5 June 2020
  • 09:37 HOT TOPICS: Montenegro and Serbia clash over border opening
  • 12:34 The alphabet soup of economic forecasting
  • 09:04 Top Balkan Women – 5/11: Roksanda Ilinčić
  • 10:32 HOT TOPICS: Croatia’s government forecast the GDP to shrink by 9.4% in 2020
  • 09:28 How top Slovenian companies are doing business during the Covid-19 epidemic: They got closer to customers, became more flexible and more digitalised.

Kosovo fullfills requirements for visa liberalisation

On Thursday, Kosovo is expected to receive a recommendation for visa liberalisation from the European Commission. The news will be announced by the European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, who will be visiting Kosovo. Visa liberalisation was conditioned by fullfilling two outstanding requirements: the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and a strenghtened track record […]

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Western Balkans need decades to catch up with EU living standards

Serbia and the countries of the Western Balkans will need 50 or 60 years to reach the standard of living of the EU member states, according to a report by the UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that was presented at the recent Western Balkans summit in London. Even though many problems stemming from the violent conflicts […]

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The Western Balkans summit was a success according to BiH

Today, the President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić,  presented the results of the meetings that took place last week in Sofia, London and Brussels, saying they were very successful. “The focus of the EU is still tied to the Western Balkans,” Zvizdić said. “How fast we will progress depends on […]

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Montenegro celebrates Statehood Day

Today, Montenegro celebrates Statehood Day, commemorating the day when it was recognised as an independent country at the Berlin Congress on 13 July 1878. It also celebrates Montenegrin uprising against fascism in the World War II which took place on 13 July 1941. Some Montenegrins view the uprising as the beginning of the national liberation struggle […]

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Russia is increasing its influence in the Balkans

Summing up the discussions from the three EU summits over the Balkan issues that took place this summer, the Balkan Insight argues the EU enlargement may have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. It further cites Europe’s and US’s increasing concerns over the role of outside powers in the Balkans. Russia, already controlling […]

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Average income in Croatia increases by 1 %

This year, the average net income in Croatia is one percent higher than last year. The average salary of a highly skilled worker is 6,143 kuna; a skilled worker gets 4,379 kuna; a semi-skilled worker is on 4,113 kuna; while an  unskilled worker gets 3,698 kuna. Men’s wages are 12 % higher than women’s, according […]

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Belgrade-Budapest rail line to be completed by 2022

The construction of the Belgrade-Budapest railroad is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The new rail line will reduce the travel time between the two capitals to three hours from the current eight hours. The construction is being done by China Railway International and China Communication Construction Company. The contract to rebuild […]

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Croatian economy growth forecast remains at 3 %

The fifth EU-Western Balkans summit begins in London today, bringing together Western Balkans leaders, representatives of the European institutions as well as high officials from nine EU member states. The summit will focus on security, fight against terrorism and organised crime. On the agenda are also regional “priority security issues” such as information exchange and […]

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Saudi Arabia major importer of weapons from the Balkans

Today marked the beginning of the seventh summit of the 16 Prime Ministers from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China (16 + 1). The Summit, taking place in Sofia today and tomorrow, will look at the continuing integration of the participating countries with the […]

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Agrokor turns towards the future

After meeting with the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Agrokor’s extraordinary commissioner Fabris Peruško said he was pleased the agreement was adopted by a large majority and added this would help his work in the future, while his Deputy Irena Weber said she is now working on Agrokor’s future. Kosovo is considering the case of […]

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