About: South Eastern Europe

Energy 10-06-2021

Official: Western Balkan countries are ‘milking coal power plants until the bitter end’

Disparities between the EU and Western Balkan countries on energy are only getting bigger, with many of them still addicted to highly-polluting coal power stations that provide cheap electricity as well as revenues to governments and the local population. “They’re milking them until the bitter end,” says Janez Kopac.
Enlargement 20-04-2018

Beyond coal, nationalism and EU accession: Squaring the circle for Kosovo

Joining the EU means meeting all of its rules and criteria, including energy legislation. But bloc-hopeful Kosovo, just like its other Balkan neighbours, is struggling to make any headway there, writes Philippe Charlez.
Central Europe 09-02-2015

Commission fleshes out energy strategy for Southeast Europe

As energy ministers of eight countries from Southeast Europe meet in Sofia today (9 February) to discuss the countries’ needs and ambitions, a leaked paper has shed light on the European Commission’s plans to help the region overcome its various problems.
Energy 26-08-2014

Energy Community reform: What will the EU push for?

Ahead of the ministerial meeting in the Western Balkans on the EU energy reform, Dragana Mileusnic calls for the adoption and the implementation of the new energy rules as soon as possible. A clear and speedy EU message will benefit not only the people but it will also ensure security of energy supply in the whole region.

Energy poverty takes toll on Balkan forests

SPECIAL REPORT / Governments' inability to address energy poverty in Southeastern Europe is increasing the threat of deforestation, as illegal timbering is seen by needy people as their only chance for survival through harsh winters.
Med & South 22-07-2010

A step in the right direction: Frontex, Greece & the fight against irregular migration

The EU's border management agency, Frontex, will open its first Operational Office in Piraeus, Greece on 1 August 2010. Although political and administrative gaps remain, the new office should enhance Frontex's role in South-Eastern Europe and help combat illegal migration in the Mediterranean, write Stavros Kourtalis and Gerasimos Tsourapas, researchers at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM), in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Enlargement 08-07-2010

New rapprochement in the Western Balkans: How to advance it?

Despite a number of unresolved issues in the region, one can see a new spirit of rapprochement and genuine cooperation in the Western Balkans and its leaders must seize the moment in order to translate this trend into an irreversible process, writes Hido Biš?evi?, secretary-general of the Regional Cooperation Council for South-East Europe, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Enlargement 15-06-2010

EU-Montenegro relations

Despite problems with corruption and organised crime, Montenegro, a small Adriatic country with a population of less than a million, is set to open EU membership talks as early as 2011.
Enlargement 10-06-2010

Diplomat: Montenegro had to ‘regain’ independence for EU future

Although many of its citizens still feel very strong ties to Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, Montenegro had to ''regain'' independence in order to preserve its European future, Vladimir Radulovi?, the ambassador of Montenegro to Germany, told EURACTIV.de in an interview.
Central Europe 09-06-2010

New EU members hit by FDI outflow

The inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the EU halved in 2009 and particularly declined in the new member states – where the foreign sector is economically vital, writes the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies in an analysis of FDI in 20 Central, East and South-East European countries based on the latest update of its database.
Enlargement 07-05-2010

Expert: In Bosnia every reform fails due to corruption

The EU should not give up on Bosnia and Herzegovina despite its ongoing internal divisions, yet the country must improve its legal system as governmental reforms simply fail as a result of corruption, Jan Havránek, an expert on security issues and a research fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.
Enlargement 06-05-2010

Albanian FM: Serbia and Kosovo should meet without flags

Flexibility and responsibility for the common EU future of the Western Balkans should come first and Serbia and Kosovo should sit at the same table in a forthcoming regional forum, leaving country names and flags behind, Albanian Foreign Minister Ilir Meta told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 23-04-2010

EU-Albania relations

Albania formally applied for EU membership in April 2009, but if its accession bid is to move forward it must tackle a number of issues: particularly political stability, economic reform and corruption.
Enlargement 21-04-2010

Ambassador: Bosnia and Herzegovina will apply for EU membership this year

By the end of this year, the conditions will have been met for Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply for EU membership, Almir Šahovi?, the country's ambassador to France, told EURACTIV.fr in an interview.
Enlargement 19-04-2010

South East Europe is well-known for its self-cynicism

South East Europe must make use of current developments in Europe and the EU enlargement process to streamline itself with the grand project of European integration. But ''does not have the luxury of time',' writes Hido Biš?evi?, secretary-general of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) for South East Europe.
Euro & Finance 31-03-2010

Why the Greek crisis matters to its neighbours in southeast Europe

The countries of southeastern Europe cannot remain indifferent to the ongoing fiscal and debt crises in Greece due to the latter's track record of foreign investment, foreign policy focus in the region and growing trade volumes, writes Jens Bastian, senior economic research fellow at the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for Foreign and European Policy (ELIAMEP), in a March op-ed.
Enlargement 15-03-2010

Bosnia stalemate turning into ‘frozen conflict’

The political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is "extremely worrisome" and now appears to be turning into a "dormant frozen conflict," Hido Biš?evi?, secretary-general of the Regional Cooperation Council for South Eastern Europe (RCC), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Europe 18-09-2006

Analysis: Reverse Balkanisation? Trade Integration in South-East Europe

In this CEPS working document, author David Kernohan analyses concerns that trade openness in South East Europe is less advanced than it should be.  
Security 16-09-2005

Report reveals links between private security firms and organised crime in SE Europe

A new report says that private security companies often act as competitors to the police force in South East Europe.
Enlargement 22-06-2005

Quarterly forecast on South-Eastern Europe

This quarterly report by the ICEG European Center forecasts outstanding economic growth with significant external imbalances and slowly decreasing unemployment in South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the FYR of Macedonia, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro).
Enlargement 05-07-2004

CEPS Europa South-East Monitor

This issue of CEPS Europa South East Monitor focusses on the latest developments in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.
Enlargement 04-06-2004

CEPS Europa South-East Monitor

This issue of CEPS Europa South-East Monitor highlights the annual reviews by the Commission and the Council of the Stabilisation and Association Process for South East Europe and of the individual progress made by each country from the region.
Enlargement 10-12-2003

Commission promotes competition in Balkan energy markets

The EU has signed an agreement with eight South East European countries to integrate their electricity markets and pave the way for closer co-operation.
Economy & Jobs 21-10-2003

Eurobarometer: Young Eastern Europeans optimistic about their future in EU

A Eurobarometer survey carried out during the spring shows that the majority of young Central Eastern Europeans are more committed to Europe than their counterparts in the EU 15.