Slovenia is CEE’s leader in innovation

Slovenia is the fastest growing innovation follower and the regional leader and the only Eastern European country in the group together with countries like the UK, France and Netherlands among the innovation followers, says the latest European Commission’s Innovation Union Scoreboard. Only four countries rank in the first group among the innovation leaders: Sweden, Germany, Finland and Denmark. Slovenia’s performance has been steadily improving since the EC’s first scoreboard in 2007, having grown on average by 2.6 per cent since then – only three EU members have improved faster. Continue reading Slovenia is CEE’s leader in innovation

The Czech government attracts FDI and creates jobs

Since the new government took office 18 months ago, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s Cabinet managed to gain 196 new investment projects worth €4 billion, which should generate over 23,000 jobs.

“It is important that we keep up this initial pace in the coming months. The Ministry of Industry and Trade and CzechInvest must build on the success achieved so far and continue to work intensively on improving the conditions for entry of new investors into our country,” said Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. Continue reading The Czech government attracts FDI and creates jobs

Merkel: Albania is taking big steps forward

“May I tell you that it is in our own interests that our promise that the countries in the Western Balkans have a European perspective — that we realise this perspective, because that concerns our credibility,” Merkel said. “I can tell you, nothing will be artificially delayed. There won’t be any difficulties constructed … I think it is widely recognised that Albania is taking big steps forward,” Merkel said at a news conference alongside Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Continue reading Merkel: Albania is taking big steps forward

New investors interested in Belarus’ Great Stone Industrial Park

More than 30 companies are considering residency in the China-Belarus Industrial Park of Great Stone, in the outskirts of Minsk. According to Li Haixin, Director General of Industrial Park Development Company, the investors expressed their strong interest in implementing their projects in the park and signed agreements of intent with Industrial Park Development Company. Continue reading New investors interested in Belarus’ Great Stone Industrial Park