Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Skopje/Brussels, 19 October 2019, dtt-net.com -  As the leaders of EU countries failed to agree on opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia, country’s prime minister Zoran Zaev agreed today to keep his promise to call early elections.


Sarajevo, 18 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The Croat Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) tri-partite presidency, Zeljko Komsic today addressed a protest letter to the Swedish Academy of Science over its decision to award the Austrian Peter Handke the Nobel Prize for Literature despite the writer being a supporter of “The Butcher of Balkans”, the late Slobodan Milosevic, and denier of Srebrenica genocide committed against Bosniaks in 1995 by Serbs.


Brussels, 18 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The outgoing President of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker expressed disappointment over “a grave historical mistake” the EU just made by not opening accession negotiations with the two countries of Western Balkans region.


Brussels, 18 October 2019, dtt-net.com – Failure of leaders of EU member countries to launch accession negotiations for the two countries will strengthen Russian and Chinese ambitions in the Western Balkans, former NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned.


Skopje, 18 October 2019, dtt-net.com – Opposition parties in North Macedonia today called for early parliamentary elections as the EU refused to open accession talks with the country because of French veto.

European Union


London/Brussels, 19 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed an amendment which delays the revised deal with the European bloc on Brexit which obliges now the government to seek extension of withdrawal date 31 October deadline.


Brussels, 17 October 2019, dtt-net.com – The head of the European Commission (EC) Jean Claude Juncker announced that a new “fair and balanced agreement” was reached today with the British government over Brexit, recommending to the heads of state and government of the EU bloc to endorse it as they gather for a two-day Summit in Brussels and the UK PM Boris Johnson hoping that the British parliament approves it Saturday.


Brussels, 30 September 2019, dtt-net.com -  The President-designate of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen will have to ask Hungary and Romania to propose new candidates for enlargement and transport portfolios as the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee has made final its decision to reject Hungarian and Romanian nominees over conflict of interest.


Brussels, 16 July 2019, dtt-net.com -  European Union governments last night decided to launch initial sanctions on Turkey amid its oil and gas drilling within Cyprus waters.


Brussels, 05 July 2019? dtt-net.com – Instex, an EU mechanism designed by Germany, the UK and France for trade with Iran bypassing the U.S. sanctions on Tehran is expected to make first transaction “in a few days”, according to the French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

Energy & Environment


Luxembourg, 14 October 2019, dtt-net.com – EU governments today said they will sanction Turkish ‘natural and legal persons responsible for or involved in the illegal drilling activity of hydrocarbons” in Cypriot waters.


dtt-net.com – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections 49 percent of world electricity will be generated by renewables by 2050 from  28 percent last year, with the solar’s share to grow faster than hydro-power and wind-power shares.


Belgrade, 20 September 2019, dtt-net.com – The Euro 189 million investment of the Israeli company Enlight Renewable Energies and the largest wind farm project in Serbia started its operations on Thursday in Serbian northern town of Kovacica.


Sofia/Belgrade, 18 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Russian government said the the northern stretch of the gas pipeline in Bulgaria will be completed in January 2020 to connect with the Serbia section from Bulgarian border to Hungary, Russian media reported.


Tirana, 13 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Albanian marked could use some 1.7 billion cubic meter per year from the Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) which will bring gas to the Balkan and the EU countries as of next year, according to local companies’ calculations.

Business / Economy


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.


Prishtina/Skopje, 05 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo and North Macedonia governments today decided to end mutual trade ban between the two countries involving Kosovan fish and North Macedonian honey and potatoes.


Podgorica, 04 September 2019, dtt-net.com – Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from NATO countries in Montenegro last year increased by 64 percent compared to 2017 thanks to country’s membership in the western military alliance, according to Montenegrin officials.


Belgrade, 29 August 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic today said that the unemployment in his country is at 10.3 percent currently, the lowest in the Western Balkans region.