High tech investment the answer to CEE’s labour crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 17, 2018

As labour markets tighten across CEE, economists say the best outcome for the region is for companies to respond to worker shortages by investing into new technologies.

Poland climate talks stumble to finish line to achieve deal

Wojciech Kosc in Katowice Poland December 17, 2018

Given the current crisis of international cooperation, the final outcome of the Katowice conference is a step forward for multilateralism that is crucial in addressing climate change.

BREAKING: Dogged Katowice climate talks go into overtime as parties near finish line

Wojciech Kosc in Katowice December 14, 2018

Crucial negotiations aiming at a deal detailing rules on how to tackle climate change could now be heading towards a less than conclusive outcome.

Climate talks stall in Poland

Wojciech Kosc in Katowice Poland December 13, 2018

The nearly 200 countries represented at the UN climate summit in Katowice remained in disagreement on how to implement measures aimed at keeping global warming to a safe level.

COMMENT: The state is back in the banking business in Central and Eastern Europe

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna December 10, 2018

For a few years now, foreign banks have been constantly losing market share in many of the larger Central-, Southeastern and Eastern European markets, but there is a shift in the game as state banks are proudly increasing their share in many markets

Anti-science collusion by oil producers blocks progress at UN climate talks in Poland

Wojciech Kosc in Katowice Poland December 10, 2018

Russia, the US and two Gulf oil producers prevented the adoption of a scientific report on global warming, highlighting just how divided the world is over what scientists agree is the single most important issue of our time.

CEE firms to invest heavily into robots

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2018

Growth in industrial robot shipments to Central and Eastern Europe to considerably outstrip global growth, as labour shortages bite.

Poland to lead the world’s last-ditch effort to weaken climate change

Wojciech Kosc in Katowice Poland December 3, 2018

The coal-dependent country’s willingness to host the summit – for a record fourth time – is a travesty for many observers, who suspect Warsaw will want to push the agenda of moving away from coal only incrementally.

Poland and Denmark give Baltic Pipe gas link final go-ahead

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw December 1, 2018

Construction of Baltic Pipe is expected to begin in 2020 and finish in 2022, the year Poland’s long-term gas supply contract with Russia’s Gazprom expires.

East European cities mull banger bans as “dirty diesel” exports threaten to worsen air quality

Clare Nuttall in Tirana November 29, 2018

Governments and city authorities in Southeast Europe and Eurasia want to limit imports of the older car models that have flooded into the region as few people can afford new cars.

Poland’s PiS backtracks on key reform

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 22, 2018

Amendment passed by ruling party effectively cancelled a key element of the reform of the judiciary that had the European Commission sue Warsaw in the EU’s top court — but suggested a return to its reforms “next time”.

Polish industrial production rebounds in October

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2018

The headline figure constitutes a solid rebound against the unadjusted growth of just 2.8% y/y in September, which confused analysts, especially in the context of a surge in the GDP growth in the third quarter.

Explosive growth marks most CEE media markets in 2017

weCAN advertising agency November 19, 2018

The CEE advertising industry is growing at an astonishing pace, according to the CANnual Report 2018. While television is still the dominant media type in most countries of the region, digital is catching up fast.