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On 17 December the Council of the EU officially granted Montenegro EU candidate status. This decision is a signal for the Balkan countries that the enlargement process is being continued. However, it cannot be expected that accession…
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On 16 December the Croatian company Prirodni Plin signed a three years contract for gas supplies with the Italian consortium ENI. This means abandoning a new long-term agreement with the Russian Gazprom (the current contract will…
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On 21 December a letter from the interior ministers of Germany and France, respectively Thomas de Maiziere and Brice Hortefeux, to the European Commission was revealed. In the letter the two politicians reproach Bulgaria and Romania…
Analyses | | Marta Szpala
The makeup of the new Kosovan parliament will not allow for the establishment of a stable government and is likely to prevent a normalisation of relations with Serbia.
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On 30 November Bulgaria’s National Electric Company (NEK) signed memoranda with Russia’s Rosatom, Finland’s Fortum and France’s Altran Technologies envisaging the establishment of a company for the building of the Belene nuclear power…
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Serbia received a membership questionnaire from the European Commission on 24 November. The Serbian government wants to be granted candidate status in the second half of 2011. For this reason it has announced that it will return the…
OSW Commentary | | Marta Szpala
Increasingly serious challenge for integrating the Balkan states is the EU's growing reluctance to enlarge any further. Among other measures, the EU states have blocked the formal acknowledgement of the integration progress, which has…
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Representatives of Russia’s Gazprom and the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) in the presence of the two countries’ prime ministers, Vladimir Putin and Boyko Borisov, signed agreements on 13 November in Sofia which will establish a…
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On 8 November, the EU’s Council of Justice and Home Affairs unanimously decided to lift the obligation of holding short-term (3-month) visas for citizens of BiH and Albania who cross the border of the Schengen Area. The decision…
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The Serbian president, Boris Tadic, paid an unofficial visit to Croatia on 4 November. Tadic and his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic visited the graves of Croat and Serb victims of the 1991–1995 war. The visit is part of the…