Ukraine ready to buy Russian gas

Although Ukraine has confirmed its readiness to buy 1.5-4 billion cubic meters of Russian gas this winter and Moscow said it was ready to ensure exports to Ukraine and the E.U., no final deal was reached during the talks, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak reported. “The Ukrainian side has expressed its readiness to buy 1.5-4…

Ukraine: terms for sending advance payments to buy equipment for Vilkha defense project extended

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has permitted government customers to extend the terms for sending advance payments to buy specialized equipment required for the implementation of the Vilkha defense project to 24 months. The requirement is outlined in the government resolution No. 891 dated November 30, amending government resolution No. 117 dated April 23, 2014. The…

Georgia: EIB to allocate EUR 450 million

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will allocate EUR 450 million to Georgia through three loan agreements, the EIB and Georgian Prime Minister’s Office said. EUR 250 million will be allocated to finance new construction and upgrading of priority roads, EUR 100 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of municipal infrastructure and a EUR 100 million…

Latvia: micro taxes lead to macro problems

The government, entrepreneurs and social partners continue sharp discussions of the future of micro-enterprises and the tax regime to be applied to them in the foreseeable future. One proposal suggests canceling the payment of mandatory minimal social fees and increasing micro-enterprise tax rate from 9% to 15%.This proposal was reviewed week by members of the…

Belarus: Belarusbank signs memorandums of understanding with Afreximbank and SID Banka

Belarus’ largest commercial bank OAO Belarusbank has signed memorandums of understanding with African Export-Import Bank and Slovenian SID Banka during Belarusbank’s conference in Frankfurt (Germany), the bank’s press service reported. The conference gathered around 100 representatives of the World Bank, German financial institutes and insurance companies, as well as representatives of such institutions of Italy,…

Ukraine: seaports grain export up in early December 2016

On December 3-9, Ukraine exported 635.2 thousand tons of grains from the seaports against 550.9 thousand tons on the previous week.

In particular, wheat shipments reached 188.3 thousand tons, corn – 429.9 thousand tons, and barley – 17 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Turkey: TANAP construction 55% complete

The construction work as part of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) is 55% complete, Saltuk Duzyol, head of TANAP consortium, reported. He pointed out that to date, 19 underground passages have been built as part of the project. Furthermore, the consortium head noted that the cost of TANAP project had decreased. “When…

Moldova: national palace to host wine exhibition

11th Wine Vernissage will take place at the National Palace of Moldova on December 15. The event, called “The Magic Vernissage”, will bring together 36 wineries, which are going to present more than 200 wines, including 50 premier ones. “A vine vernissage traditionally offers winemakers an opportunity to display new products on the threshold of…

Moldova: social insurance budget approved

The parliament has approved of the state social insurance budget in the first reading with the revenue and expenditures amounting to MDL 16,410,670,200. The revenue of the state social insurance budget will increase by MDL 1,464,985,900 or by 9.8% against the revenue approved for 2016; the expenditures will grow by MDL 1,434,575,400 or by 9.6%…

Ukraine: Ukrtransgaz to announce new tender to reconstruct compressor stations

Pubic joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz would announce a new tender to reconstruct compressor stations after revising the top priority directions for modernization of the Ukrainian gas transport system, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said. “All procedures (the tender to reconstruct Ananiev, Zadniprovska and Pivdennobuhska compressor stations) were held, but Naftogaz made another decision in the issue…

Moldova: economy to grow

The growth of the Moldovan economy will restore, but the quality of this growth will worsen in 2016-2017, Expert-Grup forecast says. According to another edition of research “MEGA – Analysis of the economic growth in Moldova”, which the Independent Analytical Center submits twice a year, Moldova’s GDP growth in 2016 will be 3.4%, in 2017…

Ukraine: the exports of organic wheat up

According to the official customs statistics, in July-November Ukraine exported 34.2 thousand tons of organic wheat, up by 22% YoY. In the current season Germany (30% of the general volumes), the United Kingdom (22%), the Netherlands (15%) and Italy (14%) became the main countries-importers of the Ukrainian grain. In the reporting period Ukraine shipped organic…

Moldova: Chisinau airport concession to be revised

Government is to examine an opportunity of revising the contract on concession of the Chisinau airport and lifting the airport modernization charge of EUR 9 per passenger. These are the recommendations included in the resolution Parliament has adopted following the hearing of the report by the investigatory commission on the concessionaire’s compliance with the contract…