy is expected to contract by 7,5 percent this year because of Covid19 pandemic damages to the economy, thus revising its outlook of April.


opinions

05.01.21

By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 05 January 2021, dtt-net.com - Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.

15.12.20

By Maria Suokko and Karen Hermarck 

Prishtina, 15 December 2020, dtt-net.com - We are entering a new geological era - the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. For the first time in 300,000 years, humans have become the dominant force in shaping the future of the planet - instead of the planet shaping us. Our actions – particularly our dependence on fossil fuels and material consumption - are driving climate change, biodiversity collapse, air and water pollution, and land degradation. It is time to for all societies to re-think their development pathways. 

12.10.20

The release of the EU’s enlargement reports has moved from being a top event for the countries involved to a non-event, in thousands of pages. Declining interest in enlargement is not the only reason for this – it also reflects the reporting process itself.

By Florian Bieber

28.09.20

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the third major target of pan-Serbianism. The country remains dysfunctional primarily because of the blocking policies of the autonomous Republika Srpska (RS). Its leader, Milorad Dodik, periodically threatens separatism to create a new Serbian state. The territory has a predominantly Serbian population following the war-time genocide of the Bosniaks.

By Janusz Bugajski

04.09.20

By Daniel Serwer

Washington, dtt-net.com - President Trump today claimed to have done what no one else has ever done before: negotiated an historic agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.