Romania

CESEE banks expect credit conditions to tighten and NPLs to rise

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2022

With most COVID-19-related support measures having been phased out, borrowers are now being put under pressure by surging inflation and sharply rising interest rates.

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: Energy efficiency investment turns the corner in 2022, but more is needed

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh December 2, 2022

Global investment in energy efficiency could rise by 16% to $560bn in 2022, the International Energy Agency said, as governments and consumers respond to fuel supply disruptions and record-high energy prices.

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.

Three contenders reportedly in race for Enel’s €1.9bn Romanian energy assets

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 29, 2022

Italian utility group Enel plans to sell its subsidiaries in several countries including Romania next year.

Austrian chancellor confirms support for Croatia’s Schengen entry, but not Bulgaria’s or Romania’s

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2022

Austria and Sweden are expected to veto enlargement of the Schengen are to Romania and Bulgaria at the EU Council meeting in December.

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.

Schengen decision looms for Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2022

As hopes of a positive decision on December 8 fade, the three Southeast European countries are making a final push to persuade Schengen members to admit them.

Orban sparks diplomatic storm with football scarf featuring Greater Hungary

Tamas Csonka in Budapest November 23, 2022

Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia protested against the gesture, which comes at a time Hungary faces growing isolation in Europe.

Enel to exit Romania as it sees no room for further growth

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 23, 2022

“Friendly separation” planned just two years after Enel announced €2bn investments in green energy projects in Romania.

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.

Hitachi's GlobalLogic acquires Romanian IT firm Fortech

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2022

Acquiring Fortech, one of Romania’s largest independent digital engineering firms, is part of GlobalLogic’s strategy to establish a wider European footprint.

Bulgarian PV equipment company AmonRa Energy to hold IPO

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2022

AmonRa wants to raise funds to finance its expansion in Romania and in other Southeast European countries.

bneGREEN: Climate paralysis at COP27 as no progress made on 1.5 degrees

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 21, 2022

COP finished two days late on November 20 without any new agreements on climate change targets or emissions reductions, although a deal was hammered out to set up an as yet uncosted loss and damage fund.

bneGREEN: COP27: Coal proves a stubborn foe in fight to save climate

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 20, 2022

Reducing coal consumption is the central challenge to achieving the world’s climate targets, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, told COP27.

bneGREEN: COP27 warns business cannot be trusted to police greenwashing

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 18, 2022

The UN has identified greenwashing by business and finance as the biggest danger facing the race to net zero, urging them to avoid a toxic cover-up and to ensure that any climate pledges they keep are in line with the 1.5-degree targets.

Romanian banks’ profit hits record after 25% y/y surge in Q3

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2022

The aggregated net profit of Romanian banks surged to €581mn in Q3.

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.

World population hits 8bn. Where do we go from here?

bne IntelIiNews November 15, 2022

Greying of populations big dilemma for developed countries. Share of people on planet aged 65 years or above projected to rise from 10% now to 16% in 2050.

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