Serbia, Belarus and Ukraine are amongst the least open for business out of the 80 economies included in the recent ‘Best countries to start a business’ report by US News & World Report, the Wharton Business School and BAV Consulting. The countries rank 75th, 77th and 78th respectively. Continue reading Serbia, Belarus and Ukraine Ranked Lowly by Wharton Business School
The first non-EU entrepreneurs have completed the application process and are about to establish their businesses in Lithuania, within the government’s Startup Visa programme. The Startup Visa legislation, which was approved in 2016 and is now fully operational, makes it easier for non-EU nationals to get a temporary residence permit, provided they operate in an innovative field and have enough financial resources to achieve their goals for one year. Continue reading Lithuania Gives Innovation a StartUp
Over 90 per cent of the $956.8 million Belarusian IT market is external and involves exports. In 2016, the share of IT exports, in the country’s total exports of goods and services, accounted for 3.25 per cent, up from 0.16 per cent in 2015, according to EY’s ‘The IT Industry in Belarus: 2017 and Beyond’ report. Continue reading EY: Belarus’ IT Scene Is Thriving
Estonia might be the first country in the world to offer its own token through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). ‘Estcoins’ would be managed by the Republic of Estonia, but accessed by anyone in the world through its e-Residency programme. They would be launched through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), which would enable companies to crowdfund their finance and incentivise a wide range of people to help grow their businesses.
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Instead of using the Lithuanian ports, Belarus should use Russia’s Baltic ports in the Gulf of Finland, Saint Petersburg and Ust Luga, to transport its oil products made from Russian crude oil, said Russian president, Vladimir Putin during his recent visit to Russia’s Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. Continue reading Putin Urges Belarus to End Oil Transit Through Lithuania
Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, vows to restart privatisation, which is a strict condition of the next bailout tranches granted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for the autumn of 2017. That is why the government has pledged to sell the Odessa Portside Chemical Plant as well as the shares in eight regional electricity suppliers. Continue reading Ukraine to Restart Privatisation to Realise Profits
Private equity and venture capital investments into companies in Central and Eastern Europe reached a total of €1.6 billion in 2016 — the highest amount since 2009, according to recent Invest Europe’s data. Continue reading PE and VC Investment In CEE Is At an Eight-Year High
Half of Polish employers say they already face recruitment challenges which impact their companies’ development, says the latest Work Service report ‘Labour Market Barometer VIII.’ A third of them are struggling with personnel deficiencies, which prevents them from completing new contracts. Every eighth business has been forced to retreat from planned investments because of a shortage of candidates. Continue reading Polish Labour Market Deficits Are Impacting All
In the first half of 2017, Riga-based airBaltic carried 1.56 million passengers to destinations spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. Continue reading Air Passenger Volumes Reach Record High in the Baltics
RuchTech, an American fibre laser manufacturer and a subsidiary of IPG Photonics Corporation, has set up in the Great Stone Industrial Park located on the outskirts of Belarus’ capital city of Minsk. Within the next two years the investor is planning on constructing a plant that will produce various types of laser equipment, both for industrial and medical purposes. Continue reading 21st century Manufacturing Arrives at Great Stone
The Bulgarian city of Varna ranks first among the 22 cities evaluated by the World Bank’s Doing Business in the European Union 2017, as far as starting a business is concerned. Continue reading Business Standards Are High in SEE But Vary Widely
In Q2 2017, the Romanian economy expanded by 5.9 per cent, compared to the same period in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by the National Institute of Statistics (INS). The figure marked an acceleration from Q1’s 5.7 per cent expansion and vastly overshot the market’s expectations of a slowdown to 4.8 per cent.
Continue reading Romanian Economy Grows Fast in 2017