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The Chamber of Commerce participated in conference on EU integration of Western Balkans

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, June 25, 2019 22:57:31

Göran Uvner, Roger Hellqvist and Avni Dervishi represented the Chamber of Commerce Sweden – Southeast Europe yesterday at a debate in Stockholm on the
EU-integration of the Western Balkans with several Foreign Ministers from the
region. There was a clear impatience among the ministers with EUs handling and
delay of the integration process in spite of, as they see it, that they have
achieved most of the goals EU set up. The response from the Swedish foreign
minister and other EU representatives was that, even if the Union sees the integration
of this region as very important, it has right now other internal problems (ie
Brexit etc) to deal with. They also don´t want to ”import conflicts” like for
instance the one between Kosovo and Serbia, which has to be solved before full
integration. One had a feeling that these ”excuses” were not very well received
among the region´s representatives.

The Chamber of Commerce
for Sweden – Southeast Europe offers a great opportunity for the countries in
Western Balkans to building bonds between Sweden (read: EU) based on business
relations. Companies in both the region and Sweden are welcome to contact the
Chamber of Commerce for assistance with building contacts. Just write an email
or use this channel.

Join Jovan on an odyssey through Balkan food culture

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, December 06, 2016 13:47:32

Ćevapčići and
ajvar are two examples of Balkan specialties that more or less have become part
of the global cuisine, but the Balkans has so much more to offer.

In this book the food, culture and people of the Balkans are presented by an
author who has both his heart and his roots in an exciting part of Europe. Jovan Radomir was born in
the Balkans, grew up in the Swedish city of Katrineholm and spent his summer
vacations in the countryside of his birthplace Srbac in former Yugoslavia.

In this
Jovan will
teach you his secret family recipes for ajvar and stuffed peppers and show you
classical recipes for grilled meat, pasteries, bread and top it all off with
the fancy gourmet dinner that Jovan made for a gala banquet at the venerable
Grand Hôtel in Stockholm.

You will also discover Belgrade, the beauty of the majestic river Danube, the
long tradition of winemaking, the widespread Kafana culture, the mentality of
the Balkan people – all the things that make the Balkans such an enticing mix
of food, culture and people. Prijatno! Bon appétit!

Jovan Radomir is a Swedish TV personality working for SVT, the Swedish
Broadcasting Company
My Balkan Food & people is his first
cookbook and a bestseller in Scandinavia. The book is also published in
You will find more information about Jovan and his book and can order it here.

The Chamber of Commerce chooses bne IntelliNews for business intelligence

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, June 30, 2015 10:39:51

One of the main services of the Chamber of Commerce is to provide its
members with fast and updated news of what´s happening in Southeast Europe
in general and particularly such information that is important for companies
and organisations with business relations between Sweden and the SEE region.

Over the years we have used several news channels for these purposes, ie
google, local media, global news agencies and others, some free and some coming
at a price. After careful evaluation of the services available, we have come to
the conclusion that the service best meeting our needs at a competitive price
is the one that bne IntelliNews is providing.

bne IntelliNews publishes actionable emerging markets business intelligence and economic analysis for
companies and investors based on a network of over 60 analysts and
journalists who are experts on the regions they cover, including Central,
Eastern, and Southeast Europe, plus Russia and the CIS, in addition to
Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

IntelliNews publishes:

bne — the
only English language publication covering more than 30 countries of CEE/CIS,
focusing on business, economics, finance and politics with monthly
magazine bne, weekly digital newspaper and daily news website, which
includes news and analysis on Southeast Europe.

— premium service aimed at professional investors, publishing daily emails
carrying news, commentary and analysis on business, finance and economics
covering CEE/CIS/MEA and South Asia on Includes timely updates and in-depth coverage
of all Southeast European countries.

trade, production and market demand time-series database covering over 400
commodities and products in over 70 countries and regions at Includes data on all Southeast European

Markets Direct
— industry reports and analyses
published annually/semi-annually on over 90 topical emerging market
industry segments on Includes reports from all Southeast European

Team Sweden ska samordna det svenska exportstödet

Regional info/economy Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 20:13:45

Svenska företag som vill ut på export ­uppfattar ­dagens stöd som en djungel av myndigheter, bolag och verk. Däför lanseras Team Sweden – ett paraply för Sveriges alla myndigheter, verk och bolag som i dag arbetar med exportfrämjande insatser för svenska företag. Syftet med Team Sweden är att göra det enkelt och tydligt för företag som vill ut på exportmarknaden. Läs mer om Sveriges nya satsning på exportföretagen här.

Don´t miss our Daily Magazines from Southeast Europe

Regional info/economy Posted on Sat, May 02, 2015 09:10:18

Did you know that the Chamber of Commerce publishes four Daily Newspapers? Every morning you´ll find new issues with the latest and hottest news in areas like politics, business, sports, leisure and many others.
Here are the daily magazines, just click on the name of the paper you want to read.

Serbia Daily
Macedonia Daily
Moldova Daily
Southeast Europe Daily

And subscription is free of course.

SEE: Economic Recovery in Some, but Not All Countries, Says World Bank

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, February 17, 2015 20:12:57

Devastating flooding in some countries brought the economy of South East Europe (SEE6[1]) to a standstill in 2014, with growth of only 0.2 percent, according to the World Bank’s latest South East Europe Regular Economic Report (SEE RER) launched recently.

According to the report, in 2015, the SEE6 region is expected to recover modestly, with aggregate growth projected to average 1.3 percent.

Growth is likely to be held back in 2015 by a weak recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The rest of the region is expected to grow by over 3 percent in 2015, with economic growth reaching 3.8 percent in FYR Macedonia.

Growth prospects are dependent on external factors, including a sustained recovery of external demand, especially in Europe, and stabilization of international energy prices at around current levels.

Economic activity in SEE6 is dampened by weak domestic demand as consumer and business confidence remain weak over lingering political uncertainty, chronically high unemployment, and banking systems saddled with high nonperforming loans. Therefore, the report emphasizes that economic growth in the near- and the medium-term in SEE6 can be supported through sound and well-prioritized economic policies.
Read more in the new World Bank report here.

[1] SEE6 are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), Montenegro, and Serbia.

What lies ahead for our region this year?

Regional info/economy Posted on Fri, January 02, 2015 10:02:27

Probably this question is more difficult to answer than for a long time. But Business New Europe is giving it a try in their outlook for Southeast Europe, titled Political uncertainty rises in Southeast Europe. They continue:
“Forecasts for 2015 GDP growth vary widely across the region. Serbia, hit by flooding in May and now embarking on an austerity programme, expects zero or negative growth in 2015. Croatia, in its first return to positive growth after years of recession, is expected to grow by just 0.2%, according to the European Commission’s 2014 Autumn Forecast. At the other end of the scale, some of Southeast Europe’s smaller economies have the best prospects for 2015, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro all expected to expand by at least 3%.” See their full report here.
Whatever lies before us, we hope for the best and wish all our members a happy and prosperous 2015.

Is the Balkans next target for Mr Putin?

Regional info/economy Posted on Sun, December 07, 2014 15:28:34

The Ukraine crisis is stoking fears in western capitals that Moscow is now seeking to impose its will in other countries in eastern Europe, including the Balkans, wrote Financial Times in an article recently and continues to say that this is particularly clear about Serbia.
Read the full FT article here.

Sweden to give 400 M EUR in aid to help Western Balkans meet EU entry rules

Regional info/economy Posted on Thu, June 05, 2014 11:42:32

Sweden will give four Western Balkan countries 400 million euros in aid to carry out reforms needed to qualify to join the European Union, the Swedish ambassador in Bosnia said on Monday. EU entry requirements and membership rules are meant to ensure new entrants have strengthened their economies and institutions enough to thrive within the trading union.

Ambassador Fredrik Schiller said the funds will help Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia to overhaul public administration and the judiciary and to protect human rights. Read more in the Reuters news here.

Help the victims of the floodings in the Balkans and we give you a free membership in the Chamber of Commerce

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, June 03, 2014 18:14:04

We are all devastated by the disaster that the floodings have caused in a
large part of the Balkans. For us not living in the area it is hard to
comprehence the suffering people have to go through, not only these days but
for a long time to come. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
estimates the damage caused by the floods in Serbia at up to 2 billion euros, or 7 percent of national output. In Bosnia,
the bank estimated the damage at 1.3 billion euros or 10 percent of output.

It took some time before Sweden and other countries reacted and started to
send aid and money, as there was an obvious focus on another catastrophy
more east of Balkan. But now the aid has become organized, funds have been
raised and organizations like the Red Cross have open accounts aimed
particularly towards helping the flooded parts of the Balkans. And of course we
in the Chamber of Commerce for Sweden and Southeast Europe are giving our
contributions as well. Last week the Board of Directors decided to begin our
support by sending SEK 5000 to the Red Cross fund for the victims of the
floodings and we also took the following decision for the continuation of our

All membership fees paid during June and July this year will be forwarded
directly and in total to the Red Cross, earmarked for the Balkans.

So please do not wait. Pay your membership now and make a contribution to
the victims of the flooding at the same time.

And of course all of you who already paid your annual fee are also most
welcome to make a contribution of any kind. All contributors will be listed in
our website during the autumn.

Here is what you need to know to pay the membership fee and to make the

Company membership fee: 900 SEK or 105 EUR
Personal membership fee: 300 SEK or 35 EUR

Swedish companies or individuals pay to Bankgiro number 884-4599

Non Swedish companies or individuals pay to
IBAN Nr: SE 27 6000 0000 0006 6719 8938.
Beneficiary:The Chambers of Commerce for Sweden – Southeast Europe
Note ”Balkan aid” on the payment and also send an email with your
membership details to

Welcome as a member who cares!
The Board of Directors
Chamber of Commerce
Sweden – Southeast Europe

Sweden adopts new strategy for eastern development assistance

Regional info/economy Posted on Wed, March 19, 2014 15:44:57

The Government of Sweden has announced that the country has adopted a new results strategy for Swedish development assistance to the countries of Eastern Europe (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and to Turkey. The strategy will apply during 2014-2020 and Swedish support is estimated to total approximately SEK 8 billion (approx EUR 700 million).
“It is important that Sweden continues to assume long-term responsibility to support those countries that want to develop into free and democratic market economies; this is particularly important in the present situation in Ukraine. Supporting democratic agents of change and institution-building is key,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström.
The Swedish support focuses on enabling sustainable democratic development and is directed at administrative and legal reforms, democracy, human rights, civil society, economic integration and development, as well as the environment and energy. Gender equality remains a priority. Within the framework of the strategy, particular focus will be given to the situation in Ukraine and countries with a democratic deficit.

A banking outlook of Eastern Europe

Regional info/economy Posted on Mon, March 10, 2014 10:50:24

The Austrian bank UniCredit has recently released a new report looking at the development of banking in Eastern Europe and the possibility of a credit revival. The 35 page report, which covers key findings of several countries in SEE, can be downloaded here by members of the Chamber of Commerce. (It was written just before the crisis in Ukraine).

Economic growth expected in the Balkans

Regional info/economy Posted on Thu, February 27, 2014 10:30:52

Economic growth in most countries in the Balkans will accelerate this year, according to the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report. Albania‘s GDP will increase by 2 percent compared to 1.3 percent in 2013. Expected growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 2 percent vs 1.5 percent; in Bulgaria it will be 1.7 percent vs 0.6 percent; in Macedonia, 3 percent vs 2.5 percent; and in Montenegro 2.5 percent compared to 1.8 percent last year. Economic growth in Romania will remain unchanged at 2.5 percent, while in Serbia it will slow to 1 percent from 2 percent in 2013. Turkey is also expected to register a lower GDP growth of 3.5 percent compared to 4.3 percent last year. (

Are you a Swede interested in doing business with Southeast Europe? Or someone in that region having business relations with Sweden? Then you are very welcome to join our web forum here.

“We still have some unfinished business to do in the Balkans”

Regional info/economy Posted on Wed, February 26, 2014 11:40:15

The Words are those of Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed in an exclusive interview in the February issue of the Serbian Magazine CorD, which starts to say that “few politicians in the EU understand Serbia and the Balkans like Carl Bildt. He was co-chairman during the Dayton Peace Conference in 1995 and spent many of the following years working in the region. So it’s no surprise that the current Swedish Foreign Minister retains an interest in the EU ambitions and future of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Read the whole interview here.

Are you a Swede interested in doing business with Southeast Europe? Or someone in that region having business relations with Sweden? Then you are very welcome to join our web forum here.

Eastern European migrants are net contributors in the West

Regional info/economy Posted on Sun, February 16, 2014 19:29:24

Lately the free movement of eastern European workers within the EU has been questioned. Fearing excessive use of their own welfare systems, governments have argued for continued access restrictions. This report presents research showing that eastern European migrants have been net contributors to public finances of the richer EU15 nations that received them.
In 2004 when the EU expanded from 15 to 25 member countries, all EU15 countries except Sweden made use of the possibility to temporarily restrict the new EU citizens’ access to their labour markets and welfare systems for up to seven years. Several governments have recently called on the European Commission to strengthen rules to protect the welfare states against being abused by migrants. However the Commission has answered that no evidence has been presented that indicates that widespread abuse is indeed happening. In fact, existing research tells an even more positive story. Not only is there no evidence of widespread abuse of welfare systems by eastern European migrants – if anything, public finances in the richer EU15 countries appear to have gained from their eastern European post-enlargement immigration, also when no access restrictions have been in place.
Read more here about the research result published by Joakim Ruist of the University of Gothenburg.

Berg replaces Berg in Business Sweden

Regional info/economy Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 16:44:21

The Software company
Dassault Systèmes Nordic CEO, Mrs Ylva Berg, takes over as CEO for Business
, the joint organization for Swedish Trade and Invest (FD) organization.
It was just over two years ago as Ylva Berg took over the Nordic CEO for
Dassault Systèmes, she was previously also CEO of Technia in Sweden.
Ylva Berg replaces Ulf
Berg. Hopefully she can turn
the heavy organisation around reducing the cost and/or increaseing the revenue in
this partly governmental Swedish organisation.

Why Gulf airline Etihad is investing in the Balkans

Regional info/economy Posted on Sat, November 16, 2013 22:23:38

“The Balkans as a crossroads of the world has huge opportunity. The tourism business opportunity of the region is considerable – and we’re going to be very well positioned to take advantage of that,” was the comment by James Hogan, chief executive of Abu Dahbi-based Etihad Airlines, after the take over of 49 % and the managing responsibility of JAT, later renamed Air Serbia.
The Gulf Airline investment came as a surprise to many and asked about how the airline became involved, First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic´ only comment was “Sheikh Mohammed is my friend and I asked him to help”. Read more in this BBC report.

EU:s politik på Västra Balkan

Regional info/economy Posted on Tue, November 05, 2013 16:52:43

EU har utvecklat en politik som innebär att länderna på
västra Balkan gradvis ska integreras med unionen. Den 1 juli 2013 blev Kroatien
det första av de sju länderna att ansluta sig, och Montenegro, Serbien och före
detta jugoslaviska republiken Makedonien är officiella kandidatländer.
Anslutningsförhandlingar pågår med Montenegro, och Europeiska rådet beslutade i
juni 2013 att inleda förhandlingar med Serbien. Albanien, Bosnien och
Hercegovina samt Kosovo är också potentiella kandidatländer.
Stabiliserings- och associeringsprocessen, lanserad 1999, är det strategiska ramverk som används för att länderna på västra Balkan gradvis ska närma sig Europeiska unionen. Denna policy baseras på bilaterala avtalsförbindelser, ekonomiskt stöd, politisk dialog, handelsförbindelser och regionalt samarbete.
I detta faktablad informerar Europeiska Unionen om stabiliserings- och associeringsprocessen samt om läget för respektive land i regionen.

Sweden´s engagement in the Balkans continues

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