Effigy of Serbian president causes new rift in relations with Croatia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2024

Effigies of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Russian President Vladimir Putin were burnt at the annual carnival in Kastel Stari.

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.

Balkan governments mull military service amid regional and global tensions

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2024

Politicians in Croatia, Romania and Serbia have all discussed a potential move to a form of military service.

European Parliament calls for independent probe into alleged vote-rigging in Serbia

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2024

MEPs say EU funding for Serbia should be halted if Belgrade fails to cooperate or if election irregularities are found.

Serbia prepares for new push into African markets

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 8, 2024

Serbian Chamber of Commerce head says Africa is a market of the future thanks to demographics, rising purchasing power and natural resources.

New Serbian parliament inaugurated amid protests by opposition MPs

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 6, 2024

Opposition MPs say the December 2023 general and municipal elections were rigged to deliver victories for the ruling SNS.

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.

Robots to take on labour-intensive agriculture in Serbia

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague January 30, 2024

Coming Computer Engineering is set to introduce the AgAR electric robot capable of taking over a wide range of tasks.

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.

Serbia’s accession risks bringing a second Orban into the EU

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Concerns are growing over candidate country Serbia's democratic institutions and lack of alignment with EU foreign policy, says comment published by ECFR.

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.

Actis-led consortium acquires Balkan telecom tower portfolio from Telekom Srbija

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Actis says telecom towers market in the CEE and Western Balkans region is poised for significant expansion in the coming years.

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.

Explosion in Kosovo’s North Mitrovica on anniversary of Serb leader's murder sparks security concerns

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 16, 2024

Explosion believed to be caused by a hand grenade six years after the assassination of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic.

Serbia to ramp up military spending in 2024 in standoff with Kosovo

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2024

Serbian president announces “largest investment so far” in military equipment after Kosovo reported to buy US Javelin missiles, raising fears of Balkan arms race.

Foreign minister says no change to Serbia’s foreign policy

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2024

Belgrade to continue struggle to maintain relations with both Russia and the West, won't budge on Kosovo recognition.