Bulgaria has worst air pollution in the EU, Eurostat says

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

Bulgaria has been struggling for years with air pollution in urban areas, particularly in winter.

Coronavirus restrictions eased across much of Southeast Europe as new cases dwindle

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2021

Easing announced as the number of new cases has fallen sharply, boding well for a revival of economic growth after the spring lockdowns.

Croatia picks France’s offer for 12 used Rafale fighter jets for €999mn

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 31, 2021

France wins supersonic jet tender with €999mn offer in Zagreb's second attempt to upgrade its airforce.

Croatia’s industrial turnover turns to 11.6% y/y rise in March

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2021

Overall rise backed by increase in consumer durables segment that shot up by 43.1% y/y.

The challenge of wooing tourists back to the Adriatic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 27, 2021

The tourism-dependent economies of Albania, Croatia and Montenegro want to convince tourists they will be safe on the sunny shores of the Adriatic.

Spain’s Glovo to buy Delivery Hero’s business in six Southeast European countries for €170mn

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Barcelona-based delivery company interested in the emerging Europe region where people have embraced on-demand delivery platforms.

Western Balkans do better than eastern EU members on LBGTI rights

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2021

Montenegro has the best legal and policy environment for LGBTI people in the emerging Europe region, ILGA-Europe's latest Rainbow Europe Map shows.

Regional leaders urge EU to speed up enlargement for entire Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 17, 2021

Presidents of Croatia, Slovenia and aspiring EU members from the Western Balkans say enlargement is a "geopolitical necessity".

Tourism’s long road to recovery

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2021

The collapse of tourism in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was unprecedented. Several countries in New Europe are heavily dependent on tourism to earn foreign exchange and a full recovery could take two more years.

Consumer prices rise 2.1% y/y in Croatia in April

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2021

Biggest contributors to the annual rise in inflation was a 10.7% y/y hike in transport prices.

DATACRUNCH: the bne car ownership/age index

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2021

bne IntelliNews has introduced a new index, the bne Car Ownership/Age index (bneCOR), that cuts through the contradictions and paints a much clearer picture of just how far the middle class has come in each country.