Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News


Prishtina, 12 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovo Albanians today are marking the 22nd anniversary of end of the 1998-1999 war which left nearly 13,000 civilians killed by Serbia regime of the late Slobodan Milosevic;  more than 120,000 houses destroyed; around 20,000 women and girls raped; nearly 1 million forcibly evicted from their homes and deported to Albania and North Macedonia, with most of them returning back to rebuild from scratch their lives as the war ended on 12 June 1999 following the intervention of NATO which made Serbian army, police and paramilitaries leave Kosovo. 


Tirana, 11 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Democratic Party (PD) continues to reject results of April 25 parliamentary elections, accusing the winner, the ruling Socialist Party (PS) of the Prime Minister Edi Rama of vote buying and other multiple alleged irregularities.


Belgrade, 11 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbia’s Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (ALIMS) Friday decided that the vaccine against COVID-19 of pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer-BioNTech can be used in the country for the population aged 12-15 as well.


Brussels, 11 June 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU executive body, the European Commission (EC) is being tight lipped so far to the proposal of Kosovan premier Albin Kurti made Thursday for a what he called “South-East Europe Free Trade Agreement (SEFTA) which would include all six Western Balkans countries as equal members and supervised by the EU.


Tirana / New York, 11 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Albania, alongside Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2022-2023 term.

EU brief news


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.


Brussels, 05 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of EU’s executive body, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the USA Joe Biden agreed today in a phone call to suspend export tariffs related to the two air-transport companies for a period of four-month.


Brussels, 01 March 2021, dtt-net.com – The EU’s chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is trying to convince Iran and the USA and all other powers for an “informal consultations” meeting in a “appropriate time”, aimed at preserving the nuclear deal of 2015, according to officials in Brussels, as Tehran initially rejected direct informal talks seeking Washington ends economic sanctions first.


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


Belgrade, 08 June 2021, dtt-net.com – A non-governmental organization in Serbia has launched a petition calling the government to halt the massive lithium mining and metal processing project in west of the country by the British-Australian Rio Tinto company over environmental concerns.


Belgrade, 26 May 2021, dtt-net.com – USA officials today told Serbian government members that American companies are showing interest to invest in energy and mining sector in Serbia.


Belgrade, 20 May 2021, dtt-net.com – The Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) signed today a loan to Serbia worth of  €25 million for construction of a Serbia section of gas inter-connector with the EU member, Bulgaria, after the grant of nearly €50 million agreed by European bloc so far for the project.


Belgrade, 23 April 2021, dtt-net.com – EU official signed today a grant package for Serbia worth over 86 million Euros aimed at supporting the candidate country in protecting the environment – in particular safe drinking water, supporting the tourism sector and to support small and medium sized enterprises.


Belgrade, 21 April 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian parliament approved new laws aiming at stimulating investments and boosting production of renewable energy and at the same time more use of its mineral resources in the service of economy.

Business / Economy


Belgrade, 03 June 2021, dtt-net.com – Rio Tinto company today said it will invest some 100 million USD for environmental protection in western Serbia amid increasing concerns and protests by opposition parties and environmental NGOs of the multi-billion project for lithium extraction  and production of batteries for electric vehicle markets planned to start in 2026.


Belgrade, 01 June 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of Serbia today talked with heads of Rio Tinto company over investments in extraction of nearly 200 million tons of lithium discovered so far in east of the country and manufacturing of lithium related final products needed by the world automotive market, which if implemented as planned would make Serbia a major global producer.


Skopje/Washington, 19 May 2021, dtt-net.com – International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said the country is mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic thanks to macroeconomic and financial policies, projecting that the GDP will reach to 3.8 percent this year.


Tirana, 30 November 2020, dtt-net.com – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said that Albanian economic growth is set to decline by 7.5 per cent this year amid consequences of Covid19 pandemic and the earthquake of November 2019.


Tirana, 07 October 2020, dtt-net.com – Because of Covid19 pandemic, economic growth in the Western Balkans six countries is expected to shrink by 4.8 percent in 2020 - a steeper recession than envisioned in June, the World Bank said in a report today.



By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 21 May 2021, dtt-net.com - On Tuesday, together with Commissioner Várhelyi, I had an informal dinner with leaders of the Six Western Balkans countries. In recent months, we have seen frustration on their side towards the EU and a proliferation of nationalistic, often divisive rhetoric. At our last Foreign Affairs Council, EU Foreign Ministers agreed on the need to increase our efforts to bring the region closer to the European Union.



EU delivers anti-COVID-19 vaccines to Western Balkans six countries, finally.

 By Ekrem Krasniqi

Prishtina, 05 May 2021, dtt-net.com – For yet unknown reasons, the European Commission (EC) and EU 27 member states had not included six Western Balkans countries, and region's 17,77 million inhabitants, from the list while making first deals with pharmaceutical companies for purchase of anti-COVID-19 vaccines last year.


By Ekrem Krasniqi, Brussels

Ibrahimovic is wrong when complains of only “undercover racism” when it comes to him personally and  totally ignores it when it’s about others. 

We should care and dare speak out and try to help as much as we can to those in need and what LeBron James does out of basketball pitch is just about that.


By Daniel Serwer

Washington/Prishtina, dtt-net.com - Kosovo's early elections have produced, as expected, a clear victory for Vetevendosje (VV or "Self-Determination"). According to preliminary results, it has won close to 48% and a commanding lead of something over 50 seats in the 120-seata Kosovo Assembly.


By Josep Borrell

Brussels, 05 January 2021, dtt-net.com - Over the last weeks, we have witnessed a serious humanitarian crisis concerning hundreds of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The crisis is largely due to the dysfunctioning governance in the country. However, it also reminds us of the urgent need to update our common asylum and migration policy.