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Hungary: Constitutional Amendmends Signed By Vast Majority

EU Commission fears that Hungary’s state institutions will have to experience major restrictions.

March 12, 2013

Hungary: Austrian Farmers on the Verge of Dispossession

A new regulation should help Hungarians prevent from "greedy speculators".

March 8, 2013

Hungary: Expropriation of Foreign Farmers

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced further steps and plans the dispossession of foreign investors.

March 7, 2013

Poland: Government Retains Economic Forecast

Despite the economic slowdown, Poland´s Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski demonstrates optimism.

March 5, 2013

Hungary: Percentage of Foreign Direct Investments in Decline

Foreign Direct Investments in 2012 was 5.2 % less than in 2011. According to the statistical central office in Hungary (KSH), the drop in the last quarter showed even -7.9 %. Massive declines in almost all sectors.

March 4, 2013

“I do not expect for crediting requirements to tighten”

There is no reason for crediting requirements to be tightened, Zoran Stavreski, Macedonia´s Minister of Finance says.

March 4, 2013

“Business development focus in solid Austrian ties to Qatar”

Austrian State Secretary meets the Emir of Qatar and Qatar’s Foreign Affairs State Secretary for working discussions.

March 1, 2013

Bulgaria: Economy to Stabilize

Despite the enormous political instability, Bulgaria is expected to record positive growth rates this year.

February 28, 2013

Austria: Agrana Looking for New Market Shares in CEE and CESEE

CEO explains why Croatia and Serbia might be interesting settings

February 25, 2013 · Updated: February 25, 2013; 18:53

Austria Become Second Most Important Trading Partner for Hungary

Last year, only the foreign trade volume between Hungary and Germany was higher. Peter Szijjarto, spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban´s party Fidesz says.

February 23, 2013

CESEE Region Still Has Enormous Growth Potential

“CEE growth drivers intact but innovation is needed to start convergence 2.0” Erste Group says.

February 20, 2013

Hungary: Hope for Soon Economic Recovery Vanishes

In the last quarter of 2012, Hungary´s GDP was down by 2.7% compared to the reference period of 2011.

February 19, 2013

CESEE: Economic Outook Brightens Slightly

According to a survey carried out by OeKB (Austrian Clearing Bank), investors in the CESEE region are more optimistic.

February 6, 2013

FDI Inflow Remains Weak in Romania

Romania has recorded a low foreign trade deficit and current account deficit in Q4 2012. The low inflows of foreign capitals into the private sector persist, Raiffeisen Research says.

February 2, 2013

Hungary to Stagnate in 2013

The economic outlook for Hungary remains rather bleak. The country will not leave the recession behind this year.

February 2, 2013

EU FDI Stocks: Russia Ranks Fifth

Foreign Direct Investment EU27 investment stocks in the rest of the world increased by 50% between 2008 and 2011.

January 22, 2013

Poland: FDI Inflow Increases Decently

Last year, Poland recorded only a small increase in foreign direct investments.

January 17, 2013

Bulgarian Capital Account Deteriorates

In Q3 2012 the trade balance deteriorated by € 203.5m compared to the same period of 2011, which was entirely due to the increase of the export of investment goods following the recovery of investment activity in the country.

January 14, 2013

Russia´s Budget Deficit Higher than Expected

This year, Russia will record a budget deficit of 0.25% of GDP.

December 20, 2012

Serbia: Government Demonstrates Optimism

Serbian Minister of Economics Mladjan Dinkic expects that the country´s exports will grow substantially in the next years.

December 7, 2012

Poland: Foreign Direct Investments Grow Massively

Last year, the U.S. was the biggest investor in Poland. Regarding the EU budget, Prime Minister Tusk emphasizes that cohesion funds must not be cut.

November 26, 2012

Nowotny: „CESEE Needs New Growth Model“

Ewald Nowotny, governor of Austria´s National Bank (OeNB), thinks that the current growth model for the region is outdated.

November 26, 2012

9,500 Multinational Companies in Austria

Austria´s Minister of Social Affairs Rudolf Hundstorfer stresses the importance of multinational companies.

November 23, 2012

Serbia Attempts New Economic Reforms

The Serbian government does not only want to pursue a strict austerity policy. The country aims to become more attractive for international investors.

November 17, 2012

Austria Third Largest Investor in Czech Republic

According to the Czech President Vaclav Klaus, his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer and the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl, the bilateral trade relations are expandable.

November 14, 2012

Romania Hopes for New IMF Loan

The economic situation remains gloomy. Foreign direct investments are weakening. The economic outlook is rather decent.

November 13, 2012

Slovenia and Austria to Deepen Co-Operation

The Slovenian Minister of Economics Radovan Zerjav and the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl want to intensifiy the economic co-operation.

November 8, 2012

New Record for Bilateral Trade Between Poland and Austria

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce underlines the close and friendly relationships between Poland and Austria.

November 8, 2012

Austrian-Ukrainian Trade Relations Show Development Potential

According to Richard Schenz, Vice President of WKO (Austrian Chamber of Commerce), the economic relations between Austria and the Ukraine are excellent.

October 25, 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

“Austrian businesses pursuing expansion in Vietnam”

Great potential in the future-oriented energy, environmental and education sectors.

October 24, 2012

Kazakh President Nazarbayev in Austria

Today, the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was received by the Austrian President Heinz Fischer. The Austrian industry hopes for orders worth € 500m.

October 22, 2012

Austrian Trade with Russia is Booming

This year, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce expects new record results. Above all, South Russia is perceived as future market.

October 18, 2012

Dacic: „Reforms, Attracting Investments and Starting EU Integration“

The Serbia Prime Minister Ivica Dacic underlined that the government will implement reforms in order to stop the economic crisis.

September 26, 2012

Macedonia to Stimulate Economic Growth

Due to the recession in the Eurozone, exports are shrinking. Next year, Macedonia will overcome the crisis, the local government says.

September 24, 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

Polands FDI Level Stagnates

Compared to 2011, the size of foreign directed investments in Poland stays almost unchanged.

September 18, 2012

Bulgarian President Wants to Attract Austrian Investors

On the occasion with a meeting between the Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, the Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Lower Austria´s governor Erwin Pröll, Plevneliev underlined the importance of Austrian investors for Bulgaria.

September 17, 2012

Bulgaria: Massive Increase in Foreign Direct Investments

In the first seven months of 2012, FDI was up by 125%. The Netherlands was the biggest investor.

September 15, 2012

Austria Second-Largest Investor in Slovakia

Foreign Minister Spindelegger opens new Austrian Embassy premises in Bratislava and underlines the close economic ties between Slovakia and Austria.

September 14, 2012

Orban to Visit Germany

In October, Hungary´s Prime Minister will be on an official state visit in Berlin in October.

September 12, 2012

S&P: Foreign Currency Loans Endanger Austrian Banks

According to the U.S. rating agency, the high volume of foreign currency loans is a big danger for Austria´s banks. Nevertheless, the Austrian banking sector achieved the second best rating.

September 6, 2012

Slovenia „No Problem for Austrian Banks“

Although Austria is the biggest investor in Slovenia, the Austrian banking industry does not fear a national bankruptcy.

September 5, 2012

Slovakia Records Growing Current Account Surplus

In the first five months of 2012, Slovakia´s current account surplus reached € 1.24bn. Against the reference period of 2011, this is an increase by € 350m.

September 4, 2012

Hungary: Foreign Direct Investments Declining

Against the reference period of 2011, investments in Hungary were down by 6%.

September 3, 2012

IMF: Austria Must Prevent Spillover Effects

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded the Article IV consultation with Austria. The Austrian banking sector is “overly ambitious” in the CESEE region, IMF says.

September 3, 2012

Investment in Czech Republic Still Below Pre-Crisis Level

The global financial crisis, which originated in the USA in 2007 also hit the Czech Republic quite hard despite the fact that neither its internal nor external imbalances were excessive, the Czech Central bank stated.

August 24, 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

Hungary: Most Foreign Firms from Austria

In Hungary, foreign companies employ 25% of the workforce. However, the share of foreign companies only reaches 3.3%

August 7, 2012

Polish Business Service Sector Booming

In 2011, 38 new business service centers were established in Poland. The number of employees doubled since 2009.

August 4, 2012