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Россия расширяет плацдарм на востоке Европы (в Хорватии)

Многолетние усилия Хорватии отбиться от попыток российских компаний инвестировать в хорватскую экономику, пишет Bloomberg*, не дали результата. Российский бизнес со дня на день станет одним из крупнейших иностранных инвесторов на юго-востоке Евросоюза.

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Bulgarians severely materially deprived still highest in EC

The percentage of people in Bulgaria classed as severely materially deprived dropped from 45.7 per cent in 2010 to 30 per cent in 2017, according to figures released on April 24 by EU statistics agency Eurostat.

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Turkish businesspeople moving their assets abroad will not be forgiven: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said businesspeople attempting to protect their assets by sending them out Turkey will “not be forgiven.”

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€640 million for Greek businesses as EIF and National Bank of Greece sign new EU guarantee agreements under the Juncker Plan

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the National Bank of Greece (NBG) have signed on 16.04.2018 three guarantee agreements worth €640 million to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greece.

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Bulgarian average income rose by 8.1% in 2017, household spending by 9.7%

The annual total income average per capita in Bulgaria was 5586 leva (about 2856 euro) in 2017, an increase of 8.1 per cent compared with 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on April 18, 2018.

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Snam-EnagásInternacional-Fluxys consortium submits highest improved offer for natgas gird operator

The board of Greece's privatization agency (HRADF), in tandem with Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (Hel.Pe), on 16.04.2018 unsealed improved financial offers for a majority stake of the country's state-run natural gas transmission system operator (DES.FA).

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Int’l loans ‘should be based on gold, not dollars’: Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has suggested that international loans should be contracted based on gold instead of U.S. dollars in order to prevent exchange rate pressure on economies.

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Turkey formally demands exemption from US tariffs

Turkey expects a positive response to its letter requesting an exemption from new U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum next week, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said.

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Unemployment in Bulgaria in February 2018 was 5.3%, another record low

Unemployment in Bulgaria in February 2018 was 5.3 per cent, another record low and down from 6.5 per cent in February 2017, European Union statistics agency Eurostat said on April 4, 2018.

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With Mr. Austerity gone, will Germany approve debt relief for Greece?

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Turkish Lira again plunges to over 4 against US dollar

The Turkish Lira has once again weakened against the U.S. dollar and the euro amid worries over a trade war and a series of geopolitical and economic risks.

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Commission sources: Greece first in terms of Juncker plan financing, compared to GDP

Recession-battered Greece ranks in first place in terms of financing from the so-called "Juncker plan", in relation to its GDP, Commission sources said last week, a more-or-less expected result given the country's urgent need for investments via European programs, compared to other Eurozone members.

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Kosovo Balance of Trade February 2018

The trade gap in Kosovo widened by 5 percent to EUR 182.8 million in February 2018 from EUR 174.2 million in the same month a year earlier. 

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Thessaloniki Port Authority transfer to consortium hours away

The transfer of 67 percent of the Thessaloniki Port Authority’s (OL.Th) shares to a special investment vehicle set up by the consortium that won an international tender for the majority stake and the northern Greece port’s management on 22.03.2018. 

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Russia’s Rosatom ‘committed to start Turkish Akkuyu plant in 2023’

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom plans to launch the Akkuyu nuclear plant in Turkey in 2023, it told Reuters, adding that the talks with potential new investors are not expected to affect the construction timetable.

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