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Erste Group to Pay Back € 1.8bn in State Aid

The Austrian banking institute plans on not only paying back its debts at the state but also to significantly increase equity capital.

June 24, 2013

Lopatka: "EU Enlargement is a Driver for Reforms and Rule Of Law"

State Secretary Lopatka on DARUM EUROPA information tour.

June 18, 2013

World Bank: EU11 Countries Remain Attractive for Foreign Investors

Despite the slow recovery of economic activity, EU11 countries nonetheless remained attractive for foreign investors.

June 14, 2013

Alpine Can Take A Breather

Alpine’s liabilities amount to € 450m. Spanish parent company FCC is supposed to provide a capital injection of € 150m.

June 13, 2013

Bulgaria: Sofia One Of Best European Destination for Manufacturing

The Bulgarian capital Sofia was labeled as one of the best destinations for opening a manufacturing plant in Europe.

June 13, 2013

Moody's: Overall Fiscal Situation In CEE Is Improving

Because of austerity measures in most of the countries, the economic situation is slowly but steadily improving.However, the latest competitiveness report pains a bleak picture of the future.

June 7, 2013

RBI: Karl Sevelda Named New CEO

Raiffeisen Bank International AG named Karl Sevelda as its new chief executive, following Herbert Stepic's recent offer to resign the post.

June 7, 2013

WIIW: FDI in CESEE to Decline

The Vienna Institute for Economic Studies (WIIW) forecasts a decrease of 20 percent in foreign direct investments.

June 7, 2013

RBI Supervisory Board to Elect Stepic’s Successor

On Friday, the supervisory board will vote on former CEO Herbert Stepic’s successor for listed Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI).

June 7, 2013

Papa: CEESE To Keep Growth Advantage

Deputy CEO of Bank Austria Papa sees a long-term potential in CESEE countries. Bank Austria is expecting a growing credit business apart from the favorable economic outlook in the region.

June 6, 2013

Croatia to Expect Disciplinary Procedure by EU

The Ex-Yugoslavian country has to face harder scrutinizing than its CESEE peers which joined the EU in the last decade.

June 5, 2013

S Immo AG: Green Building Certification And Another Award In SEE

BREEAM certificate and SEE Green Building Award for S Immo properties.

June 4, 2013

Hypo Group to Sell Austrian Affiliate

On Friday the deal of nationalized Hypo Bank’s Austrian affiliate will finally be sealed. Indian Srei Group will become the new owner in all likelyhood. The company will pay € 60m to € 70m.

May 29, 2013

Capital Inflow & Outflow In Hungary Broke Records Last Year

Last year, the amount of foreign direct investments totalled EUR 10.462bn in Hungary, which exceeds the previous year’s figure by EUR 6.7bn and which is the largest amount ever recorded.

May 28, 2013

Nowotny: Decision About Bad Bank for Hypo Not Essential Right Now

The Governor of Austrian’s National Bank confirms that the result for the ailing Hypo Group will not be “good” due to the losses that have amounted over the past years.

May 23, 2013

Austrian Top Banker to Appear in „Offshore-Leaks“

For the first time, a European top banker appears in the “Offshore-Leaks” database. CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) Herbert Stepic is coming under massive pressure.

May 23, 2013

Srei Group to Offer € 65.6m for Hypo

The Indian Srei Group offers € 65.5m for Austrian Hypo affiliate.

May 22, 2013

VBAG and VR Leasing Launch Sale Process

VBAG and VR Leasing launch sales process for VB-Leasing International.

May 22, 2013

Austria: Three Major Banks Have Made Their „Last Will“

Three Austrian banks have already made their „testament“. Erste Group, Raiffeisen and Bank Austria have presented plans for a possible restructuring. The plans are part of the future bank insolvency law.

May 22, 2013

Slovenia Hoping for Soon Recovery

Crisis-struck Slovenia intends to make more room financially by starting to privatize its state-owned banks. Experts regard the process to be carried out too slowly.

May 21, 2013

Austria: Preliminary Results on Hypo Group Expected Next Week

Hypo Group’s task force, appointed by the government, will present the preliminary corner marks next week.

May 17, 2013

Alpine Denies Bankruptcy Rumors

The Austrian construction company is to sell its affiliates. However, the expected sale earnings are disproportionate, according to experts. Spanish parent company FCC is said of not being able to raise any further aid money.

May 17, 2013

Romania: Significant Decline in FDI

Foreign direct investments in Romania declined 41 percent due to ongoing economic difficulties in Eurozone member countries.

May 17, 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

Voestalpine Hopes for Participation in South Stream Project

CEO Eder announced the Austrian Steel Manufacturer was leading “intensive” talks with Russian energy company Gazprom.

May 16, 2013

Austrian Government Desperate to Sell Hypo Group

Without an agreement for a new plan and without more time for the selling of the Eastern affiliates, the crisis-struck banking institute Hypo Alpe Adria Group will not be able to make up the balances anymore, according to Austrian newspaper Presse.

May 16, 2013

Alpine: Dispute in Poland About to Escalate

A dispute about the construction of a bridge has intensified. The construction company Alpine has withdrawn from the contract for the building of a highway segment in Poland.

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

Indian Srei Group to Acquire Austrian Hypo?

Austria is looking for a buyer for the domestic Hypo affiliates. Indian Srei Group seems to have good chances.

May 13, 2013

Austria: Domestic Banks Reject Taking Over Hypo Group

The task force, appointed for Hypo Alpe Adria Group by the government, held a meeting again today. It is only two more weeks until the suggestions have to be presented to Brussels. Domestic banks reject participating in a bad bank.

May 13, 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

FCC in the Reds Again

High Losses in first quarter for Alpine’s parent company FCC.

May 7, 2013

30th Financial Conference - Where are we and where are we headed?

Slovenia will witness further privatisation in 2013

May 6, 2013

CESEE: Business Climate Index Dropped in April

Enterprises in CESEE countries remain cautious for the most part.

May 2, 2013

Sberbank: New Head of SME Business

Sberbank Europe AG appointed Csongor Németh as new Head of SME business

May 2, 2013

2013 IIF Annual Meeting of Central and East European Bank Chief Executives

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Central and Eastern European Bank Chief Executives, hosted by Deutsche Bank AG, will take place on April 28-30 at Deutsche Bank’s office in Berlin.

April 29, 2013

Selling of Hypo Group Would Cost Austria Dearly

The selling of Hypo Group would cost the Austrian state around € 16bn.

April 29, 2013

Kapsch TrafficCom Lands Important Contract in Poland

Kapsch wins another important railway communications contract in Poland

April 29, 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

Sberbank Europe AG Appoints Igor Strehl to Management Board

Igor Strehl moves from Management Board of VTB Bank to Sberbank Europe.

April 19, 2013

Bank Austria: Focus on Major Clients in CESEE

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Standard, Head of CESEE division of Bank Austria, Gianni Papa, explains why the banking institute wants to focus on its core market.

April 18, 2013

S&P: More Funds For KA Finanz

Austrian major banks are performing weakly. Risks increase in CESEE countries. S&P also warns of real estate bubble in Vienna.

April 18, 2013

Poland: Favorable Forecast Despite of Recession in 2013

Poland’s economy is the biggest among the younger member states and continues to grow even with the current recession.

April 17, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group to Come Under Fire

Pressure from Brussel grows for a fast selling of Hypo Group.

April 16, 2013

New Fiscal Rules in EU Six-Pack to Benefit CEE5

New fiscal rules should reduce risk of self-defeating austerity. There is no need for CEE countries to raise taxes if they stick to growth-friendly policies and cap real increase of expenditures below 1%.

April 15, 2013

Bulgaria: New Coca-Cola Headquarters in Sofia

The world’s largest soft drink producer Coca-Cola is to relocate one of its competence centers from Belgium to Bulgaria.

April 15, 2013