European Court of Auditors flags concerns over EU's €6bn package for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2024

ECA says better protection measures are needed to safeguard the additional EU funds to help the region's progress towards EU accession.

‘Amazon of the Balkans’ Ananas announces regional expansion plans

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2024

Ananas to expand into Bosnia and Montenegro this year, with plans to target Albania and Kosovo in future.

wiiw projects brighter 2024 for Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Vienna-based think-tank expects growth to get back on track this year, but warns of risks from a Trump victory in the US and escalation of fighting in Ukraine or Gaza.

MEPs call for EU to be reformed ahead of enlargement

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Expanded EU with 35 members cannot function with the current rules, says report backed by European Parliament committees.

OUTLOOK 2024 SE Europe

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Following a challenging 2023 marked by energy and inflation crises triggered by the conflict in Ukraine, the economies across Southeast Europe are poised for a modest rebound in 2024.

Actis-led consortium acquires Balkan telecom tower portfolio from Telekom Srbija

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Actis says telecom towers market in the CEE and Western Balkans region is poised for significant expansion in the coming years.

Western Balkans leaders embrace EU Growth Plan at regional summit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 22, 2024

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski says €6bn plan will foster regional cooperation and integration into the common European market.

Montenegro plans samurai bond to diversify funding sources

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2024

Japan-educated PM Milojko Spajic discussed Tokyo Stock Exchange debut with bankers at Davos in bid to reduce borrowing costs.

Montenegro to transfer fugitive crypto-king to the US

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2024

Do Kwon has been charged in the US over the loss of more than $40bn after his terraUSD coin collapsed.

US F-16s fly over Bosnia ahead of Bosnian Serbs’ "secessionist" holiday

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2024

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons flew over Republika Srpska the day before the banned Republic Day holiday celebrated by Bosnian Serbs to show US commitment to preventing the breakup of Bosnia.

CENUSA: The Hungarian-Russian factor and the Ukrainian dimension of the EU's eastern enlargement

Denis Cenusa in Giessen January 2, 2024

The Hungarian-Russian factor, combined and separately, entails risks to the sustainability of the enlargement process of the European project.

CEE Banking Sector Report: A record year that is unlikely to be sustained

Gunter Deuber, Ruslan Gadeev of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna December 15, 2023

The aggregated return on equity across all markets this year may surpass the 20% level, a ratio last seen in 2005 or 2006.

Encouraging words but no breakthroughs at EU-Western Balkans summit

bne IntelliNews December 13, 2023

Top EU officials reaffirmed the EU membership perspective of the Western Balkans but stressed at the same time the need for reforms by aspiring members.

Poll shows EU citizens open to Ukraine’s accession, cooler towards Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews December 12, 2023

New ECFR poll shows EU citizens have mixed feelings on enlargement, with less than a third backing accession for Western Balkan states.

Experts argue EU’s New Growth Plan is too small to make a difference

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2023

Proposed plan for Western Balkans involves integration into the EU single market, with a €6bn financial package.

COP28: The EU's climate goals and the Western Balkans challenge

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 29, 2023

Where does the EU’s hopes for a deal to phase out fossil fuels leave coal-dependent aspiring members from the Western Balkans?

Heavy snowfalls leave half Bulgaria without power

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 27, 2023

The heaviest snowfalls in more than a decade cut power to 1,000 towns and villages and blocked key roads and railways.

Failure to deal with causes of 1990s wars threatens peace in ex-Yugoslavia, says Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

New report warns rise of right wing extreme nationalist groups are a "serious risk factor" in the region and undermine efforts to preserve peace.

CEE Bankwatch slams new wave of Balkan gas projects

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

NGO urges development partners to stop funding fossil fuel projects in the region and focus only on renewables.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?