Serbia

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

Questions surround Serbian state telco’s €600mn Premier League deal

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo July 21, 2021

NGOs demand more details of Telekom Srbija’s huge broadcasting rights deal that some see as having political rather than economic motivation.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Residential real estate markets bounce back in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

Strong recovery after spring 2020 lockdowns partly driven by demand for houses and rural properties, but prices remain among the lowest in Europe.

US blockchain company Guilded mulls investment in Serbia

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

PM Ana Brnabic says Guilded interested in Serbia’s data storage capacities and data centre in Kragujevac.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo blame each other for failed talks in Brussels

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 19, 2021

No progress on normalisation of relations at second meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.

Serbia’s dinar bonds included in J.P. Morgan index family

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo July 2, 2021

Serbia becomes one of five countries within the index family whose credit rating is not yet investment grade.

Western Balkans scrap roaming tariffs

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Politicians say lifting of roaming tariffs is just the first step as cooperation efforts deliver financial benefits for citizens of the EU-aspiring region.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Small transition states particularly vulnerable to ‘corrosive capital’

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

Countries from the former Yugoslavia have seen a series of un-transparent investments with a geo-political agenda, says think tank CIPE.

Central bank governor says Serbia exceeded pre-crisis GDP in Q1 2021

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2021

Serbia entered the crisis on a solid financial footing and the economy received strong monetary and fiscal support.

Law on digital assets enters force in Serbia paving way for fintech growth

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2021

Law is intended to provide a clear framework and legal security for investors and users of digital assets.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

Overwhelming majority in Western Balkans support regional co-operation

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2021

Latest Balkan Barometer shows 77% want regional -, and most value relations with the EU above those with China, Russia or Turkey.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Srebrenica casts a long shadow over regional politics

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 25, 2021

Montenegro’s resolution on the Srebrenica genocide sparks tensions at home and across former Yugoslavia.

Romania in line with the Baltic states as fastest converging EU members

bne IntelliNews June 22, 2021

Romania’s GDP per capita increased to 72% of the European Union’s average last year, after rising by 20 percentage points over the past decade.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Historical conflicts hold region’s EU future to ransom

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

North Macedonia not expected to get green light for start of accession negotiations at this week’s EU Council meeting, while Bosnia and Kosovo have yet to achieve candidate status.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo fail to make progress in normalisation dialogue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 15, 2021

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says there was nothing the two sides could agree on at meeting with Kosovan PM Albin Kurti.

International banking groups look to expand in Central and Southeast Europe despite pandemic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2021

International banking groups remain committed to the region, with their strategies tilted towards expansion or stability despite the coronavirus pandemic, EIB survey shows.

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