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23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

23 Feb 18

Bulgaria Minister Takes Aim at Airbnb, Booking

As Bulgarian tourism booms, a minister says it is time to curb online accommodation platforms like Airbnb that she says undercut the country's officially registered hotels.

21 Feb 18

Ramljak Quits as Manager of Croatia’s Agrokor

Croatia’s government is searching for a ‘new extraordinary’ manager for the troubled behemoth after Ante Ramljak quit over claims about conflicts of interest.

20 Feb 18

Emigration Damages Bosnia’s Economic Growth Prospects

Economists in Bosnia and Herzegovina raised concerns about the high level of emigration after the International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for the country from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent for 2018.

19 Feb 18

Czech Mogul to Buy Bulgaria’s Top Media Group

Czech billionaire Peter Kellner is set to buy Bulgaria's largest media company, Nova Broadcasting, which owns some of the most popular commercial TV channels in the country.

16 Feb 18

Moldova's Foreign Trade Rose Sharply in 2017

The volume of Moldova's imports and exports rose by almost a fifth in 2017, data show – as trade with European markets replaces that with the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States.

15 Feb 18

Romania’s Fast Growth Comes With Risks, Experts Warn

Romania on Wednesday reported that its economy grew by 7 per cent in 2017, the highest rate in years – but some economists say growth stemming from booming consumption comes with risks.

07 Feb 18

Appeals Threaten to Delay Greek-Bulgarian Pipeline

Procurement appeals threaten to derail work on the important Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector – designed to lessen the Balkan region's energy dependence on Moscow.

05 Feb 18

Skilled Labour Shortage Hits Bulgarian, Romanian Businesses

Companies in both Balkan countries say mass emigration is making it hard to find skilled personnel and hampering their growth.

02 Feb 18

Bulgaria-Macedonia Treaty Boosts Business Ties

Bulgarian and Macedonian companies are seeking new business opportunities as a result of the friendship treaty that the two neighbouring countries signed recently, businesses say.

31 Jan 18

Fiscal Changes Make Romanian Entrepreneurs Fear Bankruptcy

Romanian entrepreneurs are warning that a huge number of changes to the fiscal code and a climate of political uncertainty could lead many of them to impose cutbacks or even go out of business.

29 Jan 18

Organic Farming Booms in Bulgaria and Croatia

The two countries have seen the highest rate of expansion in their organic farming sectors in the whole of the EU in recent years.

26 Jan 18

Croatia Relies Too Much on Tourism, Economist Warns

Croatia has the third fastest-growing tourism industry in the EU, but its economy is at risk of relying too much one one unstable sector, an analyst says.

23 Jan 18

Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.

22 Jan 18

Young Balkan Stars Join Forbes' Under-30 List

Several young politicians, entrepreneurs and activists from the Balkans have made it to Forbes' latest '30 under 30' list – which contains 600 stars in 20 industries.


19 Feb 18

Romanian Investors Finally ‘Look East’ to Moldova

After years of hesitation, Romanian companies are now investing in Moldova – which will help to counteract Russian influence as well as improve the country’s economy, analysts say.

Politics and Society

23 Feb 18

Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled

Relatives and political allies of the Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated outside his party office last month, gathered at the site in north Mitrovica to unveil a memorial plaque.