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Bulgarian Deputy PM Expects EUR 500 M Worth Deals with Italy

 

 

 

Around EUR 500 M of Italian investment could be poured into Bulgaria, Deputy Prime Minister Daniela Bobeva said after her meeting with business union representatives.

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Turkey central bank cuts key rate amid pressure from Erdoğan

 

 

 

Turkey's central bank surprised markets with its first rate cut in a year on Thursday, weeks after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for rates to fall - reviving questions about political pressure on the bank.

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Bank of Greece reports influx of 288 million euros in investments

Central bank announces details on foreign investments in Greek enterprises in first quarter of 2014.

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Bulgaria to Allocate Over BGN 3 B to Regional Development in 2014-2020

 

 

 

A total of over BGN 3 B will be allocated to regional growth in the new programming period 2014-2020, according to Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Desislava Terzieva.

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Bosnia Mourns Flood Victims, Counts Huge Cost

 

 

 

After Bosnia held a day of mourning for flood victims on Tuesday, the authorities say the cost of repairing the damage could run into billions of euros.

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EU countries send aid for Bosnia, Serbia floods

 

 

 

A dozen EU countries have sent equipment to Bosnia and Serbia to help them deal with “the incredible force of nature” of springtime floods.

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Bosnia Says One Million People Affected by Floods

 

 

 

Officials said that a quarter of the population has been affected by the devastating floods as areas of northern Bosnia remained under water and thousands more people were evacuated.

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South Stream Pipeline To Reach Bulgaria in End 2015

 

 

 

The South Stream pipeline will reach Bulgaria's coast in December 2015, said   Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, quoted by ITAR-TASS.

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World Bank Approves $100m Loan for Albania

 

 

 

The loan approved on Thursday by the World Bank will aid reforms in Albania’s financial sector, addressing the worst effects of the global crisis.

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Albania Economic Reforms on Track, IMF Says

 

 

 

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, praised the economic reforms undertaken by the centre-left government, but warned that the electricity sector and property restitution pose fiscal threats.

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Bulgaria's Agriculture Ministry Allocates EUR 10M to Young Farmers

 

 

 

A total of 409 projects under the Rural Development Program for young farmers will receive subsidies for EUR 10M, Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food informed.

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What next for Turkey’s stock market?

Turkey’s stock exchange, Borsa Istanbul (BIST), has been on the rise in recent weeks following a period of turbulence.

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Greece ends market exile with triumphant bond auction

 

 

 

Bailed-out Greece returned to bond markets with a bang on 10.04.2014 after a four-year exile, raising 3.0 billion euros and sending a major signal that the eurozone debt crisis is fading.

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EU Doubts About South Stream Alarm Serbia

 

 

 

Amid reports that the EU may freeze further work on the South Stream gas pipeline, Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic insisted that the project remained important for both Europe and Serbia.

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Report: EU-Turkish Customs Union successful, improvements remain

 

 

 

The EU-Turkey Customs Union (CU) has been greatly successful although there are improvements still to be made, according to the findings of a World Bank Group report that was presented at a conference in Istanbul.

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