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Facilitated Stock Exchange Access for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the VSE

As a result of an amendment to the Austrian Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz), as of 21 January 2019 it will again be possible for small and medium-sized enterprises and growth companies registered in Austria in the legal form of a stock corporation (AG) with small free float to gain access to the Vienna Stock Exchange via the newly created market segments "direct market plus" and "direct market".

October 19, 2018

Austria's Capital Market for SMEs on the Brink of a Renaissance

Finance Minister Hartwig Löger plans to revive the Austrian capital market for SMEs by making trading of bearer shares of Austrian companies on the Third Market possible again.

April 11, 2018

Austria: Calls for Reduction of Bureaucracy Become Louder

Bureaucratic hurdles burden the Austrian enterprises the most apart from taxes and other levies.

April 23, 2014

Leaders from Western Balkans Meeting at EBRD

Prime Ministers from the Western Balkans are gathering to discuss economic cooperations.

February 25, 2014

Slovenia: SMEs Protest Against Real Estate Tax

Tax bills would rise by many times for small business owners.

February 24, 2014

“Polish Economy at Crossroads“

In an interview with Austrian daily “WirtschaftsBlatt“, Ryszard Petru, chairman of the Society of Policy Economists, sees high chances for the Polish economy; however, only if the country knows how to support innovation.

February 21, 2014

Erste: CEE Financial Market Not Concerned by Low Inflation

Low inflation will not change CEE market forecasts, according to Erste Group.

February 18, 2014

Challenging Business Environment for Croatian Banks

Last year profits of Croatian banks declined more than 73 percent.

February 12, 2014

Austria: First Signs of a Credit Crunch

According to the CFO barometer, large enterprises fear that the access to bank loans will continue to worsen. Austrian SME want to become more independent of banks.

February 3, 2014

EBRD Presents New Strategy for Bosnia

The new strategy focuses on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and the exporting industrial sector.

January 25, 2014

CEE: Insolvencies Declining But Larger Effect

The number of insolvencies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is declining. However, the individual insolvencies are becoming larger, as reported by French credit insurer Coface.

January 23, 2014

Hungary: Forex Loan Problem to be Solved

According to the Hungarian National Bank (MNB), the problem of the foreign-exchange loans could be solved in the next half year.

January 17, 2014

Austrian SME Suffer from Credit Shortage

The real economy benefits only partly from the low interest rates. According to Creditreform, borrowing becomes more and more difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises.

December 20, 2013

Erste Group to Reduce Goodwill

Erste Group reduces goodwill by about EUR 350 million.

December 17, 2013

RBI Calls for Better SME Financing in Europe and CEE

RBI CEO Karl Sevelda calls for improvement of SME financing.

November 28, 2013

WKO: Better Framework Conditions for SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), with between 10 to 249 persons employed, are a driver of the European economy, creating jobs and contributing to economic growth. WKO calls for better framework conditions for SMEs.

November 26, 2013

Treichl: Requirements for Banks Increased Massively

According to the CEO of Erste Group, the requirements for banks have increased by three to six times. Moreover it has become harder for banks to finance small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

September 17, 2013

„Demand for Loans Will Grow“

In an interview with „Wirtschaftsblatt“, Vice-President of EIB (European Investment Bank) Wilhelm Molterer indicates that banks may not be prepared for an increasing demand for loans.

September 6, 2013

Czech Republic: SME Suffer from Credit Crunch

The recession in the Czech Republic is mainly due to the restrictive lending policy of the domestic banking sector.

August 24, 2013

Croatia Receives Major Loan from EIB

The European Investment Bank grants a € 250m loan for the new EU member.

July 23, 2013

Austria Climbs to Fifth Place in Entrepreneurial Rankings

The world's largest entrepreneurship study reports rises in business start-ups in Austria.

February 7, 2013

Hungary: Gross Earnings Growing

In the national economy – at corporations employing at least 5 persons, budgetary and designated non-profit institutions – average gross earnings increased by 4.7%.

October 18, 2012

Austria Underlines Importance of Austerity Measures

“EU pact for growth and employment to fight high unemployment rates”: State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka at the General Affairs Council in Luxemburg.

October 17, 2012

Austrian Budget: Experts Call for Further Reforms (Part 3)

Economists think that the budget does not contain enough reform steps. The opposition does not see any signs of progress.

October 16, 2012

Austrian Companies Expect Stricter Lending Conditions

Credit costs will increase in the coming years, a significant majority of Austrian managers says. As a result, the equity quota of Austrian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) is growing.

September 17, 2012

Austrian Middle Class Demonstrates Optimism

According to a recent study, Austria´s middle sized firms expect a positive future. The willingness to invest is growing.

August 25, 2012

Austrian Companies Boost Service Sector

A massive 85% of the 26,172 business start-ups in Austria are operating in the promising service sector.

August 23, 2012

European Congress of Small and Medium – Sized Enterprises in Katowice

From 24th to 27th September 2012, the II European Congress of Small and Medium – Size Enterprises will take place in Katowice, Poland. 50 discussion panels are planned including over 250 speakers with 3500 participants.

August 21, 2012

Support for Export-Oriented SMEs

The Austrian Ministry of Finance increased the bill guarantee facility for small and medium-sized enterprises to € 1.2bn.

June 29, 2012

Austria Stresses Balance Between Growth and Austerity

At the negotiations on the EU financial plan 2014 – 2020 in Denmark, Austria proposes to establish a growth fund accessible to SMEs.

June 13, 2012

Austrian SME as Innovation and Job Engine

SMEs account for 66 per cent of overall employment in Austria and have created 44,000 new jobs over the last four years. Bank Austria underlines the importance of innovation.

May 16, 2012

Austrian Labor Market: Most Jobs in SME

The quantitatively most important employer in Austria are still small and medium sized enterprises. Above all, handicraft enterprises are a major pillar for the domestic labor market.

May 12, 2012

Leitl: „EU Needs Budget Consolidation and Growth Measures“

The President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce claims to create a European fund in order to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

May 5, 2012

Growth in Austrian IT Industry

In 2011, the Austrian Information Technology and Communication Industry achieved revenues of € 54bn. This corresponds to an increase of 6.6%.

March 26, 2012

EIB: Fewer Funds for Austrian Companies

After a record in 2011, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will reduce lending to Austrian companies this year.

February 24, 2012

Worsening Economic Outlook for 2012

Economists and analysts expect a massive fall in Austrian economic growth for 2012.

January 4, 2012

Austrian SME Become More Cautious

Due to the weak economy, the euro-crisis, the decrease in public expenses and equity requirements, small and medium-sized enterprises are more reluctant for investments.

December 27, 2011

Mitterlehner Pushes for more Venture Capital

The Austrian Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner wants to increase efficiency and reduce redundancies in economic subsidies.

December 10, 2011

Decreasing EBIT for Austrian SME

Domestic Small and Medium Enterprises record a decline in their return on investment. Lower finance costs could offset this effect. 40% of all SME are in the red zone.

October 5, 2011

German and Austrian Economy Claim Improvements for Company Loans

Representatives of the German and Austrian Economy fear adverse impacts for company loans from the new Basel III rules.

September 20, 2011

Increasing Equity Quotas of Austrian SME

The average equity quota of Austrian SME in 2009/2010 was 28%. This is an improvement against the previous years. However, 30% of SMEs are overindebted.

September 19, 2011

Lack of Reforms as a Threat for Start-Ups

The organization of young entrepreneurs demands improvement of framework conditions for start-up enterprises.

July 26, 2011

Austrian SME Increase Investments

Sentiment in the SME sector is improving: 60% are planning to grow in the medium to long term. Enterprises increasingly rely on internal financing.

July 6, 2011

“We Need to Increase Support for SME”

Experts say the government’s efforts for increasing the research quota are half-hearted. € 600m per year would be necessary to achieve the target.

June 24, 2011

OeKB Facilitates Austro-Russian Projects

A recently signed agreement will increase the cooperation between OeKB and Russian Vnesheconombank.

May 27, 2011

Upswing in Austria’s SMEs

Austrian small and medium enterprises expect a significant improvement in business conditions for 2011. The equity situation however remains problematic.

May 5, 2011

aws: Willingness to Invest in Austria’s Manufacturing Industry Grows

The investment projects promoted from January to March 2011 were larger and more ambitious than one year ago.

April 22, 2011

Austria's trade as a Job Creation Engine

77,000 jobs were created by trades and crafts in the last eight years. The manufacturing industry lost 17,000.

April 14, 2011

Austria's Economy Remains Small Structured

About 238,000 or 55.6% of the members of the Economic Chamber are one-person enterprises. Their proportion has even risen slightly recently.

April 7, 2011

Basel III: Leitl Demands Adaptation for SMEs

The implementation of Basel III should take business financing into account, for which reason national support measures are necessary for capital strengthening of small businesses.

April 5, 2011
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