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Bosnia Eyes WTO Membership in 2015

 

 

 

Bosnia expects to sign an agreement with the World Trade Organization by the end of this year, which it hopes will result in more foreign investment as well as more trade.

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ECB extends, increases emergency funding to Greek banks: source

 

 

 

The European Central Bank decided on Wednesday (18.02.2015) to extend by two weeks and increase the amount of emergency liquidity available to Greek banks, a bank source said.

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Greece can survive till summer without EU deal: analysts

 

 

 

Cash-strapped Greece can survive financially until the middle of the year after its EU bailout technically ends on February 28, 2015 ,  analysts believe, despite the abrupt failure of talks with its eurozone partners on Monday (16.02.2015).

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Romania to Cut Taxes to Boost Growth

 

 

 

Centre-left government announces range of tax cuts, some starting next year, in order to boost disposable income and get people spending more.

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Croats Bag Deals at Moscow Trade Forum

 

 

 

The business forum on Tuesday in Moscow brought significant results for Croatian companies, which plan to expand their ties to Russia in spite of Western sanctions

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Eurogroup gives Greece only few days to sign extension

 

 

 

Greece was told that it has until Friday (20.02.2015) to request an extension to the current bailout or face the possibility of losing the pending funds after the second meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the last few days ended on 16.02.2015 without an agreement between Athens and its partners.

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Turkey Wants It Both Ways: Russian Gas, EU Pipe

 

 

 

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said in Baku on February 12, 2015 that Ankara plans to go ahead with the Southern Gas Corridor projects, including the Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline (TANAP).

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EU Offers Funds For Montenegro-Albania Crossing

 

 

 

The EU has granted Albania and Montenegro a million euros to construct a new jointly run border crossing.

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Croatia to Include Serbia in Gas Pipeline Project

 

 

 

Croatia's economy minister has confirmed reports of Serbia's likely inclusion in a planned gas pipeline project, transporting natural gas from the Croatian island of Krk to Hungary.

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Romania’s Economy Grew in 2014, Data Show

 

 

 

New Statistics Institute report says Romania's GDP grew by 2.9 per cent last year, building on a recovery that began in 2013.

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Šefčovič gives his blessing to Southern Gas Corridor

 

 

 

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič attended the first founding meeting of the Advisory Council on the Southern Gas Corridor in Baku yesterday (11 February 2015), a project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe by 2019-2020.

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Varoufakis expects deal with eurozone, even at 11th hour

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has told Kathimerini daily that a deal between Greece and the eurozone will be found, even at the last minute, as he prepares for Monday’s Eurogroup  (16.02.2015).

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New agreement with Greece prepared at "technical level"

 

 

 

Signaling the possibility of a breakthrough regarding Greece at Monday's Eurogroup meeting  (16.02.2015), Jeroen Dijsselbloom reversed his position about preparing a new "bridging" agreement with Greece and announced that a new agreement will be prepared over the weekend at  the technical advisor level to be discussed on Monday by the Finance Ministers.

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Eurogroup, Greece fail to agree on bailout extension

 

 

 

A first meeting between the new Greek finance minister and his eurozone peers ended on Wednesday (11 February 2015) without a joint statement, as Athens is still refusing to accept an extension of its bailout programme.

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Montenegro to Absorb More EU Funds

 

 

 

Over the next seven years, Montenegro is to get over 270 million euro form the EU funds but Brussels said the investments in legislation and institutions should be turned into the concrete results.

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