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.
- Balkan Arms Exports ‘Diverted to ISIS’: ReportBalkan governments need to ask the US and Saudi Arabia more questions following revelations that their arms deliveries are routinely diverted to Syria and into the hands of ISIS, a report says.
- Romanians Anxious After New Metro Station ThreatRomanians expressed concern after police responded to an alleged death threat on the Bucharest metro three days after a woman murdered one passenger and attempted to kill another.
- Russia Tweets ‘Solution’ to Macedonia Air PollutionAs Macedonia’s capital Skopje breaks air pollution records, Russia used a US call for ideas to curb the problem to promote its own proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in the Balkans.
- Bosnia Raises Excise Taxes to Secure IMF, EU FundsLawmakers agreed changes to Bosnia’s excise law, which will increase road tolls and biofuel prices - a condition for the IMF and European development bank to release around a billion euros of development funds.
- Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is NecessaryKosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust - and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future.
- Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and AbroadHeightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.
- Youth Olympics Kindle Hopes of Unity for SarajevoThe Bosnian capital Sarajevo became divided from the mostly Serb-populated East Sarajevo because of the war, but they are now preparing to hold the 2019 European Youth Olympics Festival together.
- Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain FutureThe secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses.
- Coca-Cola to Acquire Banja Luka Drinks CompanyAs Coca-Cola announces plans to buy Banja Luka beverages company MB Impex, the Bosnian authorities are checking the likely impact on the local alcoholic drinks market.
- Serbia’s IMF Arrangement Ends on High NoteBelgrade’s 1.2 billion euro Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF is slowly coming to its end on a positive note, though experts warn that some serious challenges for the economy still lie ahead.
- Romania Bank Chief Warns of High Trade DeficitRomania’s Central Bank governor has sounded a number of warning notes about the country's apparently booming economy, including the risk of a yawning trade deficit.
- Pension Reform Plan Encounters Opposition in CroatiaPenioners groups and some economists have slated Croatia’s announced reform of the pension system, saying penalising early retirement will not resolve the basic problem.