Annual growth of Slovenia’s retail sales slowed to 12.8% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2021

Retail sales have been growing for most of this year as coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted.

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

Average gross wage in Slovenia up by a real 3.9% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2021

Wage growth accelerated from just 0.9% y/y in the previous month.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Residential real estate markets bounce back in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

Strong recovery after spring 2020 lockdowns partly driven by demand for houses and rural properties, but prices remain among the lowest in Europe.

European Commission slams Bulgaria on rule of law, Slovenia on media freedom

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia, Iulian Ernst in Bucharest, Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 20, 2021

Highly critical European Commission report issued as Sofia tries to sack chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev, who has thwarted efforts by the caretaker government to investigate top-level corruption. Shortcomings reported in other SEE EU members.

CEE dealmaking back at pre-COVID levels in H1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

The first half was particularly strong in the mid-market and smaller-ticket segment.

Slovenia appoints ex-Uber executive as first minister for digital transformation

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2021

Mark Boris Andrijanic pledges to turn digitalisation into a national priority in Slovenia.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Rifts between Ljubljana and Brussels on public display at start of Slovenia’s EU presidency

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Funding for public broadcaster and other divisive issues raised at tense joint press conference between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian PM Janez Jansa.

Inflation slows to 1.4% in Slovenia in June

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

The largest upward driver for the annual inflation was from higher prices of petroleum products.

CEE regional sentiment up again in June but analysts warn of price pressures

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Capital Economics analysts point to evidence of growing price pressures in eastern EU members.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

BALKAN BLOG: Slovenia takes over EU presidency amid squabbles with Brussels

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 28, 2021

Rifts between EU and Janez Jansa’s right-wing government constrain Ljubljana’s ability to provide leadership to the bloc at a critical moment.

Slovenia issues €1bn debut sustainability bond

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2021

Slovenia is the first country in the Central and Eastern Europe region and the second in the EU after Luxembourg to issue a sustainability bond.

Slovenia to bring public services online

bne IntelliNews June 23, 2021

Ljubljana presents first measures to digitalise public services with the aim of improving the efficiency of the public administration in line with the EU’s digital agenda.

Bulgaria keeps veto on launch of EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 22, 2021

No progress towards EU membership for North Macedonia or Albania despite pressure on Bulgaria from fellow member states to drop veto.

Growth of output prices in Slovenia speeds up to 3.5% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

The PPI index started to increase rapidly from the beginning of 2021.

Southeast Europeans most likely in EU to believe corruption is getting worse

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2021

Transparency International survey shows citizens of Slovenia and Bulgaria were most likely to think their government was run by a few big interests looking out for themselves.