Estonia: government approves 2018 state budget

The Estonian government at an extraordinary meeting on September 27 approved the 2018 state budget bill, which set out the first ever Estonian state budget to exceed EUR 10 billion. This marks the first full-length budget of the coalition government that took office in November 2016. The activities financed from the budget support the four…

Ukraine: bread price up in September 2017

Prices of bread made of rye and wheat in Ukraine rose by 20.9% YoY in September, according to a member of the Economic Discussion Club Oleh Pendzin. “Prices of first-grade flour increased by 12% from September 2016 to September 2017, those of rye flour climbed by 4.5%, while the price of bread made from first-grade…

Kazakhstan: trade turnover with Vietnam doubled

From October 2016 to July 2017, the trade turnover between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has more than doubled, according to the Eurasian Economic Commission’s press service. According to the Commission, since the Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Vietnam came into force, in October 2016…

Ukraine: further economic success depending on machine-building industry

Ukrainian government considers machine-building one of the most important integrated industries on which Ukraine’s further economic success depends, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said in his greeting address on the occasion of Machine Engineers Day, the government press service reports. “Ukraine’s considerably experienced machine engineers develop and design complex systems and devices: home appliances and radio…

Ukraine: shadow economy down in Q1 2017

Shadow economy in Ukraine fell by 6% YoY in the first quarter of 2017, to 37% of GDP, according to the analytical report published on the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry’s website. The ministry noted that the de-shadowing stemmed directly from ensuring macroeconomic stabilization and economic growth, wage growth against the backdrop of reducing…