Innovation and excellence across all its operations: this is the definition given to the Lithuanian Global Business Services (GBS) sector by the latest Invest Lithuania report. Over the past eight years, the Baltic country has strengthened its position as a go-to destination for business services in Northern and Central Eastern Europe, with 41 business centres located in Vilnius alone, while several other towns throughout the country, including Kaunas and Klaipeda, are also growing in importance. Continue reading Lithuania Handed Top Marks for Business Services
News is spreading. Long viewed by Western European and American financial institutions as a safe place to do business, private and public investment funds from parts as distant as Asia and Africa now view Central and Eastern Europe as more attractive than some western economies. That’s the headline finding of a new report jointly published by Skanska, JLL and Dentons. In the first half of 2017, investors spent approximately 5.6 billion euros across the region, 10 per cent more than the first half of 2016. Continue reading Global Players Dash for Tempting CEE
In a bizarre outburst Varujan Vosganian, an MP for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), part of Romania’s ruling coalition, said that subsistence farming was denying the country’s budget billions of euros every year. Continue reading Chickens Blamed for Romanian Budget Deficit
Lithuania’s Economy Ministry plans to make mergers and acquisitions easier from 2018. Draft amendments to the competition law will see the level of turnover before any merger needs to be referred to the regulator (Lithuania’s Competition Council; LKT) increase from 1.45 million to 2 million euros. In instances where several companies are being consolidated into one, the Economy Ministry is proposing the limit be raised from 14.5 million to 20 million euros. Continue reading Lithuania Set to Streamline Competition Legislation
Currently, around 7 million mainly young, skilled and educated Bulgarian, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks and Romanians (CEE-6) live and work in Western Europe. The return of even a relatively small portion of these would boost regional GDP, for example, by stimulating the development of real estate markets. Continue reading CEE Emigrants Could Boost Their Countries’ Economies
The Georgian Government’s local and foreign currency issuer ratings have been upgraded and the outlook remains stable. Continue reading Effective Policies Have Strengthened the Georgian Economy
Moody’s expects the positive economic momentum in Poland to continue for the rest of the year. The rating agency’s optimism resulted from the year-over-year real GDP growth of 3.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2017, published by the Central Statistical Office at the end of August. Continue reading Poland’s Q2 2017 Growth Is Stronger Than Expected
The Croatian economy is among the least unstable economies, Bloomberg global risk index reports. Out of 82 countries evaluated, the country ranks ninth, while in the top three we find Hong Kong, Switzerland and Singapore. The US closes the index. Continue reading A Risky Evaluation of Croatia’s Economy?
The Albanian construction sector is the biggest accelerator of the country’s economy. According to the Bank of Albania, it contributed to economic growth by 1.0 percentage point in Q1 2017. Continue reading Albania’s Construction Sector Supports the Country’s Growth
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
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