Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, many companies have seen their market value plummet. European firms that were hit hard become easy targets for foreign investors. The EC wants to introduce screening mechanisms for investments coming from outside the EU.
Good quality infrastructure means more safety, less burden for the environment, more efficient provision of public goods and services, better jobs. The decision on whether to invest in good or poor infrastructure determines to a large extent the success of the fight against the looming climate...
One of China’s largest state-owned banks, the Bank of China, opened a new branch in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. The new European branch is expected to help financing China-EU connectivity projects.
The Eastern Opening (Keleti Nyitás) is a major economic strategy of Hungary. Prime Minister Victor Orbán has an objective to reduce the dependency of the Hungarian economy on trade with the West through increased commerce with countries in Asia, particularly China.
The West has long eyed Russia as its chief rival in the Western Balkans, but it should look closer at China. The EU is responsible for more than 60 per cent of the total FDI, Chinese FDI remains low, accounting for only 3 per cent.
The chances for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to pursue infrastructure investments in Poland appear to be rather slim. Its possible involvement could aim at closing any financing gaps or attracting private capital.