Economic development

thumbnailGas pipeline to boost economy and energy security in Moldova
2014-09-18The pipeline represents a vital energy alternative for Moldova, officials and analysts say.
thumbnailRussia's sanctions will not harm regional agriculture, officials say
2014-09-10Alternative markets will help regional countries keep their foreign trade levels stable, they said.
thumbnailAlbania to make farming more EU compliant
2014-08-04An EU-funded study maps the state of agriculture in Albania and suggests areas where Union standards are needed most.
thumbnailSerbia considers law to speed up privatisation
2014-07-30The proposed law, which would be supported by a loan from the World Bank, is being considered by Parliament. In other business news: optimism grows for the economy's future in southeast Europe.
thumbnailCroatia expecting 1.5 billion-euro tourism project
2014-07-09Work is expected to begin this year in the southern town of Sibenik. In other business news: the Eurozone approves aid for Cyprus and Greece; Bulgaria avoids a financial crisis.
thumbnailEU asks the Balkans to fight energy sector corruption
2014-07-07A new report recommends reform of the justice system to tackle corruption in energy deals.
thumbnailCroatia, Montenegro working together to reach Adriatic oilfields
2014-07-02The effort to drill for oil and gas could stimulate the economy and attract foreign investment.
thumbnailBelgrade riverfront to see large investment project
2014-07-02Eagle Hills is investing up to 4 billion euros to develop property on the Sava River. In other business news: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova signed free-trade pacts with the EU.
thumbnailCroatia, Macedonia and Bulgaria link their stock exchanges
2014-06-26Experts say closer ties will increase the flow of capital in the Balkans.
thumbnailFlooding in Bulgaria damages tourism, agricultural industries
2014-06-25Authorities say the flooding has damaged important infrastructure that will need to be repaired. In other business news: A research group warns of corruption in the business sector.
thumbnailTurkey and Croatia look to improve business ties
2014-06-17Business leaders seek opportunities for new investment and deeper co-operation.
thumbnailIMF disburses 3.4 billion euros to Greece
2014-06-04The fund said Athens does not need to impose new austerity measures this year. Also in business news: Bulgaria leads the region in Foreign Policy magazine's Baseline Profitability Index.
thumbnailEU integration, co-operation expected to improve mining industry
2014-06-02Regional co-operation and the implementation of EU standards in the western Balkans could result in thousands of new mining jobs and billions of euros in capital, experts say.
thumbnailCountries expecting fewer tourists from Russia
2014-05-21Bulgaria and Montenegro are expecting a drop in Russian tourists this summer. Also in business news: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will invest 500 million euros in Cyprus.
thumbnailForeign investment to promote Macedonian textiles
2014-05-20An investment of $400 million would create one of Europe's biggest textile factories.
thumbnailRomania prepares to join eurozone
2014-05-14The country will switch currencies by January 2019, officials said. Also in business news: A World Bank loan to Croatia will help improve the health care sector.
thumbnailCyprus relaxes banking restrictions
2014-05-07Cypriots can now cash cheques and have higher limits on transactions. Also in business news: Switzerland will grant 500 Croatian workers access to the country's labour market.
thumbnailAlbania debates debt forgiveness to businesses
2014-05-02Opinions are divided on a government initiative to stimulate the economy by forgiving debt owed by businesses.
thumbnailEU working with Balkans to improve food production
2014-05-01Experts said the goal is to harmonise agriculture legislation with that of the EU and implement more efficient practices.
thumbnailGreece reinstates passenger train service to Balkan capitals
2014-04-30Train service to Sofia, Belgrade and Skopje will resume on May 10th. Also in business news: Turkey's Veibo Group will invest in a production facility in Macedonia's northeast, creating 5,000 jobs.
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