wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Moldova declares state of alert, seeks to buy gas from Ukraine or Romania

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 14, 2021

Moldova has been paying high spot prices to Gazprom since October 1, when the Russian gas company also cut the gas supplies by one third.

Moldova’s inflation leaps to 6.7% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

National Bank of Moldova hiked the refinancing rate in September as inflation soared past its projections.

Moldova’s head prosecutor arrested on four counts of corruption

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 6, 2021

Since coming to power in Moldova, President Maia Sandu and her PAS have sought to remove Stoianoglo from his post as part of their cleanup of the judiciary.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

Moldova’s industry returns to pre-crisis growth pattern

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

In annual terms, industrial output still increased by an impressive 16.2% in July as an effect of subdued activity last summer.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania’s anti-corruption struggle still inspiring its neighbours

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 19, 2021

With relatively few true success stories in the fight against corruption in emerging Europe, the efforts of the Romanian DNA to bring corrupt officials to book remain one of the few shining lights of the anti-corruption struggle in the region.

Inflation in Moldova advances to 4.6% y/y as of August

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2021

Consumer price inflation was driven up by higher prices of fuel, construction materials and some food items.

Moldova’s parliament moves to put key agencies under its own control

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 10, 2021

Government will be able to dismiss the heads of Moldova's energy and financial markets regulators as it seeks to clean the system of corrupt officials — but critics say it threatens their independence.

Moldova’s biggest bank MAIB plans IPO abroad

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 5, 2021

MAIB is already listed on the Moldovan stock exchange, but is eyeing a listing in London, Amsterdam, Warsaw or Bucharest.

Blockchain to be used to fight rampant match-fixing in Moldova

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2021

Match-fixing is a serious problem in Moldova, where in December 2020 half of the teams in the top football league were revealed to be involved in the practice.

BALKAN BLOG: The team from a land that doesn't exist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 24, 2021

Backed by a powerful holding company that controls much of the economy and political scene in the Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria, FC Sheriff Tiraspol is closing in on a place in the Champions League.

Moldovan MPs slam prosecutors’ failure to recover funds stolen in $1bn bank frauds

bne IntelliNews August 23, 2021

Prosecutors told to draw up a new strategy to remove funds siphoned off from three Moldovan banks.

Moldova’s trade gap doubles in Q2

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

Exports increased by 31% y/y to $647mn while imports soared by 67% y/y to $1.72bn.

COMMENT: Three decades of achievements and many challenges for Moldova

Alexandru M. Tanase in London August 12, 2021

As it approaches its 30th anniversary of independence, Moldova has never had better conditions to carry out reforms than it does today.

Appointment of new Moldovan government ends years of political crises

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 9, 2021

Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita’s government plans ambitious judicial reforms but will have to balance high public expectations and its limited resources.

​Moldova’s president opens new parliament session announcing ‘zero tolerance for corruption’

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

As her PAS party prepares to form a new government, President Sandu says it will have to "find urgent solutions to a multitude of problems".