Among the EU countries, Latvia and Greece stand out because, in the midst of the crisis, they had the largest potential budget deficits and they experienced equally large cumulative real output contractions of nearly a quarter of GDP in comparison with their 2008 peak GDP. But their governments pursued the opposite fiscal strategies when the crisis hit. One strategy was successful and the other amounted to a failure. read more » about New publication: Revisiting the Latvian and Greek Financial Crises
CASE launched a second study within the project ‘Transfer of Know-How for Small and Mid-size Businesses in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine’, which aims to assist SMEs in those countries by providing support to stakeholders in their efforts to develop analytical and policy advocacy capabilities, as well as by opening new channels of communication between SMEs and NGOs in the Visegrad Four countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and the rest of the European Union. The paper is dedicated to SME's situation in Moldova. read more » about Small and Mid-size Business in Moldova: analysis and road map
Academics and representatives of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) from Poland and abroad discussed the benefits and challenges related to the special economic zones during a two day conference in Warsaw. It was agreed that SEZs do not solve all economic problems of the countries, but they significantly contribute to regional development. It was the first conference dedicated to SEZ issues only, that gathered either academics, and NGOs and business representatives. read more » about Can Poland afford not to have Special Economic Zones?