Bulgaria the worst place to be a journalist across the EU and the Balkans, says Reporters Without Borders, but decline in press freedom seen across many countries in the region.
Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries high-tech exports are booming, according to a study recently conducted by RS Components, based on an analysis of 10 years of high-tech export data from The World Bank.
At the latest 16+1 summit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance of reciprocal opening-up of the market, and says China will make further efforts to facilitate trade.
Owners of casinos and betting shops look to opportunities across the border after the authorities in Tirana banned gambling except in five-star hotels outside urban areas.
At first glance, the enlargement of the EU to include the states of the Western Balkans seems to be an irrelevant trifle for the EU, but on closer inspection it is a good idea as expansion of the EU is not just about business.
Central Europe has been enjoying a boom for the last few years driven by investment into export-oriented sectors but as the boom peaks investors are looking south for new locations to set up production.
The high jobless rate and weak rule of law have created an ideal environment for organised crime groups that are “largely able to operate with impunity,” says US State Department report.
Region is facing growing external and domestic risks, including geopolitical and trade disputes and a slower-than-expected pace of structural reforms, a new World Bank report says.
The government expects Albania to keep posting strong economic growth of 4.3% in 2019 even though growth slowed in the final quarter of 2018.
Once robust expansion is set to slow in coming years, says wiiw report, with the weakest growth in Russia, Turkey and Belarus, while small Southeast European frontier markets are still going strong.
Baltic States and Slovenia close to OECD comparators on knowledge economy index, while frontier markets like Belarus, Georgia and Serbia make strong progress.
All coal-based electricity generation incumbents in aspiring EU members from the region would go bankrupt immediately if they had to respect the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme Directive, Energy Community report finds.