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Brussels Oks 222 Mln Euro Programme Aimed to Boost Cooperation Along Danube

The European Commission said, that it adopted the 2014-2020 Danube Transnational Cooperation Program, worth 222 million Euro ($247 million) in total, aimed at strengthening cooperation in the Danube region. Over 202 million euro will come from the European Regional Development Fund and 19.8 million euro from the Instrument for Pre-Accession, the Commission said in a statement.

August 24, 2015

Erste Group Presents Net Profit of EUR 487.2 Million in H1 15

Erste Group closed the first half of 2015 with positive results, reflected in strong improvements in profitability, asset quality, lending and capital. The group reported a net profit of EUR 487.2 million in H1 2015, compared to a negative result of EUR -929.7 million in the similar period last year; all countries except Hungary made a positive contribution to this development. Total assets increased to EUR 197.5 billion, compared to EUR 196.3 billion at the end of 2014. This balance sheet growth reflects a 2.2% advance in net lending to customers compared to the end of 2014, to EUR 123.5 billion, supported by the 1.7% growth in loans to households, 2.0% to SMEs and 5.9% to large corporates.

August 7, 2015

Erste Group Sets Up JV in CEE with Global Payments

Listed bank Erste Group plans to sell 51 percent of its payments business in the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia to US payments services firm Global Payments for EUR 29.94 million (USD 33.2 million) and then set up a joint venture with the US partner, Erste said.

July 28, 2015

CA Immo Buys Stake in CEE Portfolio off EBRD for EUR 60 Mln

Listed real estate group CA Immo will take over the outstanding 35-percent stake in the CEE portfolio from partner EBRD for EUR 60 million (USD 66.2 million) gross, a reduction versus net asset value of the portfolio, the company said.

July 10, 2015

Fourteen CEE Countries Sign MoU on Integrated Gas Market

Austria and thirteen other European Union and Energy Community countries in Central Eastern Europe and South East European regions signed a memorandum of understanding in Dubrovnik on joint efforts to build up gas infrastructure links and resolve technical and regulatory issues in order to create an integrated energy market in the region.

July 10, 2015

Due to Nabucco Termination IT Service Provider Files for Insolvency

In the aftermath of the termination of the Nabucco project, IT service provider Danube IT Service GmbH was forced to file for insolvency.

July 10, 2015

French Adeo Group Takes Over some Austrian BauMax Shops

The French retail group Adeo will acquire a part of the chain of Austrian bauMax shops by the middle of July "Format' magazine reported in its latest issue.

June 19, 2015

Bilderberg 2015: Full List of All 133 Participants

The full list of all 133 attendees to the top secret Bilderberg Group conference 2015 has been released (see below). The Austrians participating are René Benko, Oscar Bronner, Heinz Fischer, Alfred Gusenbauer, Erich Hampel, Wolfgang Hesoun, Gerhard Roiss, Rudolf Scholten and Karl Sevelda.

June 12, 2015 · Updated: June 12, 2015; 17:45

OMV Working on New Nabucco?

According to an article featured by Presse daily on Friday, indicators show that oil group OMV is currently toiling at a ‘new Nabucco’ project. Instead of gas from the Caspian Sea the pipeline in question would transport Russian gas via Turkey.

June 12, 2015

The Bilderberg Group - Background and Criticism

The first Bilderberg conference dates back to May 1954, when it was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands. Partly because of its working methods to ensure strict privacy, the Bilderberg Group has been criticised for its lack of transparency and accountability.

June 11, 2015