North Macedonia

Report says Russian gas supplies to Europe via TurkStream now endangered

bne IntelIiNews September 29, 2022

Gazprom unit that operates pipeline said to be withdrawing all technical support.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Stagflation taking North Macedonia back to the 80s

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2022

Soaring prices have left citizens struggling to cover food and transport costs and worried about how they will afford to heat their homes during the winter ahead.

Desperate Southeast Europe governments scramble for energy resources

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2022

Facing a cold winter, Southeast European countries look to coal from Indonesia, gas from Azerbaijan and oil from Iran.

Head of North Macedonia’s e-commerce platform Grouper joins Serbia’s Ananas, fuelling takeover rumours

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 18, 2022

Grouper was set up as a startup by North Macedonia’s ex-finance minister Nina Angelovska in 2011.

North Macedonia takes another step towards EU accession despite domestic tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 15, 2022

The EU's screening process with North Macedonia officially started, but there is persistent unhappiness within the country over concessions made to Bulgaria to unblock the accession process.

North Macedonia’s FX reserves continue to grow in August

bne IntelliNews September 12, 2022

Skopje builds up reserves for second month after several months of decline in fx reserves.

Southeast European governments rush to offer new anti-crisis packages

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2022

Albania and Croatia the latest to announce new measures to help their populations cope with soaring prices.

North Macedonia’s opposition VMRO-DPMNE puts EU accession progress at risk with push for referendum on deal with Bulgaria

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 6, 2022

Opposition party says it won’t back constitutional changes required for North Macedonia’s EU accession progress if the treaty isn’t abandoned — but risks a new veto by Bulgaria if it is.

bneGreen: Heavy rain and flooding linked to climate change cause chaos in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 31, 2022

The warmer climate in North Macedonia's capital mean torrential rain and flooding are now more frequent.

Electricity supply crisis in Kosovo worsens after failure of Obiliq TPP unit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 29, 2022

Kosovo has the world's fifth largest lignite reserves of up to 14bn tonnes, but its thermal power plants are outdated and constantly need repairing.

North Macedonia’s PPI growth accelerates further to 24.8% y/y in July

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2022

Producer prices in utilities went up the most, by an annual 49% in July.

Romanians least likely in the EU to read news online

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2022

Across the EU 72% of EU internet users aged 16-74 read online news sites, newspapers or news magazines, but only 59% of Romanians read news online.

bneGREEN: Cleaning up the Western Balkans’ waste problem

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 17, 2022

Waste generation has increased sharply in recent decades, but waste management infrastructure has in general failed to keep up.

Next.e.GO Mobile starts building €720mn electric car plant in North Macedonia

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2022

North Macedonia to get first electric car plant, which will also be the first to produce a complete car in the country.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s ties to Russia prove hard to sever

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 10, 2022

Bulgaria shifts back towards Russian orbit after reformist government toppled. Montenegro could be next.

John Malkovich to turn Skopje into Hollywood of the Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 10, 2022

Actor who calls himself a “son of the Balkans” plans to set up film and music studios in North Macedonia’s capital to shoot Hollywood-calibre movies.

North Macedonia’s annual inflation accelerates to 16% in July

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2022

High import prices of food and energy are now spilling over into the prices of other products and services.

North Macedonia’s retail sales turn negative in June in real terms

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 1, 2022

North Macedonia’s retail sales dropped by a real 2.6% year-on-year in June.

Drought damage to European grain harvest piles on top of Ukraine war impact

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2022

Extreme heat and droughts across several European countries have led to forecasts for this year’s harvests being reduced.