Eastern EU members “failing to address corruption effectively”, finds Transparency International

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Many of the newer EU member states saw their scores deteriorate on the latest Corruption Perceptions Index amid growing state capture and efforts by governments to undermine judicial independence.

Immigration helps ease CEE labour crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 23, 2020

The labour shortages that have threatened to limit economic expansion in Central and some parts of Southeast Europe have started to ease in some countries, with increased labour migration a contributing factor.

Romania issues €3bn Eurobonds as it returns to international markets for first time in 2020

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 22, 2020

The clarity brought by the new government has improved investors’ confidence, but more is needed to bring yields down in line with peer countries with more sustainable public finance indicators.

Slovenia ranks first in emerging Europe in social mobility

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

Most economies are failing to provide the conditions in which their citizens can thrive, said the World Economic Forum on releasing its new social mobility index.

East Asian investors ramp up investments in Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 21, 2020

China became the top investor in CEE in 2019, leading fellow East Asian investors that accounted for a growing share of M&A in the region. More deals are expected to follow, says a new report from law firm CMS.

Romania to scrap deal with Chinese partner to expand Cernavoda nuclear power plant

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 21, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban cited the EU's new Green Deal rather than security issues or cost concerns circulated previously as the main reason behind a potential end of the deal with CGN.

ING: Romanian year-end inflation above target band at 4%

ING Think January 15, 2020

At 4.0% y/y, December inflation came in slightly above our 3.9% forecast and market consensus. We believe that this will be the peak for many months to come.

Romania’s external debt rises on chronic wide CA gap

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2020

Romania’s current account deficit reached €10.7bn, nearly 4.9% of GDP, in the 12-month rolling period ending November, 22.7% up y/y.

Romanian PM backs president’s plans for early elections

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2020

Installed by a heterogenous group of parties and MPs, and with term elections looming towards the end of this year, the scope of Ludovic Orban’s government to take action on issues such as tackling Romania’s budget deficit is very limited.

OUTLOOK 2020 Romania

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2020

More political uncertainty ahead in Romania as the government mulls early elections, after adopting a budget that analysts warn is subject to multiple risks.

Romania’s M&A market hits 10-year record in 2019 finds Deloitte

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 9, 2020

110 M&A deals took place in Romania in 2019, with a estimated value of between €4.0bn and €4.4bn, according to consultancy firm Deloitte.

CAPITAL ECONOMICS: CEE growth comes off the boil in 2019, but loose money and strong demand will bolster growth in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

The European Commission’s batch of Economic Sentiment Indicators (ESIs) fell sharply in December, although they remain consistent with regional GDP growth holding steady at around 3.6% y/y in Q4. Robust domestic demand should help to cushion the blow

Romanian telecom group RCS&RDS reportedly plans €1bn bond issues in 2020

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 6, 2020

The company has financed its sharp expansion over the last few years by aggressive borrowing. It is now eyeing the mobile telecommunication operations of Deutsche Telekom in Romania.