Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Belgrade, 04 December 2021, dtt-net.com – In more than 40 different locations in dozen cities in Serbia protesters blocked roads and bridges today again against the lithium mining project in western municipality Lozniza over environmental concerns.


Podgorica, 03 December 2021, dtt-net.com – The Parliament of Montenegro will have discussions over the no-confidence motion against the governing coalition on December 13, but until the vote takes place it remains unknown whether it will have sufficient votes to topple the cabinet of the Prime Minister Zdravko Krivipakic.


Belgrade, 03 December 2021, dtt-net.com – The Progressive Party of Serbia (SNS) of President Aleksandar Vucic and its junior governing partners, the Socialist Party (SPS) of the Speaker of Parliament Ivica Dacic enjoy together a support of 55 percent in the country, according to a new opinion survey.


Tirana, 03 December 2021, dtt-net.com – The loan of the European Investment Bank (EIB) which will ensure continuous access to drinking water to over 800,000 people in the Municipality of Tirana is the largest bank’s project signed with Albanian authorities to date.


Prishtina, 03 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovan police said it detained a total of 31 people of which 12 officials suspected of corruption, bribe taking and abuse of office related to governmental subventions in agriculture sector.

EU brief news


Washington/Pittsbourgh, 30 September 2021, dtt-net.com – The two of the world’s largest economies, which collectively represent 42 percent of world GDP met today to inaugurate joint Trade and Technology Council (TTC), aimed at coordinating “approaches to key global technology, economic, and trade issues” and cooperate in addressing global challenges, mainly on securing semiconductors supply chain and also to focus on clean energy, pharmaceuticals, and critical materials.


London, 23 September 2021, dtt-net.com – “A unique type of tiny antibody produced by llamas could provide a new frontline treatment against Covid-19 that can be taken by patients as a simple nasal spray,” according to scientists at the Rosalind Franklin Institute RFI.



Ankara/Brussels, 06 April 2021, dtt-net.com – The European bloc is aiming for an “honest partnership” with Turkey, but the concern over the situation of human rights in the country is “hampering the process” of fresh attempts to restore relations between the two sides, according to the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen.



Brussels, 02 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU representatives together with those of China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom today held a virtual meeting agreeing to continue fresh efforts next week in Vienna, and try convince the government of the United States to return to the 2015 JCPOA deal with Iran, through eventual concessions Washington would be ready to make over economic sanctions to Tehran and at the same time convince the Islamic country to return to the implementation of previously agreed deal measures.


Brussels, 24 March 2021, dtt-net.com – Top representatives of the EU and the USA government of Joe Biden, reaffirmed today in Brussels efforts of the two western powers to reinstate trans-Atlantic relations and partnership damaged by Donald Trump for four years and tackle together worldwide common challenges from China to Africa, of which the fragile stability in the Western Balkans including Kosovo-Serbia talks are the crucial part of joint undertaking in the European bloc’s close neighbourhood.

SPORT/Football News


13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The Kosovo right-foot forward of Werder Bremen is back for today’s match against Paderborn, as the two clubs are fighting for crucial points to avoid relegation.


13 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Xherdan Shaqiri and Liverpool are likely to go separate ways as the player is on the list of transfer, provided that interested clubs and the Reds agree on a transfer fee, British media reported.


Prishtina/Brussels, 09 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 21-year left foot forward/midfielder of the Kosovan national team, Edon Zhegrova, nicknamed in Swiss and his home country as ‘Kosovo’s Lionel Messi’, is attracting the interest of several clubs in France, England, Germany and Italy as well, but dtt-net.com agency learns that the starlet is interested in staying with Swiss’s FC Basel and not return to Belgium’s Genk.


Prishtina/Istanbul, 08 June 2020, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s forward Vedat Muriqi is likely to move to the Italian club for the 2020/2021 season as FC Lazio has made the offer of 20 Euro million to Fenerbahçe, according to Turkish media.


Prishtina, 07 June 2020, dtt-net.com – The 23-year forward of FC Prishtina shined today with three goals against FC Ferizaj, as the team of the Kosovan capital club is now only 2 points behind the leader of the Superliga, Ballkani, with 10 more games to go for the title.

Energy & Environment


St. Petersburg/Sarajevo, 04 December 2021, dtt-net.com – The leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik, said after meetings he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexey Miller, the chief of Russian gas giant Gazprom, that the gas price for the Serb entity from the company remains the same as for Serbia until end of May.


Brussels, 03 December 2021, dtt-net.com – EU’s executive body, the European Commission today said support to Serbia’s lithium project “is conditional to its regulatory framework and practices being fully aligned with EU’s environment rules, including on waste and water management", as authorities in Belgrade are faced with street protests over environmental concerns over the mining and processing of the lithium for production of batteries.


Moscow/Sarajevo, 02 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik, says the entity will most likely start construction works of a new gas interconnector to Serbia next year to be linked with the Russian owned Turksteam aimed at further gasification and construction of two gas-fired power plants in the entity.


Belgrade, 01 December 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, today said authorities will wait from the British-Australian Rio Tinto for the environmental impact, which will take 12 to 15 months, before taking any further decision on the massive lithium mining project in the west of the country.


Belgrade, 30 November 2021, dtt-net.com  - Ministers of the two countries met today in Serbian capital and vowed to work for construction of a gas interconnector and other type of cooperation in energy between the two sides.

Business / Economy


Prishtina, 24 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovo’s government said it’s preparing to impose new anti-dumping measures on certain imports from Serbia, aimed at protecting Kosovan producers from unfair practices by the neighbouring country.


Brussels, 11 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Montenegro will have the highest economic growth amidst Western Balkans countries this year, according to the European Commission (EC), which joined EBRD forecast in putting the country at the top of the list of the aspirant region with its forecast.


Podgorica, 04 November 2021, dtt-net.com – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) today said that according to its forecast the economic growth in Montenegro will be at 12.3 percent, followed by Albania with 8%, Kosovo 7.7%, Serbia 6.5 %, Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.5% and North Macedonia 4.0 %.


Athens, 02 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian foreign affairs minister told Greek businessmen Tuesday that the country “is the fastest growing economy in Europe” at which more than 75000 people are employed by German companies, while this year and for the first time, Chinese companies are the biggest investors and also biggest exporters from Serbia.


Prishtina, 02 November 2021, dtt-net.com – Nearly 1000 workers of the privately-owned Ferronickel company are seeking intervention of Kosovan government after the suspension of production following increase of electricity prices as result of global energy crisis.



By Kurt Bassuener

(This article was first published on Just Security on 11 November)

17 November 2021, dtt-net.com - The visit by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar to the region this week comes as Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) faces its greatest security challenge since the war in the 1990s. Yet in an approach that seems driven primarily by the desire to declare some – any – forward movement, he is pursuing a policy that single-mindedly focuses on deals with illiberal nationalist politicians, arrangements that would be good for their power, but detrimental – even dangerous — for their citizens.



"The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility." 

“Today, the United States’ relationship with Europe isn’t about Europe; it’s about working with Europe on issues of common concern elsewhere.”



By Stipe Prlic, Zoran Jovanovic, Miro Lazovic and Nedzad Mulabegovic

Sarajevo, 08 November 2021, dtt-net.com - Changes to the highest legal act of a state – the Constitution, represent the most complex social political endeavor. In BiH, this process is even more complicated because it is an integral part of our constitutional legal order and the OHR, that is the “international community”, made up of representatives of the world’s most influential forces united in PIC, which do not have the same political views towards Bosnia and Herzegovina.


By Ekrem Krasniqi and Qazim Menxhiqi

Brussels/Prishtina, 04 November 2021, dtt-net.com - The US, German, and French governments should stop pushing Kosovo's new leaders into a dangerous deal with Serbia, which risks creating a mess far worse than Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the region.


By Daniel Serwer

Washington, 25 October 2021, dtt-net.com / peacefare.net- Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been threatening withdrawal from the state's army, its taxation authority, its intelligence and law enforcement apparatus, and its judiciary. Dodik also denies the authority of the international community's High Representative, who under the Dayton agreements that ended the Bosnian war 26 years ago is responsible for their civilian implementation. If passed in the Republika Srpska (RS) parliament, or implemented without formal legislative approval, Dodik's moves would amount to secession, even if no declaration of independence is issued. Dodik appears to have the support of both Serbia and Russia, though there is some dissent within Serb ranks inside the RS.