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: 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…