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Austria and the Czech Republic Gross-Border Relations

Kapsch Extends Czech Toll System Contract until New Tender is Called

After a long tug-of-war the Czech government agreed to extend Kapsch TrafficCom’s contract for the toll system operation in the Czech Republic after all, by three years. The existing contract expires by the end of this year. The government in Prague has not managed to organize a tender in time, due to various delays.

August 29, 2016

Moody’s - Situation of Austrian Banks Improves

US rating agency Moody’s has upgraded its outlook for the creditworthiness of Austrian banks in the coming 12 to 18 months for the first time since 2009 from "negative” to "stable”. The reason for this is lower exposure to risky countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as stronger-than-expected capital cushion.

August 23, 2016

AUA Cancels 300 Eastern European Flights from Schedule

Austrian Airlines (AUA) is cancelling 300 of a total of 23000 regular flights to and from destinations in eastern Europe in July and August. This is the airline’s response to shortages of pilots. The airline has decided to reduce the frequency of flights to such cities as Prague, Kosice, Sibui and Sofia and Bucharest.

July 1, 2016

CESEE Outlook: Modest Recovery - EU is Obstacle to Growth – BREXIT Poses Uncertainties

According to the latest prognosis of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, the countries of Central, East and Southeast Europe (CESEE) will have a trend growth rate of up to 3% in the period of 2016-2018. This is 1-1½ percentage points higher than average growth in the eurozone. Consumption will be the main growth driver. The Austrian economy is still benefiting from its economic ties with the region. Direct effects of BREXIT on the region will be limited – indirect effects for the European economy as a whole may be considerable.

June 29, 2016

Kapsch Secures Extension of E-Toll Contract in Czech Republic by up to 3 Yrs

Austrian e-toll company Kapsch TrafficCom will get an extension of the contract for the operation of the Czech etoll system for trucks by 2 to 3 years, the Czech Transport Minister Daniel Tok said in the parliament.

June 23, 2016

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

Austria Above EU Average in Terms of Vacancies

Austria ranked eighth in the EU in terms of the vacancies ratio in Q1 2016, an EU-wide comparison shows. With a ratio of 1.9 percent, Austria slipped from rank seven to eight y/y. Nonetheless, the Alpine republic managed to exceed the EU average rate of 1.7 percent.

June 20, 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