Baltic States

CEE dealmaking back at pre-COVID levels in H1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

The first half was particularly strong in the mid-market and smaller-ticket segment.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Consumer prices up 2.7% in June 2021 y/y in Latvia

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

In June 2021, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia increased by 2.7% y/y, the Central Statistical Bureau said on July 8.

Estonia’s industrial production volumes up 16% on year in May 2021

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

Industrial production volumes increased by 15.9% in May 2021, y/y. Production increased by 7% in energy and 18% in manufacturing, but decreased by 13% in mining.

Estonia’s Wise valued at €9.3bn on London Stock Exchange debut

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

Fintech formerly known as Transferwise has won customers during pandemic lockdowns as people sought alternative ways of transferring cash.

Latvia’s industrial output rose 10.1% in May 2021 y/y

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

Latvia’s industrial production output rose by 10.1% y/y in May, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices, the country’s Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) announced on July 5.

CEE regional sentiment up again in June but analysts warn of price pressures

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Capital Economics analysts point to evidence of growing price pressures in eastern EU members.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

Estonian road and car park marking robot developer 10Lines raises funds

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2021

10lines targets a multi-billion dollar market largely untouched by innovation.

Romania in line with the Baltic states as fastest converging EU members

bne IntelliNews June 22, 2021

Romania’s GDP per capita increased to 72% of the European Union’s average last year, after rising by 20 percentage points over the past decade.

Southeast Europeans most likely in EU to believe corruption is getting worse

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2021

Transparency International survey shows citizens of Slovenia and Bulgaria were most likely to think their government was run by a few big interests looking out for themselves.

Lukashenko pushing illegal Iraqi refugees over the border into Lithuania

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko is transporting Iraqi immigrants to Minsk and helping them illegally cross the border into Lithuania, as he makes good on a threat to “flood the EU with drugs and refugees.”

COMMENT: Time to end Putin's impunity

Jeff Lovitt and Jan Piekło June 10, 2021

The price faced by Russia for aggression must be too high for the Kremlin to countenance, and this is the message that Biden should deliver to Putin – and act upon.

COMMENT: CEE national recovery and resilience plans – the focus, the gaps and what comes next

Otilia Dhand of Teneo June 10, 2021

Most CEE governments submitted their national plans after the deadline and two (Bulgaria and Estonia) are yet to finalise them.

Latvian annual inflation leapt to 2.6% in May

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius June 9, 2021

Inflation expected to rise further as price pressures mount.

Lithuania's central bank revokes Finolita Unio's license

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2021

Fintech punished for channelling around €100mn from Wirecard weeks before it collapsed.

bneGREEN: European Commission provides €1bn funding boost for 72 Green Deal research projects

Richard June 6, 2021

The European Commission has selected 72 research and innovation projects that will receive €1bn in funding to support the aims of the Green Deal.

Online fashion retailer Zalando launches platforms in Slovenia, Slovakia and Lithuania

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2021

Berlin-based retailer starts CEE expansion drive with plans to enter eight new markets by end-2022.

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia loses

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 28, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned overflights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing rights.

Lithuania's sole tech unicorn Vinted expands to Canada

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Thomas Plantenga says Canada is a "great fit" for the second-hand clothing platform as interest in the circular economy grows.

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