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EU law banning greenwashing to empower consumers for the green transition

Companies can no longer market their goods using unfounded claims about their environmental impact and durability, Croatian MEP Bijana Borzan told NE Global in...

New US actions against corruption and Russian malign influence in the Western Balkans

On November 16, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, known by its acronym OFAC, designated eight individuals and six...

Croatia advances to the EU mainstream

 Croatia took a decisive step January 1 towards the mainstream of the European project by adopting the Euro as its currency while at the...

Schengen Zone tremblors center on Bulgaria and Romania

The Netherlands announced on December 2 that it will accept Romania and Croatia's joining the EU’s special passport-free Schengen Zone but intended to block...

Croatian scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod

A Croatian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources complies with EU State aid rules, the European Commission’s antitrust chief said on...

What happens when due diligence cannot or will not be applied?

When due diligence and a basic compliance process is not followed bad things happen. On October 21, 2021, an investigative journalist centre published a...

Germany and its neo-imperial quest in Bosnia

When rumors first began to swirl in January about the possible appointment of Christian Schmidt as Europe's High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I...

Time is not on our side: EUMed 9 leaders discuss climate crisis

ATHENS - Meeting at Greece's capital on September 17, the EUMed 9 summit leaders signed on September 17 the Athens Declaration on climate change...

Ukraine’s chances to join NATO are slim to none, despite Zelensky’s claims

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict was once again back in the headlines in April when people across the world followed massive troop build-ups in and around...

COVID-19 vaccine supplies trickle into Southeast Europe

In line with global trends, deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Southeast Europe increased in April, but the record to-date shows it was anything...

The soft power of big business in a former Soviet republic

The increasing isolation of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s regime on the international stage raises important questions about the future of the country’s economy. As...

EU to help Croatian finance sector in greening the economy

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Croatian National Bank (CNB) have agreed to help the country’s financial institutions in addressing...

Slovenia provokes with non-paper supporting Balkan partitions

A non-paper purported to be of Slovenian authorship has drawn increasing attention over the last weeks that it has been circulating because it appears...

Southeast Europe begins to tackle COVID-19 immunization delays

In terms of Covid-19 vaccinations, the gap between Europe’s haves and have nots finally appears to be narrowing, after many months where much of...

No human rights without the right to know

Access to information legislation was first seen in Sweden in 1766, with parliamentary interest to access information held by King Adolf Frederick. Finland followed...

Croatia in talks with Russia over Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Budapest is negotiating with Moscow the possibility of buying the Russian-made Coronavirus vaccine, namely Sputnik V, Reuters reported on Wednesday.  "Each government must take...

Serbia leading Southeast Europe in COVID-19 immunizations

According to the most recent data, Serbia’s COVID-19 vaccination program, initially using a Chinese vaccine and symbolic quantities from third country suppliers, now leads...

Sefcovic hails milestone for EU Battery Alliance

A second Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) to support research and innovation in the battery value chain complies with EU state aid...

Europe turns the tables on Russian gas

As we move into 2021, Southeast Europe’s concern about security and diversity of energy supply and over-reliance on Russia gas is now history, a...

Croatia and Bulgaria eyeing Eurozone entry

Seemingly ready to ignore the lessons of the last decade’s Eurozone crisis which ravaged many of their neighbours, aspiring Eurozone members Croatia and Bulgaria...

Kosovo: EU visa liberalisation issue resurfaces

Increased travel access to the EU for Kosovar citizens remains an interesting sidebar to the now-postponed Washington meeting between recently re-elected Serbian President Aleksandar...

In desperate times, EU approves new Balkan Enlargement steps

Moving on a trajectory that senior EU leaders publicly outlined at the Munich Security Conference in mid-February, the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) agreed...

Commission mobilises emergency aid for earthquake-hit Croatia

The European Commission has mobilised emergency aid for Croatia, after the latter was severely hit by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake on Sunday, which caused...

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

France reports first coronavirus death, as epidemic spreads in Europe

The French Health Ministry reported that a 60-year-old man died of a COVID-19 (popularly known as coronavirus) infection overnight on Wednesday, February 26 in...

Croatian PM Plenković tells Michel he wants MFF negotiations concluded during the country's Presidency

Negotiations on the bloc's long-term budget should be concluded within 2020's first half, said Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia during a meeting with Charles...

France scores victory on Enlargement rules

The EU Commission released new proposed rules on February 5 which substantially modify the current Enlargement process but also allow EU member states to...

Croatia takes over EU Presidency, faces "challenging" 2020

Croatia officially assumed for the first time since it joined the bloc, the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January...

Milanovic elected new president of Croatia

Croatia's center-left former PM Zoran Milanovic has won 52.7% of the vote in Croatia's presidential runoff, defeating the center-right incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who won...

Croatia's PM Plenkovic warns EU over depopulation of the continent

Croatia's Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic warned EU leaders that freedom of movement across the continent is "killing" small nations. “This is a structural, almost an...

Zaev-Mitsotakis Thessaloniki meeting explores EU Enlargement delays

The prime ministers of Greece and North Macedonia met on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki 2019 Summit on November 14. This was their second...

Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum

Shockwaves continue from the low turnout in the referendum in Macedonia/FYROM, which had been hoped to approve June’s Prespes Agreement settling the Name Dispute...

Hamburg highlights wind energy role in fighting climate change

HAMBURG – Cross-boarder electricity interconnections are vital for Europe to achieve its climate and energy goals and integrate more renewables into energy markets but...

Ambassador Pyatt says US wants EU energy deal to block Russia

ATHENS – The United States will continue to work with the European Union to promote diversification of energy supplies and lessen dependence on Russia,...

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