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02 Nov 16

World Bank Still Mulling Support for Kosovo Power Plant

While Kosovo officials claim the World Bank has pledged to support construction of the new Kosova e Re power plant, the bank has told BIRN no such decision has been made.

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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.

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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.

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22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

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21 Jul 16

Kosovo Eyes 3.7 Per Cent Growth in 2016

The Central Bank of Kosovo expects significant growth in the economy in 2016, although the widening trade deficit remains a cause for concern.

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28 Jun 16

Kosovo Customs Earnings Rise Despite SAA

Despite the abolition of tariffs on a range of goods as a result of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU, Kosovo customs declared an 18-per-cent rise in revenues.

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01 Jun 16

Kosovo Claims Brezovica Project Can go Ahead

Kosovo officials claim French investors in the Brezovica ski resort have met a deadline to submit bank guarantees for the project - however, the future of the 410-million-euro scheme still looks unclear.

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24 May 16

Foreign Investors Content in Kosovo, Survey Says

A survey of 250 foreign entrepreneurs in Kosovo suggests that while most of their businesses are doing well, they want reforms to strengthen the rule of law as well as political stability.

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14 Apr 16

Surge in Remittances Powers Kosovo's Recovery

An increased flow of remittances to Kosovo in the last two years is among the key factors powering the country’s economic development.

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10 Mar 16

Kosovo SMEs Harvest Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Several Kosovo SMEs who used small EU grants to improve their energy efficiency have seen a major drop in electricity consumption and costs.

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08 Mar 16

Kosovo Exports Register Meagre Growth in 2015

Despite optimistic statements from the government and the International Monetary Fund, official statistics showed that Kosovo's exports grew by less than one per cent last year.

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23 Feb 16

Balkan Leaders Discuss Energy, Transport at Summit

Transport links and energy projects were high on the agenda as Balkan premiers met at an investment summit in London organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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12 Feb 16

Kosovo Mulls New Laws Tackled in BIRN Report

Kosovo’s parliamentary commission for budget and finances discussed the need for new laws on NGO microfinance institutions - as BIRN published an investigation on the Kosovo Enterprise Program.

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29 Jan 16

Kosovo's Image Scares Investors, Meeting Hears

At a meeting on a new law on strategic investment in Kosovo, participants blamed corruption, weak rule of law and the ongoing political crisis for the poor rate of foreign investment.

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26 Jan 16

IMF Welcomes Kosovo’s Economic Upturn

In its first review of the agreement, the IMF said Kosovo’s economy is recovering as reforms pay off - but warned that political stalemate may have a negative impact.

Culture and Lifestyle

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04 Nov 16

Kosovo's Reconciliation Councils Struggle to End Blood Feuds

The remnants of Kosovo's medieval code of justice still burden Kosovo's local communities, pitting families against families in an endless circle of death.

15 Sep 16

Rapper Wounded in Albania-Kosovo Hip Hop Feud

15 Aug 16

Insiders’ Guide: Hidden Gems of the Balkans

10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

Premium

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17 Oct 16

Kosovo’s Privatisation Process Obstructed by Serbia

Kosovo’s efforts to privatise state companies from the Yugoslav era have continued to face strong opposition from Serbia, which has been seeking to assert control over key assets in its former province.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

29 Feb 16

World Bank Probes Role in Kosovo Evictions

14 Dec 15

Kosovo Cows Give Birth to American Calves

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

05 Mar 15

Kosovo Case Mounts up Against Bank Sackings

Politics and Society

kosovo-and-serbia-citizens-arrested-for-isis-connection-in-belgium-12-07-2016
07 Dec 16

Belgium Arrests Kosovar, Serbian 'ISIS Supporters'

Three people from Kosovo and Serbia are among a group of eight people arrested in Belgium and suspected of links to the outlawed terror group ISIS.

02 Dec 16

Kosovo Tax Officials Admit Ties to Politicians