When Ukraine makes the headlines, it is generally because of the war, which started in 2014, in the eastern part. This has hugely influenced the political and economic situation of the country, including the ease of doing business. However, it’s unjustified to think that, given the circumstances, investing in the whole country makes no sense. Continue reading Western Ukraine Could Be an Entry Point into the Country
New VAT forms that companies submit to the tax office and an updated list of products and services with a lower VAT rate are only a few of the procedures that have resulted from the Ministry of Finance’s five recent decrees. In July 2016, the Parliament approved new amendments to the VAT law in order to reduce informal economy. The Ministry of Justice plans on fighting the informal sector even further with terms of imprisonment for up to 25 years for tax fraud. Provisions against tax evasion have recently been introduced. Continue reading Do Your Homework First and Starting Business in Poland is Easier
Unlikely and unusual as it may seem, in a national general multi-subject primary school test, taken last May, final grade pupils in Kosovo achieved higher results in English than in their mother tongue. The subject with the second highest score was computer studies. Continue reading Kosovo: A Population of Talented Young Entrepreneurs Waits at Europe’s Door
SEE Link was officially launched at the end of March 2016, and is growing rapidly in terms of its member exchanges. The shared platform, which was originally set up by the stock exchanges in Zagreb, Sofia and Skopje, aims to rationalise and connect the relatively small capital markets of south-eastern Europe. It now has four new members that applied and will be connected to the platform this year: Ljubljana, Belgrade, Montenegro and Banja Luka. In addition the Athens Stock Exchange has recently submitted membership application and Bucharest intends to do so later this year.
The number of non-financial reports is growing and according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), around 5,000 sustainability reports enter the global market, annually with 40 per cent out of those coming from Europe. A group of strong leaders, in non-financial reporting, has already been established in Central and Eastern Europe. The Deloitte CE Top 500 ranks the largest companies from CEE countries and 109 of them already have some form of non-financial reporting in place or at least will report non-financial data for 2015.
Last year’s wire-tapping scandal, where the national security services allegedly recorded some 670,000 conversations from over 20,000 phone numbers illegally, paralysed the small Balkan nation of Macedonia. It is now a year later and the country, which has been an EU candidate since 2005, is trying to move on. Continue reading Macedonia — Stepping Out Of the Shadow Of the Balkans
“External factors should be generally supportive, with stronger growth momentum within the EU, low interest rates and quantitative easing by the ECB, subdued commodity prices and the stabilisation in Russia,” Paul Gamble, Senior Director at Sovereign Group, Fitch Ratings, tells Emerging-Europe.com. Continue reading Fitch And the World Bank: Economic Growth To Remain Solid Within CEE In 2016
Over the last decade Poland has made notable strides in improving local conditions for domestic and foreign businesses. In the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2016 the country was ranked 25th globally, as opposed to 70th in 2011. That along with a massive EU fund influx €67.3 billion between 2007 and 2013 helped Poland see the levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) recover. In 2014, Poland attracted FDI of €13 billion. The year before, foreign companies had invested a mere €112 million, according to UNCTAD’s statistics. Continue reading Poland’s Political Shift — What Should Investors Expect?
Almost every single economy in emerging Europe implemented at least one reform in the last year to improve their business environment. In consequence, as many as 16 economies in the region are featured in the Top 50 of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2016 report. Emerging Europe speaks to Rita Ramalho, Manager of the World Bank–IFC Doing Business, who has compiled a resume about the emerging Europe region especially for us, about how the reforms introduced have helped make doing business easier across the region. Continue reading World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2016 Resume For Emerging Europe
France may be Europe’s largest wine producer, but it is Georgia where wine was born.
It is said that wine production started about 7,000 or even 8,000 years ago and archeological remains found in the area suggest that as early as 4000 BC grape juice was placed in underground clay jars or qvevri to ferment during the winter. Last August, 43 ancient qvevries dated back to the 11-13th centuries were discovered by archaeologists at Khikhani Fortress, Adjara, Western Georgia. Continue reading Georgian and Moldovan Wines: Discovering the Old Tradition Anew
Macedonia’s economy is set to grow by 4-4.5 per cent per annum between 2015 and 2017. The country expects to attract more foreign direct investment and grow its export. Free economic zones, whose export, in 2014, totalled €1.17 billion, or a third of the country’s total exports, are going to help achieve the government’s targets. Emerging Europe speaks to Viktor Mizo, CEO of Macedonia’s Free Zones Authority, about the government’s plans to increase the number of free economic zones. Continue reading More FEZs In Macedonia Will Give an Even Bigger Boost To the Country’s Economy
The 65 largest Czech enterprises recorded an impressive increase of turnover by 7.8 per cent — the highest growth of all countries, says the 7th Top 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe — Coface CEE Top 500 survey. At the same time, the 73 largest Hungarian companies were able to increase their revenues by 5.6 per cent — three times as much as the total growth rate of the CEE Top 500 (2.1 per cent). There are 176 Polish companies in the CEE Top 500 representing 40 per cent of the whole turnover of the companies in the survey. Continue reading Czech Republic’s largest companies had the highest turnover growth in CEE in 2014