The total value of non-government loans went up by 4.4% y/y to €4.6bn at end June, accelerating from 1.5% growth in May.
Tourist arrivals were up across the board in Southeast Europe in May, hinting at a repeat of last year's strong performance.
Macedonia's new PM Zoran Zaev is working to reset relations with neighbouring states in the hopes of unblocking the country's EU path.
Just 40% of Serbians believe their country will benefit from EU accession, compared to 84% of Kosovans and 80% of Albanians.
Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.
Plan envisages greater trade integration and mobility across the region, but falls short of the customs union discussed by regional leaders in March.
Lithuania leads the population decline in the Baltic states and Southeast Europe, as overall EU population makes modest increase.
The country's gross international reserves totalled €2.61bn at end-2016, increasing from €2.26bn at end-2015
PM Zoran Zaev outlines plans to reform judiciary, step up the fight against organised crime and corruption and overhaul the public administration, as Skopje aims to unblock EU accession process.
Gruevski, whose VMRO-DPMNE party recently went into opposition after a decade in power, is under investigation in three corruption cases.
Macedonia is poised to become a major exporter after the parliament voted last year to legalise medical cannabis products.