Serbia

Western Balkans countries sink on latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 23, 2020

Poor performance on latest index from Transparency International comes after years of warnings of the risks of democratic backsliding in the region should states fail to progress towards EU accession.

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.

Western Balkans has potential for up to €20bn wind energy investment says new report

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 16, 2020

Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) study reveals huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region, which currently relies heavily on coal power.

China's Zijin reportedly to invest $800mn in production capacity expansion in Serbia in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2020

Zijin is building up its presence in Serbia. It holds 63% stake in copper giant RTB Bor, where it has pledged to invest $1.26bn, and last year agreed to buy Freeport McMoran's copper and gold assets in Serbia for up to $390mn.

EU must deliver on enlargement promises says European Commission president

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

EU officials to start working on changes to the enlargement methodology soon in attempt to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to approve start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

OUTLOOK 2020 Serbia

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2020

Investment spending is already driving the economy, and the Serbian government has ambitious plans to boost growth over the next five years with a €14bn investment programme.

MITTELEUROPA: Following the French hit on Western Balkans, all eyes on Croatia and Germany in 2020

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna January 6, 2020

Just as brusquely as the French president recently discredited Nato (where France's real influence may not be so great), he has done the same with the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process. And in the EU, France's position is decisive.

Montenegro church law creates rift with Serbia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 5, 2020

Law stripping the Serbian Orthodox Church of hundreds of religious sites in Montenegro sparks mass protests and punch-ups in both parliaments.

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