Ljubljana aims to further boost tourist numbers and is hoping to benefit from the "Melania Trump effect" given its status as the US first lady's home country.
Poor performance of manufacturing and utilities sectors drags down industrial output by 17.4% y/y in March, despite increase in mining output.
Worsening relations between Russia and the West, plus pressure to meet Nato defence spending commitments, push up expenditure in Eastern Europe.
Croatian deficit reduced to just 0.8% of GDP in 2016 due to healthy economic growth and better tax collection.
FDI at post-crisis peak driven by investments in manufacturing, real estate and healthcare.
Romanian consumer prices edged up 0.1% m/m in March after the 0.1% m/m decline in February, but the annual rise remained constant from last month at 0.2% y/y.
Turkey’s current account deficit expanded by 29% y/y to $2.53bn in February.
Turkey’s calendar-adjusted industrial production index increased by 1% y/y in February, marking the fifth consecutive rise. However, the rate of growth in the country’s industrial output slowed from the 2.6% y/y rise recorded in January.
Unemployment rate for the region still highest in Europe, hovering around 22% in 2016.
Turkey's annual inflation rate accelerated to 11.29% in March, the highest level registered since October 2008. Annual inflation in domestic producer prices, meanwhile, shot up to a 9-year high of 16.09%.
Population to fall below 2mn by 2080, as Ljubljana also faces demographic time bomb from ageing population.
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