Western Balkans, EU and World News

W. Balkans General News


Sarajevo, 22 January 2019, dtt-net.com -  Main parties of Bosniaks and Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today met again but failed once more to end the deadlock over new government after more than three months since general elections took place in the troubled country.


Tirana, 22 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Democratic Party of Albania (PD) today decided to call street protest for February 16 in capital Tirana against the socialist government of the Prime Minister Edi Rama, acussing the socialist cabinet of failure in socio-economic front and fight against corruption.


Athens/Skopje, 22 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Greek parliamentary Committee of Defence and Foreign Affairs today gave its green light to the agreement with Skopje for renaming the neighbouring country to ‘Republic of North Macedonia” and the ratification vote is now expected on Thursday or Friday which would end the conclude the 28-year-long dispute between the two countries and allow Macedonia to pursue its NATO and EU path.


Skopje, 22 January 2019, dtt-net.com – The Albanian Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) today rejected calls by opposition parties for early parliamentary elections in the EU candidate country.


Pristina, 22 January 2019, dtt-net.com -  Just two days ago Kosovan President said that an eventual agreement with Serbia will include ‘border correction”, while today he said he can guaranty that North Mitrovica Municipality, Gazivoda Lake and Trepça mine – both in two other Serb-predominantly municipalities in the north – will remain in Kosovo territory.

European Union


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).

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Heads of state and government of 27 EU members approved today a divorce agreement between the bloc and the UK, with all eyes now not set on the divided British parliament which has to green light the 585-page text in order it can enter into force as of end of March.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – EU member countries and the UK today agreed a “political declaration’ setting out the framework for the future relationship between the two sides, subject to approval of heads of states and governments.

Brussels, dtt-net.com – Austria, the country which holds current rotating Presidency of the EU, today said that the draft-agreement on Brexit is a ‘fair compromise’, as all eyes are now turned toward the future of UK’s government amid internal split in London over the 585-pages text.

Berlin/Brussels, dtt-net.com – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron today said that the EU should make up its mind to reshape, get 'stronger' and ‘more autonomous’ to become a heavy weight power in the world.

Energy & Environment


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.

Business / Economy


Belgrade/Brussels, 15 January 2019, dtt-net.com – Serbia called on the EU to exempt the country from its proposed new steel import quotas expected to be decided on Wednesday by the European bloc as consequence of the imposition of tariffs by the US on steel and aluminium imports.

Belgrade, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Albanian governments today vowed to boost further trade exchanges between the two countries by facilitating some of procedures and cutting some of existing barriers.

Skopje, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that economic activity in Macedonia is “slowly recovering” after stalling because of 2016 and 2017 internal political crisis with GDP expected to bounce at 2 percent this year and 2.8 in 2019.

Skopje, dtt-net.com – Macedonia continues the best country in the EU aspirant region for doing business while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is the worst, according to the 2018 ranking report by the World Bank.

Belgrade, 15 October 2018, dtt-net.com – The US-Turkish company, Bechtel-Enka, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Serbian government for construction of a 110 km highway in Serbia, the first infrastructure project between an American company and the country.