EU considering measures against Serbia after Kosovo violence

bne IntelliNews October 3, 2023

European Commission spokesman says member states may decide to impose measures against Serbia if Belgrade does not do enough to de-escalate crisis in northern Kosovo.

Konzum launches Croatia's first automated supermarket

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague September 27, 2023

Konzum’s store is one of a growing number of entirely cashierless shops in Europe as international retailers explore the potential of AI technology.

Eastern EU members building roads instead of railways

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2023

Across the EU far more has been invested in roads than railways over the last three decades, but this trend is even stronger in the newer EU members, a study commissioned by Greenpeace finds.

Southeast Europe leaders pledge to speed up EU integration process

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 11, 2023

Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.

bneGREEN: EV battery manufacturers plug into Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2023

Southeast Europe is already home to some high-profile electro-mobility companies. Now, it's becoming a location for battery manufacturing too.

Only 11 countries are reducing emissions and all will miss Paris targets - Lancet

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2023

Green growth is not yet happening in any advanced economies – and high-income countries are not on track achieve enough emissions reduction without more far profound changes in consumption.

Croatian firms launch NFT 'crypto pigs' platform to boost pork industry

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Astaną September 8, 2023

Investors can buy "crypto pigs" in the form of NFTs through the GoAgro platform, launched to support Croatia's struggling pork industry.

Serbian president seeks confirmation Ukraine won't recognise Kosovo at Zelenskiy meeting

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2023

Presidents affirm support for each other’s territorial integrity at informal Balkan summit despite Aleksandar Vucic’s refusal to sever ties with Russia.

Top Croatian officials seek to heal relations with Greece after football riots

bne IntelliNews August 20, 2023

A Greek football fan was killed in violent clashes between supporters of AEK Athens and Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month.

Net outflow of migrants from CEE slowing as life at home improves

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2023

Central and Eastern European economies have seen significant net migration outflows over the past few decades, but the trend has started to shift in the last five years as outflows have reduced considerably, Capital Economics reports.

Russian ambassador accused of using Operation Storm anniversary to stir Balkan tensions

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2023

Operation Storm is already an annual source of conflict as the anniversary is celebrated in Croatia and mourned in Serbia.

Croatia's tourism soars with 2.7mn arrivals in June

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2023

Croatia reported 2.7mn tourist arrivals and 13.2mn nights in commercial accommodation in June.

Bosnian fitness tech start-up Rolla raises €6.3mn in seed round

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2023

Gamified fitness platform backed by Rimac Group founder Mate Rimac and Superbet Group founder Sacha Dragic's family office.

bneGREEN: Mediterranean presidents unite in appeal for climate action amid catastrophic wildfires

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty August 4, 2023

The Mediterranean Basin has experienced unprecedented scorching heat this summer.

Storms follow heatwaves to batter Southeast Europe’s crops

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2023

Extensive damage to crops in region, as deadly storms follow record heat.

Fears Russian war in Ukraine to increase illicit financial flows in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2023

Porous borders and weak governance makes region a hotspot for illegal financial flows, warns Global Initiative report.

bneGREEN: Funding secured for North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley project

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2023

Consortium leader HSE says project will put Slovenia on the hydrogen future map.

Wildfires strike Croatia's Dubrovnik region

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty July 26, 2023

Fears Rhodes-style mass evacuations may be needed in popular Croatian tourist region.

New initiative to tackle brain drain in Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska July 19, 2023

Fund to foster collaboration between vocational education and training institutions and companies across WB6 economies.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Ukraine awaits 'clear signal' of future Nato membership at Vilnius Summit

Robert Anderson in Prague July 10, 2023

Ukraine has proved in real time under real conditions that it is militarily ready for membership.