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Andrew Wrobel

About Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel is head of editorial of Emerging Europe. Trained as a journalist and a film maker, he has worked for broadcast media for almost 15 years, covering business and economy and, occasionally, culture and tourism. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications and reports. In 2014, Andrew was awarded, by London-based EVCOM, for his coverage of an awareness campaign UKTI ran about CEE. He's a moderator, panelist and a media commentator. Twitter: @andrew__wrobel

Emerging Europe Has Already ‘Emerged’ for the Most and it’s a Transition to Be Proud Of

For us, emerging Europe is a region that comprises 23 countries — some of them belonging to the European Union, some believing they will join the Bloc soon and still others having chosen the Eurasian Economic Union. Are they New Europe, New Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe or maybe emerging Europe? Is it something else again? Continue reading Emerging Europe Has Already ‘Emerged’ for the Most and it’s a Transition to Be Proud Of

An Independent Judicial System is Essential to Attract FDI

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The judicial system in many emerging European countries is not a focus for the authorities and yet, it is vital for attracting foreign investors, says Panos Katsambas, Partner at Reed Smith, a law firm that counsels the world’s largest financial institutions and other financial investors. He spoke to Andrew Wrobel about the development of emerging Europe and the perception of the region amongst international investors.

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Ukraine’s Pro-change Atmosphere Says “Welcome!”

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I have been to Ukraine quite a few times but I don’t think I will ever forget my visit to Kyiv in November 2013. Not that it was special for me in any way, but it did mark the end of the pre-Maidan Ukraine. The events that unfurled only about ten days after I left to return to London, resulted first in President Yanukovich’s escape to Russia and, finally, in an ongoing military conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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The Bucharest Stock Exchange Has Started the Year on a Promising Note

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In the first quarter of 2017, the value of transactions on the regulated market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) climbed to a six-year high and reached €530 million while the number of transactions and traded volumes climbed to a seven-year high. Ludwik Sobolewski, CEO of the BVB, spoke to Andrew Wrobel, about the effects that could positively influence the country once it gains emerging market status, and the increased interest shown by private companies to be listed on the stock exchange.

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Alexandru Petrescu: Romania Is Working to Solidify the Highest Growth Rate in Europe

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - MAY 1: Unidentified people relax and socialize in the green area of the Promenada Mall on May 1 2014 in Bucharest Romania. The mall has a gross floor area of approx. 110000 m.

Seeing that Romania was going in the right direction, economically and socially, made me want to come back to the country after almost two decades of living and working in the UK, says Alexandru Petrescu, Romanian Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. He spoke to Andrew Wrobel about the prospects for the economy and the changes the government is implementing. Continue reading Alexandru Petrescu: Romania Is Working to Solidify the Highest Growth Rate in Europe

Sergei Guriev: Emerging Europe Countries are Happy Alike and Unhappy in Their Own Ways

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - 21 JUNE 2014: People on the streets of Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is one of the most visited city in Europe with over 5 million visitors every year.

Inclusion and green growth are aspects that some emerging Europe countries have not really started taking seriously enough, so institutions like ours need to further increase support and to invest more in both aspects, says Sergei Guriev, chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He spoke to Andrew Wrobel about global trends that might have an impact on emerging Europe, the region’s prospects for growth and the challenges it is facing. Continue reading Sergei Guriev: Emerging Europe Countries are Happy Alike and Unhappy in Their Own Ways

The Eurovision Song Contest Is a Perfect Showcase for Ukraine’s Talent and Warmth

O.Torvald is the fourteenth Ukrainian act to appear in the Eurovision song contest. The country joined the family in 2003 and won the competition a year later with Ruslana’s Wild Dances. In 2007, Verka Serduchka came second with Dancing Lasha Tumbai. In 2008, the performer’s success was repeated by Ani Lorak, who sang Shady lady. In 2013, Zlata Ognevich took third place. Finally, in 2016, Jamala’s 1944 brought the Eurovision song contest to Kyiv again. Continue reading The Eurovision Song Contest Is a Perfect Showcase for Ukraine’s Talent and Warmth

Naftogaz: A Good Start Has Slowed But Optimism Remains High

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Ukraine hasn’t bought Russian gas since November 2015. In January 2017, Gazprom charged Naftogaz $5.3 billion for gas it had not purchased, under a take-or-pay clause covering the second through to the fourth quarter of 2016. The applicability of the take-or-pay principle is currently being reviewed by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce within the context of the arbitration proceedings between Naftogaz and Gazprom that were initiated in 2014. Naftogaz doesn’t intend to pay the invoice until the final decision has been reached in the arbitration.

Yuriy Vitrenko, Group Chief Commercial Officer at Naftogaz, spoke to Andrew Wrobel, about the reforms of the Ukrainian gas market that have already been introduced and the challenges that the sector is facing now as a result of a slowdown in further reforms. Continue reading Naftogaz: A Good Start Has Slowed But Optimism Remains High