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Macedonia-Greece name change accord is bittersweet for FDI

Greece and Macedonia have signed an accord that formally ends a decades-long dispute. While this is positive news for Macedonia’s EU accession, political tensions have been stoked. Sebastian Shehadi reports.

Kreshnik Bekteshi

Macedonia on path to EU says economy minister

Kreshnik Bekteshi, minster of economy for Macedonia, talks to Sebastian Shehadi about its business-friendly incentives and positive steps towards EU integration, and why the country is more than just a source of cheap labour. 

Nikola Gruevski

The business of managing Macedonia

The successful pursuit of foreign investment to Macedonia in recent years is in no small part down to prime minister Nikola Gruevski's businesslike approach to running his country. He tells Michal Kaczmarski how this approach – combined with a worldwide talent search – is reaping rewards.

FDI into Balkans down in 2013

FDI into countries in the Balkans contracted in 2013, with a drop in the number of jobs created, projects launched and capital invested. 

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia uses its EU outsider advantage

Macedonia’s finance minister and deputy PM, Zoran Stavreski, explains why his country’s EU candidate status allows it greater flexibility on taxes and incentives than other countries in the union can offer

Macedonia raises its game

Macedonia raises its game

The republic of Macedonia has undergone a radical transformation in recent years thanks to its government's efforts to revitalise the country's economy, business environment and the look of its capital city, Skopje. The result is new buildings, new businesses and record inflows of FDI.

Macedonia seeks to revive textiles industry

Macedonia seeks to revive textiles industry

For decades the textiles industry was Macedonia's specialty, but the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s caused production to slow dramatically. However, the industry is showing signs of a revival, led by the likes of Comfy Angel and Moda Sveti Nikole, both of which have attracted interest from western Europe.

Macedonia switches on to IT

Macedonia switches on to IT

While some IT hotspots in central and eastern Europe are overheating, with rising demand leading to a hike in wage expectations, Macedonia is positioning itself to take advantage, investing in developing the IT expertise of its graduates and establishing a business incubator to assist new businesses.

Eager to please

Macedonia's free zones show an eagerness to please

The service levels shown to foreign companies locating in Macedonia's free zones have come as a pleasant surprise to even the most seasoned of professionals, giving the country a further competitive advantage on top of its tax incentives and cheap labour.

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Central and eastern Europe looks to follow right PPP path

The many advantages of public-private partnerships have seen the model utilised across the developed world. Now, countries in central and eastern Europe are looking to benefit from the model but governmental and legislative support can often be found lacking.

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