Enlargement

17-11-2017

Serbs think German investors are the best employers

A third of Serbians think that German companies are the best investors and that a job at a German firm guarantees a good salary and working conditions, job safety and career advancement. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

10-11-2017

Serbia running out of steam in reform process, warn foreign investors

Foreign investors insist Serbia must continue along its EU accession pathway and modernise its state administration and legislation, particularly in the realm of tax policy. A recent evaluation of reforms suggested Belgrade is lagging behind. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Freedom of thought 08-11-2017

Commission met religious leaders on 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution

The European Commission’s regular meeting with religious leaders on Tuesday (7 November) coincided with the 100th anniversary of the October Bolshevik revolution, probably the single event that left the greatest mark on the 20th Century, and one of whose major crimes was the crackdown on religion.

Central Europe 08-11-2017

Swoboda: ‘Borissov? We have had many strange guys leading governments’

The former long-serving leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda provided insight ahead of the visit to Brussels on Wednesday (8 November) of the Bulgarian government in preparation for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

06-11-2017

Most EU hopefuls might not be ready to join before 2050, study finds

A new study looking into the practical, legal and technical aspects of further EU expansion has concluded that only one country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, could meet the criteria for joining the bloc before 2023.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Serbia’s EU bid leader insists Belgrade is not ‘sitting on two chairs’

A comment by a senior United States official that countries aiming for EU membership should not 'play both sides' - a clear reference to Belgrade's relations with Moscow - has rekindled the debate in Serbia about whether the policy of having a foot in both camps is sustainable in the long term. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Economy & Jobs 24-10-2017

EU Parliament wants up to €80 million cuts to Turkey’s 2018 pre-accession funds

The European Parliament will vote this week to cut pre-accession funds for Turkey by €50 million in 2018 and put an additional €30 million in reserve, Parliament rapporteur on the EU budget Siegfried Mureşan told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

20-10-2017

Serbia is moving forward, PM says after 100 days in office

Serbian citizens eagerly awaited Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to present her cabinet's first 100 days in office, not because they wanted to be reminded of what the government had done but to find out how much their pensions and salaries would be raised. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

16-10-2017

Ahead of summit, Turkey appeals for keeping the EU accession process alive

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said yesterday (15 October) ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.

16-10-2017

Local election boosts Macedonia’s pro-Western Social Democrats

Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats claimed victory in municipal elections on Sunday (15 October), signalling large-scale support for the new government that has pledged to speed up the small Balkan country's accession to NATO and the European Union.

12-10-2017

During Albania visit, Kosovo President defies EU

The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.

Informal meeting of Western Balkans countries in Albania
12-10-2017

Balkan citizens doubt they will ever join EU

Citizens of the Balkan region are highly sceptical that their countries will be joining the EU anytime soon, despite shows of support for European integration, while a quarter do not believe their country will ever join the EU, the Balkan Barometer 2017 survey has shown.

05-10-2017

EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.

Global Europe 05-10-2017

Secondhand Russian fighter jets arrive in Serbia 

Russia began delivering a gift of six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia this week, escalating tensions between the EU candidate country and its neighbours.

Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

03-10-2017

Joining the EU is a marathon, says Serbian PM

EXCLUSIVE / Serbia and Montenegro are seen as the two Western Balkan frontrunners to join the EU but Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview that joining the soon-to-be 27-country bloc is a matter of endurance and not a competition.

21-09-2017

Serbian media under political pressure

One of Serbia's most important and most popular local weeklies, Vranje's Novine Vranjske, was shut down after management failed to settle its taxes. EURACTIV.rs reports.

19-09-2017

Turkish asylum applications in Germany jump 55% this year, many rejected

The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year's failed military coup in Turkey, German government data showed on Monday (18 September).

18-09-2017

Serbia’s gay PM at Pride takes tolerance ‘one step at a time’

Serbia's lesbian prime minister said Sunday (17 September) that she was working "one step at a time" towards a more tolerant society, as she joined Belgrade's annual gay march held under heavy security.

14-09-2017

It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia

Belgrade's annual Pride Week began on Monday (11 September) and will end with a march on Sunday (17 September). Pride parades were held over the past few years with strong security measures and, in the meantime, Serbia elected a gay prime minister. EURACTIV.rs reports.

13-09-2017

Juncker waves ‘credible EU prospects’ at Balkans, but no fast membership

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stayed true to form on the EU's enlargement prospects in his annual address on Wednesday (13 September), calling for a "credible enlargement perspective" for the Western Balkans while ruling out any fast track to membership.