Second China-CEE Investment Cooperation fund expected to grow to $1bn later this year after first closing on $800mn, and will expand investment focus to encompass healthcare, tourism, education and agriculture.
With sales on the Russian market the most important part of local giants Gorenje and Krka’s export business, the Slovenian central bank warns of the risks for the export-oriented Balkan country.
Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.
Industrial production growth has accelerated in recent years, expanding by a robust 8% in 2017.
The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process
Slovenia is mainly an export-oriented country and in 2017 the country’s external trade reached the highest level in recent years.
66mn jobs could be lost as new artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are adopted in OECD countries, with the biggest impact expected in Slovakia, Turkey and Lithuania.
The small, open economies in the eastern part of the European Union will suffer disproportionately if the global trade war currently brewing extends to Europe, analysts have warned.
Despite modest decline in February, retail trade turnover is expected to maintain the upward trend seen since 2015 amid higher employment and rising salaries.
Eastern EU member states are catching up with their Western counterparts in terms of education, internet access and investment in infrastructure, boosting GDP growth and creating a fertile environment for online businesses.