Facebook

International Information Centre for Balkan Studies



Montenegro President Vujanovic urges Amman to set up economic partnerships

President Filip Vujanovic urged the private sector from Montenegro and Jordan to increase economic and investment partnerships, Petra news agency reported.

Read more: Montenegro President Vujanovic urges Amman to set up economic partnerships

Gazprom CEO Announces Start of South Stream in Bulgaria

As expected, the Russian-sponsored South Stream gas pipeline project has topped the agenda of talks between the CEO of Russian energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, and Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. The two spoke at a joint briefing after the meeting Thursday afternoon (31.10.2013).

Read more: Gazprom CEO Announces Start of South Stream in Bulgaria

Lavrov discusses energy, railways, EU visas in Athens

As Greece prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in January 2014, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Athens on 30 October, promising Russian help for Greece and highlighting the benefits to be reaped from collaboration on Greece’s privatisation plans.

Read more: Lavrov discusses energy, railways, EU visas in Athens

Косово и ЕС започват преговори по СПП

Косово и ЕС започват разговори по СПП, а комисарят по разширяването Щ. Фюле, който по този повод трябваше да посети Прищина, е отменил визитата, за да избегне

Read more: Косово и ЕС започват преговори по СПП

Bulgaria 6th in EU by Bicycle Production in 2012

Bulgaria ranks sixth in the EU by production of bicycles, according to statistics for 2012 of the European Bicycle Manufacturer's Association (EBMA).

Read more: Bulgaria 6th in EU by Bicycle Production in 2012

Macedonia Threatens Big Polluters with Jail

As alarm grows over pollution levels in the country, Macedonia says prison terms await bosses of factories that violate the regulations.

Read more: Macedonia Threatens Big Polluters with Jail

Turkey set to sign contract for passenger jet production, four firms on shortlist

Turkey is close to concluding an agreement with a foreign firm to co-produce a regional passenger jet, a leading Turkish official has said.

Read more: Turkey set to sign contract for passenger jet production, four firms on shortlist

Romania to Widen Budget Deficit to Fund Projects

Romania plans to raise its budget deficit target to 2.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in order to co-finance EU-funded projects.

Read more: Romania to Widen Budget Deficit to Fund Projects

Greece: Social security bill to fill 2014 state budget gap

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis announced on Sunday (27.10.2013) that the new bill on social security will provide for the 500 million euros of cuts needed to cover the gap that Athens believes next year’s budget will produce. He also ensured that the retirement age is not going to change.

Read more: Greece: Social security bill to fill 2014 state budget gap

Greece insists only 500 mln in savings needed next year

No more than 500 million euros in new savings will be needed next year and this will all come from structural adjustments, rather then austerity measures, Greek government sources insisted on Friday (25.10.2013) at the end of a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels.

Read more: Greece insists only 500 mln in savings needed next year

IMF says Greece talks ongoing despite paused review

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday (24.10.2013) that talks between Greece and its international lenders were ongoing despite a halt in their review of the nation's performance under the bailout program.

Read more: IMF says Greece talks ongoing despite paused review

Greece can choose its government, but not its economic policy

Responding to a question from SYRIZA MP, Nadia Valavani, during a conference in Lithuania, last week, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Olli Rehn, confirmed that Greece’s fiscal monitoring would not end when its bailout expires, regardless of whether that is next summer, or if a third package is needed.

Read more: Greece can choose its government, but not its economic policy

Macedonia Upbeat over Growth Expectations

After years of economic hardship, Macedonia expects to end this year with 2.5 per cent economic growth, a noteworthy achievement, the Finance Minister said.

Read more: Macedonia Upbeat over Growth Expectations

Greece makes progress in absorbing EU funds, task force says

Greece has made “striking improvements” in absorbing European Union structural funds as it attempts to unlock sources of growth for its economy, according to a European Commission report.

Read more: Greece makes progress in absorbing EU funds, task force says

Albania to Introduce Emergency Budget Cut

The finance ministry has proposed emergency legislation to cut the state budget by 38.8 billion lek (275 million euro) amid a steep revenue shortfall.

Speaking in parliament while introducing the legislation on Friday (18.10.2013), finance minister Shkelqim Cani said that the budget generally reflects the poor state of Albania’s finances.

Read more: Albania to Introduce Emergency Budget Cut

isn eth zurichBSAdsNATOCentral and Eastern European Online LibraryEurActiv | European Union Information Website