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Looking to Europe, Turkey increases investment in Azeri gas

 

 

 

Turkey wants to free itself from foreign dependence on energy following the realization that the cost of energy was the main cause of the $65.1 billion deficit in 2013.

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Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris

 

 

 

As Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras tries to follow Ireland and Portugal out the bailout exit door, he faces a month of bargaining.

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Power Price Hike as of October 1 in Bulgaria Is Inevitable

 

 

 

A power price hike as of October 1 is unavoidable, according to Elenko Bozhkov, member of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

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Balkan Leaders in Berlin Pledge to Work Together

 

 

 

Balkan economy and finance ministers meeting in Berlin have agreed that their countries must jointly resolve economic issues that trouble the region.

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Croatia to Slap Taxes on Savings and Property

 

 

 

Croatia's centre-left government has decided to tax people's savings and property in the latest measure aimed at cutting the yawning budget deficit.

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Bulgaria’s interim government sets up ‘energy board’

 

 

 

Bulgaria's interim government said it had set up an energy board to ensure that badly needed multi-billion energy projects in the poorest EU country are transparent. As Dnevnik daily, the EurActiv partner in Bulgaria has reported, the European Commisison supports the idea of a currency in Bulgaria.

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Qatar Scraps Luxury Resort Plan in Montenegro

 

 

 

A Qatari company has pulled out of deal worth 350 million euro to build a luxury resort near Tivat, dealing a blow to the Montenegrin government's investment plans.

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Croatia Cuts Civil Servants' Pay Supplements

 

 

 

Citing the need to cut expenditure, the government is cutting the supplements given to salaries in the public sector - though some economists say more comprehensive cuts are needed.

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Romania Puts Gas Price Rise on Hold

 

 

 

Romania is delaying plans to raise the price of gas for households, owing to an ongoing dispute with Brussels.

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Romania-Moldova Gas Pipeline Opens

 

 

 

A new gas pipeline connecting Romania with neighbouring Moldova, to be inaugurated on Wednesday (27.08.2014), will reduce Moldova's energy dependence on Russia.

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Bulgaria: Eurozone entry long way off

 

 

 

Bulgaria’s ambition to join the euro is slipping further out of reach as the bank run on its fourth-largest lender Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) brings allegations of corruption and political instability to the fore and further diminishes the country’s standing in Brussels, say analysts.

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Greece: Unified Property Tax To Be Paid in 6 Installments

 

 

 

The unified property tax known as ENFIA will be paid in six installments.

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Bosnia Opens New Stretch of Pan-European Corridor

 

 

 

The opening on Monday of a stretch of highway and a major tunnel between Sarajevo and Zenica marks a new stage in the construction of a European traffic corridor running from Croatia in the north to the Adriatic coast in the south.

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Bulgaria Eyes Further Rise in Exports to China

 

 

 

China is now the second largest destination for Bulgarian exports after the EU but there are still untapped trade opportunities, a Bulgarian official has said.

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External factors threatening Greek recovery

 

 

 

Impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict and uncertain European economic outlook feared by officials.

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