W. Balkans General News

EU ready to help Kosovo if it decides to launch vetting similar to Albania


Brussels/Pristina, dtt-net.com – The European Commission (EC) expressed readiness to help Kosovan authorities with vetting of officials of judicial system if they decide to launch the process similar to the ongoing one in Albania.

Presevo Valley Ethnic Albanians call for inclusion in EU-mediated talks between Serbia and Kosovo


Presevo/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Political representatives of Ethnic Albanian minority in southern Serbia, known as Presevo Valley region, called in a declaration for inclusion in EU-mediated talks between Belgrade and Prishtina seeking reciprocity with the rights and powers of Serb minority in Kosovo.


Macedonia’s government celebrates NATO entry invitation, opposition protests name deal with Greece


Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonian government and its supporters during the weekend celebrated with music invitation to the country to join the western military alliance, while the opposition held an anti-government protest over the deal with Greece to change country’s name to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’.

Tusk urges Albania to continue with reforms to convince all EU members for entry talks


Tirana, dtt-net.com – The President of the European Council Donald Tusk today called on Albanian authorities to continue with the fight against corruption and organized crime in order to convince all EU member countries for opening of membership negotiations next year.

EU urges Macedonian opposition, President to support name deal with Greece


Brussels/Skopje, dtt-net.com – Two top officials of the European Commission (EC) today called on the Macedonian opposition VMRO-DPMNE party and country’s President Gjorge Ivanov to support the last month agreement with Greece for changing country’s name which opens Macedonia’s NATO and EU path.

Energy & Environment

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.”

Italian minister says EU gas pipeline TAP ‘pointless’ for Italy


Rome/Tirana, dtt-net.com – New Italian Environment Minister Sergio Costa considers the Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) - which will bring gas from Azerbaijan to Balkans and the EU - as of 2020 ‘looks pointless’ to Italy and will be reviewed by the new ruling coalition in Rome.

EBRD launches energy efficiency programme in Macedonia


Skopje, dtt-net.com - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat today launched a Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Macedonia designed to provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements in the residential sector.

EU energy body takes infringement case on Bosnia’s environmental impact assessment of thermal power plant further


Vienna/Sarajevo, dtt-net.com – EU’s energy body, the Energy Community Secretariat has launched infringement procedures against Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) over breach of environment rules related to a planned thermal power plant.

Ex-minister of Germany to mediate Serbia-Kosovo power grid dispute


Berlin/Pristina, dtt-net.com – Germany is sending its former environment minister, Klaus Töpfer, to Belgrade and Pristina, in a new attempt to solve row between Serbia and Kosovo over Kosovan electricity grid, which according to ENTSO-E is causing system frequency deviation from the mean value of 50 Hertz to Europe’s synchronized high voltage electricity network.


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”.

Resignation of finance minister delays Serbia’s new deal with IMF


Serbia, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said it has put on hold a new agreement on economic reform program with Serbian government until a new finance minister takes office.

Kosovo loses 32 Euro million because of SAA deal with EU in 2017


Pristina, dtt-net.com – Kosovo lost last year nearly 32 Euro million of custom fees because of the free trade part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU, almost the double of loses in 2016 when the implementation of the deal started.

EBRD launches Investment Platform for W. Balkans


London, dtt-net.com - A new electronic tool has been launched today at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Western Balkans Investment Summit in London aimed at facilitating market access and raise the attractiveness to foreign direct investment in the EU aspirant region.


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

EU’s Mogherini urges Bosnia leaders to focus on the reforms for the future

Macedonian government says Russia won’t be allowed to undermine deal with Greece nor stop NATO entry

Kosovo could launch vetting process of judges and prosecutors similar to Albania

Russia aiming to destabilize Bosnia, UK lawmakers say

EC could propose qualified majority vote over EU accession talks process

NATO chief and Macedonian PM mark the beginning of accession talks

Macedonian opposition calls anti-government protest over name deal with Macedonia

Party of Kosovo’s PM calls for suspension of EU-mediated talks with Serbia

NATO invites Macedonia to start accession talks

Investigative journalist claims murderers of Kosovo’s Serb politician linked to Serbia’s government

Bosnia commemorates Srebrenica genocide

Serbia’s FM threatens Presevo Valley Albanians

Greece says Russia tried to undermine name deal with Macedonia

Another judge in Albania sacked for failing to justify wealth

Unsatisfied Bosnia war veterans clash with police seeking more social benefits

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