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Southeastern Europe as a Region of Hope for Austria

Great interest of Austrian companies at the Austria Foreign Trade Forum on Export and Investment Opportunities in Southeastern Europe

April 2, 2011

Falkensteiner Builds in Serbia and Slovakia

The Austrian developer of tourism projects is expanding in the CEE region. The premium segment in the hotel industry is to be strengthened.

March 31, 2011

Macedonia: Court procedure ELEM – EVN settled

Today ongoing judicial proceedings since 2008 between state-owned ELEM and the Austrian energy company EVN have been terminated by an in court settlement.

March 31, 2011

Telekom Srbija: Improvement required of Telekom Austria

Telekom Austria, as the only bidder is required by the Serbian government to improve its bid significantly in the currently stopped selling process.

March 30, 2011

Romania's Premier: "Sale to OMV was a Huge Loss"

Prime Minister of Romania Emil Boc regrets the 2004 sale of the then government owned Petrom to Austria's OMV.

March 30, 2011

Foreign Capital Inflows Make a Comeback to CEE

Foreign direct investments picked up by 9% in CEE; Czech Republic scored best in attracting FDIs, says Erste Group.

March 30, 2011

Alpine: Confrontation with Polish Authorities

Due to the termination of a construction project, a violent dispute has broken out between the construction company and Polish authorities.

March 29, 2011

Sale Process of Telekom Srbija to be Cancelled

According to Serbian newspapers, the sale of the Serbian telecommunication company to Telekom Austria has failed.

March 28, 2011

Serbia to Decide on Telekom Sale by Monday

The Serbian government still evaluates Telekom Austria´s bid on Telekom Srbija. Telekom Austria could still improve its offer.

March 26, 2011

Difficult Search for a Buyer for OMV Refinery

The Austrian energy group has tried, so far unsuccessfully, to sell a refinery of its Romanian subsidiary Petrom. Now it will be closed down.

March 25, 2011 · Updated: March 26, 2011; 13:13

The Black Sea Region is Gaining in Significance for the Austrian Economy

Austria's sound foreign economic relations with the Black Sea region could be strengthened still further. The export structure of Austria is consistent to a large extent with the import demand of Ukraine and Turkey.

March 25, 2011 · Updated: March 25, 2011; 03:52

Serbia: Bid of Telekom Austria is "Insulting"

Only Telekom Austria remained in the takeover offer for the majority stake of Telekom Srbija. The offer causes resistance in Serbia.

March 23, 2011

Telekom Austria Submitted Bid for Telekom Srbjia

Telekom Austria Group Submits a Conditional € 800-950m Bid for a 51% Stake in Telekom Srbija.

March 22, 2011

Bulgaria: EVN Thermal Power Plant Almost Completed

The project of the Lower Austrian energy company EVN in Bulgaria will go into operation still this year.

March 17, 2011

Good Prospects for Kärntner Sparkasse

The regional bank was able to improve its operational result significantly last year. But Slovenian results still hinder profits.

March 16, 2011

Concerns about "Eurovegas"

The Austrian-American project for the construction of Europe's largest casino meets increasing opposition.

March 16, 2011

VBI: Romania Remains a Weak Point

The foreign holding of the Austrian Volksbanken group has to cope with credit risk provisions for € 160m from its Romanian subsidiary.

March 16, 2011

Bosnia is a Promising Market for the Austrian Construction Industry

The Bosnian government invests in highway construction and energy: Austria is a top foreign investor in Bosnia-Herzegovina

March 16, 2011

EPIC: Acquisition of Ukrainian Telekom is arranged

The purchase of the Ukrainian Telekom company by the Viennese financial investor EPIC has been completed. The purchase price is € 946m.

March 12, 2011

Saubermacher Plans Expansion

The Austrian recycling company continues developing successfully. An expansion in South East Europe is being sought.

March 11, 2011

Škoda Increases Efficiency with S&T

The Austrian software company concluded a new IT-system for the Czech car manufacturer.

March 11, 2011

Viennese Stock Exchange Cooperates with Serbian Stock Exchange

The Vienna Stock Exchange welcomes Belgrade Stock Exchange as a new member of the data alliance.

March 11, 2011

Immofinanz: New Tenants for Romanian Procect

The Austrian real estate group wins attractive international brands as tenants of its Romanian Maritimo Shopping Center in Constanta.

March 9, 2011

Leitl: "Austria Continues as Top Investor in Bulgaria"

Bulgarian President Parvanov for economic talks at the WKÖ: Foreign trade volume between Bulgaria and Austria amounts to € 900m.

March 9, 2011

Telekom Srbija: Duel between Deutsche Telekom and Telekom Austria

In the selling process of the Serbian Telekom, the German and the Austrian telecom companies are seen as favourites.

March 7, 2011

Sales Declining at Spar Hungary

The food trade chain records declining sales in Hungary - for the first time in its history.

March 4, 2011

Major order for Siemens Austria

The Austrian subsidiary of the German electronics group receives a new order from Poland for the construction of underground train sets.

February 26, 2011

Henkel CEE grows in Eastern Europe

The German company, which has set up its Eastern European headquarters in Vienna, achieved a sales increase of 6%.

February 26, 2011

Mixed Results for Investors in Bosnia

The outlook for 2011 is positive. Last year, however, was difficult for Austrian companies in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

February 25, 2011

Erste Group manages € 1.25bn increase of Slovak Bonds

Strong interest for the Slovak sovereign bonds offering: total orders amounted to € 1.9bn from over 100 investors.

February 19, 2011

Spar: Moderate Growth in Market Share

The Austrian food trade group recorded a sales increase of 4.4% in the previous year. Growth in the CEE region turns out weaker.

February 18, 2011

EU Requests Nabucco to Enter a Cooperation

The European Union is pushing a merger between Nabucco and the ITGI pipeline project.

February 18, 2011

AE&E Quota only 5%

The largest division of the insolvent Austrian technology group A-Tec is likely to offer only very little to its creditors.

February 17, 2011

Porr Enters Alliance in Slovenia

The Austrian construction company establishes a joint venture with SCT, the dominant construction company in Slovenia.

February 17, 2011

Erste Bank Hungary CEO to resign

Edit Papp, the CEO of Erste Bank Hungary, has decided to pursue other professional opportunities and therefore announced her resignation.

February 16, 2011

Accusations against Hypo Group in Slovenia

The Austrian bank is under investigation because of suspicious real estate and financial transactions.

February 15, 2011

Epic Acquires 93% of Ukrtelecom

The Austrian investment company Epic has reached an agreement to acquire 93% of the Ukrainian company for € 1.0bn

February 15, 2011

Telekom Austria Stands Before a Purchase in Croatia

The Burgenland energy operator Bewag might divest itself in future from its Croatian telecommunications subsidiary.

February 12, 2011

Sales Increase for Waldquelle

The Austrian-Czech mineral water producer increased its sales moderately in 2010. The market share increases continuously.

February 11, 2011

Potential for Austrian Construction Industry in Poland

Market experts predict a sharp increase in construction activity: a market growth of up to 12% is expected for the next two years.

February 10, 2011

Hypo Group Changes Leadership in Slovenia

Both the Slovenian subsidiary bank and the leasing company will receive a new leadership for "restructuring reasons".

February 10, 2011

Upward Trend for CEE Insurance Stocks

CEE insurance stocks to get a boost from rising profits, cheap valuation and stronger investor demand.

February 10, 2011

Strabag: Poland as a Replacement for Russia?

Sales of the Austrian construction company in Russia are slow in coming. Instead, other growth regions could be pushed.

February 9, 2011

Business Climate Improves in Eastern Europe

According to the Austrian Kontrollbank (OeKB), the Business Climate Index has risen in Eastern Europe for the seventh consecutive time.

February 9, 2011

Kapsch Wins Order in Serbia

The Austrian Kapsch CarrierCom wins another order from Southeastern Europe with DataXtender.

February 9, 2011

Rising Bankruptcy Fears in Eastern Europe

The Austrian Creditor Protection Association “Creditreform” foresees a further rise in bankruptcies in Eastern Europe. The economic crisis is not over yet.

February 9, 2011

150 New Bank Austria Branches in Eastern Europe

The new board of the CEE Division of Bank Austria presented the group's expansion plans for Eastern Europe. By 2015, 900 branches are to be added.

February 9, 2011

Raiffeisen Bank International Acquires 70% of Polbank

The Austrian RBI purchases Polbank for € 490m in cash. Polbank is seen as ideal complement to existing Raiffeisen Bank Polska .

February 4, 2011

Investments in Renewable Energies in the CEE are booming

According to a study by TPA Horwath, Austrian companies will expand massively their involvement in the field of renewable energies in the CEE region.

February 4, 2011

Siemens Austria Receives an Order for Poland

The Austrian subsidiary of the German technology group will supply 35 trains worth € 272m of the new Metro-generation "Inspiro" to Poland.

February 3, 2011
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