Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

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Czechia has the lowest unemployment in the European Union, at 2.9 per cent, says the recent Eurostat report. The country is followed by Germany (3.8 per cent) and Malta (4.1 per cent). Even though there are countries with lower labour costs, Czechia’s costs are still significantly lower than in Western Europe; the average hourly wage cost in the country is only €10.20 compared to €24.40. So, what else makes Czechia an attractive business destination? Continue reading Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

Globalisation Needs to Work, Not Only for the Few but for the Most and in Demonstrable Ways

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Building a green economy is a new trend, now, for every country. But still, many countries are concerned about environmental limitations that can slow down the economic growth.

The emerging Europe countries are now entering a period of slower growth. Despite the fact that the income gap with Western Europe countries has become narrower, not everyone seems to have shared this prosperity. Enhanced policy structures and supportive reforms have helped these countries in the last decades, but nowadays the financial crisis is affecting these markets badly.

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Emerging Europe Makes Great Strides in Improving Business Regulation for Entrepreneurs

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Emerging European economies offer a sound business regulatory framework. According to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business report, four economies in emerging Europe are in the global top 20 for the ease of doing business rankings. They are the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (ranked tenth out of 190 economies), Estonia (12), Latvia (14) and Georgia (16).
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Slovenia is the CEE region’s leader in VAT collection

While VAT revenue collection has failed to show significant improvement across EU member states — 15 of them including Latvia, Malta and Slovakia saw an improvement in their figures and 11 such as Estonia and Poland saw deterioration — Slovenia leads the countries of Emerging Europe with only a 5.8 per cent VAT gap, compared to 15.2% of revenue loss due to fraud and evasion, tax avoidance, bankruptcies, financial insolvencies and miscalculation across the EU. Not only is Slovenia’s VAT gap the lowest in the region but in 2013 the country improved its VAT collection by 3.3 percentage points says a recent CASE report commissioned by the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) of the European Commission. Continue reading Slovenia is the CEE region’s leader in VAT collection

Towards a resilient Europe, strategies for the future

The 25th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój is scheduled on 8-10 September, 2015. “How to build strong Europe? Strategies for the future” is the title of the plenary session opening this year’s Forum. Participants in the debates will be looking for answers to the main challenges that the Old Continent has to address in the face of internal and external threats. The discussion will concentrate on economic and political issues inside the community, as well as security issues connected with the situation in Ukraine and North Africa. Continue reading Towards a resilient Europe, strategies for the future

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