Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

23.10.21

Belgrade/Sarajevo, 23 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, today stood in defence of the leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik, amid increased threats of secession of Serb entity while suggesting that any kind of EU and USA sanctions on him or Serb region “will only lead to a heated atmosphere and domino effects“.

23.10.21

Belgrade, 23 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, today stood in defence of the leader of Bosnia Serbs, Milorad Dodik, amid increased threats of secession of Serb entity, while suggesting that any kind of EU and USA sanctions on him or Serb region “will only lead to a heated atmosphere and domino effects“.

23.10.21

Sarajevo, 22 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The Serb member of Bosnia’s Presidency and leader of the biggest Serb party, Milorad Dodik, Friday again tried to put the blame on the USA over the stalemate in the country as he pushes for pullout of Serb entity from central institutions, army, judicial structures and tax system and threatens with secession.

22.10.21

Washington/Brussels, 22 October 2021, dtt-net.com - The USA State Department today called  Kosovo to implement the agreement signed and promised in 2013 and 2015 to Kosovan Serbs by previous governments in Prishtina at the EU-mediated talks named Association of Serb Municipalities (ASM), the 2015 version of which was found almost in its entirety unconstitutional by the Kosovan Constitutional Court and which is feared by the current government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti and many ethnic Albanians that it would lead to a Bosnia type of Serb entity and paralyse Kosovo state.

22.10.21

Skopje, 22 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, says that he would resign if his social-democrat party, the SDSM, doesn’t win in the second round of municipal election in capital Skopje, while at the same time opposition Macedonian and Albanian parties are having talks hoping to form a new parliamentary majority with smaller partners of Zaev to topple the government.


EU brief news

30.09.21

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.

23.09.21

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.

 

12.07.21

Brussels, 12 July 2021, dtt-net.com – EU 27 member states today agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia until 31 January 2022 initiated  in 2014, and expanded twice, over illegal annexation of Crimea seven years ago.

06.04.21

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.

 

02.04.21

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.


SPORT/Football News

13.06.20

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.

13.06.20

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.

10.06.20

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.

08.06.20

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.

07.06.20

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

21.10.21

Tirana, 22 October 2021, dtt-net.com – Albanian and Kosovan electricity regulatory and transmission operators today signed an agreement to form a common energy market between the two countries as Kosovo joined Albanian energy area since last year after it left that of Serbia.

20.10.21

Washington/Brussels, 20 October 2021, dtt-net.com - The USA Energy Information Administration forecasted today that during the next 10 years, the United States will see its most rapid period of growth; net exports of U.S. natural gas nearly double, but still far behind Russia in terms of quantities.

15.10.21

Belgrade, 15 October 2021, dtt-net.com – Russian gas giant Gazprom has proposed to Serbijagas a price of around 780 USD per 1000 cubic meter (cm) of natural gas for a new long-term deal, which Serbian President says the country “can’t afford it”, bu hoping that a lower price offer will be made during his meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in November, as the current 10-year deal ends in December.

15.10.21

Skopje, 15 October 2021, dtt-net.com – Construction of a 10 MWh solar power plant in the west of North Macedonia is underway on the surface of a coal mine, as the country is accelerating efforts on renewable energy production.

14.10.21

Moscow/Belgrade, 14 October 2021, dtt-net.com – Serbian and Russian gas companies have entered talks for a new long-term gas supply to Serbia as the current deal ends later this year for the country which is becoming a Russian gas hub in the Balkan region.


Business / Economy

22.10.21

Belgrade, 22 October 2021, dtt-net.com – Chinese company Zijin today opened a copper and gold mine near the eastern town Bor, with authorities expecting that the new investment from China to make Serbia second-largest copper producer in Europe with the new investment totalling to $408 millions of money pured in by the company in four mines and a smelter it owns in the EU candidate country.

15.10.21

Belgrade, 15 October 2021, dtt-net.com - The German sanitary fittings manufacturer, Hansgrohe SE, today announced its second investment in Serbia worth of some 85 Euro millions and expected to start production in late 2023 and employ 1000 people more.

14.10.21

Belgrade, 13 October 2021, dtt-net.com – With 7 percent growth forecast for this year, Serbia will be among  top three countries in Europe, according to country’s Finance Minister Sinisa Mali.

08.10.21

Prishtina, 08 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The government of Kosovo said today it decided to impose anti-dumping taxes on two product imports from Serbia aimed at protecting local producers from unfair pricing by Serbian counterparts.

07.10.21

Belgrade, 07 October 2021, dtt-net.com – The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group  - the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today opened a factory in the Serbia’s northern town Novi Sad, an investment of EUR 55 million and subventions of 14.2 million received from Serbian government.


opinions

15.10.21

By Viola von Cramon

Brussels, 15 October 2021, dtt-net.com - The Bosnian peace was paid by the lives of almost 100.000 people. The country that experienced worst crimes committed in Europe after WWII is again witnessing sharp rise of nationalism and secessionist propaganda as the peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina is severely under threat, both internally and externally.

06.10.21

By Daniel Serwer

Washington,  06 October 2021, dtt-net.com - Colleagues I know and respect think that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic aims a) to get neighboring countries to treat their Serb populations correctly, and b) thereby avoid any mass migration of Serbs, as occurred in the 1990s when they left Croatia and Kosovo.

16.08.21

" The ASM (Association of Serb Municipalities) agreement, which the GoK (Government of Kosovo) considers as a code word for fragmentation and disfunction, should be rescinded "

" Interminable negotiations are maddening. But Kosovo should not boycott them. It must work with Washington to set terms for its continued participation "

By David L. Phillips

01.07.21

By KOERT DEBEUF

 Brussels, 01 July 2021, dtt-net.com / euobserver.com - The European Union is facing some fundamental problems that need an rather urgent solution.

28.06.21

28 June 2021, dtt-net.com - The EU continues to be the best guarantee for peace, democracy, and prosperity on our continent. For over almost 70 years, it has helped us overcome our differences and increase the unity of our continent.  However, we should not take its achievements for granted. The EU must keep responding to the challenges of our time to move forward on a path to a better future.

 By German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his colleagues from Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, and Slovenia, Anže Logar.