For the economies of emerging Europe, the international economic environment appears generally positive. In 2017-2018, GDP growth in the Euro area is expected to hover at around 1.7 per cent. The international financial markets have stabilised and the current economic mood is improving. Because of the global recovery, the US Fed is expected to increase interest rates further in 2017, while oil prices are likely to rise. In the EU, disbursements from the payments’ cycle of the European Structural and Investment Funds are only just beginning, indicating higher co-financed investments in the Central and Eastern European EU member states (EU-CEE) from this year onwards.
Albania boasts rich soil and favourable climatic conditions in the middle of both the Mediterranean and continental zones of Central Europe. This puts Albania in a unique position to grow and harvest a diverse amount of agricultural produce, ranging from fruits and vegetables to and dairy products, to medical and aromatic plants, as well as wheat. Continue reading Albania’s Agribusiness Support Facility – With a Little Help From Your Friends
Interestingly enough, the gas sector once played an important role in Albania and the country was a relatively large gas producer. In 1982, gas production amounted to one billion cubic metres but has now dropped to mere 0.01 billion cubic metres. It is worth noting that Albania and Kosovo are the only countries in the Western Balkan region which are not connected to international natural gas networks. Continue reading Albania’s Gas Master Plan Sets out an Exciting Future
The European Commission has been preparing a technical communication that focusses on waste-to-energy (WtE). It aims to explore the opportunities this offers, particularly with regard to the synergies between resource and energy efficiency. The communication was scheduled to be published at the end of 2016 together with the reviewed Renewable Energy Directive. Continue reading The CEE Region Is Making Advances in Prioritising Waste-to-Energy Projects
The global economic environment continues to be challenging. The ‘wounds’ inflicted by the global financial crisis of 2008 have not yet healed completely and world economic growth remains rather subdued. This particularly applies to the advanced countries and especially to the Euro Zone, which is the most important trading partner for the Eastern European countries. Continue reading Are Labour Shortages Driving Economic Growth?
Emerging Europe Live is a series of engaging studio panel discussions about topics relevant to the region. The first episode in the series is entitled CEE: The Outsourcing Destination and premiered on 25 April 2016. The programme excerpts are available below. Continue reading Emerging Europe Live: CEE — The Outsourcing Destination
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
The government of Albania believes free economic zones will spur the development of the Albanian economy and has launched the new Technical and Economic Development Areas (TEDAs) programme. The Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship (MZHETTS) will soon start the tendering procedure for the selection of developers in these areas. Continue reading Albania is creating three free economic zones
“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
Before the global financial crisis, Albania was one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. However, after 2008, average growth halved and macroeconomic imbalances in the public and external sectors emerged. Now the new government is introducing reforms to get the economy back on track. Why Emerging Europe speaks to Dr. Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania, about how the country wants to further improve its business climate and attract foreign direct investment.
The Albanian Prime Minister recently blamed the energy crisis in the country on the Democratic Party, which had been in power until September 2013, and said the current situation resulted from “their ignorance.” However, despite the fact that Mr. Edi Rama’s Cabinet has sufficient evidence to implicate these former officials, no measures have been taken to confirm their criminal activities. Does the Prime Minister follow a path similar to that of his former colleagues in power?