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.
- Romanians March in Support of Civil PartnershipDozens of Romanians demonstrated on Saturday in Bucharest to demand that the government legalize civil partnership, which might benefit as many as 800,000 people, organizers say.
- Albania Parliament Stalls on Allowing MP's ArrestAlbania's parliament has postponed a decision on whether to allow the arrest of MP Saimir Tahiri on drugs smuggling charges until Saturday.
- Bosnia's Rights Ministry Spotlights Challenges Facing MediaA report from Bosnia’s Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees on freedom of speech, which the government has adopted, notes threats, defamation lawsuits and self-censorship as some of the key problems in the media.
- Hague Tribunal Tries Out Video Calls for DefendantsThe Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague is introducing a pilot project that will enable defendants held in the UN court’s detention centre to make video calls.
- ‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens ArmyMoldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.
- ‘Louder than Guns’: Croatia’s Patriotic Wartime SingersA new documentary about huge number of Croatian patriotic songs recorded during the 1990s conflict shows how musicians volunteered their talents to support the ‘Homeland War’ for independence.
- Macedonia Has Provided a Blueprint for the BalkansEvents in Macedonia have powerfully confirmed the thesis that it is not parties or foreign governments that bring about democratic change in authoritarian regimes, but grassroots popular mobilization.
- Local Elections Reveal Different Strife in North KosovoAs local elections in Kosovo draw nearer, the tensions in the Serb-dominated north are very different from the ones that haunted this region in the past.
- EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for BalkansThe European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees.
- Erdogan Visit Signals Turkey’s New Passion for SerbiaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be shifting his Balkan focus from Bosnia and Herzegovina towards Serbia, and from religious, ethnic and political relations towards business links.
- Tito's NY Penthouse Opens Doors to Potential BuyersA real estate agency is ready to show potential buyers the 418-square-metre penthouse apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan once used by Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.
- Romania ‘No longer Europe’s poor Man’, Guardian SaysLeading UK paper says Romania is fast shrugging off its negative image as the economy and IT sector power ahead, despite continuing problems of corruption.