Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Washington/Prishtina, 28 March 2020, dtt-net.com – The Chairman of the USA Congress House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Eliot L. Engel addressed strong concern over what he called “bullying” policy and “heavy handed tactics” by the Government of the President Donald Trump toward Kosovo, which resulted last week to the dismissal of Albin Kurti’s government 50 days after it came in power, and called for correction of Washington’s behaviour  and at the same time work together with the EU to treat, both Serbia and Kosovo, as “independent and sovereign partners”.


Belgrade/Tirana, 27 March 2020, dtt-net.com - Numbers of coronavirus cases in six Western Balkans countries on Friday reached to 1162 infections while 20 people died of Covid-19.


Brussels/Skopje, 27 March 2020, dtt-net.com - North Macedonia today became NATO’s newest member, upon depositing its instrument of accession to the western military alliance with the US State Department in Washington DC.


Washington/Tirana, 27 March 2020, dtt-net.com – The US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, said the United States welcomes the European Union’s decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. 


Brussels, 26 March 2020, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and governments of 27 EU member countries endorsed decision of their ministers for launching membership negotiations with the two Western Balkans countries.

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.