EU diplomats say no chance of Bulgaria removing veto for Skopje to start EU accession talks

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2020

Efforts continue in the hope of enabling Sofia and Skopje to resolve their differences but diplomats don't expect a breakthrough before the European Council meeting in December.

IMF says downside risks to Albanian economy are increasing

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2020

The worsening of the pandemic will affect the economy through weaker tourism, remittances, external demand and FDI, as well as tighter financial conditions, says the IMF.

EU ministers fail to agree on launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 17, 2020

Bulgaria uses veto to block North Macedonia’s progress towards EU accession, while Netherlands insists Albania meet all conditions by EU leaders.

Western Balkans commit to green agenda and regional common market at Sofia summit

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 10, 2020

Agreements signed on deepening regional integration and alignment with EU policies aimed at achieving climate neutrality — but no breakthrough in ongoing spat between summit's co-hosts Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia to invite Kosovo to join mini-Schengen on October 30

bne IntelliNews October 27, 2020

Regional initiative set up to take concrete steps to eliminate obstacles to the free movement of people, goods, services and capital, with the final aim of securing EU membership.