As high unemployment rates negatively affect almost all segments of society, regional officials are trying to find the way to reduce the numbers.
Growth in six regional countries nears 2 percent after years of decreases. Also in business news: Serbia records relative strength in the IT sector.
Small and medium enterprises brave the risks during the economic crisis and show results.
Croatia's accession to the EU opened the market to energy providers and is leading to lower household bills.
Construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline is to begin in 2015. In other business news: Romania's president balks at a standby deal with the European Commission and the IMF.
Experts said the EIB move is the beginning of a greater support from international financial organisations.
The fund of 140 million euros is expected to be available next year. In other business news: Ministers from the Balkans have endorsed the South-East Europe 2020 strategy that aims to create 1 million new jobs in the region.
Some experts said they worry austerity measures applied to Greece's defence industries can affect national security.
The pipeline to connect Serbia to the South Stream gas project will be about 450 kilometres long. In other business news: Bulgaria hopes for another strong winter tourism season.
Cyprus, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Turkey follow in the 2014 Doing Business report. In other business news: The UN warns about the hazards of corruption for businesses.
The carrier's first jet was named for Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. In other business news: Turkey's foreign aid reaches $3.43 billion this year.
EU and NATO integration and the accompanying reforms, in turn, provide a favourable business environment.
The World Bank report focuses on youth employment in Southeast Europe. Also in business news: Sarantis Group is moving its headquarters from Romania to Greece.
Macedonian government has subsidised EU loans hoping to overcome a conservative banks' lending policy and ensure a new investment cycle.
By pursuing a case against INA and MOL, Croatia is showing that it is actively battling corruption, an expert said.