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Telekom Srbija: Sale is Resisted

The partially for sale Telekom Srbija which Telekom Austria is said to be interested in, raises passions in Serbia. Opposition to the sale is taking shape.

November 11, 2010

Strabag: Major Contract in Romania for 220 Million Euro

A consortium led by Austria's Strabag has won a contract to build a Romanian motorway for 220.6 million euro.

November 11, 2010

Erste Group: CEE Companies More Efficient than Western Counterparts

CEE companies are more efficient, more profitable and less indebted as Western companies. The German corporate sector is the only sector to compete with CEE companies.

November 10, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Involvement in Southeastern Europe to be maintained

The Carinthian bank intends to continue operating in the Balkans. The active involvement is justified because the region is the one with most significant growth in Europe and Hypo has the status of a systemically important bank.

November 10, 2010

Nabucco: First Deliveries Before Year-End

While sharp criticism of the pipeline project is heard again from Moscow, there is optimism at Nabucco.

November 9, 2010

Raiffeisen CEO Stepic: CEE Continues Being Europe’s Growth Driver

The boss of Raiffeisen Bank International Bank (RBI), Herbert Stepic, sees the CEE region continuing as long-term growth driver for Europe.

November 8, 2010

Competition for Hungarian ÖBB Subsidiary

Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH) is still fighting for restructuring success. Meanwhile, a new competitor has appeared in the freight business.

November 5, 2010

Strabag and Alpine Suspected of Cartelization

Damages for 2 billion euro (2.8 billion dollars) are said to be the result of forming a construction cartel for motorway construction in Slovenia.

November 3, 2010

Raiffeisen Participates in Bid for Polbank

Raiffeisen International Bank (RBI) tries to get into the act concerning the sale of Polbank. The eighth largest bank in Poland is currently owned by EFG Euro Bank, which is offering its Polish interest for sale.

November 3, 2010

Contract for Kapsch TrafficCom in Poland

The consortium led by Kapsch came out as the best bidder for the implementation of a toll system on Polish motorways. The contract has been signed now.

November 3, 2010

New Retail Project in Constanta for Immofinanz

A new center located in Constanta, Romania, offering international tenants business opportunities in 130 retail units, will be opened in 2011.

October 30, 2010

Wienerberger Plans Full Takeover of Semmelrock International

The purchase of the remaining 25% stake in Semmelrock International has been announced today. Wienerberger regards the acquisition as a “logical step”.

October 29, 2010

Hungarian Railway Workers Strike Against Rail Cargo

Due to employee layoffs at Rail Cargo Hungaria, the employees threaten to go on strike. Rail Cargo suffers losses both in Austria and in Hungary

October 27, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Business With Low-Cost Carriers booms.

A significant portion of Vienna International Airport’s sales are achieved with low-cost airlines. The airport's boss wishes a more extensive partnership with the Bratislava location.

October 21, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group in Albania

Further growth achieved with the acquisition of Interalbanian.

October 21, 2010

Serbian Telekom: Entry of Telekom Austria?

The Serbian government expects to reach a price of 1.4 billion euro for its 51% share of Telekom. Participation of Telekom Austria is expected.

October 19, 2010

Strabag Expands its Competence in Bridge Building – New Order in Poland

Strabag SE, a large construction company in Central and Eastern Europe, signed an agreement to build a new bridge complex in Toruń, Poland.

October 18, 2010

EVN's Subsidiary RAG Increased Gas Capacities

New capacities are created, gas and oil exploration in Poland and Hungary to be intensified

October 17, 2010

Coface CEE Top 500 - Poland Largest Number of Companies in CEE

Poland has the largest number of companies in the Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 with 28.4%. Hungary ranks second with 16.6%, overtaking the Czech Republic, which is home for 13.8% of the CEE Top 500.

October 12, 2010

Slovakia: Changes in Automobile Production Trend

Manufacturers operating in Slovakia invest again. Total production in 2010 may reach over half a million vehicles. An opportunity for foreign suppliers.

October 12, 2010

RZB Group Tatra banka among Lead Managers for Slovak Republic EUR 2 Billion Benchmark Bond

Tatra Banka (RZB Group), HSBC, SG CIB and UniCredit Bank Slovakia placed a Slovak Republic issue with a maturity of fifteen years.

October 11, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Agreement with Macedonian Stock Exchange on Joint Dissemination of Data

In the future, the price data of the stock exchange of Macedonia will be disseminated in real time via the datafeed Alliance Data Highway (ADH) of the Vienna Stock Exchange.

October 8, 2010

Postponed: Decision on Nabucco Not Before 2011

Because the talks with the main supplying country Azerbaijan are proceeding with exceeding slowness, the decision about the construction of the pipeline will not be possible this year.

October 8, 2010

Bratislava: Investment in Slovak 'Las Vegas' in Danger

Bratislava might lose the planned amusement park "Metropolis", with an investment amount of 1.5 billion euro, if the Slovak government revokes the already approved tax concessions.

October 7, 2010

Telekom Austria: Interest in the Serbian Telekom Srbija

Following the acquisition of Velcom in Belarus, Telekom Austria (TA) is showing interest in other telcos in the Balkans. Currently, ihe favorite target is Telekom Srbija.

October 6, 2010

Hypo Alpe-Adria: 25% of the Slovenian Merkur DIY Chain Put Up for Sale

Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International has put up for sale a 25% share of Merkur, the insolvent Slovenian DIY and home improvement products chain, in the daily newspaper "Delo”

October 5, 2010

Alpine: New 140 Million Euro Motorway Contract in Poland

The construction company from Salzburg is to build an 18-kilometer motorway section for almost 140 million euro.

October 5, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom: Polish 1.24 Billion Euro Contract for Truck and Bus Toll System

The company listed in the Vienna Stock Exchange will build up the entire toll system for trucks and buses weighing over 3.5 tons on Poland's roads for July 2011.

October 4, 2010

Brokerjet intends to expand into Poland

The Austrian online broker Brokerjet, a subsidiary of ecetra Central European e-finance AG (ecetra means Erste Bank Central European Trading), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Erste Bank Group, is already active in the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

October 1, 2010

Bogner Edelstahl Continues to Grow

Austrian stainless steel specialist Bogner is pursuing an ambitious expansion plan in spite of the sales drop.

September 30, 2010

Demmers Teehaus Seeks Entry into New CEE Markets

The Austrian tea specialist Demmer, who is expanding into CEE with a franchising strategy, wants to enter new markets.

September 30, 2010

Raiffeisen Invests in New Branches in the Czech Republic

Raiffeisenbank a.s., the fifth largest bank in the Czech Republic, expands its network of branches in the neighboring country.

September 29, 2010

EU: Austria's Actual Net Contribution has Risen to 342 Million Euro

The net contribution to the EU rose again last year. Poland, with 6.5 billion euro is for the first time the biggest net recipient. Germany remains the biggest net payer with 8.1 billion euro.

September 28, 2010

Humanomed Takes Over Management of Private Clinics in the CEE Region

The know-how of the private clinic operator is to be exported. The objective is not to only give advice, but also to take over the management of private clinics in the CEE region.

September 28, 2010

CEE Real Estate: Outlook is brightening

CEE real estate stocks are currently in a phase of brisk corporate action. Financially sound companies with attractive assets are interesting takeover targets, while other companies are being taken over.

September 27, 2010

A-Tec has Good Prospects on Shipping Company in Rijeka

The Croatian Competition Agency (ATZN) gives the Austrian A-Tec group under Mirko Kovats good chances in the bid for the privatization of the shipyard "3 Maj" in Rijeka.

September 24, 2010

Austria Continues Being the Largest Investor in Romania

"Romania is an important market in Eastern Europe for the Austrian economy. Its great importance for us is proved by the fact that Austria is by far the largest investor in Romania"

September 23, 2010

CEE Banking Sector Report: Still More Credit Losses in the East

The number of bad loans is expected to increase considerably in some Eastern European countries, a Raiffeisen-analysis shows.

September 21, 2010

Wolford opened a production facility in Slovenia

The Bregenz based and stock exchange listed producer of lingerie and hosiery opened its plant in Murska Sobota, Slovenia.

September 20, 2010

Strabag acquires property und facility management service provider in the Czech Republic

The acquisition of 100% of ECM Facility a.s., Prague garantes the number 5 position in property & facility management in the the Czech Republic.

September 20, 2010

Martin Schlaff: Acquisition of Several Latvian Oil Transport Companies Planned

After four years of delay Schlaff is reported to be planning the takeover of several Latvian transport companies.

September 20, 2010

Liquefied Natural Gas: Plans for a Route from Georgia to Romania

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to be shipped from the Georgian port of Kulevi in the direction of Constanta.

September 17, 2010

Telekom Austria Buys Two Bulgarian Cable Operators

Telekom Austria buys two cable operators in Bulgaria: Megalan Network and Spectrum Net. The two companies are worth 83 million euro free of debt; Telekom will pay about 72 million through Mobiltel.

September 15, 2010

CEE Companies in a Turmoil

According to a study by Deloitte, last year Eastern Europe’s top 500 companies showed a clear decline in sales.

September 14, 2010

EVN building cogeneration plant in Plovdiv/Bulgaria

Today, Prime Minister Bokyo Borissov, Provincial Governor Erwin Pröll and EVN's CEO Burkhard Hofer oversaw the ceremony for the construction of a highly efficient cogeneration plant in the city of Plovdiv.

September 13, 2010

OMV targets a 20% market share in Serbia

Important changes are foreseen for 2011 in the Serbian oil industry. Because, effective from January 1, the energy company NIS will lose, albeit theoretically, its artificially upheld monopoly position…

September 13, 2010

Austria stays among the top three foreign investors of the Czech Republic

After the deep slump of the Austrian-Czech foreign trade during the crisis year 2009 by approximately 20%, things are going up steeply again.

September 13, 2010

XXXLutz takes over Slovenia's largest furniture retailer

The furniture store XXXLutz recently took over Slovenia’s largest furniture retailer Lesnina.

September 10, 2010

Bauhaus arrives in Bulgaria via Vienna

The German do-it-yourself group Bauhaus, which controls all its CEE business from Austria, has ambitious plans for Bulgaria.

September 10, 2010

Slovakia increases VAT temporarily

As soon as the budget is back on its feet, the tax will be 19 percent again, according to Prime Minister Iveta Radicova. A deficit of up to eight percent is forecast for 2010.

September 9, 2010