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IMF International Monetary Fund

Hungary to Pay Back IMF Credit

A year earlier than necessary € 2.15bn go back to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

August 14, 2013

Romania: Good Prospects for Economic Upturn

In Romania, the inflation forecast for 2013 and for 2014 has been lowered to 3.1 percent which is 0.1 percent less compared to previous figures.

August 9, 2013

Romania’s Economic Recovery Expected to Strengthen.

Staff teams from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission (EC), and the World Bank visited Bucharest Romania during July 17–31.

August 1, 2013

Cyprus Is Showing Progress

According to estimates by its international creditors, Cyprus is showing progress at the reorganization of its state budget.

July 31, 2013

Romania: Drop of VAT on Bread and Baked Goods

Around 70 percent of Romanian bread and baked goods are sold on the black market. A drop in VAT is supposed to change that.

July 31, 2013

47.5 Percent Compulsory Levy in Cyprus

Major investors are losing almost half of their assets.

July 30, 2013

Russia: Stronger Regulations for Market for Consumer Loans

Business with consumer credits have started comparatively late in Russia. Now, the market is supposed to be regulated further.

July 29, 2013

ECB: No Risk of Deflation in Europe

The European Central Bank (ECB), in contrast to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), does not see the danger of a general downward trend in prices with all its negative effects for the economy.

July 29, 2013

Austrian Economy Dependent on Neighbor Countries

Austria’s economy is getting through the crisis better than the Eurozone. However, the country owes this partly to neighboring countries.

July 11, 2013

Slovenia Can Afford Bank Sector Cleanup Itself

Slovenia intends to use its own funds and avoid having to ask the Eurozone or IMF for aid to restore the stability of its banking sector, said the country's finance minister Uros Cufer.

July 10, 2013

IMF Downgrades Growth Prognosis for Eurozone

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the prospects of growth in the Eurozone are still positive. However, they are not as good as in April. Germany and Austria are concerned as well.

July 10, 2013

Serbia: Fight against Unemployment Key Aim of Government

Serbia's Government aims to cut down unemployment to below 20 percent and tries to attract new investors.

July 9, 2013

Moody’s: Rate Cuts Credit-Negative for Polish Banks

The recently passed cut in interest rates by Poland’s Monetary Policy Council has a negative effect on credits for Polish banks, rating agency Moody’s announced.

June 11, 2013

Fitch to Downgrade Cyprus Again

The rating agency sees high risks for aid programs.

June 4, 2013

Romania: No Investors for Post Company

Debts and a collective agreement which makes restructuring impossible until 2018 are among the main reasons the company is not attractive to potential investors.

May 29, 2013

IMF Recommends Czech Government to Reduce Budget Cuts

With worse-than-expected current economic circumstances the IMF recommends the Czech Republic to moderate budget cuts.

May 22, 2013

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

Poland Pressed to Cut Rates

IMF urges Poland to further cut rates.

May 17, 2013

Poland: Economy Not to Recover Before July

Polish economy is not expected to rebound as soon as the second half of this year and only on the condition that export partners see a growing GDP rate.

May 15, 2013

Slovenia to Raise VAT and Sell 15 State Enterpises

Slovenia has announced to put 15 state companies up for sale and raise VAT in order to acquire revenues and avoid international bailout.

May 10, 2013

Nowotny Concerned About Reputation of Austrian Banks

Ewald Nowotny, Govenor of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), is critical towards the continuing debate about keeping the bank secrecy. He fears that doubts in the integrity of the domestic banking sector could emerge.

April 22, 2013

Cyprus: Increase of Taxes Resolved

The Cyprian parliament has voted for an increase of taxes. Among other things, business taxes will increase from 10 % to 12.5 %.

April 19, 2013

IMF Warns Eurozone of Ongoing Risks to Economic Stability

The International Monetary Fund has warned the Eurozone in a Global Financial Stability Report, urging for a reforming zeal and restructuring of weak banks.

April 17, 2013

Forbes: “Austere Baltic States Outgrow Their European Neighbors”

Forbes magazine has dedicated a comprehensive article about how the Baltic countries manage to conquer the financial crisis.

April 17, 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’s Economy Grows Faster Than Eurozone

Economists of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are confident for a positive development of Austria’s economy.

April 16, 2013

Cyprus Grants Damaged Foreign Investors Citizenship

Instead of the so-far € 10bn, investors now only have to endow € 3bn in order to obtain the Cyprian citizenship.

April 15, 2013

Cyprus to Receive More Capital

Cyprus requires more money than expected and will receive it. Head of Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, has promised an examination if money laundering exists.

April 12, 2013

Cyprus: Bail-Out Package More Expensive Than Thought

The aid-money needed increases from € 17.5bn to € 23bn, according to Cyprian government.

April 11, 2013

Bad Outlook for Slovenia’s Economy

Slovenia receives bad marks in a report by the EU Commission. Together with Spain, Slovenia’s economy is endagered to collapse in case measures will not be made in the next few weeks.

April 11, 2013

Cyprus to Sell Gold Reserves

The country has to sell reserves in the amount of € 400m. In the meantime, the banking sector has been cut down to one half of its former size.

April 10, 2013

Investigation Report Incriminates Managers of Bank of Cyprus

Mass purchase of Greek state bonds and removing of data.

April 5, 2013

Turkey’s Hopes of a Reunited Cyprus

The financial crisis in Cyprus is, according to Turkish President Abdullah Gül, an important opportunity to overcome the seperation of Cyprus.

April 4, 2013

Cyprus: Prone to Recession

Despite of the bail-out package, the country is threatened by a deep recession in the coming two years.

April 3, 2013

Cyprus: Anastasiades Comes Under Suspicion

President Nikos Anastasiades is in dire straits as he is accused of having transferred huge amounts of money to foreign countries and having warned relatives. In the meantime, the austerity package is almost set.

April 2, 2013

Slovenia: “We Will Need No Bailout This Year”

Since Greece, Spain and Cyprus are currently finding themselves in disastrous economic situations, Slovenia does not want to seem like the next bail-out candidate.

March 30, 2013

Cyprus: 37.5 % Only The First Cut

Assets will be burdened much higher than assumed. Apart from the mandatory levy of 37.5 % a further amount of 22.5 % will be frozen in.

March 30, 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

Medvedev Vexed Over EU

In case the government will not come to conclusion how to generate the required money (€ 5.8bn), the ECB will cut off the money supply for Cyprus’ ramshackle banks.

March 25, 2013

Cyprus: Bail-Out Package Accepted

Cyprus has been granted the € 10bn worth aid package by the EU. After ten hours of negotiations in Brussels the decision was made early this morning. Assets below € 100,000 will not be taxed.

March 25, 2013

Cyprus: Agreement on Bank Asset Tax

Today, the Cyprian government has come to a solution on the compulsory charges on bank accounts.

March 23, 2013

Cyprus: Votes on Mandatory Levy

In case the government will not come to conclusion how to generate the required money (€ 5.8bn), the ECB will cut off the money supply for Cyprus’ ramshackle banks.

March 23, 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

Cyprus: Negotiations About “Plan B“ Today

After days of negotiations in Moscow, Cyprian Finance Minister had to return empty-handed. Talks about “plan B” will continue today.

March 22, 2013

Cyprus: Small Investors To Be Excluded From Tax

After protests among Cyprus‘ citizens arised and harsh criticism was expressed, the government now intends to exclude small savers from the compulsary tax and grant them a relief.

March 19, 2013

Cyprus: Parliament Votes Tomorrow For Rescue Package

The Cyprian parliament is unlikely to vote in favor for the rescue package which forces bank clients to contribute with their private money.

March 18, 2013

Hungary: New Interest Rate Cuts Ahead

Since the beginning of March, Hungary´s National Bank MNB has a new governor. The government wants MNB to lower the base rate further.

March 16, 2013

Hungary: Orban Rejects Criticisms

After making amendments to the Hungarian constitution, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his leading Fidezs party have to face harsh criticisms. EU Justice Commissoner Viviane Reding announced to take measures.

March 15, 2013

Bulgaria: EVN Under Surveillance

While the Austrian power supplier EVN is currently kept under surveillance of the Bulgarian judiciary and government, protests by the citizens all over the country continue.

March 11, 2013

Conference on European Economic Integration

“European Integration in a Global Economic Setting – CESEE, China and Russia“. Conference jointly organized by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank and Suomen Pankki – Finlands Bank.

November 18, 2011