Bosnia & Herzegovina

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.

Trial begins of Bosnian Serb President Dodik

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2023

Dodik is charged with putting into force legislative changes that do not respect the acts of the international community's high representative Christian Schmidt.

EU unveils growth plan for Western Balkans, offers financial stimulus for reforms

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2023

Commission puts forward investment package totalling €6mn, comprising €2bn in grants and €4bn in loans.

Low prices make Southeast Europe top destination for digital nomads

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2023

Skopje named top European city for digital nomads, while fellow Southeast European capitals dominate top of ranking.

Emerging Europe faces a new low growth and high inflation equilibrium, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 12, 2023

The wiiw has cut its growth forecasts for Central Europe, while raising them for the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Bosnia likely to end deal with Chinese consortium on Tuzla 7 coal plant construction

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 9, 2023

State-owned Elektroprivreda BiH threatens to cancel deal after repeated delays in starting project.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reconfiguring Chinese economic strategies in CESEE

Marcus How of VE Insight in Vienna October 5, 2023

Chinese FDI is not likely to recover to its previous levels in CESEE, yet that masks the niche profile that Beijing is carving out for itself in the region.

Bosnian Serb leader plans new push to break country up as Balkan tensions rise

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 30, 2023

Pro-Kremlin Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik has been threatening for years that the Serb entity will secede from Bosnia.

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

EU reportedly preparing to cut aid to Bosnia’s Republika Srpska

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2023

Foreign Minister Elmedin Konakovic says new package for the Western Balkans under discussion but may exclude Republika Srpska because of its leaders' secessionist politics.

European Commission president calls to ‘complete' the EU through enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.

Southeast Europe leaders pledge to speed up EU integration process

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 11, 2023

Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.

BALKAN BLOG: How realistic is a 2030 accession target?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 5, 2023

When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.