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27 Oct 16

Serbia, Bosnia Open Joint Trade Office in Turkey

Bosnia and Serbia have opened a joint office in Istanbul, Turkey, hoping to stimulate trade between the three countries and Turkish investment.

26 Oct 16

Bulgaria, Russia Agree to Cut Belene Debt Bill

Russia's Atomstroyexport has agreed to write off the interest that Bulgaria owes on its debt for the Belene project - if Bulgaria pays off its obligations in full by December 15.

24 Oct 16

Bulgaria, Romania Still Hope Canada Lifts Visas

While a Belgian region holds up the EU’s CETA deal with Canada, Romanians and Bulgarians hope to end visa requirements with Canada regardless of the outcome.

21 Oct 16

Crimea Officials Tout for Business in Serbia

A delegation from the region controversially annexed by Russia is visiting Serbia and urging businesses to invest despite EU sanctions.

18 Oct 16

Serbia Eyes Benefits of Scrapping Visas with China

The proposed abolition of visas between Serbia and China would provide a major boost to the Serbian economy and to tourism if it passed, experts agree.

17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base

Trade between Albania and Serbia is growing steadily, albeit from a low base - and the disparity between what Serbia sells to Albania, and what Albania sells to Serbia, remains huge.

14 Oct 16

Joint Chamber Aims to Boost Serbia-Albania Trade

The launch on Friday of a joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce in Nis is intended to enliven currently weak economic ties between the two countries - but not everyone expects it to succeed.

13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

New report by Kosovo's Auditor General criticises government's management of public spending and its failure to address the auditor's own previous recommendations.

30 Sep 16

Macedonia "Rushes" Record Budget Ahead of Elections

Macedonia's government said it is confident that the country can manage next year's largest-ever state budget - whose adoption in parliament arrived earlier than usual.

22 Sep 16

Albanian Activists Mull Lawsuits to Stop Power Plants

Activists in northern Albania are preparing lawsuits to halt the planned construction of power plants that they say will wreck tourism in the Albanian Alps.

21 Sep 16

Bulgaria MPs Back Repaying Russian Nuclear Firm

Bulgarian MPs have backed a bill that allows the state budget to cover debts of over 0.6 billion euros owed by Bulgaria’s state electric company NEC to Russia’s Atomstroexport - but Brussels needs to give its approval.

14 Sep 16

Croatia, Bosnia to Discuss Key Bridge Project

Croatian and Bosnian officials will meet to discuss the construction of a long-delayed new bridge linking the two countries which is important for the development of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska.

13 Sep 16

Albanians Dispute New Pipeline Compensation Rates

NGOs warn that Albanian families expected to give up their properties to make room for the Adriatic pipeline project, TAP, have not been adequately compensated, while some have faced threats of government expropriation.

09 Sep 16

IMF Loan Pulls Bosnia Back From Brink

New loan averts danger of liquidity crisis - but the IMF’s strict terms will pose a challenge to politicians hunting votes in the October elections.   

05 Sep 16

'Shadow' Economy Thriving in Balkans, Study Shows

New survey blames high rate of people working in hidden economy in Balkan region on mistrust in state institutions - and unfair tax systems that penalise those on low incomes.


28 Oct 16

Croatia Economists Doubt Tax Cuts Will Revive Growth

New tax-cutting measures are welcomed but not likely alone to restore growth rates to pre-2008 levels, experts say.

27 Oct 16

Serbia’s ‘Huge’ Tax Burden is a Myth

13 Oct 16

Serbia Awaits Evidence of Lasting Recovery

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

Politics and Society

28 Oct 16

Croatian Minister Praised WWII Fascist Official

New Croatian Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic praised a WWII Nazi-allied Ustasa official, calling him “a tragic hero and a victim”, in a scientific paper he wrote in 1992, media reported.

Culture and Lifestyle


‘Balkan Beats’ Guru Has World in his Sights

The Bosnia-born DJ now rocking the music scene in Berlin and beyond pays tribute to the Gypsy sounds - and Balkan ‘broken hearts’ - that inspire him.