We provide our clients with in-depth analysis of political, security and economic developments in the Balkans, both region-wide and country specific but always tailored to their needs. With our network of analysts embedded throughout the region and immersed in the latest information at its source, we not only explain to our clients specific events but also provide foresight regarding risks and opportunities.
BIRN Consultancy handles a wide range of corporate investigations and integrity due diligence cases. Our clients come to us when considering a new business relationship or when they are worried about an existing one running into problems. We answer their questions but also point out issues which they might have missed.
Whether our clients are entering a new market, expanding existing projects or exploiting other opportunities, we help them make informed decisions in uncertain political, regulatory and commercial conditions. Irrespective of whether our clients need to understand the wider business environment, a specific sector or map key decision makers, we carry out research and provide analysis based on their needs.
Sometimes the needs of our clients require a mix of all of our services or relate to a niche problem that does not fall neatly into any of the above categories. Some problems require multi-jurisdictional investigations and analysis. Whatever the brief, we can assemble the most relevant expertise to provide answers for our clients based on their needs.
- UN Prosecutors: Mladic was Key Figure in Bosnia AtrocitiesIn the first day of closing arguments in Ratko Mladic’s trial, prosecutors said the former Bosnian Serb military commander played a crucial role in a brutal plan to ‘cleanse’ areas of Bosnia of non-Serbs.
- Radovan Karadzic Files Appeal Against ConvictionFormer Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic has filed an appeal challenging the Hague Tribunal’s verdict sentencing him to 40 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.
- New SDS Chief Threatens Fresh Bosnian Serb ReferendumThe radical statements of the new leader of the main opposition party in Republika Srpksa suggest that he is trying to copy the hard-line Serbian nationalism of the entity's supremo, Milorad Dodik, with potentially worrying consequences for the country.
- Fascist Slogan Near Croatia Concentration Camp Sparks AngerSerb politicians have condemned a memorial plaque with a fascist slogan which was installed by Croatian war veterans and right-wing politicians near the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp.
- Anti-Communist Law Opens Old Wounds in BulgariaLegal amendments banning the public display of communist symbols have angered communists across Europe and reawakened old disputes at home.
- Why Macedonia’s Discredited Rulers Will Win AgainDespite astounding revelations of corruption and malpractice, Macedonia’s two ruling parties are likely to win the early elections in December for a combination of reasons.
- State of the Unions in SerbiaBullied or bought off, trade unions in Serbia and elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia have hit rock bottom, failing the workers they claim to protect.
- Ratko Mladic’s Trial Moves Closer to Final JudgmentAfter accusations of genocide, ethnic cleansing, brutal detentions and a punishing siege, lawyers in the four-year trial of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic begin to present their closing arguments next week.
- Croatia Shrugs off Slump in Trade With RussiaSharp falls in Croatian imports from Russia worry few experts in Zagreb - who in any case blame falling energy prices and changes in currency exchange rates as well as tit-for-tat sanctions and political feuds.
- Macedonia’s Ruling Party Missed its Election PledgesFrom the 2006 election onwards, the VMRO-DPMNE party has made a habit of issuing flamboyant promises in campaigns that analysis shows were rarely acted on.
- Bank of China Set to Start Serbia OperationBank of China will receive a full licence to start operating at the beginning of 2017 in Serbia - the first Balkan country to host one of the world's largest banks.
- Serbia Warned Against Euphoria Over Fiscal ResultsBelgrade has won praise from the IMF for cutting the budget deficit - but the job of fiscal consolidation is far from over and big wage and pension hikes are still risky.