Romania’s president pitches to be CEE's candidate for Nato top seat

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2024

The alliance's CEE countries had hoped to be strong contenders to helm the alliance this time around, but the Netherlands' Mark Rutte appears to have it in the bag already.

World Bank says Emerging Europe needs tougher targets to reach net zero by 2060

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague February 22, 2024

New World Bank report charts path to net zero energy in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, but says current ambitions are too modest.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, says new World Bank report

IntelliNews Press Release Service February 22, 2024

A new World Bank report released today lays out pathways for countries in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region to make the shift towards renewable energy and reduce their fossil fuel dependence.

Balkans a prime target for Russia's unconventional warfare tactics

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2024

Moldova and Montenegro already targets of Russian destabilisation efforts, says RUSI report.

Albanian opposition protesters hurl Molotov cocktails at prime minister's office

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

The demonstration was part of a campaign of civil disobedience by supporters of Sali Berisha, opposition leader and former president and prime minister of Albania.

US Secretary of State Blinken bolsters Albania ties amid regional stability concerns

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2024

Blinken uses Tirana visit to assure Western Balkan countries of Washington’s support for their integration into the European Union.

UK government to pay TikTok stars to tell Albanians to stay away

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2024

Leaked proposal shows London to pay money to social media influencers in Albania and other countries with high levels of illegal migration.

European Court of Auditors flags concerns over EU's €6bn package for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2024

ECA says better protection measures are needed to safeguard the additional EU funds to help the region's progress towards EU accession.

Massive hydrogen reservoir discovered under chromium mine in Albania

bne IntelliNews February 9, 2024

The reservoir beneath the Bulqizë mine is estimated to hold as much as 55,000 tonnes of hydrogen.

Albania has the oldest car fleet in Europe and one of the dirtiest

bne IntelliNews February 4, 2024

Over 90% of the vehicles in Albania are more than a decade old, Eurostat data shows.

‘Amazon of the Balkans’ Ananas announces regional expansion plans

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2024

Ananas to expand into Bosnia and Montenegro this year, with plans to target Albania and Kosovo in future.

wiiw projects brighter 2024 for Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Vienna-based think-tank expects growth to get back on track this year, but warns of risks from a Trump victory in the US and escalation of fighting in Ukraine or Gaza.

MEPs call for EU to be reformed ahead of enlargement

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Expanded EU with 35 members cannot function with the current rules, says report backed by European Parliament committees.

OUTLOOK 2024 SE Europe

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Following a challenging 2023 marked by energy and inflation crises triggered by the conflict in Ukraine, the economies across Southeast Europe are poised for a modest rebound in 2024.

Western Balkans leaders embrace EU Growth Plan at regional summit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 22, 2024

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski says €6bn plan will foster regional cooperation and integration into the common European market.

INTERVIEW: Renewables company Notus expands in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Pristina January 22, 2024

Notus Energy is expanding in Southeast Europe after successfully building Kosovo’s largest wind farm.

Uplift launches new accelerator programme in Albania

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2024

Albania’s startup scene is currently underdeveloped compared to other European countries, but the government and Albania's Western partners are working to boost the local tech sector.