Eastern EU members “failing to address corruption effectively”, finds Transparency International

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Many of the newer EU member states saw their scores deteriorate on the latest Corruption Perceptions Index amid growing state capture and efforts by governments to undermine judicial independence.

Osijek to become Croatia’s first 5G city

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Osijek will become the first major city in Croatia to build a 5G network by the end of this year, and the investment is expected to have economic benefits for the eastern part of the country.

Immigration helps ease CEE labour crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 23, 2020

The labour shortages that have threatened to limit economic expansion in Central and some parts of Southeast Europe have started to ease in some countries, with increased labour migration a contributing factor.

Croatia’s DIV to take over Norway's troubled Kleven Verft shipyard

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

DIV Group owner Tomislav Debeljak expects synergies between Kleven Verft and Croatia's largest shipyard Brodosplit will result in higher competitiveness and cost savings of up to 5%.

Slovenia ranks first in emerging Europe in social mobility

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

Most economies are failing to provide the conditions in which their citizens can thrive, said the World Economic Forum on releasing its new social mobility index.

East Asian investors ramp up investments in Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 21, 2020

China became the top investor in CEE in 2019, leading fellow East Asian investors that accounted for a growing share of M&A in the region. More deals are expected to follow, says a new report from law firm CMS.

EU must deliver on enlargement promises says European Commission president

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

EU officials to start working on changes to the enlargement methodology soon in attempt to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to approve start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

OUTLOOK 2020 Croatia

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2020

The first half of 2020 saw Croatia, the EU’s newest member state, take over the rotating presidency of the European Council.

MITTELEUROPA: Following the French hit on Western Balkans, all eyes on Croatia and Germany in 2020

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna January 6, 2020

Just as brusquely as the French president recently discredited Nato (where France's real influence may not be so great), he has done the same with the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process. And in the EU, France's position is decisive.

Croatia embarks on first EU Council presidency

By Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 6, 2020

The EU’s newest member Croatia started its first six month presidency of the European Council on January 1.

Zoran Milanovic defeats incumbent to become Croatia’s new president

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2020

Former prime minister Milanovic elected as Croatia takes on the presidency of the EU Council for six months expected to see the adoption of the next EU budget and the UK's exit from the bloc.