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Austria and Croatia Business and Diplomatic Relations

Zumtobel has Launched Regional Project Centre in Belgrade

Lamp maker Zumtobel has launched a new regional project centre in Belgrade. Director Milan Lazarevic said that the centre would be in charge of projects in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Belgium.

June 22, 2016

Closing of Visa Takeover Brings EUR 97 Million Pre-Tax Profit to RBI

The expected pretax profit from the cash payment of the transaction will be EUR 97 million. It should be booked under net income from financial investments in the second quarter of 2016. Visa Inc. had announced the takeover of Visa Europe Ltd. in November of 2015. The cash payment of this one-off effect will be split between Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, the RBI head office, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Zuno.

June 21, 2016

20 Years Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT): Ministerial Meeting at VIC

Marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), a Ministerial Meeting was held at Vienna International Center. Hosting some 40 international organizations, Austria is a hub for the promotion of peace, safety and security, sustainable development and the fight against crime, drug abuse and terrorism.

June 20, 2016

Central European Initiative Discusses Refugee Crisis in Banja Luka

Foreign Ministers of the 18 member states of the Central European Initiative (CEI) met in Bosnia Herzegovina, which holds the initiative’s annual rotating Chairmanship this year. Discussions mainly focused on the refugee crisis and potential solutions.

June 20, 2016

Wüstenrot Group Closed 2015 with a Profit

Wüstenrot group with headquarters in Salzburg closed the financial year 2015 with a substantially higher profit. Pretax profit increased by about 35 percent to EUR 45.2 million (USD 50.56 million).

May 27, 2016

Ex Hypo Alpe Adria SEE Units Post Consolidated Loss of EUR 675 Million

The southern European bank units formerly owned by Hypo Alpe Adria, and now in the hands of US equity fund Advent and the EBRD, posted in the first year under the new owners, in 2015, a huge consolidated loss of EUR 675 million. In 2014 the loss totalled EUR 97.4 million.

May 27, 2016

Serbia’s Companies Most Optimistic Among Balkan States, Austria Included in Poll First Time

Among all former Yugoslavian countries, Serbia’s companies are the most optimistic, a survey made by credit insurer Prisma indicates. Their appraisal of the business climate of their country is better than that in Slovenia, Croatia or Bosnia Herzegovina, and even in Austria.

May 17, 2016

Long-Distance Coach Operator Flixbus to Compete with ÖBB Austrian Railways

Austrian state-run rail company ÖBB Austrian Railways is facing increasing competition of German mobility provider Flixbus which has just launched its third connection for Austria's regional capital cities, between Graz and Salzburg. In January 2016 FlixBus announced its entry to the markets of Central and Eastern Europe with the new branch FlixBus CEE. This includes six countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia) with new lines in the making. () am

April 27, 2016

D.A.S. Legal Costs Insurer to Steer CEE Expansion from Vienna

European leader in legal costs insurance D.A.S. plans to expand in the CEE and will manage this expansion from Vienna, the company said in a statement. The Vienna office is already parent of the Slovak and Czech arms of the concern. Further mergers with CEE units are planned in the coming years. The changes will involve altering the organisational structure of the group.

April 25, 2016

The Western Balkans Conference Which Led to Row Over Worsening Refugee Crisis

Convened on the initiative of Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Austrian Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the Western Balkans conference “Managing Migration Together” was held at the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Vienna. 18 foreign and interior ministers from the Western Balkans attended the conference. The participants included the foreign and interior ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

February 26, 2016