Austria and the Western Balkans as a Region (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). See also each country individually.
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Western Balkan Countries in Austria | Bilateral Relations

Serbia Considering Loan Agreement With IMF

Serbia is considering discussing a possible IMF loan after EU entry talks are agreed on. German Finance Minister Guido Westerwelle announced his support in Serbia’s path to an EU membership.

May 21, 2013

Hypo to Require € 1bn This Year

The ailing banking institute Hypo Group in the province of Carinthia will need € 1bn. On Friday, the managing board of Hypo Group will present a restructuring plan to the Finance Minister.

May 17, 2013

Over 2,000 Austrian Companies Now Represented in Slovakia

Lopatka: Agreement reached on Austro-Slovak Business Forum

May 16, 2013

Austria: Biggest Investor in Serbia

Serbia encourages Austrian enterprises to further invest in Serbian industries.

May 16, 2013

Bosnia, Serbia and Turkey to Sign Economic and Trade Agreement

Ministers for trade and economy from Ankara, Belgrade and Sarajevo agreed to improve economic relations in an effort to enhance shared trade.

May 15, 2013

Serbian – Austrian Cooperation in Social Security Sector

Austrian pension and disability insurance system knowhow particularly useful for Serbia.

May 15, 2013

Austria: EU Competition Authority to Search Agrana

The European competition authority has paid a visit to listed starch and sugar producer Agrana in April.

May 15, 2013

Poland: PZU to Acquire Croatia Osiguranje

After years of looking for an opportunity to invest further, PZU, Poland’s major state-owned insurance company, is focusing on aquiring a controlling stake in Croatia Osiguranje.

May 14, 2013

CEE/CESEE: Banking Sector on Fastlane

The banking sector in CEE continues to outperform its Western European counterpart.

May 13, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group Dilemma Requires Highest Form of Diplomancy

Before the deadline of handing in the new restructuring paper, talks with the top of EU Commission are supposed to take place with Austrian politicians.

May 10, 2013

CEESE: Economic Growth Stagnant

Orban claims Hungary is the country with the highest growth rate in CEE/CESEE next year.

May 10, 2013

Serbia: „Dependent on EU“

Serbia hopes to be able and make the next steps toward an EU membership.

May 7, 2013

Spindelegger: Support for Serbian EU Membership

Vice Chancellor and Exterior Minister Michael Spindelegger has promised full support for Serbia on its way to a full EU membership.

May 6, 2013

Dacic to Promote for Serbian Economy in US

Serbia's Prime Minister plans economic trip to United States.

May 3, 2013

Albania and Poland to Enhance Diplomatic Relations

Albania's Minister of Foreign Affairs received the Ambassador of Poland, Mr. Marek Jeziorski this week.

May 3, 2013

Austria: EVN Results Expected to Be Below Estimates

EVN specifies expected consolidated Group net profit as of 09/30/2013

May 2, 2013

Vienna: Infrastructure & Construction Summit Brings Together All Balkan Countries

Government ministers from Austria and various Balkan countries will be discussing infrastructure and construction in the region at a two-day summit in Vienna at the end of May.

April 30, 2013 · Sponsored Content

Lopatka: „Poland Important Economic Partner and Ally of Austria in EU“

Austrian State Secretary encourages bilateral relations and trade between the two Central European countries as well as improved relations between EU and US.

April 30, 2013

Alpine and Porr to Be Compensated by Serbia

The Austrian construction companies Alpine and Porr claim € 71m from Serbia before the court of arbitration due to a flopped major project for the building of a highway.

April 26, 2013

NCR to Expand Business Activity in Serbia

US corporation National Cash Registers is to employ a further 300 staff members.

April 25, 2013

Poland to Support Serbia's European Integration

Dacic and Tusk agreed on improving cooperations, enhancing bilateral trade and increase Polish investments in Serbia.

April 25, 2013

Albania: Under EU’s Watch

Brussels called for further modernizations of the judiciary in Albania before the EU considers Accession talks with the country. Futhermore the union announced to keep a close eye on the elections in June.

April 24, 2013

Serbia: Telekom Srbija to Be Privatized

According to reports by the media, the Serbian government wants to take another try to privatize Telekom Srbija.

April 23, 2013

Spindelegger: "Brave Agreement Between Serbia and Kosovo Important Sign of Liberation for Entire Region"

Win-win agreement should now quickly be implemented to the benefit of the people. The EU will have to deliver on its promise

April 23, 2013

Croatia: Greece As A Threat To 2013 Tourism

Last year Croatian tourism proceeds increased 3.2 % on a year-on-year comparision. However, with Greek tourism expected to rebound to pre-crisis standards, the country fears to be left behind in the competition.

April 22, 2013

EU Accession Date for Serbia Voted on Today

On Friday, heads of Serbian and Kosovar government Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci have come to an agreement under the the special guidance of EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton.

April 22, 2013

Serbia: Agreements in Kosovo Negotiations

Commissioner Ashton announced that both countries have found an arrangement.

April 19, 2013

Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina to Commence Dialogues

Bosnia-Herzegovina shows interest in Austrian social partnership model and measures against increasing youth unemployment rate.

April 18, 2013

Belgrade: Ready to Accept Agreements

Ninth round of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue ended with no agreement

April 18, 2013

Post AG Affiliate to Expand in Croatia

Croatian affiliate of Austrian Post AG, Weber Escal & Post d.o.o., intends further expansion on the Croatian market.

April 17, 2013

Lithuania Supports Serbia's European Integration

Butkevicius said that Dacic’s visit to Vilnius is an encouraging and positive change in relations between the two countries.

April 16, 2013

Serbia: Vucic „Deeply Disappointed“

Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has given up hope for a new date in June for the beginning of EU accession negotiations. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev expressed support.

April 11, 2013

VIG: Acquisition of QBE Makedonija completed

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) new market leader in Macedonia

April 9, 2013

Montenegro: President Vujanovic Declared Winner of the Election

Up to now President Filip Vujanovic has declared himself as the winner of the election two hours after the closing of the polling stations.

April 8, 2013

Law Files Against Bulgaria from EVN and CEZ.

Power Suppliers EVN, CEZ and Energo Pro have to face high losses. CEZ announced to file a law against Bulgaria as well.

April 3, 2013

Macedonia: Fresh € 100m for Business Sector from EIB

The Macedonian government plans to provide fresh EUR 100 million loan, with 5.5% interest rate, as support to the business sector.

April 2, 2013

Serbia and Macedonia Enhance Cooperations

Cooperation between Serbia and Macedonia precondition for efficient tackling of regional issues

April 2, 2013

Serbia: GDP Decreased by 1.7 % in 2012

Based on data released by the Statistical Office, GDP fell by 1.7% in 2012. Broken down by quarter, real y-o-y GDP fell by 2.7% in Q1, 0.3% in Q2, 2.1% in Q3 and 2.0% in Q4.

March 30, 2013

Serbia: Financial Underhand Practices Discovered

Financial underhand practices had lead to losses of € 700m for the Serbian state.

March 30, 2013

"Croatia is Paving the Way for the Entire Balkans"

Austria’s Vice Chancellor advocates the commission’s assessment and is looking forward to welcoming Croatia as a new EU member.

March 29, 2013

EU’s Austerity Cuts Adverse to Health

EU’s austerity measures negatively affect citizen’s health, is the result of a health study carried out by “The Lancet”. The Commission was supposed to examine the political effects.

March 27, 2013

Dacic Meets Forbes

Serbia has good investment opportunities, according to Christopher Forbes.

March 27, 2013

Commission Praises Croatia’s Progress

Croatia has fullfilled all criteria for the EU accession on July 1, 2013.

March 26, 2013

Dacic to Meet Head of EULEX Mission

International mission in Kosovo to ensure complete protection of all citizens.

March 26, 2013

Belgrade Considers Conditions Unacceptable

The sudden failure to reach a final conclusion to the Kosovo-issue puts a dampener on Serbia’s way towards the EU.

March 21, 2013

Time Is Running Out Fast for Serbia and Kosovo

It is probably one of the last chances for Serbia and Kosovo to make progresses for EU rapproachment.

March 20, 2013

Historical Moment for Serbia And Kosovo

Both governments have come to an agreement, similar to the Treaty on the Basis of Relations (Basic Treaty) between the two German states.

March 16, 2013

Serbia: Real Income Shrinks

Available budget and individual consumption of households in the Republic of Serbia, Preliminary data, 4th quarter 2012.

March 15, 2013

Austria: EVN To Sell Devoll Hydropower To Statkraft A. S.

Agreement regarding the sale of EVN AG's stake in Devoll Hydropower ShA, a project entity for the construction of a hydro power plant in Albania, to Statkraft A.S.

March 14, 2013

Serbia: Foreign Trade Grows Significantly

The overall external trade in the Republic of Serbia for January 2013 amounted to EUR 1724.6 million - which was a 9.5% increase compared to the same period 2012.

March 14, 2013