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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

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

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

Wienerwald Grows Again

The restaurant chain is expected to start growing again after a long crisis. Investments worth € 20m are planned for the current year.

March 4, 2011

High Losses for ÖVAG-subsidiary

VBI, the subsidiary of foreign equity holding company of the Austrian Volksbanken-Group, realized losses in 2010 amounting to € 21.8m.

March 4, 2011

Tourism: Trend for High-Price Segment Continues

Austria's tourism industry shows itself satisfied with the current winter season. Guests come increasingly from Eastern Europe.

March 3, 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

VBI: Purchase by Sberbank is Looming

The sale of the Eastern European holding company of the Austrian ÖVAG is taking shape. Even Chinese investors are interested.

February 25, 2011

Strong Growth for bauMax

The do-it-yourself group increased its sales in Austria and Eastern Europe in 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

Strabag SE Awarded two Road Construction Contracts in Romania

The Austrian construction company rehabilitates and upgrades national roads DN14 and DN15A. Combined value of both contracts around € 106m.

February 2, 2011

Humanomed to Expand to CEE/SEE

The Austrian Humanomed-Group, a health care company, sees potential to expand to countries in (South) Eastern Europe.

January 28, 2011

Austria: The Gateway to Central Asia?

Leading Austrian politicians intend to attract attention at the World Economic Forum to what promises to be a new target region.

January 26, 2011

Slow Progress for Nabucco

The negotiations in the Caspian region are "tough", but the political will exists, say sources from the Austrian oil and gas group OMV.

January 26, 2011

Vienna Insurance Group Shows 15% Increase in Profits

Significant plus of Group profit for the year (before taxes) by almost 15 percent to about € 505m. Increase of premiums written by 6.1 percent to € 8.7bn.

January 25, 2011

Volksbank: Romania Lowers Results

The losses in Romania constitute a distinct disadvantage, especially for the sale process of the East-Holding of the VBI.

January 19, 2011

New Perspectives for Nabucco

The European Commission wants to commit Azerbaijan to supply gas to Europe. This is expected to be done via the Nabucco pipeline.

January 14, 2011

CEE Economic Growth Forecast: 3.8% in 2011

According to UniCredit, especially Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia will bounce back impressively due to stronger industry and domestic demand.

January 13, 2011

CEE: Raiffeisen Remains Optimistic

The analysts of the Austrian Raiffeisen International Bank give Austria and the CEE good growth prospects. However, there still remain known risks.

January 12, 2011

CEE Stocks to Climb by 20% in 2011

Erste Group analysts recommend: stock picking rather than sector allocation. 2011 to be a positive year for equity investments.

January 5, 2011

SW Umwelttechnik: New Orders Totalling € 6.5m

OMS, the engineering company of the Austrian SW Group, won contracts in Hungary and Romania valuing a total of € 6.5m.

January 5, 2011

VBI Romania is a Source of Worries for ÖVAG

Volksbank International (VBI) is to be sold by the Austrian Volksbanken Group. The Romanian subsidiary keeps the group from doing so.

December 31, 2010

Austria's Labor Market Opens

As of May 1, 2011 the German and Austrian labor markets open for the new EU citizens. Romania and Bulgaria will follow suit in 2013.

December 30, 2010

ÖVAG: Sales Process of East-holding is Under Way

For the coming year, the Austrian Voksbanken are planning to restructure the Group. A buyer is currently being sought for the East-holding.

December 30, 2010

Italian Support for Nabucco

The Italian power company Edison cooperates with the Nabucco gas pipeline project. The aim is to create synergies.

December 28, 2010

Russia Reaches for Volksbank International

VBI, the holding company for the Eastern interests of the Österreichischen Volksbanken, is for sale. Russian parties are interested.

December 15, 2010

OeNB: Recovery of the Financial System in a Persistently Uncertain Environment

The OeNB considers that domestic banks benefit from the positive development in the CEE region. However, uncertainties stay on as before.

December 15, 2010

New Logistics Center for Gebrüder Weiss in Romania

The logistics company Gebrüder Weiss has entrusted the construction of a logistics center in Sibiu to the Unger Steel Group as general contractor again.

December 14, 2010

OMV: Nabucco Underway as Planned

Austrian OMV considers that the gas pipeline project of European energy companies is developing according to plans.

December 10, 2010

Austrian Economic Chamber Supports Development of the Danube as a Transportation Route

Austrian Economic Chamber President Christoph Leitl supports the EU's Danube region strategy to expand infrastructure between the Danube countries.

December 10, 2010

Romania Sells Stake in Petrom

The state share in the Romanian Petrom, a subsidiary of the Austrian OMV, is to be reduced. OMV is interested.

December 7, 2010

Austria's Position in the CEE Region Shakes

According to the Roland Berger consultancy agency, Austria receives not only competition in the CEE countries, but the importance of the region also decreases from a global viewpoint.

December 1, 2010

bauMax Expands Further in Romania

On November 30, 2010 the Austrian DIY chain bauMax inaugurated its thirteenth Romanian market in Constanta.

November 30, 2010

Bank Austria: Growth Potential for Real Estate in Romania and Bulgaria

Despite the signs of economic revival, Bulgaria and Romania markets are still largely being ignored by international investors, says Bank Austria.

November 29, 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

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

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

OMV: Complete Takeover of Petrol Ofisi Fixed

The deal is finished. Turkey will be the third main market for the OMV group.

October 22, 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

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

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

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