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S Immo AG: New Contracts in Bucharest and Sofia

New tenants in Serdika/Sofia and Sun Offices/Bucharest. Stock exchange listed S IMMO AG has again achieved letting successes in Romania and Bulgaria – two markets that continue to be economically challenging.

March 12, 2013

Bulgaria: EVN Under Surveillance

While the Austrian power supplier EVN is currently kept under surveillance of the Bulgarian judiciary and government, protests by the citizens all over the country continue.

March 11, 2013

Bulgaria: „Eagle’s Bridge“-Protests Start Today

Other meetings of protest representatives are taking place in Gabrov today to elect a committee for further negotiations with government.

March 9, 2013

Bulgaria/Romania: Schengen-Entry Postponed

The two countries will not become part of the Schengen-zone in 2013. EU interior ministers meet to discuss problem of “social tourism”.

March 7, 2013

Bulgaria: Still Fighting Minimal Growth and Weak Economy

The Balkan country has the lowest living standards in the EU and the population’s frustration over its failure to improve the economic situation led to mass protests.

March 6, 2013

Bulgaria: Electricity Rate to be Reduced by 7 %

Experts still fear that the reduction in electricity prices will not help stopping protests.

March 6, 2013

Bulgaria: Protests About to Escalate

The political frustration of Bulgaria’s population comes to new high as the promised reduction of energy prices stays out.

March 5, 2013

Bulgaria: Eagles Briges Civic Association To Be Found in Sofia

Protesters are gathering in the Arena Armeets Hall to differentiate their pleas.

March 4, 2013

Romania/Bulgaria: Germany Plans Veto against Schengen Entry

According to the journal “Spiegel”, the German government does not regard the two countries as Schengen-worthy.

March 4, 2013

Bulgaria: Budget Balance Negative

The budget balance under the Consolidated Fiscal Programme (CFP) as of end-January 2013 is negative, amounting to BGN 536.5 million.

March 4, 2013

Bulgaria „Protests are Useless“

In an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper „Standard“, Bulgarian author Ilija Trojanov explains why the situation in Bulgaria is rather hopeless.

March 1, 2013

Bulgaria: Stop of Constructing Nuclear Power Plant in Belene

Together with Russia, Bulgaria stopped the controversial construction of a nuclear power plant in Belene close to the Danube.

March 1, 2013

Bulgaria: Economy to Stabilize

Despite the enormous political instability, Bulgaria is expected to record positive growth rates this year.

February 28, 2013

Bulgaria: Protestors Want Radical Reforms

The atmosphere in the poorest EU country remains tense. The citizens want a new constitution.

February 28, 2013

EVN Suffers from Business in Bulgaria

In the first quarter of its business year 2012/13, the Austrian energy group recorded a decrease in net income. Outlook 2012/13: results from operating activities and Group net profit are expected to be below the prior-year level

February 28, 2013

CEZ: Czech Republic Calls Brussels for Help

After the Czech energy group CEZ has lost its license in Bulgaria, the Czech government wants Brussels to put pressure on Sofia.

February 25, 2013

Bulgaria: Protests Continue in Sofia and Varna

Bulgarian political decisions are afflicted by extreme unpopularity as almost 60 % of the population suffers from immediate poverty. Riots continue in Sofia and Varna.

February 24, 2013

Situation in Bulgaria Remains Tense

After the resignation of the Bulgarian government, the political atmosphere is at a tipping point. The protests continue and are broadening.

February 21, 2013

CESEE Region Still Has Enormous Growth Potential

“CEE growth drivers intact but innovation is needed to start convergence 2.0” Erste Group says.

February 20, 2013

CESEE: Stress of Competition is Growing

CEE significantly more industrialized than euro area (30% vs. 19%) but still needs to catch up in terms of competitiveness.

February 20, 2013

Bulgarian Government Resigns

This step came as a surprise. Before, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov rejected to step down. In April, the country will hold new elections.

February 20, 2013

Bulgaria Cuts Energy Prices

After heavy citizens´ protests, the Bulgarian government has lowered the energy prices by 8%. Moreover, the Czech energy group CEZ loses its license.

February 19, 2013

Protests in Bulgaria Threaten to Escalate

Despite the resignation of Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov, the protests go on and may turn into riots. The opposition wants to hold new elections.

February 19, 2013

Construction Industry: Polish Output Fell Sharply

In the EU, the construction output was down by 2.7%. Poland and Bulgaria record a substantial decrease in production.

February 19, 2013

Bulgarian Minister of Finance Resigns

Due to the citizens´ protests against the government´s austerity cuts, Simeon Djankov steps down as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

February 18, 2013

Economic Growth: Baltic Countries Ahead

Euro area GDP down by 0.6% and EU27 down by 0.5%. The CESEE countries show mixed results. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia have performed best in 2012.

February 14, 2013

Bulgaria: Inflation Reaches 4.2%

The past 2012 ended with 4.2% annual inflation after in December the reported monthly increase of the price level totalled 0.4%, Raiffeisen Research Reports.

February 12, 2013

Labor Market One of Bulgaria´s Main Problems

The labour market remains among the key problems of the economy, although the increase of the indicator with respect to the values registered in the summer was lower than expected.

February 12, 2013

Bulgaria: Surprisingly High current Account Balance

In November, the current account balance was positive amounting to EUR 89.7 mn, Raiffeisen Research reports.

February 12, 2013

Bulgaria: Bad and Restructured Loans Decrease

In the last month of 2012 the annual rate of increase of the monetary aggregate M3 decelerated again (to 8.5%), after in November it accelerated to 10.1%, Raiffeisen Research reports.

February 12, 2013

Bulgaria: Trade and Industrial Sectors Shrink

In November industrial production contracted at the same rate as in October (1.8%). The volume of output of manufacturing remained unchanged on an annual basis. The real-terms decline of domestic trade accelerated to 7.4% yoy.

February 11, 2013

Satisfying Fiscal Situation in Bulgaria

The 2012 budget deficit stands much lower than planned: 0.5% of GDP. Public debt falls after Eurobond repayment in January 2013, Raiffeisen Research analyzes.

February 11, 2013

CESEE Office Market Shows Solid Fundamentals

CESEE office market is undergoing a stable development; rental levels remain largely solid in most of the region, Erste Group says.

February 11, 2013

Kapsch and Thales Win Contract in Bulgaria

As leader of the consortium, Thales has signed a contract with the Bulgarian railway infrastructure company NRIC to provide electronic signalling and telecommunication technology for the Sofia-Plovdiv railway line.

February 7, 2013

CESEE: Economic Outook Brightens Slightly

According to a survey carried out by OeKB (Austrian Clearing Bank), investors in the CESEE region are more optimistic.

February 6, 2013

Slovak Property Market Recovers

For the first time since 2008, property prices were up in the fourth quarter of 2012.

February 6, 2013

Bulgaria: Public Debt to Decrease in 2013

According to the Bulgarian government, public debt will be reduced by BGN 600m in 2013. The public finance law has been adopted at the second reading.

February 2, 2013

Hungarian Unemployment High, But Slight Downward Trend

Hungarian Ministry of Economics: “Unemployment up in the EU but trend continues down in Hungary.”

February 2, 2013

Bulgaria: Deficit Lower than Planned.

The budget balance under the Consolidated Fiscal Programme (CFP) for 2012 is negative, amounting to BGN 350.2 million, or 0.45% of the planned GDP.

February 2, 2013

Slight Upward Trend for CESEE Countries

The economic crisis in the Eurozone has hit the CESEE countries particularly hard, EBRD reports. 2013 will be a better year.

February 1, 2013

“Operations of Austrian Banks in CESEE Region Are a Success Story“

Regarding the Austrian banking sector, governor of OeNB (Austrian Central Bank) Ewald Nowotny demonstrates cautious optimism.

January 30, 2013

Nabucco Pipeline Is Taking Shape Slowly

The natural gas pipeline commences Front End Engineering and Design services for Nabucco West project.

January 28, 2013

Bayerngas Leaves Nabucco

The German natural gas company does not want to join the pipeline project.

January 28, 2013

IMF: Growth in CESEE Region to Accelerate

In the next three years, economic growth rates in central, eastern and southeastern Europe will return to the pre-crisis level, IMF says.

January 23, 2013

Estonia and Bulgaria Record Lowest Public Debt in EU

Third quarter of 2012 compared with second quarter of 2012: Euro area and EU27 government debt nearly stable at 90.0% and 85.1% of GDP respectively.

January 23, 2013

Nabucco: Decision Will Be Announced by Mid-2013

The Shah Deniz II consortium will announce its decision on the pipeline project in June, Nabucco´s CEO Reinhard Mitschek says.

January 21, 2013

CESEE Property Market Highly Heterogeneous

In Austria, the yield is expected to shrink further. However, the investments will be stable, CBRE Austria says. In the CESEE region, the situation is ambiguous.

January 21, 2013

Strong Political Support for Nabucco

Nabucco countries acknowledge the ministerial declaration extending legal and regulatory framework to Nabucco West.

January 19, 2013

Citizens in CESEE Countries Tend to Pessimism

According to a survey carried out by the opinion research institute marketagent.com, pessimism in the countries of central, east and southeast Europe persists.

January 16, 2013

Fitch: Austrian Banking Industry Depends on CESEE

According to the U.S. rating agency, the situation of Austrian banks strongly depends on the development in central, east and southeast Europe.

January 14, 2013