XI JINPING WAS SERIOUS
By Dalio Sijah
Chinese companies that implement projects worth billions of marks in Srpska do not have a single employee The inspection bypasses them Disproportion between invitation letters and the number of employees
Russian forces 'firing on Ukrainians from around' Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, says secretary of state
Westerners regard Russia’s war as an attack on the rules-based order, but Chinese scholars see it as another harbinger of the denouement of US hegemony. While Americans and Europeans can argue with this position, it would be a mistake not to take it seriously.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is gathering evidence of Russia’s extensive war crimes in Ukraine, but jailing the guilty will be an arduous process.
PART 1: THE ELITES V THE PEOPLE
While 5 of the183 religious sites in Ukraine damaged by Russian attack are Muslim, 5 other sites in the list are Jewish. The rest 173 sites are Christian.
The differences between each are stark enough that we can draw few useful parallels from the Ukraine War for Taiwan.
EBRD to provide a €2.5 million package to Mikrokreditna Fondacija Mi-Bospo Tuzla €1.5 million for on-lending to MSMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina €1 million for residential energy efficiency, backed by grants from the EU, WBIF, Austria
Ukraine and Russia have signed "mirror" deals which will allow Kyiv to resume exports of grain through the Black Sea.
EBRD, EU to sign agreement for EU to support €70 million of EBRD loans to Ukraine EU guarantees come from European Fund for Sustainable Development EBRD loans supported are part of €1 billion Ukraine activity this year, with partners
They decided to make money.
Scary figures show the extent of the tragedy of the destruction of Ukraine.
The European Commission has proposed to Member States to introduce an import embargo on Russian gold.
New financing to boost competitiveness and support the digital transformation of small businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina Fostering SME investments in technology and automation to help meet EU standards EU grants to help make investments more affordable
Pro-Russian propaganda is ubiquitous in the war in Ukraine. However, in some cases it is well camouflaged and looks like the supposed reports of media companies BBC, CNN or DW. DW is investigating what is behind it?
Ukraine says it is investigating more than 21,000 war crimes and crimes of aggression allegedly committed by Russia since the start of its invasion.
In the libertarian Serbian public, Putin's persecution of Russian artists and Russian culture remains almost unnoticed, it does not cause any universal outrage, and in fact it is not thematized.
EBRD subscribes to €240 million bond of food retailer Maxima Grupė As part of €72 million of EBRD funding, Maxima commits to supporting new jobs and skills Maxima already employs 500 Ukrainian refugees, commits to 720 more
If there are Russian agents in Serbia at all, it is a dream job that is carried out under the national slogan "lay down bread, so that I can eat you". What could Russian spys do? To reveal some well-hidden state secrets? Well, our Russophiles bring them such things voluntarily, on a tray, along with breakfast, newspapers and morning coffee. To spread Kremlin propaganda? The one in question reached its maximum a long time ago, we are not even lagging behind Russia, it cannot be more up to date. To create an anti-European and anti-American mood? We have already achieved this a long time ago, almost the entire political, intellectual and media scene is working hard on it.
Putin's propaganda does not try to convince reasonable people of anything, it does not address those who care about the real truth, those who search for the real state of affairs. Putin's propaganda machinery appeals to a different kind of people, one that does not seek the truth to act in accordance with it, but only seeks the authority and force to which it will submit.
Two experts in counter-disinformation and defence reform will work with the Bosnian Armed Forces and NATO to uphold peace and security in the country UK will also provide funding to strengthen cyber security in Bosnia and Herzegovina, making the country more resilient to attacks Russia is stirring violence and secessionism in the country to undermine the hard-won peace and destabilise the European continent
The day after our attempt to visit the Sinohydro headquarters at 5 Svetozara Markovića Street, we learned that the Chinese company’s headquarters had been registered at a new address. No less and no more – than in the building of the Tax Administration of the RS, on Trg Republike Srpske at number 8 / XII. It is impossible to enter the building without notice, and contact with Sinohydra is impossible via e-mail address or phone
€65 million in loans extended to women-led businesses in Western Balkans Financing and advisory support has helped women entrepreneurs to boost their businesses Initiative supported with donor funds by Sweden, Luxembourg and Italy
Russia is believed to have defaulted on its debt for the first time since 1998 after missing a key deadline.
EBRD lends Moldova €300 million to boost energy security through strategic gas acquisitions Revolving loan will be on-lent to state-owned energy trader Financing will supply one-fifth of Moldova’s energy needs for 2022
Facts give the lie to Russia’s claim to be defending itself against an expansionist NATO. Moscow has always been the biggest threat to its neighbours, to freedom and to the whole of humanity.
Cooperation between the economies of the Western Balkans and Moldova will bring them closer to the EU single market
Having in mind China's reputation for corrosive capital, and that their funding sources lack transparency and accountability, which is understandable because all finances come from one authoritarian regime, it is clear that China through its companies in some way buys the favour of some BiH politicians who favour them in mastering natural resources. Tomorrow, it can be used as a means of influencing political decisions in favour of the Chinese and their interests in BiH
Survivor and witness accounts, cross-checked with information from prosecutors, show how violence has been integral to the Russian campaign
US President Joe Biden told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Washington is releasing $1bn in new security assistance to Kyiv amid fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.
China is building up its influence in the Western Balkans through projects focused on everything from energy and infrastructure to culture, education, and media. If the European Union is to achieve its geopolitical goals in the region, it will need to understand the nature of competition with Beijing in all these areas.
Author: Natalia Datskevych
EBRD to lend up to €300 million to gas company Naftogaz to boost Ukraine’s energy security Initial €50 million immediately available for emergency gas purchases Support is part of €1 billion EBRD activity in Ukraine this year, with donors and partners
Which countries will suffer the most from the shortage of Ukrainian grain due to the blockade of onions?
All bridges out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Syevyerodonetsk have been destroyed and conditions for people remaining in the city are "extremely difficult," the military governor for the Luhansk region told RFE/RL.
EBRD, EU and partners join forces to boost skills in economic diplomacy
Why China is friends with the aggressor and what it tells its citizens about the war
Vladimir Putin's forces have begun moving nuclear-capable missiles towards its border with Finland
At least 262 children have been killed and 415 injured in attacks since 24 February
What are the crimes of genocide?
EBRD US$20 million loan will help finance telecoms growth in Armenia Telecom Armenia plans network expansion, including in rural areas EBRD is part of a US$45 million facility provided by IFC and Ameriabank
DW fact check: Is hunger being used as a weapon in the Ukraine war?
Investments will improve urban transport, water supply and energy efficiency
At a recent summit to assess the European Union’s defense and security policy in response to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the bloc’s leaders agreed that more pooled investment is urgently needed. With many of the necessary tools already in place, what is needed most now is the political will to follow through.
“Russia is leading this war with another terrible and forceful weapon – hunger and deprivation
Although not only in the occupied territories - three were discovered in the area of Mykolaiv
EBRD to provide its first Additional Tier 1 (AT1) capital loan Bank to invest US$ 35 million, with the remaining US$ 15 million provided by Swedfund Amount equivalent to the capital loan to be allocated to GET-eligible investments
EBRD supports Moldova’s largest bank with €50 million finance package, consisting of: €35 million within EBRD’s €2 billion Resilience and Livelihoods framework for Ukraine, neighbours €15 million, backed by EU, to boost competitiveness of local companies
Joint programme to boost competitiveness and support the digital transformation of small businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina Fostering SME investments in technology and automation to help meet EU standards EU grants to help make investments more affordable
Workers found 200 bodies in the basement of a destroyed apartment building in Mariupol, authorities say, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The EU must use this moment of exceptional crisis to radically re-evaluate its neighbourhood policy and jump-start its stagnant enlargement process
A court in Ukraine has jailed a Russian tank commander for life for killing a civilian at the first war crimes trial since the conflict began.
EBRD to invest €10 million in upgrading solid waste management systems Ganja is the first city in Azerbaijan to join the EBRD Green Cities urban sustainability programme The €5 billion programme is helping its 56 member cities to become better places to live
Russia is losing manpower at an unsustainable rate; it was forced to accept Finland and Sweden’s decisions to join NATO; and it is cutting its own gas sales to Europe, which help it finance the war with Ukraine.
Help is now at hand for the Western Balkans need for investments in energy efficiency and renewable agencies.
The arbitrariness with which they deal with their own national histories helps Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin secure power and justify their policies.
Finland and Sweden need to join NATO in the near future. Putin gained almost 1,300 kilometers of the border with the Alliance
©EIB The COVID-19 crisis accelerated the digital transformation of Europe’s economy. But firms put more complex digitalisation processes on hold. Digital firms were better able to cope with the disruption unleashed by the pandemic.
Russia has reportedly lost more than 650 tanks and about 3,000 other armored vehicles and heavy equipment so far in its invasion of Ukraine. Experts put the losses down to the advanced anti-tank weapons given to Ukraine by Western countries, poor strategy, low morale, and important design flaws.
The decades-long spy conflict between Russia and the West is intensifying over the Ukraine war. But what are Russia's intelligence services suspected of doing and how will their officials' expulsion from capitals affect Putin's clandestine overseas operations?
Moscow is busy selling its own version of the war in Ukraine to Bosnian citizens – cynically using analogies with the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica to justify its invasion and destabilize Bosnia at the same time.
Will economic restrictions be an effective tool against possible Beijing aggression?
Germany is already supplying Ukraine with light weapons, while heavy systems such as tanks and artillery are to follow. DW takes a look at what Germany has already pledged — and what else Kyiv wants.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Moldova, the country that has taken in the most Ukrainian refugees relative to its own size. The small nation is one of Europe's poorest and faces many challenges.
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Western countries have been given additional motivation to put even more pressure on Russia
The White House and G7 partners announced new sanctions against Russia, which will affect Russia's largest TV channels, industrial sector, and ban U.S citizens from providing financial services to Russians.
After repeated military setbacks, the Russian president will have to repackage the conflict to keep his people on-side
Billions of dollars of Chinese money are boosting some European economies - but some of the deals being struck have a catch. Critics say they are "debt traps", where China gets to choose what happens if loans aren't repaid.
€17 million loan brings total EBRD financing for Sarajevo to €146 million New trams and smart technology to reduce congestion and pollution Project signed during EBRD Vice President Bowman’s visit
China confronts difficult choices in responding to Russia’s war in Ukraine. The war presents China with several risks, but China continues to view Russia as a valuable partner. China remains cautious about supporting Russia in ways that would incur heavy costs, such as helping it to evade sanctions, but it is likely to continue providing rhetorical support and resisting calls to rein in Russia.
UN chief on sexual violence warns dozens of cases under investigation are ‘tip of the iceberg’
CHINA believed Russia would be successful in whatever it decided to do in Ukraine, Express.co.uk has been told, a grave miscalculation by President Xi Jinping
EBRD boosts trade finance support for Ukraine by €100 million Part of increase focuses on food security, helping avert global food crisis Support is part of €1 billion EBRD activity in Ukraine this year, with donors and partners
Milorad Dodik knows that it is not advisable to betray Putin. However, the one who once betrayed those who had put him on the political scene in BiH in BiH, is capable of doing the same to the current “bosses”. So today, just in case, several “Despots” are standing guard in front of Dodik’s residence.
EU funds to finance construction work on two motorway sections Support for Corridor Vc totals €850 million in EBRD finance and €223 million in EU grants Corridor Vc to bring Bosnia and Herzegovina closer to the EU
Among the latest deadly novelties of Russia is a mine called “Medallion”, equipped with a seismic sensor to detect the approach of a person and the release of explosive charge into the air writes Roman Rukomeda.
Moldova’s president warns of an attempt to escalate tensions after several explosions at sites in the breakaway Transnistria region.
A Chinese state-owned media network is providing the Kremlin with information support amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The project and technical documentation for reconstruction, construction and furnishing of two psychiatric clinics in the Federation BiH was officially handed over today to the representatives of the Clinical Centre of the University of Sarajevo and the University Clinic in Mostar.
The Nato military alliance could soon expand, with both Finland and Sweden expected to apply for membership.
Authors: Mirza Kušljugić, professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tuzla, and Damir Miljević, energy transition consultant and member of the Regional center for sustainable energy transition (RESET)
"The second blitzkrieg is planned in Ukraine - the rapid capture of Kiev and the introduction of a government loyal to Russia. Then the legalization of the occupation of Crimea, the Black Sea and the Azov region, the quasi-entity" LDNR "," denazification "and" demilitarization ".
Police arrest investigative reporters to stop bad press about Russian military and war against Ukraine
EBRD’s €20 million loan will help TransCo modernise its telecoms system Upgrade will equip the company to better absorb more renewable energy capacity on the grid Modernisation will further support regional integration of Western Balkans electricity markets
€40 million EBRD loan and €13 million EU grant for energy efficiency in schools Financing to reduce CO2 emissions and utility bills Improving the learning environment for students in Georgia
As Russia suppresses information about its sinking, some share details of what they have found out
In anticipation of the battle for Donbass, the Kremlin is still fighting
If there was ever a time to fast-track NATO's expansion in the Balkans, now is the time
It is no coincidence that before the attack on Ukraine, Putin claimed that "all the peoples of Ukraine" should be given the right to "determine their own destiny."
It is thought that Russia has lost hundreds of tanks within two months of invading Ukraine.
World Bank says its helping Ukraine provide critical services, including paying wages for hospital workers.
EBRD Board adopts new strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina Priorities: Private-sector skills and digitalisation; infrastructure and regional integration; low-carbon transition Vice President for Policy Mark Bowman to visit Sarajevo next week
Google, which fully owns YouTube, is ‘closely monitoring the situation for any updates and changes.’
What has changed in predicting the future of the region?
Women and girls have recounted the abuse they have suffered at the hands of Russian soldiers
Access to financing and expertise will be immediately suspended
The EIB and the Government of the Republic of Moldova have agreed on a €150 million loan for the reconstruction of major highways in Moldova. The operation will support the construction and rehabilitation of roads between Moldova and the European Union, accelerating the country`s integration into the TEN-T network and the EU. The EIB loan will allow Moldova to introduce international road quality and safety standards, as well as to achieve capacity improvements according to the traffic demand on particular sections of the national road network. The EIB loan supports the goals of the EU Economic and Investment Plan for the Eastern Neighbourhood.
Can the job of a Russian billionaire in Ukraine, who produces raw materials for Russian weapons, stay away from the war?
The Czech Republic is the first country to send Ukraine tens of T-72 tanks to help its army defend against Russian attacks, news site Echo24 reported on Tuesday.
You can spend many hours thinking about "why Russia invaded Ukraine". But it all comes down to one goal - genocide against Ukrainians
KYIV -- The international community continues to express shock and outrage following the emergence of evidence that Russian forces appear to have committed atrocities against civilians in Ukraine as Moscow dismissed the reports as a “provocation.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the U.S. will allocate additional military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 300 million dollars.
Ukrainian forces liberating the town near Kyiv find streets littered with corpses of civilians and burned-out Russian tanks
The citizens of Ukraine are first placed in filtration camps, and then taken by train to the "depressed" regions of Russia, said the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament.
Wagner Group connected to white supremacists, Tech against Terrorism investigation finds
The International Criminal Court had begun investigating likely war crimes within just over a week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian coalition has already documented 388 such crimes.
The Kremlin is creating a world where nothing is true and anything is possible
Analysts say the Kremlin may have been inspired by Ukraine’s similar step and warn of ominous consequences.
More than 1,000 Russian oligarchs and entities have been sanctioned since Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine a month ago.
Since the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the country has received more than $ 3.2 billion in financial assistance from Western partners. This amount could double in April.
Ukraine should be granted EU candidate status. But, more importantly, it must receive realistic prospects for joining the single market or a new energy and climate partnership.
Putin suffers a series of embarassing defeats and lashes out at people surrounding him
The occupiers continue to intimidate the local population, which opposes the Russian invasion.
The execution of works on the adaptation and reconstruction of the border railway station in Bijelo Polje began on February 15 and will last for a year, the Ministry of Capital Investments announced
It is proposed that, together with the modernization of Ukraine's air defense, it provide anti-tank weapons.
The foreign and defence ministers of the European Union member states on Monday adopted a Strategic Compass, which gives a vision of the Union's defence development, and at Croatia's insistence, the document also makes an explicit reference to Bosnia and Herzegovina's constituent peoples.
Russia's official "allies" have refused to support the Führer from the Kremlin in the war against
Russia has drawn up lists of 40,000 fighters from Syrian army and allied militias to be put on standby for deployment in Ukraine, a war monitor said Tuesday.
However, the militants aim not to take part in was actions on the territory of Ukraine but to use the opportunity to get to Europe.
Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Kalbukhov has said that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the right to decide whether or not to join NATO but he warned that Moscow also keeps the right to respond to such a possibility in line with its interests.
A Focus source in the Kharkiv region said that everything was burning due to the shelling. White phosphorus is one of the most dangerous weapons.
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In an extraordinary meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from today, after 26 years of membership.
Vladimir Putin needs Alexander Lukashenko and his participation in the war against Ukraine
Far-right Serb organisations, some known to flirt with neo-Nazism, have rallied in support of the Kremlin’s vow to ‘denazify’ Ukraine, winning applause from like-minded groups in Russia.
Foreign policy chief causes more confusion by getting ahead of leaders.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for foreign volunteers to be able to fight against Ukrainian forces.
Appeals for volunteers from Bosnia and Serbia to join pro-Russian forces in Ukraine are getting a strong response on social media – but how many are actually going is less clear.
Why Russia accuses Ukraine of creating nuclear weapons
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved $1.4bn (£1.1bn) of emergency funding for Ukraine, as it fights against a Russian invasion.
€2 billion to support resilience and livelihoods in Ukraine and affected countries Priorities include trade finance, emergency liquidity, energy security and municipal services Reconstruction programme will follow once conditions are in place
The war in Ukraine did not shake the "boundless" friendship between Russia and China, even if Beijing seems to have had too much. The German agency dpa analyzes: how will Germany and Europe treat China now?
Bogged down in Ukraine, Russian forces battle the consequences of systemic sleaze.
Some pro-Russian groups in Bosnia have expressed support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Others are still silent.
Heads of government of all six Western Balkans countries take part Foreign direct investment priorities include regional interconnection in transport, energy and digital All countries plan to develop renewable energy generation
Russia has been accused of attacking Ukrainians with cluster bombs and vacuum bombs, weapons that have been condemned by a variety of international organisations.
In the Russian-Ukraine war, many countries including neutral non-aligned Sweden have started to send military aid.
New York (CNN Business)Russia isn't a superpower, at least not when it comes to the global economy.
The Chinese government has made clear that it will remain a strategic ally of Russia despite President Vladimir Putin being viewed globally as the aggressor in the war.
New measures aim to ‘further isolate Russia from international financial system,’ statement says
EIB’s first impact finance loan in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its second in the Western Balkans This is the first loan signed in the Western Balkans by the EIB’s new branch - EIB Global, designed to support more impactful operations outside the European Union The loan aims to create economic opportunities for women, young people and vulnerable groups through access to finance and job creation, contributing further to inclusive development and economic resilience in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned Sweden and Finland of "serious political and military consequences" in the case they join the NATO alliance.
Heads of governments of six Western Balkans countries to attend event in London Focus on foreign direct investment, regional and international economic integration 2022 project pipeline focuses on green infrastructure, renewables and small businesses
As international alarm grows, analysts say Moscow’s intention is to cause ‘permanent internal chaos’ in Ukraine.
Russia’s ambition to draw up a new international security architecture extends to regions where the US and its European allies have traditionally taken a leading role
If Putin launches aggression against Ukraine, then it will set a global precedent for other countries involved in territorial disputes, threatening the sovereignty of their neighbors.
Luxembourg and Baku, 31 January 2022 - The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has partnered with Bank Respublika in Azerbaijan by providing USD 15 million equivalent in Azerbaijani manat to support the provision of sustainable financing to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) that conduct their core business operations in rural areas or are engaged in agriculture.
The Energy Community Secretariat is creating an integrated electronic system for guarantees of origin, which are designed to enable customers to buy electricity from renewable sources.
HOME POLITICS BUSINESS BH & EU BH TOURISM INTERVIEWS SPORT ARTS The handover of respirators donated to Bosnia and Herzegovina by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Coordination and Response Center and the Government of the Republic of Hungary, worth 1,104,900 euros, was held today in Sarajevo.
The sad case of Moldovan politics is a cautionary tale for all of Eastern Europe.
Since the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and its ongoing military aggression against Ukraine, Russia has waged a state-led disinformation campaign aimed at influencing public opinion. Backed by Kremlin-controlled media, Russian authorities have spared no…
Financing will boost lending to MSMEs and women led businesses EBRD supports Armenia’s private sector in upgrading technologies to EU standards Donor support from the European Union, Sweden and Small Business Impact Fund
Hostilities have simmered for years but tensions are now escalating amid fears of a Russian invasion.
The accession talks between the EU and Western Balkans remain up in the air despite the recent summit. As the presence of foreign powers grow stronger, the EU needs to undertake concrete measures if it intends to integrate the region.
Bringing the two Nordic countries into the alliance would let Putin know he doesn’t have veto power.
Despite Bosnian economists’ claims that China is motivated solely by economics, it seems the “irresistible charm of authoritarian growth” may seduce many countries to succumb to Chinese political pressure, and even embrace grave violations of human rights.
Trends seen in recent weeks will continue, and that could shake the positions of numerous corrupt politicians and bring Bosnia and Herzegovina several steps closer to the NATO alliance. Written by: Prof. Dr. Adis MAKSIĆ
Total Annual Bank Investment (ABI) reaches €10.4 billion, its second highest figure ever Green economy investments of €5.4 billion account for record 51 per cent of total financing Private sector share of annual investment rises to 76 per cent
Russian government-backed foundations have been holding events to promote reports denying the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, as Moscow seeks to exploit divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and increase its influence among the country’s Serbs.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization, explained.
How Putin’s Power Play Threatens Europe
Russia’s military buildup against Ukraine has heightened tensions in the region and with the US
Buildings will use significantly less electricity and heat, lower CO2 emissions €4.5 million EBRD loan to finance energy efficiency investments in 20 public buildings €1.5 million investment grant and technical assistance support from the EU
€2 million credit line for residential energy efficiency investments Borrowers receive up to 20 per cent cashback on successful investments Credit line co-financed by the EU, Austria and the Western Balkans Investment Framework
Team Europe — EIB invests in sustainable urban public transport by financing new electric trolleybuses and metro coaches in Kyiv. This is the first sub-sovereign loan from the EIB in Ukraine to be offered on a standalone basis to a municipality without a state guarantee. The project is expected to benefit from a technical assistance package financed by EU donors.
The roots of conflict between Russia and Ukraine run deep. It all boils down to Moscow's unwillingness to accept Ukraine's independence. An overview.
EBRD supports Armenia’s private sector in upgrading technologies to EU standards Financing will help SMEs to invest in green technology Loans complemented by technical advice and incentive grants from EU
Putin regards Ukraine as stolen territory and as the US focuses on China and Covid, Moscow is waiting to strike
EU Bank will provide up to EUR 34 million for expansion of the national broadband network in rural areas of Georgia. This EIB loan benefits from an EU guarantee under the External Lending Mandate. Some 500,000 people in 1000 villages will benefit from fast, reliable and affordable internet connection also expected to boost local businesses. The EIB loan supports improved digital connectivity for Georgia as a flagship initiative of the European Union`s Economic and Investment Plan for the Eastern Partnership
Public lighting, paved streets, replaced water supply systems, new local offices...
EBRD, EIB and EU to finance energy efficiency renovations in public buildings in Moldova, including hospitals, schools and kindergartens Improved energy efficiency is key to Moldova`s energy independence, faster transition to a carbon-neutral economy and the success of global climate action This Team Europe operation is part of a flagship initiative in Moldova under the European Union`s Economic and Investment Plan for the Eastern Partnership
Four years into the hybrid war, Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation remains one of the biggest threats to Ukraine’s security. Furthermore, Ukraine’s neighbors not always realize that the whole region of Central and Eastern Europe has become Russia’s test field for new propaganda methods.
Australia has canceled infrastructure projects that were meant to boost trade with Beijing. The move is a loss of face for Chinese President Xi Jinping — and could prompt other countries to back away from similar deals.
Procurement of 35 new vehicles will help increase traffic safety in the city and significantly improve transport conditions The new vehicles can be bought thanks to the EIB investment signed in March 2021 To date, the EIB has unlocked €1.6 billion for the transport sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, contributing to improved road safety
ROADS to nowhere, abandoned railways and half-built bridges - China has been accused of using "debt trap" projects to ensnare poorer countries and expand its power worldwide.
Western officials have been paying closer attention to Eastern Europe in recent weeks.
What is the EU’s new Economic and Investment Plan? What are the priority areas for investment? What does this actually mean for the partner countries? How will the investment filter through, and will I feel the difference? What are the specific investment plans per country?
Four new multi-mission helicopters Bell Huey 2 whose purchase was jointly financed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States arrived on Saturday at the Sarajevo International Airport.
THE West is under attack every day. Our values of freedom of the individual, speech and belief, as well as self-determination and democracy, risk being one generation away from vanishing. By ALICIA KEARNS
EBRD invests US$75 million in sustainability-linked Eurobond issued by Ukrenergo Move to unlock payment crisis, restore credibility of Ukraine’s renewable energy sector Renewable energy generation key for green transition and sustainable development
Tensions have been rising in Bosnia and Kosovo in the recent period as “foreign actors working to undermine progress”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the closing press conference following the meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers in Riga, Latvia, adding that member countries have agreed on the importance of their presence in the Western Balkans.
Author(s): Mauro Giorgio Marrano
The Kremlin is destabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuit of broader strategic goals. By Vesna Pusic, a former first deputy prime minister and minister of foreign and European affairs of Croatia.
Russia, backed by China, is stepping up pressure on the West in the Balkans as the region faces its worst crisis since the 1990s. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbs are undermining government agencies, threatening to build their own military and declare independence, while Moscow refuses to recognize a new administrator…
The European Commission has updated the list of energy projects of common interest (PCI). They are key cross-border infrastructure investments for a more integrated and resilient energy market that are supposed to help the European Union meet its energy and climate goals. Here is an overview of the projects in the newest, fifth list, that concern the Balkan region.
Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Friday that its revenue plunged by a third in the first three months of the year, as it continued to struggle under US sanctions that have hit its smartphone sales.
James Cleverly agreed with Conservative MP James Gray that behind the political tensions in Bosnia ‘lies Russia’.
Yerevan will benefit from new “green” buses to help improve the environment Investment to introduce modern, CNG, low-floor buses to support the ever-growing demand EBRD loan boosted by the E5P donor grants where the EU is the largest contributor
In a bid to switch from heating oil and thus reduce air pollution stemming from its district heating system, the Canton of Sarajevo will soon be switching to geothermal water. A letter of intent was signed on November 16 between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Canton
€5 million EU grant for the supervision of construction works for the new motorway on Corridor Vc. The construction of a new Počitelj-Zvirovići subsection will improve economic exchange and living conditions for people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In total, the European Union has allocated around €225 million in grants for the construction of Corridor Vc in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ZAGREB, 13 Nov, 2021 - President Zoran Milanović said on Saturday Croatia was richer by HRK 2 billion a year from EU funds but that it was too little.
Faster finance to help reduce the risks of climate change Ensure all projects include robust information on the impacts of climate change Support for least developed countries and small island developing states
€2 billion of new funding doubles existing €1.9 billion earmarked for flagship programme More than €5 billion now mobilised to address environmental degradation Cities account for 70 per cent of energy use and 80 per cent of GHG emissions worldwide
Brčko District in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina will scale up urban regeneration Green Cities to help Brčko become a greener city Action plan and trigger for Brčko supported by Italy and Austria
Growth underpinned by rising exports and strong rebound in hospitality sector · EBRD raises growth forecast for the Western Balkans economies to 6.4 per cent in 2021 · EU recovery boosts export and industrial growth as good tourist season buoys hospitality · Inflationary pressures and external conditions, may hinder future recovery
Freezing relations with NATO gives the Kremlin a new chance - to increase tensions on the eastern wing of the Alliance and with Ukraine, estimates DW editor Konstantin Egert.
The change of pro-Russian authorities in Moldova has brought the country into disfavor with Moscow, it is claimed in Chisinau. Less expensive gas is delivered and the only guarantee that there will be gas at all is the separatist territory of Transnistria.
China’s GDP is growing at the slowest pace in a year as a massive energy crunch, shipping disruptions and a deepening property crisis take their toll on the world’s second largest economy.
EBRD to lend €4 million to Partner Mikrokreditna Fondacija Tuzla Finance to support green investments that improve the energy efficiency of buildings Loan provided under the EBRD’s Western Balkans Green Economy Financing Facility II
The Russian public and media do not follow Dodik's conflict with Sarajevo and the world; he can count on a welcome in Belgrade and Moscow, but key solutions are still being sought at other addresses.
€5 million loan to UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka to boost SME competitiveness
Independent researchers in Serbia conducted a studious analysis of the impact of Russian Gazprom on the energy situation in Serbia, as well as how Serbia's energy status overlaps with the political one.
US President Joe Biden yesterday in a conversation with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed strong support for the continuation of the accession process of the Western Balkan countries.
The European Union (EU) is the largest single donor of funds and financial assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
Upgrading Australia’s communications network meant our national security experts had to get to grips with tech titan Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government. A ban would infuriate Chinese leaders. The alternative was worse.
The EIB reaffirmed its role as a leading financier of sustainable projects It will contribute to the rollout of the Economic and Investment Plan with financial and technical support and reinforce its local presence The EIB as the EU bank fully supports the EU enlargement policy in the Western Balkans with a tailor made approach including promoting convergence with EU norms and standards
The Malaysian government has awarded Sweden’s Ericsson an 11 billion ringgit ($2.6 billion) contract to design and build its 5G telecommunications network, ousting Chinese competitor Huawei Technologies.
The presence of Russian officials, accompanied by Serbs, in the facilities of the Serbian Army on the border between Serbia and Kosovo is a confusing message from Belgrade, which may be condemned by Western countries, foreign policy analyst Bosko Jaksic told Radio Free Europe (RFE).
EBRD and IFC to provide senior loans of US$ 150 million each to TAV Airports Funds will finance upgrade of Almaty International Airport Parallel loan to be extended by EDB and DEG
European Council President Charles Michel arrived at the summit of the European Union and the countries of the Western Balkans.
The Secretary General of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO), Zlatko Vujovic, told Radio Free Europe that the decision of the Russian prosecutor's office to declare the activities of this international non-governmental organization as undesirable was surprising, since ENEMO has not had an election observation mission in Russia.
Six months before the completion of the works, there was a problem with the final financial account for the Peljesac Bridge.
2 July 2021 – An official ceremony was held today in Sheki, to mark the successful completion of the ‘Support to Small Family Businesses in Sheki-Zaqatala’ project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with ABAD.
These messages come against the backdrop of Reuters article about a supposed impasse over the wording of the Declaration which is expected to be adopted at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Slovenia next week.
One of the biggest challenges for all factors in the Balkans, for its peoples and states and (un) solved problems, is the presence of Russia, a great, once superpower, with its historical and new goals.
Western Balkans households invested €45 million in energy-saving technologies CO2 emissions reduced by more than 12,000 tonnes per year Regional Western Balkans GEFF facility continues, with €135 million in funding
HOME POLITICS BUSINESS BH & EU BH TOURISM INTERVIEWS SPORT ARTS W&N BH & EU EU provides 33 Vehicles to strengthen Phytosanitary Inspections in BiH September 29, 2021 10:30 AM by Y.Z To build capacity in the food safety and phytosanitary sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and support the country to align with EU standards, the European Union is providing 33 new off-road vehicles worth €467,000 to be used by authorities in the country for phytosanitary inspections and food controls and monitoring.
During June – July 2021, the Twinning Project “Further support to Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Safety in the Republic of Moldova” has implemented 12 teleworking and physical expert missions with the participation of altogether 26 international experts from Austria, Poland and Lithuania. Thus, in cooperation with the beneficiaries a number of tangible results were achieved.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is departing on Tuesday for a visit to the Western Balkan countries and on this occasion she reiterated that the future of the region is European.
The realization of at least 12 new business ideas and plans is planned, as well as the strengthening and creation of entrepreneurial networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in the region.
As part of the European Union's efforts to support vaccination in partner countries, the Commission today increased from €40 million to €75 million its assistance package to deploy safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines...
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat deutlich gemacht, dass die Staaten des Westbalkans künftig Mitglieder der EU werden sollen. Der Vorstoß könnte Russlands Einfluss auf dem Balkan nachhaltig beschneiden.
"One of the reasons why this permanent exhibit has not been displayed for the past 30 years is the condition this part of the building is in. The east wing of the Archaeology Department was leaking," we were told by archaeologist Andrijana Pravidur, adviser to the Museum.
WASHINGTON -- The United States wants to see the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union accelerate from its snail-like pace and will push to reinvigorate the process, a senior U.S. State Department official said.
Upgrading Australia’s communications network meant our national security experts had to get to grips with tech titan Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government. A ban would infuriate Chinese leaders. The alternative was worse.
A new report has found a correlation between the influx of Chinese capital into a country and a negative impact on its environment and the quality of governance.
The report published today shows that nearly 72,000 companies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine received assistance from EU4Business and managed to create over 50,000 new jobs.
EUFOR Liaison Observation Team (LOT) in Visegrad, whose members are from the Slovakian Army, shares a recent example of EUFOR co-operation with local communities.
Bosnia has yet to even start resisting Russia’s patronage of far-right, ethno-nationalist groups in the country – that are deepening its already dangerous polarization.
Grants to finance supervision of works on five motorway sections Total amount of EU grants for Corridor Vc reached over €220 million Corridor Vc to link Bosnia and Herzegovina with other European transport routes
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China’s investments in Balkan countries that are not members of the European Union keep growing. The region remains stuck in the EU’s waiting room, as well as in the Euro-Atlantic sphere of influence, but is using every opportunity to deepen its economic, political, and, to a certain extent, cultural ties with Beijing.
The donations were carried out as part of an EU-funded project worth 7.7 million euros aiming to provide health institutions across Bosnia and Herzegovina with much needed medical equipment
With two votes in favour and 13 abstentions, the UN Security Council rejected a Resolution by Russia and China calling for the abolition of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
BANJA LUKA - The competent institutions in the Republika Srpska and BiH should urgently control the operations of the Russian "Optima Group" and determine where the 1.77 billion marks ended up, with which this company was allegedly recapitalized, considering that, except in excerpts from the court register, published by the CAPITAL portal yesterday, there are no traces of transactions in the company's financial statements.
€2 million loan to ProCredit Bank dd BiH for investments in energy efficiency Additional EU-funded cashback incentive worth up to 20 per cent of loan amount GEFF supported by EU, Austria and Western Balkans Investment Framework
"We have an Eastern and a Western vaccine. Both have the same medical goal, but completely different political goals," says Igor Pellicciari, a professor at the University of Urbino and LUISS in Rome.
Bosnian mineral water company invests in modern equipment
The project, funded by the European Union and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will contribute to improving business and increasing the port's capacity