Romania hopes to unlock Black Sea natural gas projects with revised Offshore Law

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 19, 2022

The amendments have been expected for years to unlock several investment projects in the country’s Black Sea perimeters that could bring in 6 bcm of gas a year from 2027.

Romania puzzles analysts with robust 6.5% GDP growth in Q1

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2022

Romania’s GDP increased by a real 6.5% y/y in the first quarter of the year, surprising analysts who had expected more damage from the war in Ukraine.

Profits of Romanian gas, nuclear companies surge on high energy prices

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 16, 2022

Two state-controlled energy companies in Romania — Romgaz and Nuclearelectrica — boasted record profits in the first quarter of this year helped by the high natural gas and electricity prices.

Romania’s industrial production down 0.2% y/y in Q1 despite resilient automotive sector

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2022

The deterioration in output was visible in March, the first month after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, at -1.6% y/y.

bneGREEN: Raising EU green targets will cost an extra €195bn

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 14, 2022

The European Commission is considering raising its renewable energy target for 2030 to 45% in new green plans to be published later in May.

bneGREEN: Climate change, war in Ukraine and rising prices create perfect storm threatening global food security

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

The war in Ukraine has interrupted grain exports from the country and could create a global food crisis as vulnerable wheat importing countries in Africa and the Middle East face shortages and rising prices.

COMMENT: Constanta concerns

Jeff Lightfoot in Constanta May 12, 2022

Five questions on the minds of business leaders and policymakers in Romania.

bneGREEN: Renewables set for record growth in 2022, but 2023 is not so rosy

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 11, 2022

Renewables are again set to break global records in 2022, with 320 GW of new capacity forecast to come online and new solar projects in China and Europe driving growth.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

Moldova says “no signs” of Russian invasion

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 3, 2022

Defence ministry says no signs Moldova is in danger after The Times reported Russia has already decided to attack the Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria.

BOOK REVIEW: How the handling of migration from the eastern EU states pushed the UK towards Brexit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 29, 2022

“Here to Stay: Eastern Europeans in Britain” tells the story of the half million citizens of the new EU member states who have moved to the UK since the early 21st century.

bneGREEN: GreenGroup raises €127mn to accelerate regional expansion

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2022

Central and Southeast Europe's largest integrated recycling group set to expand to meet surging demand for recycling and sustainable products in the region.

bneGREEN: Coal expansion slows slightly in 2021, but far more is needed to meet net-zero targets.

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh April 28, 2022

Total global coal power capacity under development declined by 13% in 2021 to 457 GW, a record low, with the number of countries building coal plants falling from 41 in 2020 to 34 in 2021.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

Romanian ports prepare to ship Ukrainian grain

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 27, 2022

Romanian Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu says transporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea remains the cheapest solution, despite the rising costs of insuring ships due to the war and the mines in the Black Sea waters.

Empty state security office in Tiraspol attacked with Russian grenades

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 26, 2022

Russian propaganda offensive after attack claims Romania is preparing to seize control of Russia-backed separatist republic in Moldova.

Ukraine conflict will trigger recessions across CEE, says Capital Economics

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to slump 12% in 2022, while Ukraine's GDP will halve. Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Baltic states will have two quarters of negative growth.

USDA projects robust corn crop in Romania this year

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2022

The corn harvest is estimated at 13.7mn tonnes for the 2021/22 marketing year in Romania, one of the EU's top two corn producers.

Romania’s inflation pushed up to double digits by rising food prices

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 13, 2022

Central bank board member says prices "exceeded our darkest expectations" as annual inflation rate shoots up to 10.2%.