BRICKS & MORTAR: Renovation of apartment buildings has biggest potential for energy saving in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2021

The potential for energy savings in the buildings sector — characterised by ageing, poorly maintained apartment blocks — is estimated at more than 50% of consumption, Energy Community report shows.

Grey economy almost a third of GDP in Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo February 23, 2021

Research by Sarajevo-based Center for Policy and Governance shows high levels of undeclared and partially work in Western Balkans and Croatia.

Modest recovery in prices of new apartments in Montenegro in 4Q20

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2021

Apartment prices increased 15% q/q in 4Q20 but were still down by 11.3% y/y in emerging Europe's worst hit economy by the coronacrisis.

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.

Montenegro’s ruling coalition splits over criminal code changes

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 17, 2021

Democratic Front will no longer support Zdravko Krivokapic’s government after he backed away from changes to the criminal code criticised by the European Commission.

Albania and Montenegro impose curfews as coronavirus cases rise sharply

bne IntelliNews February 10, 2021

Recent rise in infections raises fears of a new wave of the virus.

Montenegro’s Appeal Court overturns verdicts in coup plot case

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 7, 2021

13 Montenegrins, Russians and Serbs were found guilty of plotting a coup to coincide with the October 2016 general election.

Montenegro's new government takes on the old guard

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 4, 2021

Ousting of Democratic Party of Socialists after 30 years in power followed by replacement of police management, arrests of former ministers and plans to remove chief special prosecutor.

Montenegro’s budget deficit at 9.8% of GDP in 2020 as spending jumps on coronacrisis

bne IntelliNews February 3, 2021

Montenegro's budget deficit soared past government's projections as the country suffered one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the region.