Omicron brings COVID-19 infections to new peaks across SEE

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2022

New records announced daily in several countries, but most governments are reluctant to introduce new restrictions.

European Environmental Bureau says Slovenian EU presidency failed to make significant progress on green agenda

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 11, 2022

Despite efforts to reverse biodiversity loss, the Slovenian EU Council presidency achieved little on the green transition and in pushing the zero pollution ambition.

PPF still has the deal-making mojo after death of founder Petr Kellner

Robert Anderson in Prague January 11, 2022

New CEO Ladislav Bartonicek is reported to be selling Home Credit Russia as part of the investment group's shift to more mature markets.

Spread of Omicron pushes coronavirus infections to all-time highs in parts of Southeast Europe

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 6, 2022

Albania and Croatia reported record numbers of COVID-19 infections while other countries are close to records set in previous waves of the pandemic.

Slovenian software firm Better signs contract with five London hospitals

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2022

London hospitals to get access to Better's digital healthcare platform that allows them to share information.

bneGREEN: Brussels labels both gas and nuclear as green

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2022

Commission says there is a role for natural gas and nuclear as a means to facilitate the transition towards a predominantly renewable-based future.

New COVID-19 wave looms in under-vaccinated Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2022

Soon after Southeast Europe emerged from the autumn wave of the pandemic, cases are already rising again as the Omicron variant spreads in the region.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Slovenia

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2022

Prime Minister Janez Jansa's rightwing government faces an opposition determined to unseat him in the spring general election.

Annual growth of Slovenia’s retail sales speeds up to 41% y/y in November

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2022

Sharp y/y growth reflects COVID-19 measures in base month November 2020, while sales stabilise in monthly terms.

Slovenia’s inflation accelerates further to 4.9% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 1, 2022

The biggest contribution to inflation in December came from the sharp rise in fuel prices.

CEE banking: As good as it gets in (post-) crisis times and the challenging geopolitical environment

Gunter Deuber in Vienna December 20, 2021

Western European banks have made double-digit increases in the growth of their credit exposures to the CE/SEE region in the past 12-18 months.

Slovenia’s GDP expands 5% y/y in 3Q21

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2021

Robust household consumption drove economic growth in third quarter.

Concern mounts over new southern Africa coronavirus variant

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2021

The EU is planning a ban on travel from southern African countries after a new and highly infectious variant of the coronavirus virus was confirmed in Botswana and South Africa.

Central and Southeast European economies remain fragile, says Vienna Initiative of banks

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Banks may be tested by the withdrawal of government help to companies, particularly as infection rates begin to soar again.

Slovenia launches mass mobilisation of medical staff to fight pandemic

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 16, 2021

Shortages of doctors and nurses reported as latest wave of pandemic overwhelms Slovenian hospitals.

Sberbank Europe to sell Hungarian unit and four other subsidiaries in CEE region

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

Buyer is Serbian tycoon Miodrag Kostic, who has built a financial empire with AIK Banka and Gorenjska Banka of Slovenia.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: German traffic light coalition could worsen frictions with CEE

Marcus How and Gunter Deuber in Vienna November 1, 2021

A new centre-left government in Berlin could help create a two-tier Europe, especially if it promotes rule of law penalties.

Annual growth of Slovenia’s retail sales speeds up to 17.1% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 28, 2021

Retail sales have rebounded this year as Slovenia recovers from the coronacrisis.

Slovenia’s BuWizz creates world's fastest app-controlled Lego car

bne IntelliNews October 27, 2021

BuWizz created a 1:8 scale model of the €1.8mn Spania GTA Spano hypercar out of Lego.

Slovenia’s economy shows signs of slowdown

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 26, 2021

As recovery continues, Slovenia is running up against the constraints of shortages of raw materials, intermediate products and skilled workers, central bank warns.