Foreign investment has transformed Eastern Europe, says wiiw report

Robert Anderson in Prague December 2, 2022

Foreign investment will continue to have a vital role to play in the region’s development, particularly now that international companies are rethinking their supply chains.

bneGREEN: EU energy ministers agree to speed up permitting and deployment of renewables temporarily

Roberta Harrington in London November 29, 2022

A final decision – formal approval – on the new regulation may occur at another emergency meeting on December 13.

Slovenians reject opposition challenge in triple referendum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 27, 2022

Voters rejected opposition attempt to scrap changes to laws on public broadcaster RTV Slovenia, government structure and healthcare.

Slovenia’s ruling Freedom Movement quits Twitter after Elon Musk takeover

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2022

Party fears Twitter will "open the door to indecent communication and hate speech".

bneGREEN: ING: Euro sustainable bond supply set to stagnate in 2023

Nadège Tillier is Head of Corporates Sector Strategy at ING, Maureen Schuller is head of financials sector strategy at ING, Benjamin Schroeder is a Senior Rates Strategist at ING November 23, 2022

Euro sustainable bond issuance in 2023 is not likely to repeat the growth rates seen in the last few years. While governments and agencies could slightly accelerate ESG issuance in 2023, financial institutions' ESG bond supply will lose some steam.

Ukraine faces one of worst declines in GDP from a war, says EBRD

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

The contraction in Ukraine’s GDP will be among the worst 10-20% of those in conflicts in the last 200 years, the development bank predicts in its 2022/23 Transition Report.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

Pipistrel seeks future in electric passenger aircraft

Kester Eddy in Ajdovščina in western Slovenia November 18, 2022

Slovenian aerospace company partners with Textron of the US to accelerate growth.

Private equity poised for growth surge in CEE despite macro and geopolitical crises

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 16, 2022

Fund managers surveyed by Bain & Company point to region’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals and catch-up potential.

Europe scrambles in response to reported Russian military strike on Poland

Ben Aris in Berlin November 15, 2022

Instant storm of reaction after two Russian missiles were reported to have gone off course over Ukraine and hit a Polish village, killing two people. It was later reported that they were in fact Ukrainian missiles.

NEMETHY: The cure for high prices is – high prices

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors November 15, 2022

Prices are important economic signals. High prices – whether for energy foodstuffs, etc., are signals to the world to (a) supply more; (b) substitute; or (c) conserve. But how do you bring inflation down?

DATACRUNCH: Three small Southeast European economies are outperforming Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2022

Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia have been relatively resilient to the crisis this year, though a slowdown looms in 2023.

Natasa Pirc Musar elected first female president of Slovenia

bne IntelliNews November 13, 2022

Melania Trump's former lawyer Pirc Musar defeated rightwing former foreign minister Anze Logar.

bneGREEN: REPowerEU rules still leave loopholes for gas investment

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 11, 2022

The European Parliament has approved temporary emergency regulations to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy across the EU, but gas investment is still allowed

Slovenia to quit Energy Charter Treaty as it pursues green transition

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2022

Ljubljana says "outdated" treaty impedes its climate goals as it follows several fellow EU members in announcing decision to quit.

Political outsider set to become Slovenia’s first female president

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 10, 2022

Supporters of Slovenia’s three ruling parties have swung behind independent candidate — and Melania Trump’s lawyer — Natasa Pirc Musar.

Revenues from online sales in Slovenia up 42% in 2021

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2022

2021 was another year with substantial growth of online sales in Slovenia, following the record set in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Average gross wage in Slovenia down by real 4.8% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

Wages are failing to keep pace with inflation which stood at 11% y/y in August.

Dewesoft to build high-tech park in Slovenia’s Trbovlje

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

City of Acrobats high-tech park to create hundreds of jobs in former mining and industrial centre.

Right-winger Logar and independent Pirc Musar to face each other in Slovenian presidential election runoff

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 23, 2022

Former foreign minister Anze Logar and lawyer Natasa Pirc Musar are leading candidates in presidential race.