Eastern Europe Investment 2016
PRAGUE A British vote to leave the European Union would give a boost to separatist and nationalistic forces across the bloc, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Friday.
PRAGUE Komercni Banka is looking to increase market share in consumer finance and small-business lending in a search for yield in a low interest rate environment while keeping deposit growth in check, its chief financial officer said.
BUCHAREST Romania could issue another Eurobond in the third or fourth quarter before an expected national election, the finance ministry's deputy treasury chief said on Friday.
PRAGUE The Czech government prefers to use strong budget revenue to improve healthcare, education and defense rather than cut the budget deficit faster as the economy strengthens more than expected, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Friday.
PRAGUE The Czech government is aiming to make it easier for firms to bring in foreign workers to fill a labor shortage that industry leaders warn is becoming a barrier to growth, the industry minister told Reuters.
BELGRADE Montenegro's defense minister said on Friday that its long-time ally Russia should not interfere in its plans to join NATO.
BUCHAREST Romania's former ruling leftist coalition stands a good chance of pooling forces for an election in December but it is unlikely to win enough support to form a government, an adviser to the Romanian president said on Wednesday.
WARSAW Polish freight group PKP Cargo is benefiting from rising demand for rail transport between China and Europe, a route that is developing as a modern day Silk Road.
WARSAW Polish state fund PFR sees German peer KfW [KFW.UL] as a role model for how to coordinate state financial support and plans bond issues in 2017 to finance its needs, its chief executive said at the Reuters Eastern Europe Investment Summit.
ZAGREB Political risk and a demanding regulatory framework are major challenges for Croatia's banking sector, the head of Erste Bank's Croatian unit, Christoph Schoefboeck, told Reuters on Thursday.
BUDAPEST Central and eastern Europe's central banks have mostly finished their rate cuts though will be in no rush to start tightening as regional inflation is down and economic growth has slowed.