Slovak businessman Kocner cleared of murder of investigative journalist

bne IntelIiNews September 3, 2020

Slovakia’s Specialised Criminal Court acquitted businessman Marian Kocner of the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova.

Contactless payments grow in popularity in Slovakia

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2020

More than 142mn transactions were carried out in 6M20, worth a total of €6.57bn. This included 7.2mn of mobile payments worth €164.2mn, up fivefold y/y.

ViennEast Compass: CESEE outlook, planning for new normal

Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna August 3, 2020

There is no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, but the new normal that will emerge could benefit the countries of Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE), due to the new opportunities that will arise.

EU leaders strike deal on post-coronavirus stimulus plan

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2020

European Union leaders reached agreement on a massive stimulus plan for the bloc’s economies in the early hours of July 21, after almost five days of intense talks. 

European Commission approves merger of Poland’s PKN Orlen with peer Grupa Lotos

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 14, 2020

Poland's two refining companies to merge to create a “multinational company with a global reach”, government officials say. PKN Orlen lines up its next merger, with oil and gas company PGNiG.