Western Balkans, EU and World News

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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.


Sofia/Belgrade, 31 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Bulgarian Bulgartransgaz EAD gas transmission and storage system operator announced today that it has completed its investments plans for construction of the pipeline through its territory from Turkish to Serbian border.


Moscow/Belgrade, 20 January 2019, dtt-net.com – By expanding underground gas storages with Russia supplies Serbia is becoming a mayor gas hub in the EU aspiring Western Balkans region.

Vienna/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The Secretariat of Energy Community said that, apart of Macedonia, the rest of the EU aspirant countries in the Western Balkans region are not making sufficient progress on electricity market reforms.

dtt-net.com – Russia’s gas giant Gazprom is planning to change the initial route planned of its Turkish Stream pipeline - by avoiding Greece and Macedonia - and pass from Turkey to Bulgaria and then continue through Serbia to Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, according to Russian media.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – The EU and Algeria are working to strengthen partnership on energy sources not only on gas but also on renewable energy as the European bloc continues with efforts to diversify imports and depend less on Russian gas.

Washington/Brussels, dtt-net.com – The US and Ukraine will “keep working together” to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas project, over which EU member countries can’t find common position as eastern countries are against the Russia-Germany pipeline which makes the bloc even more dependent on Russian gas, Washington officials said.

Podgorica, dtt-net.com – A Norwegian ship started today first exploration for oil and gas in Montenegrin Adriatic sea waters.

Pristina, dtt-net.com – The world lender has refused a loan to the American Contour Global company for construction of a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo because of environmental concerns, World Bank’s President Jim Yong Kim announced today.