Kosovo

Western Balkan leaders commit to accelerated regional cooperation

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2024

Albanian PM calls at Tirana summit for fellow Western Balkan leaders to overcome historic conflicts to achieve prosperity.

Ukraine's Zelenskiy seeks support from Southeast Europe at Tirana summit

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2024

Ukrainian president and Albanian prime minister warn of Russian threat to destabilise the region.

Western Balkans power sector risks “complete meltdown” warns think-tank

bne IntelliNews February 27, 2024

Policy brief from think-tank CEPS says there is an “acute and imminent risk” of collapse due to outdated infrastructure.

Western Balkans to take up to 70 years to catch up with EU

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 26, 2024

New EBRD report finds low productivity, weak institutions and unfavourable demographics mean convergence may not happen until 2093.

Western Balkans is ideal nearshoring destination, says EBRD regional director

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 26, 2024

"Island within the EU" is attracting growing flows of FDI, EBRD's Matteo Colangeli tells bne IntelliNews.

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.

With decisive actions, net zero energy is within reach in the 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.

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.

LONG READ: Voters prepare to punish North Macedonia's ruling SDSM for broken promises

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 9, 2024

Shift back to nationalist VMRO-DPMNE over SDSM's controversial concessions to North Macedonia's neighbours and domestic policy failures.

Kosovo’s incumbent telco promises 5G services after massive investments this year

bne IntelliNews February 9, 2024

Telecom of Kosovo will start delivering 5G services from mid-2024, starting with the Pristina area.

EU warns over Kosovo police operations against Serbian-run institutions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 4, 2024

European Commission spokesperson says raids and closure of facilities will have negative effects on the daily lives of Kosovo Serbs.

‘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.

Serbia’s Komercijalna Banka quits Kosovo after switch to euro

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 31, 2024

The euro became Kosovo's exclusive currency from February 1, ending the longstanding practice of dinar transactions in majority-Serb parts of the country.

Euro becomes a political tool in Kosovo sparking international backlash

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 31, 2024

Kosovo is under mounting pressure to scrap a decision to make the euro the only legal currency for daily transactions.

Serbia to produce kamikaze drones as it ramps up military capacity

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 30, 2024

President Vucic says Serbia must be “fully prepared” to defend itself amid “madness” of modern world.

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.

Europe’s most coal-dependent country Kosovo turns to renewables

Clare Nuttall in Pristina January 23, 2024

Two highly polluting coal power stations supply almost all of Kosovo's electricity, but with a government push for renewables and new private sector investments this is starting to change.

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