In 2015, the Czech GDP per capita amounted to over $17,000 and was the third highest in emerging Europe, after Slovenia and Estonia. Now the country has the second lowest unemployment rate in the European Union, with 4.2 per cent in July 2016, but the economy faces its own challenges.
Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, spoke to Emerging Europe, about the advances the country has to make to become a fully developed economy.
I perceive SEE Link as a consolidating opportunity for the countries involved, which makes investors more willing to consider them, says André Küüsvek, Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in an interview during the Western Balkan Summit in London.
The World Bank expects Georgia’s economic growth to be at an average rate of 5.5 per cent, per year, over the medium term, based on greater policy certainty, improved market access and strong structural reform implementation. Irakli Kilauridze, Managing Director, Colliers Georgia, and Sulkhan Khabadze, Director, British Georgian Chamber of Commerce in London discuss the business climate and investment opportunities in Georgia.
Attracted by higher growth prospects and seeking new business opportunities, more and more Polish companies are looking to expand to foreign markets, including the United States.
Currently, there are obstacles that companies have to overcome.
Two Polish business people, Marcin Piątkowski, CEO & Founder of JAM Vehicles and Jakub Imosa, Co-Founder & CEO of Kotrak Group, explain what expectations they have of the the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Water economy, high-quality food, wood processing and furniture production are Warmia and Mazury’s smart specialisations. The European Commission came up with a new innovation policy concept to promote the efficient and effective use of public investment in research and boost regional innovation.
The Belarusian government with a newly appointed prime minister and minister of economy is trying hard to maintain economic stability and growth. The economy is highly sensitive to Russia’s economic climate and recent slump, combined with low revenues from oil export duties, poses a serious risk to Belarus.
Enhancing competitiveness and growth, making use of the digital potential and strengthening the role of the European Union in the global arena are the main objectives of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which commences on January 1, 2015.
There are about 5.5 million students in the region, about 50 per cent more than in 2000. According to UNESCO, that means there are 46 students per 1,000 inhabitants, six more on average than in the European Union. The people are much younger than in Western Europe. Compared to the EU where 82 per cent of the population is below the age of 65, that share is higher by 2 per cent and in countries like Slovakia, Belarus, Poland and Romania is between 85 and 87 per cent.
ICT is one of Romania’s three top sectors. For example, the country’s software market was worth over €570 billion. According to Brainspotting’s Romania IT Talent Map, 2014, Facts and Figures, in 2014, the expansion of the companies was set to create approximately new 5,000 IT jobs.