Eastern & Central Europe
Latest news about eastern and central Europe and EU enlargement.
- US welcomes Serbia, Kosovo deal — 19 April 2013, 20:37 CET
The United States on Friday welcomed an historic deal between Serbia and
its former province of Kosovo, as US Secretary of State John Kerry
called for the pact to be swiftly implemented.
- Cyprus unveils workfare measures to ease bailout shock — 19 April 2013, 21:12 CET
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades unveiled a package of measures on
Friday aimed at keeping Cypriots in employment as the massive costs of a
eurozone bailout deliver a huge blow to the island's economy.
- Poland may not be ready for euro for dozen years: minister — 19 April 2013, 21:11 CET
Poland's finance minister said Friday it may take a dozen years for the
EU member to be ready to adopt the euro, adding there was no big need to
rush to join.
- Kosovo Serbs want referendum in Serbia on Kosovo deal: MPs — 19 April 2013, 20:55 CET
Kosovo Serbs want Serbia to hold a referendum on whether to accept the
EU-sponsored deal signed on Friday in Brussels between Belgrade and
Pristina that would normalise their relations.
- Kosovo: key dates since independence — 19 April 2013, 21:12 CET
EU-sponsored talks finally produced a hard-won normalisation accord Friday between Serbia and breakaway Kosovo which was hailed in Brussels
as a key step away from a violent past and towards closer ties with the EU.
- NATO hails Serbia-Kosovo accord, ready to help — 19 April 2013, 20:56 CET
NATO, whose troops help maintain security in Kosovo, hailed an
EU-brokered normalisation accord Friday between Belgrade and Pristina
and said it stood ready to help implement it.
- Serbia, Kosovo strike historic deal — 20 April 2013, 11:45 CET
The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo initialled a historic deal Friday to normalise ties, a move key to the future of the Western Balkans and destined also to bring both closer to the European Union.
- Limited concessions in Hungary-EU dispute over law changes — 19 April 2013, 16:28 CET
Hungary on Friday dug in on a key constitutional change it has made that has stirred EU ire and scrutiny, though it offered limited "concessions" to other amendments in a bid to defuse an escalating row with Brussels.
- Serbia, Kosovo in fresh effort to normalise ties — 19 April 2013, 16:28 CET
Crunch talks on normalising Kosovo-Serbia ties that are key to their
prospects of joining the European Union resumed in Brussels on Friday,
the EU said.
- Kosovo ex-rebel now MP goes on retrial for war crimes — 18 April 2013, 21:48 CET
A top ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander turned-politician and his nine
associates on Thursday went on retrial for war crimes committed during
the 1998-1999 Kosovo war.
- Lithuania protests airspace violation by Belarus fighter — 18 April 2013, 21:48 CET
Lithuania on Thursday accused Belarus of violating its airspace with a
military fighter plane, an incident coinciding with the Belarussian
prime minister's visit to the Baltic state.
- Cyprus parliament hikes corporate tax rate — 18 April 2013, 21:55 CET
MPs hiked Cyprus's ultra-low corporate tax rate on Thursday as part of a package of measures to secure a controversial 10 billion euro rescue package that must still be ratified by parliament.
- Britain assures Bulgaria, Romania on job access: Sofia — 18 April 2013, 21:40 CET
Britain has assured Romania and Bulgaria that work restrictions on their
citizens will be lifted as planned in 2014, as the eastern European
nations battle perceptions the move will cause a wave of immigration.
- Kosovo, Serbia to resume talks Friday — 18 April 2013, 21:40 CET
Kosovo and Serbia will resume talks in Brussels on Friday following
another failure to clinch a deal to normalise ties and ease tension in
the Balkans, officials here said.
- EU envoy says Tymoshenko release key 'objective' awaiting bloc deal — 18 April 2013, 17:32 CET
The release of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko is a key objective of European Union policy as it reviews ties with Ukraine and the possible signing of an association and trade accord, top officials said after an in-depth trip to Kiev.
- Latvia's airBaltic reports EUR 27 m loss — 18 April 2013, 17:06 CET
Latvian flag-carrier airBaltic on Thursday reported a loss of 19 million
lats (27 million euros, $35 million) for 2012, but insisted the figure
showed a management turnaround plan was working.
- Lithuania anticipates thaw in EU-Belarus ties — 18 April 2013, 15:52 CET
Lithuania said Thursday it expected smoother relations between neighbour
Belarus and the European Union, as the Baltic state gears up to take
over the rotating EU presidency in July.
- Ashton says Bosnia lacks progress on reform — 18 April 2013, 21:35 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday that Bosnia has done little, if anything, recently to carry out reforms needed for it to eventually join the European Union.
- Serbia, Kosovo talks fail once again — 18 April 2013, 22:40 CET
Serbia and Kosovo again failed to clinch a deal to normalise ties and ease tension in the Balkans after lengthy talks brokered by the European Union lasting through Wednesday until Thursday.
- Romania drops target date for euro adoption: report — 17 April 2013, 21:21 CET
Romania has dropped setting a target date for adopting the euro, a report said, although officials insisted Wednesday that joining the single currency remains a fundamental objective for the country.
- Brussels reminds Hungary of constitutional EU obligations — 17 April 2013, 16:49 CET
The European Commission flashed another warning past Hungary on Wednesday, threatening to launch EU-level legal attacks against controversial changes to the country's constitution.
- Slovak car sector expects moderate growth this year — 17 April 2013, 16:49 CET
Slovakian auto companies, the country's economic engine, expect moderate growth this year despite gloom elsewhere across the European Union, their industry association ZAP said Wednesday.
- EU makes final push to wrest 2012 Serbia-Kosovo deal — 17 April 2013, 16:47 CET
The European Union made a final push Wednesday to wrest a 2012 Serbia-Kosovo deal to normalise ties between the fractious Balkans neighbours and turn a page on the continent's last trouble-spot.
- Romania pockets $95 million from Transgaz stake sale — 17 April 2013, 10:29 CET
Romania has sold a 15 per cent stake in the natural gas distributor Transgaz, raising $94.9 million (72 million euros), Energy Minister Constantin Nita said on Wednesday.
- Hungary upbeat on growth, EU deficit procedure exit — 16 April 2013, 21:47 CET
Hungary's recession-hit economy is set to grow again through 2016, while
a drop in the public deficit should allow it to exit the EU's excessive
deficit procedure, Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said Tuesday.