Western Balkans citizens legally resident in EU equal to 14% of region’s population

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 20, 2021

2.4mn people from the Western Balkans have residence permits for EU countries including 868,000 Albanians – over 30% of the country’s 2.8mn population, shows Eurostat data.

BALKAN BLOG: US approach to switch from quick-fix dealmaking to experience and cooperation

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 19, 2021

The outgoing Trump administration sought to score points against the EU in the Western Balkans and ignored the complexities of Balkan politics. His successor Joe Biden can be expected to do the opposite.

Western Balkans and Ukraine urged to scrutinise coal subsidies

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 19, 2021

Energy Community secretariat asks national state aid authorities to check compatibility with the EU state aid acquis after report revealed five Western Balkan countries plus Ukraine spent €2bn on coal subsides in 2015-2019.

Montenegrins say state administration is most corrupt institution

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 17, 2021

Survey shows one in seven Montenegrins have offered or been asked for a bribe, amid criticism over the lack of progress in the fight against corruption.

75% of Montenegrins want EU membership

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2021

Support for EU accession has increase significantly compared to 2019 when about 66% of citizens were in favour shows survey commissioned by EU delegation to Montenegro.

EBRD investments reach record €11bn in pandemic-struck 2020

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 14, 2021

The development bank's focus has been helping existing clients by providing short-term liquidity and working capital.

Montenegro’s new ruling coalition carves up top state jobs

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 13, 2021

The members of Montenegro’s new ruling coalition have agreed to share out the top jobs in the state administration and major state-controlled companies after months of tense talks.

OUTLOOK 2021 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Bold new political experiment adds uncertainty as Montenegro struggles to use its limited resources to overcome recession and restore growth.

Vast tide of floating waste threatens Balkan hydropower plants

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2021

Tens of thousands of cubic meters of waste are floating on the Drina river and its tributaries as the countries in the river basin — Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia — have failed for years to upgrade their waste management systems.

Montenegro’s tourist arrivals shrink 85.5% y/y in November

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2021

The coronavirus-induced slump in tourism contributed to a GDP contraction estimated at between 9% and 12% in 2020.

Montenegro closes troubled flag carrier, plans to set up new airline

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 2, 2021

Podgorica will shut down heavily-indebted Montenegro Airlines and set up a new carrier, 2 Montenegro, ahead of the 2022 tourist season.