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Latvia: Joining the Eurozone

Lativa is becoming the 18th country in the Eurozone. The EU Economy and Finance Ministers have given their green light for the admission.

July 9, 2013

Fekter: Eurozone More Stable Than A Year Ago

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter has described the condition of the Eurozone as “better” than compared to a year ago.

July 9, 2013

CEE Slowly Escapes Economic Crisis

Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic have slipped into recession. Experts are particularly worried about the newest EU member.

July 4, 2013

Moody’s: Turmoils In Bulgaria Will Not Affect Fiscal Stability

According to rating agency Moody's, the ongoing political turmoil in Bulgaria is not expected to negatively affect the country's fiscal stability.

July 4, 2013

Hypo Group: CESEE Units to be Sold Until Mid-2015

The threatened compulsory sale of nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria Group by the EU Commission until the end of this year, was, according to information by the Finance Ministry, fended off. An additional burden of € 2bn might await the Austrian taxpayers.

July 1, 2013

Crisis in Slovenia Might Take Longer Than Expected

According to the latest economic report by auditing firm Ernst&Young;, the financial crisis in Slovenia will take longer than expected beforehand. However, the country should still be able to avoid international bailout.

July 1, 2013

Austrian Coalition to Take Stock of Legislative Period

In a joint interview with several leading Austrian newspapers, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Deputy Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger take stock of the legislative period so far.

June 28, 2013

Latvia Joining The Eurozone As 18th Member

Today the heads of states and governments of the European Union gave their blessing to Latvia’s entry to the Eurozone in 2014.

June 28, 2013

Austrian Public Debt to Rise Further

Quarterly government debt first quarter 2013: € 231.6bn or 74.2 % of GDP.

June 28, 2013

Slovenia Likely To Require Bailout

According to Capital Economics Ltd. Slovenia will in all likelyhood ask for a bailout to bolster its ailing banking sector in case the debt crisis in Europe should worsen.

June 28, 2013

Leitl: „Austrian Enterprises Need Further Growth Impulses“

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) commits to budget consolidation but growth is the basis for a balanced state budget.

June 27, 2013

Austria: Government Agrees on Stimulus Package

Startled by construction company Alpine’s insolvency, the Austrian government has agreed on the fiercly discussed stimulus package. An amount of € 800m is required additionally.

June 25, 2013

Slovenia Expects Economic Recovery As Soon As 2014

On Saturday, the Slovenian Finance Ministry expressed its confidence that the newly adopted action plan would help stabilize public finances and help gain economic recovery despite of Fitch’s downgrade.

June 24, 2013

Slovenia’s Economic Outlook to Deteriorate Further

The Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development expects GDP in Slovenia to shrink more than projected earlier.

June 21, 2013

Green Light for Latvia’s Euro Accession

The Eurogroup gave green light for the admission of Lativa to the common European currency.

June 21, 2013

Austria: „Death Blow for Economy“

The Austrian Economic Association (Wirtschaftsbund) announced that the realization of all demands in the Austrian Trade Unions’ (ÖGB) leading proposal would come at € 21.9bn. The Austrian economy would be burdened with € 14bn.

June 17, 2013

Serracchiani: „Will Do Everything I Can“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper “Kleine Zeitung“ Debora Serracchiani, new regional president of the province Friuli in Italy announced to do everything so that Hypo Group Italy will survive.

June 11, 2013

Slovenia: Huge Cuts in Complementary Budget

Foreign Ministry might be closed down since a 20 percent cut is proposed.

May 24, 2013

Success for Slovenian Bonds at US Market

Slovenia was able to gain some of the required funds for the restructuring of its banking sector through the US bond market.

May 3, 2013

„Slovenia Can Manage On Its Own“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier, President of the Slovenian Bankers Association France Arhar stresses that Slovenia is not the new Cyprus.

April 29, 2013

Slovenia: Situation For Banks Still Shaky

According to the National Bank, the new government in Slovenia needs to avoid becoming the new setting of bail-out negotiations with the EU after the banking crisis in Cyprus.

March 28, 2013

"Croatia Will Not Benefit From Joining The EU"

Croatia will join the European Union as the 28th member state in a few months. Economists criticize the country for not carrying out enough reforms and only focusing on tourism.

March 22, 2013

Hungary: In a Debt Crisis Soon?

New all-time high in debts was reported. Hungarian populations hopes for fast political turn-around.

March 22, 2013

Poland’s Finance Minister Shows Optimism

Deputy Finance Minister Majszczyk announced that Poland will not exeed the planned budget deficit and forcasts economic growth for the second half of the year.

March 22, 2013

Poland Sharpens Austerity Measures

In order to fulfill the Maastricht Criteria sustainably, Poland wants to reduce the budget deficit to 1.0% of GDP in 2015.

March 15, 2013

Turkey: Economic Imbalances Become More Visible

Unlike the Eurozone, Turkey´s economy still shows substantial growth rates. However, Turkey suffers from a number of structural weaknesses.

March 13, 2013

Hungary: GKI Forecasts Budget Deficit of HUF 200 bn

The Hungarian government is in complete opposite to GKI’s statement: forecasts economic growth of 1 % and does not see any concerns.

March 5, 2013

Czech Republic Eases Austerity Policy

In order to boost economic growth, the Czech government tends to refrain from the strict austerity course.

March 5, 2013

Latvia: Letter Requesting the Convergence Report is Signed

The Baltic country wants to become a member of the Eurozone by 2014.

March 5, 2013

Bulgaria: Eagles Briges Civic Association To Be Found in Sofia

Protesters are gathering in the Arena Armeets Hall to differentiate their pleas.

March 4, 2013

Belka and Rostowski “Time to Move Up a Gear”

Governor of NBP (National Bank of Poland) Marek Belka and Poland´s Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski want to accelerate Poland´s approach to the Eurozone.

March 4, 2013

Bulgaria: Budget Balance Negative

The budget balance under the Consolidated Fiscal Programme (CFP) as of end-January 2013 is negative, amounting to BGN 536.5 million.

March 4, 2013

Austria: Government Adheres to Zero Deficit in 2016

Although the economic development is behind the expectations, the government wants to achieve a budget surplus in 2017.

March 2, 2013

Austria: Public Spending Ratio Forces Country to Reforms

Austria’s economy is stronger than the European average, however, it is still in need of reforms. Suggestions are made by head of WIFO Aiginger who demands a new strategy until 2025.

March 2, 2013

Poland: Fiscal Treaty Ratified

Poland´s President Bronislaw Komorowski has signed the EU Fiscal Pact this week.

March 1, 2013

Serbia: Real Wages Falling Drastically

Salaries and wages per employee in the Republic of Serbia were down by 17% in January 2013.

February 28, 2013

Euro Adoption: Poland Has No Fixed Date Yet

For the time being, Poland wants to meet the Maastricht Criteria. The date for entering the Eurozone will be fixed in 2015.

February 27, 2013

Hungary: Government Demonstrates Optimism

Peter Szijjarto, spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban´s party Fidesz, believes that Hungary´s economy will perform well this year.

February 23, 2013

Poland: Nuclear Power Plant Project Wobbles

Poland´s Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski explained that Poland cannot afford the nuclear power plant.

February 23, 2013

Situation in Bulgaria Remains Tense

After the resignation of the Bulgarian government, the political atmosphere is at a tipping point. The protests continue and are broadening.

February 21, 2013

IMF Visits Croatia Again

A Mission of the International Monetary Fund, led by Nikolay Gueorguiev, arrived in Croatia for its usual semi-annual visit.

February 21, 2013

Ukraine: Budget Deficit Grows Considerably

General government deficit increased to 5.5% of GDP in 2012 (from 4.2% in 2011) amid feeble tax revenue performance, Raiffeisen Research says.

February 20, 2013

Ukraine: Deal With IMF to be Cut in Summer

The visit of IMF mission to Kyiv did not bring the immediate results. Raiffeisen Research expects the negotiations to be rather prolonged.

February 20, 2013

S&P Warns Austria of Election Gifts

This year, Austria will hold federal elections. According to S&P, expensive election gifts may reduce the credit rating outlook.

February 19, 2013

Poland: Rostowski Calls for Structural Reforms

Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski wants his country to join the Eurozone. However, Poland has to implement fiscal reforms, he claims.

February 18, 2013

Euro Adoption: Latvian People Not Convinced at All

Latvia´s government is proud of its austerity course of the last years. According to Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, the country is ready for the euro.

February 16, 2013

Public Debt: Austria´s Government Too Optimistic

The austerity targets of the Austrian government are not realistic. Above all, the official public debt level will increase significantly next year.

February 15, 2013

Massive Losses in Slovenian Banking Sector

Last year, the banking industry has recorded total losses of more than € 600m, the Slovenian business magazine “Finance” reports.

February 13, 2013

Satisfying Fiscal Situation in Bulgaria

The 2012 budget deficit stands much lower than planned: 0.5% of GDP. Public debt falls after Eurobond repayment in January 2013, Raiffeisen Research analyzes.

February 11, 2013

Hungary´s Economy to Recover?

Hungarian Minister of Economics György Matolcsy says that the country may achieve the turnaround this year. Last year, several adverse factors occurred at the same time, Matolcsy explained.

February 7, 2013
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