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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.


Brussels/Tirana, 23 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Of initial 10 bcm per year capacity of the EU’s  Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP A.G.) only three member countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) will be using the new gas supply from Azerbaijan as of this year for their consumers, according to the figures of the Swiss-based company, but not Western Balkans countries which complain of European bloc’s failure to finance gas interconnection grid throughout the region at this stage.


Sarajevo, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of the Energy Community today said Bosnian authorities are in breach of state aid rules after loan guarantees to a Chinese bank for construction of Tuzla 7 coal fired power plant.



Belgrade/Vienna, 16 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The Secretariat of Energy Community today sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address the incomplete implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive after failure of country’s institutions despite multiple calls made by the body.


Istanbul, 08 January 2020, dtt-net.com - The TurkStream gas pipeline is of ‘vital importance’ for economic development of Serbia, said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the margins of the ceremony of official opening of the Russian gas pipeline in Istanbul today.


Sofia/Belgrade, 06 January 2020, dtt-net.com – The three countries of the Balkan region have started receiving Russian gas through the TurkStream pipeline this month, Bulgarian media reported.