Western Balkans and EU News

W. Balkans General News

23.07.21

Podgorica, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Leaders of Serb parties in Montenegro today said they are to take the streets after summer-break if their demands for dismissal of the Prime Minister and overhaul of government or/and early elections are not met.

23.07.21

Moscow/Sarajevo, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Russian foreign ministry today protested the decision of the High Representative Valenting Inzko who imposed an amendment to the criminal law banning and sanctioning denial of Srebrenica Genocide.

23.07.21

The Hague, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – A pre-trial judge of the Hague based Specialist Chambers, the Kosovo special war crimes court, today  rejected the Hashim Thaçi’s request for interim release after guarantees offered by two unnamed countries, citing grounds that he could hinder the trial against him.

23.07.21

Belgrade, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Environmental organizations in Serbia are organizing Saturday (24 July) protests in capital Belgrade and several other citizens against the mining company Rio Tinto and its massive project of lithium extraction in the city of Loznica.

23.07.21

Sarajevo, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – The outgoing western envoy to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Valentin Inzko said he used his powers today and enacted a law amendment which bans denial of Srebrenica Genocide and glorification of war criminals, prompting immediate reaction by the leader of country’s Serbs, Milorad Dodik, who called for dissolution of the country and an urgent meeting of Serb entity’s parliament for next week.


EU brief news

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.

24.03.21

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.

05.03.21

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.


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

23.07.21

Prishtina, 23 July 2021, dtt-net.com – The first station was inaugurated today in the capital Prishtina, but as Kosovo relies on the electricity production on coal-fired power plants with 97% of total production, the effects on reduction of C02 will impossible to notice for the time being as burned coal emits around 75 percent more than diesel and gasoline.

21.07.21

Berlin/Brussels, 21 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Russia will complete Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany as it planned, while in a joint statement the USA and Germany’s government vow to stand up and support Ukraine if Russia would “commit further aggressive acts” and Germany pledged to convince Moscow “to utilize all available leverage to facilitate an extension of up to 10 years to Ukraine’s gas transit agreement with Russia”.

19.07.21

Washington, 19 July 2021, dtt-net.com – For the seventh year in the row the USA continued to lead global petroleum and natural gas production combined, more than its two main competitors Russia and Saudi Arabia, a trend which began since 2014, according to the official data.

17.07.21

Washington, 17 July 2021, dtt-net.com - The USA President Joe Biden and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (July 15) failed to agree on a common approach toward Russian owned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, but vowed to continue efforts to reach one.

16.07.21

Belgrade, 16 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Two non-governmental organizations in Serbia said they have filed lawsuit against London-based Rio Tinto for environmental damages related to the massive lithium project in western city Loznica and the China Communications and Construction (CCCC) over a highway project in central city Cacak.


Business / Economy

21.07.21

Belgrade/New York, 21 July 2021, dtt-net.com – The American multinational investment bank and financial services company, Goldman Sachs Group, is likely expected to launch “a small joint project “ in Serbia, according to country’s premier Ana Brnabic after a meeting she had in New York with company’s CEO David M. Solomon.

21.07.21

Belgrade, 20 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Up to four USA companies vowed to invest in IT sector in Serbia, according to Serbian premier Ana Brnabic, after a meeting with dozen of American companies of the sector, local media reported.

17.07.21

Belgrade, 16 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Trade deficit in Serbia in 2020 amounted to 5,9 billion Euros, a decrease of 6.9% compared to the same period of the previous year, according to country’s statistical agency.

05.07.21

Belgrade, 05 July 2021, dtt-net.com – MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft engines, today started construction of a new repair facility in Nova Pazova, 25-km north of Serbia's International Airport close to capital Belgrade, and will employ some 400 people.

01.07.21

Prishtina, 01 July 2021, dtt-net.com – Kosovan government and the London-based European Bank for Development and Reconstruction (EBRD) have different prognosis over 2021 GDP growth in the country for this year, with the first forecasting double more compared to the second.

 


opinions

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.

21.05.21

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.

 

05.05.21

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.

27.02.21

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.