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Albania Bans Logging to Save Forests

 

 

 

A ten-year moratorium on logging accompanied by high fines for offenders is expected to go into force in January in Albania, also stopping timber exports.

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Air Pollution is Choking Bosnia, Experts Warn

 

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a major problem with air pollution which could cause serious illnesses, but so far the authorities have refused to address the issue.

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Greece seeks debt relief deal in February 2016, says Tsakalotos

 

 

 

Greece aims to achieve a deal on debt relief with its euro zone creditors in February to remove financial uncertainty and spur economic recovery, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on 30.11.2015.

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Bulgaria backs Nord Stream gas extension

 

 

 

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Monday (30.11.2015) his government supported Russia's plans to extend its gas link to Germany.

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Romania’s new Government will not make a new agreement with the IMF

 

 

 

Romania’s Government will not conclude a new agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Commission and the World Bank, according to government sources cited by local Capital.ro (28.11.2015).

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Top Greek banks pass recapitalisation hurdle

 

 

 

Greece's top four banks have raised over 5.0 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in private funds, officials said Monday (23.11.2015), which together with EU funds should be enough to meet their recapitalisation needs.

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Ten EU nations say Nord Stream gas extension not in EU interests

 

 

 

BRUSSELS, Nov 27, 2015 Russia's plans to extend its gas link to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilising Ukraine, 10 European governments said in a letter to the European Commission that called for a summit-level debate on the issue.

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The success rate of privatizations in Romania has been below 25% in the last 25 years.

 

 

 

Over 7,700 companies have been sold during this period, and over 2 million jobs were lost, said Cristina Chiriac, president of the National Association of Entrepreneurs, cited by local Agerpres on 27.11.2015.

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Budget data reveal an alarming state of affairs

 

 

 

The alarming state of the country’s social security funds, and the state budget in general, is reflected in the fiscal data for the first 10 months of the year released on Wednesday (25.11.2015) by the Finance Ministry. The needs of the pension funds have even exceeded the estimates made in early October, while the government is continuing its payments freeze due to the shortage in revenues so that it can finance the inflexible expenditure for salaries and pensions.

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How high are taxes in Romania compared to the companies’ profits?

 

 

 

Romania’s Total Tax Rate, which measures the amount of taxes and contributions payable by businesses and expressed as a share of their profits, is 42%, below the CEE countries’ average rate (45%) and close to the global average of 40.8%, according to PwC’s Paying Taxes 2016 global ranking.

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Bosnia's National Airline Awaits Imminent Closure

 

 

 

BH Airlines, the troubled national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is likely to be put into liquidation before the end of the year after running up a debt of around 17.5 million euros.

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Greece: After aid approval, gov't turns focus to new measures, pension reform

The government has shifted its focus to a new set of prior actions, including a formula for dealing with nonperforming business loans and a push to the stalled privatization program, following the decision by the European Stability Mechanism on Monday (23.11.2015) to unlock 2 billion euros in pending rescue loans to Greece.

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LE JOUR OÙ LES ÉTATS DE L’UNION EUROPÉENNE ONT DÉPENSÉ TOUTES LEURS RECETTES ANNUELLES

Par Cécile Philippe et Nicolas Marques

Institut Économique Molinari | Paris-Bruxelles, (Novembre 2015)

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Energy projects (SSE included) to be fully or partially financed by EU funds

ANNEX to COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) .../...

amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest.

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Greece: All four banks to stay private after Piraeus wraps up book-building

 

 

 

All four of the country’s systemic banks have now successfully ended the process of their share capital increases after Piraeus Bank closed its book on Friday (20.11.2015). As a result they will remain in private hands, away from the grip of the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF)*.

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