CEE states block EU ambitions to go carbon neutral by 2050

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 21, 2019

A group of Eastern European member states said no to a carbon neutrality goal without guarantees that the cost of reducing emissions is offset to lessen the impact of the transition on their economies.

Demographic “tipping point” imminent for CEE labour markets

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow 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.

CEE monthly bond wrap: bond issues in CEE sharply down, Russia sharply up

Ben Aris in Berlin June 17, 2019

Bond issues in Central and Eastern Europe in May were down steeply on previous years to a total of $3.1bn from six issues, but they were up in Russia and the CIS to $1.1bn from four issues, albeit from a low base.

Hungarian startup to revolutionise parking

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest June 13, 2019

With drive-through payment app Rollet, motorists can seamlessly enter and exit a garage as payments are automatically handled behind the scenes.

Hungarian investors snap up new super retail bond

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest June 12, 2019

First-week sales were the highest of all government securities ever, as retail investors bought €1.6bn of the five-year Map Plus government bond.

King of the Hungarian fertiliser market has operating licence suspended

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2019

After a string of raids and investigations, businessman Laszlo Bige says he suspects revenge by the competition and in particular one person — but he didn't name names.

Hungarian red tape pushes online payment company to mull moving HQ abroad

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2019

Barion says it's considering moving its headquarters to another country in Europe because the local regulatory environment puts it at a competitive disadvantage.

Government submits bill to take over Hungarian Academy of Sciences' research network

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2019

Budapest wants to relocate the network of research institutions to a government-run body, but critics say the bill may violate Hungary's Constitution.

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.

Hungary's second largest broadcaster confirms sale to oligarch

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2019

Businessman Jozsef Vida is to acquire TV2's media portfolio after its former owner Andy Vajna, the Hollywood producer and government commissioner for the film industry, died in January.

Ibizagate: Intentional and unintentional consequences of the government crisis in Austria for (Eastern) Europe

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna May 28, 2019

The coalition between Austria’s conservative-liberal ÖVP and the right-wing populist FPÖ has been viewed very critically in Austria and abroad since it was formed in December 2017. It has also been an issue for the Eastern European bloc

Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party sweeps to victory at European Parliament election

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2019

Fidesz’ victory was never in doubt, but the results will lead to a reshuffling of the opposition landscape in the run-up to the municipal election in the autumn.