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Central and Eastern Europe's Financial Elite Gathered at the CEE Forum in Vienna

The 21st Euromoney Central and Eastern European Forum ended in Vienna today, where 1000 delegates from the region joined local and international investors to help plan, debate and analyze the economic agenda for the region for the year ahead. The vast majority of the delegates have a negative outlook for the year 2016. Only one of the participants expects that this year CEE will grow more than 3.5%.

January 20, 2016

VIG Completes Acquisition of Latvian Non-Life Insurer Baltikums AAS

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) has finalized the 100-percent acquisition of Riga-based Baltikums AAS. As a result of the acquisition, Vienna Insurance Group is now one of the top five insurers on the Latvian market.

October 27, 2015

Analysis: Austrian Economy Falls Behind Eurozone Average

The latest "Attractiveness Survey" from consultancy Ernst & Young Global Limited shows, that espite strong fundamentals, Austria’s economy lost some ground on the Eurozone average in 2014, with growth of just 0.4% compared with 0.9% for the Eurozone as a whole. This comparative weakness will also continue in 2015, with Austria’s GDP growth estimated at 1.1%, against 1.5% in the Eurozone. This is despite a boost from lower energy prices, quantitative easing from the European Central Bank (ECB) and a weaker euro.

June 1, 2015

EBRD Sees Mixed Outlook for CESEE Countries in 2015-16

The outlook for economies in central and south eastern Europe is improving on the back of eurozone monetary easing but prospects further to the east of the transition region have worsened, as the impact of Russia’s recession intensifies.

May 14, 2015

List of National Days of the home countries of all foreign Missions and Delegations in Vienna, Austria

The Vindobona table below is an updated list of National Days of all nations, which belong to at least one of following categories: Foreign Missions and Delegations in Vienna, Austria; Diplomatic Corps and other representations in Austria; International Organizations in Vienna and Permanent Missions; Missions and Delegations to the OSCE.

February 11, 2015 · Updated: March 14, 2016; 08:12

Mid Europa Partners' New Fund to Invest EUR 800 Mln in CEE

Mid Europa Partners, the British private equity firm focused on buyouts in Central & Eastern Europe, announced the final closing of Mid Europa Fund IV at €800 million, complemented by an additional pre-allocated co-investment program of €650 million. Fund IV represents the largest dedicated fund to the CEE Region raised in the last 5 years.

September 5, 2014

Cost of Living Rankings: CEE Capitals Cheaper, Vienna is 32nd Most Expensive City

The Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Rankings have been published and cover 211 cities across five continents. While Western European cities have all risen in the rankings mainly due to the strengthening of the Euro against the US dollar, most cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), however have fallen in the ranking as a result of local currencies depreciating against the US dollar. Bratislava (#84), Prague (#92), Kiev (#98), Ljubljana (#116), Zagreb (#120), Budapest (#135), Warsaw (#142), Belgrade (#184).

July 25, 2014

Austrian President Heinz Fischer and a Business Delegation to Visit Estonia

From June 30 through July 1, the Austrian President Heinz Fischer together with his wife Margit Fischer and an Austrian Business Delegation is on an official visit to Estonia.

June 30, 2014

Labor Costs: No Clear Trend in CESEE

In the Baltic countries and in Romania, unit labor costs rose most. In Slovenia and in the Czech Republic, by contrast, unit labor costs were down.

December 18, 2013

VIG: Expansion Plans in Baltic States

According to a report by “Wirtschaftsblatt”, the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) plans to expand business activity in the Baltic States. From 2014 on, the Austrian insurance company will start conquering the Estonian insurance market.

November 8, 2013

CESEE Countries Show More Fiscal Discipline

Euro area government debt up to 92.2% of GDP. EU27 debt up to 85.9%. The debt increase in Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic countries was very decent or even negative.

July 22, 2013

EU: Highest Inflation in Romania, lowest in Poland

Euro area annual inflation up to 1.6%. In the EU, the inflation was up to 1.7%

July 17, 2013

Favorable Outlook on Estonia’s Economy

Estonian economy’s consistent growth will continue in the coming years

April 11, 2013

Estonia and Russia to Enhance Relations

At a meeting on April 5 in St. Petersburg, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev focused on the chance of reinforcing cooperations.

April 9, 2013

Poll: Estonians Want Economy Minister to Resign

56 % of Estonian citizens want the Economy Minister Parts to step down.

April 3, 2013

Lithuania and Latvia Preparing for Euro

The Baltic finance ministers emphasize sustainable growth and euro importance.

April 2, 2013

67 % of Estonians Work in Service Sector

According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011) of Statistics Estonia, 67% of persons employed in Estonia worked in service sector, 29% in industrial sector and only 4% in primary sector.

March 30, 2013

Estonia: Economic Growth Reached 3.2%

According to the second estimates of Statistics Estonia, in 2012 the gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 3.2% compared to the previous year.

March 13, 2013

Lithuania: Exports Decreased by 7.6 % in January

Foreign trade in January 2013 decreased. Major losses in Agricultural sector.

March 8, 2013

Estonia: Hope For Employment Rate to Increase

Employment continued to grow at the end of 2012.

March 8, 2013

Estonian Labor Market Records Promising Results

In the 4th quarter the number of job vacancies increased by four percent.

March 8, 2013

Estonia: Turnover in Business Sector Increased by 7 %

2012 proves to be a successful year for the business sector

March 6, 2013

Estonia: Stable Growth in Retail Sales

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2013 compared to January of the previous year, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises increased 4% at constant prices.

March 4, 2013

Estonia: Construction Output Grows Massively

In 2012, the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and in foreign countries amounted to 2.1 billion euros, which is 19% more than a year earlier.

March 1, 2013

EU Commission: Austrian Growth Above EU Average

Unlike the Eurozone, Austria will record a positive growth rate this year. Within the EU, the situation is highly different.

February 22, 2013

Estonians Suffer from Unfavorable Working Conditions

According to a survey carried out by the daily newspaper Eesti Päevaleht, a considerably high number of Estonians want to leave the country. The situation in Lativa is almost the same.

February 18, 2013

Economic Growth: Baltic Countries Ahead

Euro area GDP down by 0.6% and EU27 down by 0.5%. The CESEE countries show mixed results. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia have performed best in 2012.

February 14, 2013

Estonia: Unemployment Goes Down

According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 10.2% in 2012 and 9.3% in the 4th quarter.

February 14, 2013

Estonia: Real Estate Transactions Up by 12%

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2012, 36,176 purchase-sale transactions of real estate in the total value of 1.7 billion euros were notarised.

February 12, 2013

Estonia Still Among Most Growing EU Countries

According to the flash estimates of Statistics Estonia, the gross domestic product (GDP) of Estonia increased by 3.7% in the 4th quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

February 11, 2013

Estonia: Moderate Growth in Exports

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2012 exports of goods increased by 4% and imports by 9% compared to 2011.

February 11, 2013

Austria´s Economic Situation Is „Unfavorable“

Today, the German economic research institute ifo has published a report on the economic outlook in the Eurozone.

February 6, 2013

Baltic Countries: Strong Increase in Retail Trade

In the EU, the volume of retail trade was down by 0.6%. In Austria, turnover in the retail trade sector is decreasing in real terms.

February 5, 2013

Property Market: Baltic Countries Against the EU Trend

Third quarter 2012 compared with third quarter 2011: Euro area house prices down by 2.5%.

January 31, 2013

„Whatever Happens to the Euro, Happens to Our Currency“

In an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper “Kurier”, Latvia´s Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis explains why Latvia joins the Eurozone. However, the Latvians are not convinced at all.

January 30, 2013

Bank Austria Centralizes Operations in Baltic Countries

The Austrian subsidiary of Italian UniCredit has shifted the units in Lithuania and Estonia to Latvia.

January 29, 2013

Estonia and Bulgaria Record Lowest Public Debt in EU

Third quarter of 2012 compared with second quarter of 2012: Euro area and EU27 government debt nearly stable at 90.0% and 85.1% of GDP respectively.

January 23, 2013

Baltic Countries: Strong Increase in Industrial Production

Industrial production down by 0.3% in euro area and EU27.

January 14, 2013

CESEE: Airline Industry in Severe Crisis

The airline industry in East and Southeast Europe faces enormous difficulties. Not only Polish LOT needs immediate help.

December 21, 2012

Highest Percentage of Low-Wage Earners in Baltic Countries

One out of six employees in the EU27 was a low-wage earner in 2010. Large differences between men and women, levels of education and types of contract.

December 20, 2012

Labor Costs: Highest Increases in Estonia and Romania

Euro area hourly labour costs rose by 2.0%. In the EU27, labour costs were up by 1.9%.

December 17, 2012

Retail Trade: Highest Increase In Baltic Countries

Volume of retail trade was down by 1.2% in the euro area.

December 5, 2012

Unemployment Decreasing in Baltic Countries

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.7%. EU27 at 10.7%. Austria still records the lowest unemployment quota.

November 30, 2012

CESEE: Social Protection Still Underdeveloped

EU27 spent 29.4% of GDP on social protection in 2010. The lowest ratios were observed in Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria.

November 27, 2012

Unemployment: Austria Ranks First in EU

In September, the euro area unemployment rate came at 11.6%. The Baltic countries registered a substantial decrease in unemployment.

October 31, 2012

Estonia: IMF More Optimistic

The Estonian economy is expected to expand by 2.4% this year.

October 18, 2012

Nine Prime Minister Discuss EU Budget in Bratislava

The Prime Ministers of nine countries of Central and Eastern Europe will meet in the Slovak capital on October 5.

October 3, 2012

Public Debt: New EU Members Are More Flexible

Compared to old EU member states, the new member states have more fiscal leeway to overcome the crisis.

September 24, 2012

Latvia: Introduction of the Euro Wobbles

The majority of the Latvians are against joining the Eurozone. The Latvian government is under pressure.

September 22, 2012

EU: Highest Shadow Economy in Bulgaria

A World Bank report shows that the Bulgarian economy is still dominated by illegal work. Among EU-countries, Bulgaria clearly ranks first. Austria has the lowest shadow economy.

September 14, 2012