Our second visit of the year, 27 February, was directed to The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW).

WIIW experts will give us an overview on the economic situation and outlook in Central, East and Southeast Europe and for actuality reasons there will be special presentations on the Automotive sector in the Region.

The welcome address was given by Mario Holzner, Executive Director of WIIW.

WIIW is one of the principle centres for research on Central, East and Southeast Europe with worldwide recognition. Please take notice: In the Global Go To Think Tank Report 2019 of the University of Pennsylvania WIIW was elected to 3rd position in a worldwide comparison of Think Tanks after Bruegel (Belgium) and Brookings Institution (USA).

Its thematic work is focused on macroeconomic developments and structural change, international economics, labour markets and social issues, as well as on selected issues related to sectoral and regional economic developments. Thus it is the Austrian think tank for first-hand expertise on Central and East Europe, CIS and the Balkans with international highly skilled professionals mainly from the countries they are specialized on.

The main topic of the visit was the development of the Automotive Industry in CEE/SEE in the light of macroeconomic developments and forecasts.

The following presentations were offered:

Ms. Economist Doris Hanzl-Weiss, WIIW: The Automotive sector in general and in the Slovak Republic

Senior Research Associate Sandor Richter, WIIW: The Automotive sector in Hungary

Economist Hermine Vidovic, WIIW: The phenomenon of E-Automobile production in Croatia

Economist Gabor Hunya, WIIW: The current situation of FDI in the Region

The presentations were followed by a most interesting and instructive Q&A session


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