Bosnia & Herzegovina

European commissioner confirms €30bn EU investment plan for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2021

Plan will only be effective if region works together Oliver Varhelyi tells summit marred by verbal clash between prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo.

US to impose sanctions against individuals who destabilise Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2021

Executive order signed by US President Joe Biden shows Washington's increased engagement and no tolerance for corruption in the Western Balkans.

UN court rejects Mladic's appeal against genocide conviction

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Wartime Bosnian Serb military commander dubbed the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ lost his appeal against his 2017 conviction for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bosnia awaits final verdict for ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo June 7, 2021

Verdict from UN court in The Hague expected to raise tensions in Bosnia shortly after appointment of new high representative reopened the debate on the country’s future.

Coronavirus restrictions eased across much of Southeast Europe as new cases dwindle

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2021

Easing announced as the number of new cases has fallen sharply, boding well for a revival of economic growth after the spring lockdowns.

Spain’s Glovo to buy Delivery Hero’s business in six Southeast European countries for €170mn

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Barcelona-based delivery company interested in the emerging Europe region where people have embraced on-demand delivery platforms.

Consumer prices up 0.9% y/y in Bosnia in April

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Transport prices shot up by 5.8% y/y in April reflecting the low base effect from the lockdown month of April 2020.

Bosnia's central bank ups 2021 growth forecast as economy outperforms expectations in Q1

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo May 25, 2021

Central bank lifts 2021 GDP growth forecast to 3.4% citing recovery of key indicators including industrial production and exports of goods.

Bosnia’s foreign trade gains momentum in April

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2021

Bosnia’s exports soared by 76% y/y to $679mn in April, while imports rose by 65% to $1.94bn, with both performances sustained by the low base effects.

Western Balkans do better than eastern EU members on LBGTI rights

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2021

Montenegro has the best legal and policy environment for LGBTI people in the emerging Europe region, ILGA-Europe's latest Rainbow Europe Map shows.

Regional leaders urge EU to speed up enlargement for entire Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 17, 2021

Presidents of Croatia, Slovenia and aspiring EU members from the Western Balkans say enlargement is a "geopolitical necessity".

Slovenian President Pahor supports EU enlargement of entire Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 16, 2021

Ahead of Slovenia's 6-month EU presidency Borut Pahor says only entry of all six countries to the bloc would provide peace and stability in the region

Money laundering pushes up property prices in Western Balkan cities

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 15, 2021

Real estate and construction sectors are being used to launder illicit money from the drugs trade and migrant trafficking, leading to a hike in prices, says Global Initiative report.

High representative warns Bosnian Serb leaders seek to split country

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 6, 2021

Valentin Inzko told the UN Security Council the challenge to Bosnia’s once multiethnic society is led by the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Milorad Dodik.

CONFERENCE CALL: Losing the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 5, 2021

The EU’s slow and sometimes confusing response to the coronacrisis in the Western Balkans made room for China to increase its influence.

Commissioner Varhelyi brings first EU-donated vaccines on Western Balkans tour

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 4, 2021

Tour of the region is also aimed at supporting the Western Balkans countries’ EU integration processes.

Swiss ICT group ALSO acquires Serbia's PIN Computers

bne IntelliNews May 3, 2021

Acquisition of Novi Sad-based PIN Computers to help ALSO's expansion in Eastern Europe.

Subdued recovery expected in Western Balkans after pandemic ended a decade of progress

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2021

The Western Balkans countries can expect only moderate growth between 2021 and 2023 as the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic will continue to depress investments and employment, a World Bank report warned.

Climate change to amplify border tensions in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 27, 2021

OSCE report identifies border hotspots across the region where rising temperatures and more extreme weather events risk adding to border tensions.

British, Bosnian software developers form joint centre of excellence

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2021

Manchester-based anti-money laundering software company SQA Consulting and Luxembourg based ABC TECH Group set up SQA Consulting SEE in Bosnia, that will create 175 new jobs.