Demographic “tipping point” imminent for CEE labour markets

bne IntelliNews June 17, 2019

The ‘tipping point’ at which labour demand will become equal to labour supply is just two years away in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Poland, says a new study from wiiw.

Bulgaria, Czechia and Slovenia picked to host European supercomputing centres

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2019

Aim is to make Europe a top supercomputing power globally through €840mn project.

German Varengold Bank buys 20% stake in Bulgarian P2P lending platform Klear

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2019

Varengold, which launched in Bulgaria last year, says it wants to be part of "fundamental change on the market" as it scoops up Klear in its first Southeast European fintech acquisition.

Bulgaria buys first US gas as it breaks away from dependence on Russia

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2019

LNG deliveries from the US should cover around 10% of Bulgaria's consumption. Sofia also started construction of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector in May.

"Dirty diesel" cars still on the roads in Central, Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2019

Across the EU just 10mn of the 43mn diesel cars and vans caught in the Dieselgate scandal have been recalled, and recall rates are lowest in the eastern EU members, finds Transport & Environment.

Southeast Europe’s banking sector gets new investor geography

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 30, 2019

Hungary’s OTP in, Greek banks out, and a new crop of privatisations coming up in Serbia and Slovenia.

Eastern Europe's sustainable fashion designers embrace old traditions and new technologies

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 26, 2019

Solo designers and small creative companies are producing sustainable fashion lines in Central and Eastern Europe, embracing new technologies to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint and insisting on good conditions for their workers.

Voters prepare to punish their ruling parties in European Parliament elections

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2019

Following domestic political scandals in several Central and Southeast European member states, many voters just want to give their ruling parties a kicking in this week's EU-wide vote.