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Sun Continues to Shine on Croatian Tourism

 

 

 

Croatia on Wednesday (01.04.2015) said it earned almost a record 7.4 billion euro from tourism in 2014, which was up on the figures from 2013 - and not far from the all-time high of 2008.

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Emirates Scrap Luxury Resort Plan in Montenegro

 

 

 

A major UAE investor has pulled out of deal worth 300 million euro to build a luxury resort near Budva, dealing a serious blow to the Montenegrin government

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Romania Warned Against Dangers of Tax Cuts

Romania's Fiscal Council has echoed warnings made earlier by the IMF that the centre-left government’s plans to cut taxes will throw the economy off course.

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Growth misses target, GDP per capita melts in 2014

 

 

 

Turkish GDP growth slowed to 2.9 percent in 2014 from 4.2 percent the preceding year.

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As Bulgaria empties, government struggles to dole out pension pot

 

 

 

The poorest country in the European Union enables some public sector workers to retire in their forties. Elena Yaneva hopes she won't be caught up in Bulgaria's pending pensions overhaul.

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Greece not to repay debts unless creditors disburse 2014 loans, says government

 

 

 

In a “non paper” describing its actions since the 15 January elections, the Greek government warns , or reassures, that it will not repay debts unless loan tranches that were supposed to be disbursed in 2014 are not released.

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Romania Names New Finance Minister

 

 

 

Prime Minister Victor Ponta has appointed a new finance minister to replace Darius Valcov, who recently resigned amid a graft probe.

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Bulgaria offers Westinghouse stake in new nuclear unit

 

 

 

Bulgaria has offered Westinghouse a 49% stake in a new nuclear reactor that the US multinational would build on the site of the Kozlodui nuclear power plant, writes Dnevnik daily.

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Bulgaria’s total business climate indicator up 0.9 pp in March

In March 2015 Bulgaria’s total business climate indicator increases by 0.9 percentage points compared to the previous month due to the improved business climate in industry and service sector, show the data of Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute.

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President Iohannis: Romania is supporting the establishment of an energy union

Romania is supporting the establishment of a European union of energy, President Klaus Iohannis said Thursday (26.03.2015) in Bucharest upon leaving for Brussels to take part in a the spring summit meeting of the European Council.

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Greece risks bankruptcy by 20 April

 

 

 

Greece risks running out of cash by April 20 unless it secures fresh aid, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters yesterday (24 April), leaving it little time to convince sceptical creditors it is committed to economic reform.

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Bulgaria says EU will back pipeline with Greece

 

 

 

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said that European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic had assured him that the gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) would be financed with EU funds.

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Greece Faces Decisive Week as Tsipras Is Set to Meet Merkel

 

 

 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the second time in five days on Monday (23.03.2015), at the start of a week that may prove decisive for Greece’s future in the euro area.

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Switzerland Helps Albania Build Gas Market

Switzerland has granted Albania 6.6 million euro to build up its infrastructure so that it can 'reap the benefits' of the new Trans Adriatic Pipeline running from Turkey to Italy.

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Greek parliament passes anti-austerity bill

The Greek parliament on 18 March 2015 overwhelmingly adopted a "humanitarian crisis" bill to help its poorest people, ignoring apparent pressure from the European Union to halt the legislation.

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