Bosnia & Herzegovina

SEE economies lag behind on attracting FDI

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2017

Only Albania and Serbia have attracted a significant increase in foreign investment compared to 2010, according to UNCTAD.

Geothermal starts to glow in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 22, 2017

Turkey is an emerging geothermal superstar and countries across Eastern Europe are increasingly harnessing underground energy to provide cheap and eco-friendly local heating and energy.

UPDATED: "Butcher of Bosnia" Mladic sentenced to life in jail for Srebrenica genocide

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 22, 2017

Wartime commander of Bosnian Serb forces removed from courtroom after angry outburst before judge issues life sentence for massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

IMF urges Bosnia to complete pledged reforms within weeks to keep loan deal

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 22, 2017

Bosnia desperately needs IMF funds but political disagreements have frozen key reforms for months and the fund put its three-year stand-by agreement on hold in January.

Employment back to pre-crisis levels in Western Balkans

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 16, 2017

Unemployment is still "staggeringly high" in the region and one of its governments' main policy challenges despite the creation of 230,000 new jobs this year, World Bank says.

Revived steel industry washes away Zenica’s blues

Ivana Jovanovic in Zenica November 14, 2017

ArcelorMittal Zenica CEO Biju Nair talks to bne IntelliNews about bringing one of Southeast Europe’s largest steel mills back to life in post-war Bosnia.

Credit growth in Western Balkans constrained by bad loans, IMF says

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 13, 2017

High levels of NPLs, inadequate bankruptcy procedures and insufficient funding constrain credit growth in the six Western Balkan countries at times when credit is most needed.

Western Balkans must make more progress with media freedom says EC commissioner

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2017

EC Commissioner Johannes Hahn says that media outlets in Western Balkan countries need to uphold EU values of freedom of expression

Bosnia’s bank assets speeds growth to 9.3% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2017

The assets of commercial banks in Bosnia & Herzegovina now account for 86.4% of Bosnia’s projected GDP

Higher exports and investment push first-half growth in all EBRD countries bar two

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2017

EBRD markedly hikes its forecasts for economic growth in Emerging Europe after assessing the arrival of expansion that is so strong that it is already running up against structural constraints.

EU funds to help Western Balkan broadcasters become financially stable

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 2, 2017

Public broadcasters from the region have missed out on the Eurovision song contest and other televised events due to their financial woes.

Macedonia the only EU candidate on track for accession by 2023

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 1, 2017

Albania and Bosnia could struggle to meet accession criteria by 2050 and Serbia is unlikely to join before the mid-2030s, a new study reveals.

Small countries are big reformers on the World Bank's Doing Business index

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2017

Aside from their reforming zeal, the top performers from the CEE/CIS region on the World Bank’s latest Doing Business index have another thing in common: they all have populations of under 4mn.