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.

EU’s Hahn says Macedonia should complete critical reforms to start accession talks

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2017

Commissioner gets a warm welcome in Skopje where the new government is seeking to revive the long-stalled accession process and has already initiated reforms.

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.

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

Macedonia’s annual inflation speeds up slightly to 1.9% in October

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2017

The latest projections predict Macedonia's inflation rate will reach 2% in 2018 indicating that the environment of stable prices will be maintained.

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.

Macedonia’s ruling SDSM cements position with local election victory

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 30, 2017

Runoff confirms landslide for Social Democrats, as VMRO-DPMNE - which went into opposition in May after a decade in power - loses control of local governments across the country.