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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

Erdogan to Visit Hungary

Turkey´s Prime Minister will come to Hungary in February.

January 26, 2013

Turkey Plans to Build World´s Biggest Airport

Until 2017, Turkey wants to build the biggest airport. In total, the new airport will handle up to 150 million passengers.

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

Strong Political Support for Nabucco

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

January 19, 2013

CEE Banking Study 2013: “Banks Rebalance Their Business Models” (2)

Total assets and lending have grown steadily since 2008, even though at a slower pace than before the crisis and with a stronger focus on domestic funding sources.

January 15, 2013

Austrian Federal Competition Authority Approves Verbund´s Deal in Turkey

The Austrian energy group Verbund sells its stake in the Turkish joint venture Enerjisa to German E.ON. In return, Verbund gets E.ON´s hydro power plans in Bavaria.

January 11, 2013

Shah Deniz Consortium to Enter Nabucco Project

Today, the Nabucco´s shareholders and the Shah Deniz Consortium agreed on a joint declaration.

January 10, 2013

“2013 will be a better growth year for CEE than 2012”

Unlike 2012 the new year starts with much less financial stress and easier monetary policy. Central and Eastern Europe has still considerable potential to outperform EMU, differentiating on domestic policies, Bank Austria says.

January 7, 2013

CESEE: Economy Slows Down Further

CEE macro downturn to hit trough in Q1 2013; forecast GDP growth 2013: Poland 2.2%, Slovakia 1.3%, Romania 1.1%, Erste Group says.

January 7, 2013

CESEE Equity Market: Upside Trend after Slow Start

Country allocation: An overweight on Russia is a strong bet for the coming quarter and mostly based on liquidity searching for an option after Turkey performing so strongly, Erste Group says.

January 7, 2013

EU Accession: Turkey Shows Self-Confidence

Turkey puts further pressure on Brussels. Until 2023, Turkey wants to become a EU member country.

January 4, 2013

New Hope for Nabucco

The gas pipeline project is said to get a new major shareholder. In case of the entry of the Shah Deniz II consortium, Nabucco´s utilization would be secured.

December 22, 2012

Bank Austria: Poland and Turkey are Most Attractive

According to Bank Austria´s board member Gianni Franco Papa, the performance of CESEE markets is satisfying.

December 19, 2012

Turkey: „The EU Needs Us“

On the occasion of a visit in Hungary, Turkey´s Minister of European Affairs Egemen Bagis argued that the EU would benefit from Turkey´s accession.

December 11, 2012

Turkey Is Losing Momentum

Turkey´s economic growth begins flatten. In the third quarter, GDP growth only reached 1.6%.

December 10, 2012

Southeast Europe Agrees on Growth Strategy

In order to meet the 2020 growth strategy of the EU, the Balkan countries plan to co-operate more closely. Turkey and Bulgaria emphasize their good relations.

December 8, 2012

OMV and RWE Talk About Stakes in Nabucco

The German energy group plans sells its shares to Austrian OMV. OMV´s CEO Roiss expects that the consortium of Nabucco will change.

December 8, 2012

Bulgaria Puts Pressure on Nabucco

Bulgaria wants the Nabucco project to start as soon as possible.

December 5, 2012

Sberbank Intensifies its Relations with Turkey

In future, the Sberbank of Russia is to step up its activities in Turkey and on December 3, 2012 signed two landmark agreements to this end.

December 5, 2012

Verbund Focuses on Hydro Power

After the deal with German E.ON, the biggest Austrian energy company has a new core market and a new core product.

December 4, 2012

Verbund Sells Enerjisa to E.ON

Verbund, Austria’s leading utility, and E.ON, one of the world’s largest energy providers, have reached an agreement on an asset swap.

December 3, 2012

Porr: Renaissance Group to Enlarge its Interest

The Turkish Renaissance Group owns a 10% interest in Porr and wants to reach a blocking minority at the Austrian construction company.

November 23, 2012

Verbund Leaves Turkey

The Austrian energy group sells its interest in Enerjisa to German E.ON. Verbund will re-focus on hydro power.

November 23, 2012

South Stream Pipeline: Construction Works to Begin in December

The pipeline projects of Russia´s gas group Gazprom makes substantial progress. Europe´s dependence on Russia is growing further.

November 12, 2012

Fitch Raises Turkey´s Rating

According to the U.S. rating agency, the Turkish economy performs well and became stable.

November 5, 2012

Erdogan Tries to Put Pressure on EU

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns of postponing the EU accession of his country.

October 31, 2012

„Strengthening Relation with Russia“

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) argues that Europe must co-operate closer with Russia in order to manage the crisis.

October 25, 2012

Siemens Austria Builds Wind Power Plant in Turkey

The Austrian subsidiary of the German technology group has received a major order from Turkey.

October 20, 2012

RHI Begins to Downsize in Europe

The Austrian refractories company plans to expand in Russia. In Europe, the first factories will be shut down in two years.

October 18, 2012

Verbund Does Not Exclude Sale of Enerjisa

The Austrian energy company Verbund is said to withdraw from Turkey. However, further investments would be conceivable too, Verbund says.

October 12, 2012

„Nabucco Is not Dead at All“

The EU-Commissioner of Energy Günther Oettinger is optimistic that Nabucco will be successful. According to Austria´s Minister of Economics Reinhold Mitterlehner, the prospects of success are “50+”.

October 9, 2012

CEE Countries Must Work Upon Economic Convergence

CEE countries are struggling with weaker external demand and uncertain consumers, whereas in most cases fiscal policy is under control. Labour productivity, costs and competitiveness of CEE region give reason for optimism.

October 5, 2012

Raiffeisen: CEE Network to be Closed

Austrian RBI (Raiffeisen Bank International) announces that the expansion in Central and Eastern Europe will be concluded soon.

October 1, 2012

Vienna Stock Exchange and Istanbul Stock Exchange Join Forces to launch Two New Indices

The stock exchanges of Istanbul and Vienna have joined forces in a unique cooperation project and launched the IBTX (Istanbul Traded Index) and IBTX Banking today.

September 28, 2012

Anzengruber: „Withdrawal from Turkey is no Issue Yet“

Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO of the Austrian energy company Verbund, emphasizes that Turkey is a future market.

September 27, 2012

OMV Considers Joining Tanap

The Austrian oil and gas company intends to invest up to $ 7.0bn in the Turkish-Azeri project.

September 25, 2012

Austrian Share of Academics Below OECD-Average

In Austria, only 21% of the persons aged between 25 and 34 are graduated. This is massively below the OECD-average of 38%.

September 20, 2012

Verbund in Turkey: Further Investments Instead of Withdrawal

In August, Verbund was said to sell its stake in Enerjisa to German eon. Now, Verbund may enlarge its investments in Turkey further.

September 19, 2012

Record Low in Turkey´s Unemployment

Turkey records the lowest unemployment rate for eleven years. In June, 24.8 million workers were registered in Turkey.

September 19, 2012

„Turkey has a Right of being a EU Member“

On the occasion of a visit in Vienna, the Turkish Minister of Economics Zafer Caglayan complains about the “disingenuous manner” of the EU towards Turkey. In the end, only Turkey will decide on the accession.

September 19, 2012

Verbund is Said to Sell Stake in Turkish Enerjisa

According to “Kleine Zeitung”, the Austrian energy group Verbund wants to withdraw from Turkey. German eon may purchase Verbund´s stake.

September 6, 2012

Global Increase in Direct Investments made by Austrian Companies

In addition to CEE/SEE countries, growth in Austrian direct investments was also seen in Germany, Russia and Turkey.

August 21, 2012

Verbund: Sale of Enerjisa May Bring Synergies

The German energy group eon is said to be interested in Verbund´s stake in the Turkish Enerjisa. In exchange, Verbund should receive hydro power plants in Southern Germany and Austria.

August 20, 2012

Verbund to Sell Stake in Enerjisa?

The German energy group eon is said to be interested in Verbund´s Turkish interest.

August 17, 2012

Bank Austria as UniCredit´s Cash Cow

Without Bank Austria, UniCredit would have been in the loss area. The CESEE region is still Bank Austria´s future market.

August 4, 2012

New Hope for Nabucco West

The Aseri Minister of Energy Natik Aliyev thinks that Nabucco West would be better than the rival project TAP.

July 27, 2012

OMV: No Withdrawal from Germany

The Austrian oil company and petrol station operator will not sell the petrol station business in Germany. By contrast, the downsizing program in the SEE region and in the Czech Republic will be continued.

July 19, 2012

IMF: New Central and Eastern European Constituency

Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Turkey have established a Central and Eastern European Constituency at the International Monetary Fund.

July 11, 2012