Serbia/Kosovo summit cancelled

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2019

Kosovan president blames "hasty, uncoordinated and wrongful decisions" by officials in Pristina, which he says have damaged the country's standing with its international partners.

Subsidies for coal power three times higher than for renewables in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 23, 2019

Three Western Balkan states paid €444mn in direct subsidies to coal-fired plants and just €147mn for the production of energy from renewable sources in 2015-2017, a report from the Energy Community showed.

IMF warns that Kosovo's 100% import tariffs backfired on local population

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 20, 2019

Tariffs intended to punish Serbia and Bosnia have increased prices of food and other consumer goods on the domestic market, impacting lower income households.

Western Balkans buck downward global trend in FDI

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 12, 2019

EU accession candidates Serbia and North Macedonia see largest increase in FDI inflows in Western Balkans — but investments in the region are vulnerable to political instability, says new report from wiiw.

Deadly air pollution cuts life expectancy in Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 5, 2019

Average citizen loses 1.3 years as a result of air pollution, finds UN Environment study, but governments are still pressing ahead with plans to build new coal-fired power stations.

Bosnia, Serbia warn of countermeasures against Kosovo if tariffs not removed by July 1

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 27, 2019

Damages to Serbian companies amounted to €1mn a day since the punitive 100% tariffs were imposed by Pristina last November, minister says.

Import tariffs fail to stop Kosovo's trade gap widening

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2019

Trade deficit increased by 8.1% y/y in 4M19, as slump in imports from Bosnia and Serbia is offset by hikes in imports from Greece, Germany, Turkey and Kosovo’s near neighbours Albania and Macedonia.