EU sets its sights on Serbia as it combs the world for critical raw materials

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2024

Belgrade’s plans to allow Rio Tinto’s massive lithium mine project to go ahead will establish Serbia as a major supplier to the bloc, but strong opposition is expected.

Serbia’s grey economy turns over nearly €15bn annually

bne IntelliNews June 19, 2024

Report from Faculty of Economics in Belgrade finds over a fifth of Serbia's economic activity remains unregistered.

EU's high representative recommends lifting measures against Kosovo

bne IntelliNews June 19, 2024

Punitive measures against Pristina were imposed last June as Brussels assessed that Kosovo had not taken necessary steps to ease tensions in its northern region.

Balkan rivalries mar start of Euro 2024

bne IntelliNews June 18, 2024

The football associations of Albania and Serbia are the first to face disciplinary proceedings over fan behaviour during the opening matches of the Euro 2024 championship.

Serbia set to approve Rio Tinto’s lithium project with new environmental guarantees

Tatyana Kekic in Belgrade June 17, 2024

Previously Belgrade revoked licenses for the giant Jadar project amid widespread environmental protests.

American Medtronic to establish presence in Serbia

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2024

Medtech giant employs nearly 100,000 people globally and invests almost $3bn annually in research and development.

Far-right gains in Europe pose challenge for EU enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2024

Analysts warn growing influence of far-right and Eurosceptic parties at EU and national level could complicate efforts to integrate new member states.

Serbia’s central bank reduces interest rate by 25 bp

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2024

NBS decision aligns with a recent move by the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy.

Serbia’s central bank expected to lower interest rates following ECB lead

Tanya Kekic in Belgrade June 10, 2024

Most analysts predict Serbia’s monetary institution will mirror the ECB's recent decision and cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage points.

Bilateral disputes loom large over EU accession process

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2024

Member states using their veto power to demand concessions from candidate countries is a problem the EU has to tackle.

Saudi STC Group reportedly eyes purchase of United Group

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2024

Potential deal could value United Group, owner of telecoms and pay-TV channels across Southeast Europe, at around €8bn.

Russia drops off the list of Serbia’s top trading partners

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2024

Latest figures reveal a shift in Serbia’s trade relations and raise questions about its international orientation.

Ukraine war created “arc of instability” from Balkans to Caucasus

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2024

Armenia, Bosnia, Georgia, Moldova and Serbia are increasingly vulnerable and unstable, says a report published by Carnegie Europe.

Opening of iconic Ibar Bridge to cars threatens to spark new crisis in north Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 30, 2024

Kosovo Serb politicians argue that allowing motor traffic across the Ibar Bridge will destabilise the ethnically-divided city.

Serbia's IT services exports reach €3.4bn in 2023

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2024

Serbia’s IT sector has been bolstered by the influx of Russian IT specialists since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February 2022.

Nato Parliamentary Assembly votes to advance Kosovo's status to associate member

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2024

Majority of member countries voted in favour of giving Kosovo associate member status despite lobbying by Serbia.

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on Srebrenica genocide

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 23, 2024

Bosnian Serb leader says he plans "peaceful separation" of Republika Srpska from Bosnia after resolution passed at UN General Assembly session.

Autodesk acquires Novi Sad-based startup Wonder Dynamics

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2024

Founded by Serbian VFX artist Nikola Todorovic and American actor Tye Sheridan, Wonder Dynamics' technology that enables creators to generate complex characters and visual effects.

Kosovo’s Western partners slam decision to shut banks in majority-Serb areas

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 21, 2024

EU and US say closure of Serbian Postal Savings Bank branches risks escalating tensions in volatile region.

UN Srebrenica resolution sets Balkan politicians at loggerheads

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

UN General Assembly to debate resolution declaring a day of remembrance for the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina this week.