Europe’s southeast corner sees sharp increase in airport traffic

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2018

Passenger numbers at Georgian airports soared by 30.5% and there were more modest hikes in Ukraine, Macedonia and Montenegro, ACI Europe study shows.

Azerbaijan’s ambition to send gas to Europe step nearer as Turkey launches TANAP

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2018

Pipeline to help EU diversify away from over-reliance on Russian gas as part of 3,500-km corridor.

Albania's unemployment rate falls 1.7% y/y in Q1

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2018

Albania's unemployment rate has been on a downward trend for the last few years and the European Commission expects it will drop further through 2019.

Migrant flow to Western Balkans intensifies in 2018

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2018

A new migrant route to the EU has opened up in the Balkans since the closure of the main route across the region in 2016.

Albanian central bank intervenes to stop local currency appreciation

Valentina Dimitriveska in Skopje June 7, 2018

The Albanian lek started to strengthen against the euro in 2016 and the trend has accelerated recently, raising fears about the competitiveness of Albanian exports.

Albania's producer prices up 1% y/y in Q1

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2018

The growth of PPI slowed down in Q1 as prices in the key manufacturing sector fell both in yearly and monthly terms.

Eurasians come in from the (financial) cold

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 1, 2018

New data shows soaring numbers of adults with a bank account in several Eurasian nations but the percentage of the population with an account in the wider region varied hugely from 98% in Estonia and Slovenia to just 29% in Azerbaijan.

Croatian police open fire on migrant smugglers as new crisis looms

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2018

People traffickers have opened up new routes across the Western Balkans after the closure of the original route through the region two years ago.

Blow for tourism industry as Albania revealed to have Europe’s dirtiest bathing water

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2018

The Albanian government wants to develop the tourism sector which lags behind neighbours Greece and Montenegro, but a new European Environment Agency shows there is polluted water at 11.8% of Albania's beaches.

Albania hikes electricity generation in Q1

bne IntelliNews May 28, 2018

Albania relies almost entirely on hydropower generation which has rebounded this year after the drought in 2017.