Montenegro

wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Changed travel patterns give the eastern Adriatic a strong summer season

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 17, 2021

There were some major changes in the source countries of travellers to the region as the continued coronavirus threat forced people to switch to different holiday destinations.

Montenegro’s debt set to fall for first time since independence

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Finance ministry expects government debt to drop to 87.37% of GDP in 2021, after soaring to 103% of GDP in 2020.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Western Balkans falling further behind eastern EU members

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 6, 2021

Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

Montenegro: The agritourism boom

Cecilia Calatrava of the EBRD September 28, 2021

In countries like Montenegro, more and more tourists have decided to venture inland and swap the comfort of seaside hotel beds for old wooden huts, also known as “katuns”, used in the past by nomadic herders, writes the EBRD.

Croatia reports dozens of state-sponsored cyber attacks in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2021

Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.

Montenegro’s economy posts strong 19% y/y growth in 2Q21, higher than EU average

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2021

Montenegro’s GDP growth was much higher than the EU average of 14.2%, as it recovered from a steep contraction in 2Q20.

bneGREEN: Montenegro cancels €54mn Pljevlja TPP reconstruction plan, to focus on renewable energy

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 22, 2021

Ministry says Podgorica to scrap reconstruction of power plant at centre of conflict with Energy Community.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

Montenegro’s ruling coalition split over government reshuffle

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic's government again at risk of collapse as two of the formations behind it demand a reshuffle.

Merkel says EU should “keep its word” in relations with accession candidates

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

After EU accession progress was blocked by Bulgaria, Albanian PM Edi Rama tells German chancellor Western Balkans are “held hostage” by nationalism in EU countries.

Western Balkans coal power plants defy emissions rules, causing thousands of deaths

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 7, 2021

Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans caused the deaths of around 19,000 people in three years, says a new study.

Strong summer tourism season to boost Adriatic economies

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia are reporting that visitor numbers are close to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Violent protests mark inauguration of Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro head

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 5, 2021

Controversial inauguration rocked the country, with supporters of President Milo Djukanovic accusing Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic’s government of sacrificing the security of Montenegrins to serve the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Protesters break through police barrier, blockade entrance to Montenegro’s Cetinje

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2021

A group of protesters blocked the main road into the historic Montenegrin capital of Cetinje ahead of the controversial inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

Slovenian president urges EU to make enlargement a priority

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 1, 2021

Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.

The crushing weight of China’s debt burden on Eurasia

bne IntelIiNews September 1, 2021

Emerging European economies were already facing heavy debt burdens before the pandemic. Now it’s worse. Several countries in Eurasia and Emerging Europe are struggling to pay off huge loans they took from China.

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