Bosnia & Herzegovina

COP28: Western Balkan countries need better strategies to phase out coal, says CAN Europe

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2023

Reliance on outdated and inefficient coal-fired power plants in Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia complicates the transition to renewable energy.

Failure to deal with causes of 1990s wars threatens peace in ex-Yugoslavia, says Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

New report warns rise of right wing extreme nationalist groups are a "serious risk factor" in the region and undermine efforts to preserve peace.

Russia-backed paramilitary camps detected in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska, defence minister says

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

Defence Minister Zukan Helez says he has photos proving the existence of military camps to train Bosnian Serbs and Russians in eastern Bosnia.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Bosnian Serb leader accused of waiting for Putin’s nod to break up Bosnia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 16, 2023

Bosnian MPs warn that Putin-ally Milorad Dodik has intensified his efforts to undermine Bosnia's territorial integrity by challenging state-level institutions.

Zelenskiy warns Russia planning to destabilise Balkans and Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2023

Ukrainian president says Russia likely orchestrated Middle East crisis and warns Balkans may be next.

Bosnian Serb leader expects Bosnia to break up by 2030

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 14, 2023

Milorad Dodik says he will be the first president of independent Republika Srpska by the end of the decade.

Top EU diplomat wants Western Balkans involved in bloc’s foreign policy

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2023

High Representative Josep Borrell says Western Balkans should be involved in decision-making ahead of accession.

European Commission recommends EU open accession negotiations with Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2023

The European Commission has recommended that the European Council open accession negotiations with Ukraine.

Ukraine and Moldova recommended for EU accession talks, Western Balkans urged to speed up reforms

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2023

Releasing enlargement report package, Commission also calls for candidate status for Georgia, but criticises stalling in some longstanding Western Balkan candidate countries.

High representative warns of unprecedented attack on Bosnia's constitutional order by Bosnian Serb politicians

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 3, 2023

Christian Schmidt says the responsibility for the attacks rests with the authorities of Republika Srpska and its President Milorad Dodik.

Bosnia's Serb entity to sue US companies for shutting down government’s websites

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2023

Websites of Republika Srpska’s government, presidency and civil service were taken down as part of US sanctions on top politicians in the entity.

‘You reform, we invest’ is European Commission president’s message for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen stresses financial support for EU-aspiring region is contingent upon countries implementing crucial reforms.

New migration crisis takes toll on Balkan economies

bne IntelliNews October 31, 2023

Schengen members introduce border controls amid higher migration, with situation expected to worsen after mass exodus from Gaza.

European Commission president says North Macedonia could open first accession cluster this year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 30, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen gives Skopje hope for accession progress this year during Western Balkan tour but says constitutional changes must be made first.

Bosnia’s industry remains on downward path despite small recovery in Q3

bne IntelliNews October 27, 2023

Bosnia’s industry has constantly lost ground since early 2022 when the post-covid recovery peaked.

Top Bosnian politicians row with Israeli ambassador after pro-Palestine protests

bne IntelliNews October 23, 2023

Sarajevo mayor Benjamina Karic compared situation in Gaza to 1990s siege of Bosnian capital at protest attended by thousands.

US sanctions Bosnian Serb leader's children for siphoning off state funds

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 23, 2023

Department of Treasury says Republika Srpska in danger of becoming “Dodik family business” that scares off international investors.

Bulgaria imposes punitive tax on gas transit from Russia

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2023

Bulgaria has imposed a tax on the transit of Russian natural gas through its territory in a move seen as both an attempt to secure extra revenue and a blow against Moscow and its allies in Europe – Serbia, Hungary and part of Bosnia & Herzegovina.