Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News


Podgorica, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com -  The President of Montenegro said his country will be the next one to join the European bloc, as the country is already the frontrunner on its EU pathway.


Sarajevo, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – On July 11, the 24th anniversary of slaughter of Bosniak civilians by Serb forces, remains of another 27 victims will be buried at the Potoçari memorial centre, authorities said.


Bujanovac, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – The US Ambassador to Belgrade, Kyle Scott, today had a visit to southern Serbia’s  Albanian-predominantly municipality of Bujanovac and had talks with its mayor and dozens of US troops participating in a joint exercise with Serbia’s military.


Tirana, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama today said he will file a lawsuit to German courts against a journalist of daily Bild for making public wiretaps which show that the PM himself and his associates were involved in vote buying and intimidation during municipal elections of 2017 in two towns.


Brussels/Paris, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – French government is not giving any sign it will change its mind to approve launch of EU accession talks promised to Albania and North Macedonia any time soon, as Tirana and Skopje are still hoping to launch the talks by end of year.

European Union


Berlin, 08 May 2019, dtt-net.com – The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday cancelled his trip to Germany, where he was supposed to discuss with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas many international topics including the situation in the Western Balkans region, the Kosovo-Serbia tense relations especially.


Brussels, 25 December 2018, dtt-net.com – Finns, French and German citizens are the most against enlargement of the EU, 64, 62 and 61 percent respectively, while in EU28 the percentage of opposition goes down to 45 and support to 43 percent, according to a new survey conducted by Eurobarometer done for the European Commission (EC).

Energy & Environment


Belgrade, 14 June 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Hungarian governments today signed an agreement aimed at cooperation for construction of northern stretch of the pipeline despite EU protesting Serbia deals with Moscow’s Gazprom over breaches to bloc’s energy rules because of monopoly over the pipeline by Russian gas giant.


Belgrade/Sarajevo, 23 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Serb entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will be linked to the northern stretch of the Russia owned Turkstream gas pipeline, officials in Belgrade said.



Belgrade, 22 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Russia has already started construction of the  northern stretch of the Turkstream pipeline in Serbia to link it from Bulgarian to Hungarian border, despite the EU criticising deals reached between Russian gas giant Gazprom with local companies which are in breach of European energy rules.



Pristina, 11 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s and Macedonia’s governments today signed a Memorandum (MoU) on energy cooperation aimed at linking Kosovo to the EU’s Trans-Atlantic-Pipeline (TAP) with the planned stretch from the neighbouring country.


Vienna/Belgrade, 04 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said Serbia has breached EU’s energy rules related to unbundling, third party access and tariff regulation exemptions made to the gas pipeline project Gastrans, which will pas through its territory from Bulgaria border to Hungary and which will bring Russian gas through Turkey to the Western Balkans and neighbouring countries members of the EU.

Business / Economy


Belgrade, 17 June 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Chinese governments today signed an agreement which foresees to increase a little Serbia’s agriculture exports to China as trade between the two countries increases constantly, of course with the first being in clear trade deficit with the world's export power.


Prishtina, 14 June 2019, dtt-net.com - A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Kosovo and Turkey entered into force six years after its signing, expected to boost further Turkey’s exports to Kosovo which last year went to more than 330 Euro million.


Sarajevo, 27 May 2019, dtt-net.com – Bosnian and Serbian governments are planning to introduce countermeasures to the 100 percent tax imposed by Kosovo to the goods from both countries since November if Prishtina doesn’t revoke them any time soon.


Tirana, dtt-net.com – Albanian and Qatar authorities vowed to boost further economic ties between the two countries with trade and investments in both countries at the center of topics discussed during a meeting held in Albanian capital Tirana.


Skopje, 28 February 2019, dtt-net.com – Macedonian government today reported a record foreign direct investments in the country last year of 624,5 Euro million, an increase of 244 percent compared to 2017.