Experts argue EU’s New Growth Plan is too small to make a difference

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2023

Proposed plan for Western Balkans involves integration into the EU single market, with a €6bn financial package.

COP28: The EU's climate goals and the Western Balkans challenge

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 29, 2023

Where does the EU’s hopes for a deal to phase out fossil fuels leave coal-dependent aspiring members from the Western Balkans?

Heavy snowfalls leave half Bulgaria without power

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 27, 2023

The heaviest snowfalls in more than a decade cut power to 1,000 towns and villages and blocked key roads and railways.

Failure to deal with causes of 1990s wars threatens peace in ex-Yugoslavia, says Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

New report warns rise of right wing extreme nationalist groups are a "serious risk factor" in the region and undermine efforts to preserve peace.

CEE Bankwatch slams new wave of Balkan gas projects

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

NGO urges development partners to stop funding fossil fuel projects in the region and focus only on renewables.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

PPF hunts for opportunities in Balkans as it retreats west

Robert Anderson in Bucharest November 15, 2023

Czech financial group is in the process of selling or scaling down its once sizeable consumer credit operations in Russia, China and Southeast Asia.

Top EU diplomat wants Western Balkans involved in bloc’s foreign policy

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2023

High Representative Josep Borrell says Western Balkans should be involved in decision-making ahead of accession.

Ukraine and Moldova recommended for EU accession talks, Western Balkans urged to speed up reforms

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2023

Releasing enlargement report package, Commission also calls for candidate status for Georgia, but criticises stalling in some longstanding Western Balkan candidate countries.

‘You reform, we invest’ is European Commission president’s message for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen stresses financial support for EU-aspiring region is contingent upon countries implementing crucial reforms.

Montenegro's new government pledges to speed up reforms needed for EU accession

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 31, 2023

Montenegro is the most advanced of the Western Balkans states towards EU accession, but progress has been stalled by recent political instability.

European Commission president says North Macedonia could open first accession cluster this year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 30, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen gives Skopje hope for accession progress this year during Western Balkan tour but says constitutional changes must be made first.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s young reformers burn bright but fade fast

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 27, 2023

Will Montenegro's incoming PES-led government have more staying power than those led by other young EU-oriented reformers in Southeast Europe?

Montenegrin NGOs urge European Commission not to build LNG terminal at Port of Bar

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 24, 2023

Critics accuse European Commission of actively encouraging higher fossil gas consumption across the Western Balkans.

EU unveils growth plan for Western Balkans, offers financial stimulus for reforms

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2023

Commission puts forward investment package totalling €6mn, comprising €2bn in grants and €4bn in loans.

Emerging Europe faces a new low growth and high inflation equilibrium, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 12, 2023

The wiiw has cut its growth forecasts for Central Europe, while raising them for the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reconfiguring Chinese economic strategies in CESEE

Marcus How of VE Insight in Vienna October 5, 2023

Chinese FDI is not likely to recover to its previous levels in CESEE, yet that masks the niche profile that Beijing is carving out for itself in the region.

Tourism saves Southeast Europe’s economies from stagnation

Clare Nuttall in Pristina October 4, 2023

Growth has decelerated across Emerging Europe this year, but the slowdown has been less marked along Southeast Europe’s Adriatic coast that has benefitted from record inflows of tourists.

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.