Balkan trade war averted as Croatia backs down over inspection fee hike

Carmen Simion in Bucharest August 10, 2017

Croatian agriculture ministry will repeal a decree increasing inspection fees for imports of fruits and vegetables from non-EU countries aimed at protecting local farmers.

Croatia’s neighbours warn of trade war over new customs rules

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia agree to take measures to protect their interests after Croatia hikes customs duties on imports from non-EU states to protect its farmers.

Wild capitalism threatens the untamed rivers of Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest August 7, 2017

Southeast Europe is seeing an explosion in hydropower investment, but inadequate regulation and oversight of the sector are raising concerns about the environmental impact and whether these investments are sustainable.

Lucifer heatwave strains infrastructure, emergency services in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Lucifer heatwave that brought scorching temperatures across Southeast Europe highlighted infrastructure shortcomings, while drought takes its toll on agriculture along the Adriatic coast.

Croatia's neighbours angered by hike in customs duties

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2017

Exporters from non-EU members on Croatia's borders hit by high import duties and new sanitary tests as Zagreb seeks to protect local farmers.

Serbia’s industrial production rises 5.7% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2017

Belgrade is working to attract foreign investors in a bid to boost industrial production and bring down unemployment.

Rio Tinto to speed up giant Serbian lithium project

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2017

Global mining group signs memorandum with Belgrade on project to develop world-class deposits of lithium-borate in Serbia’s Loznica, as growing use of electric cars pushes up demand for lithium.