It is quite safe to say that the world would be a different place without a groundbreaking invention by Polish chemist Jan Czochralski, which you can thank for the scores of products you use daily. Think smartphones, laptops, and scores of other electronic gadgets.
At Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the world's first prototype of a prism fuel cell was created using a technology that eliminates the need for cobalt and graphite. But that's not all.
For such a small country that relatively recently regained its independence, Estonia and its space ambitions reach impressively high within clearly defined specializations.
In 2023's first half, the Czech Republic saw a 12,500-unit surge in firearm sales, a 28% increase from last year's same period, driven largely by Ukraine's ongoing unrest.
In Latvia, Q2 2023 data reveals an 11.7% annual wage increase, dwarfing the 0.1% rise in consumer prices, signaling a potential rebound in purchasing power after a two-year lull.
Estonia's EISA has announced a call for proposals with a €35,000 budget to overhaul e-Estonia's global digital branding, aiming for broader international outreach.
In a phone conversation, Hungary's Minister Péter Szijjártó and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev emphasized deepening energy cooperation, highlighting Bulgaria's growing role in natural gas transit for Hungary.
Lockheed Martin's Polish Division, Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Mielec, advances in aviation with the unveiling of a crucial F-16 component, marking a pivotal stride in European defense amid rising regional tensions.
At Tihany's Tranzit Festival, Finance Minister Varga Mihály highlighted Hungary's need for economic stabilization post-crises before considering Euro Zone membership.
Hungary's automotive sector secures a HUF 10 billion (EUR 26.2 million) investment from Slovenia's Andrada Group for an advanced battery recycling plant in Alsózsolca.
Czech Railways (ČD) reports a notable surge in 2023 passenger numbers, driven by foreign tourists and modernized services, though still shy of pre-pandemic levels.
Boasting a 17,000 sq. m space, €25 million investment, and five-year development, Šiauliai Airport's state-of-the-art hangar, the largest in the Baltic region, officially opened.
Poland accelerates its space endeavors, partnering with the European Space Agency (ESA) to send an astronaut into space in 2024 and boost its space tech sector.
Czechia's Ministry of Industry rolls out a pioneering digital nomad initiative, aiming to draw global IT talents and enhance its economic and intellectual landscape, with an efficient 45-day application process.
Slovenia's top electronics retailer, Big Bang, is set to acquire Serbian online retailer BC Group, bolstering its ambitions in the regional online market.
Lithuania's Interior Minister, Agnė Bilotaitė, in discussions with Baltic and Polish representatives in Warsaw, announces plans to close additional border crossings with Belarus.
Globally renowned architectural giant is expanding , securing a prime spot in the EU's tallest building, Varso Tower, in Warsaw, highlighting the city's rising prominence in the European architectural scene.
Enefit Green pioneers a shift to sustainable energy in Ida-Virumaa, constructing a unique 3-megawatt solar park atop mining waste rock.
Riga International Airport has announced a comprehensive €200 million revamp of its primary passenger terminal and infrastructure, aligning with modernization efforts and the vision for 2030 sustainability goals.
As Taiwan's beer market diversifies, Lithuanian brews, particularly the notable "Ekstra," are gaining momentum, resonating with the tastes of the younger generation and reflecting global health trends.
Poznań is celebrated as Poland's top city to reside in, with Katowice trailing closely behind, as revealed by a recent Business Insider Polska ranking.
The MVM Group unveils plans for a 1,600 MW power plant in Tiszaújváros, marking a significant step towards energy self-reliance for Northern Hungary.
Rimac Automobili's limited-edition Nevera Time Attack hypercar, restricted to just 12 units, has broken over 20 records in 2023, including a groundbreaking performance at the iconic Nürburgring circuit.
Facing €5 billion in flood damages, Slovenia charts a recovery roadmap, leveraging funds from a €3 billion reconstruction pool, and potential contributions from the EU's €400 million Solidarity Fund.
Bulgaria sees a notable surge in foreign direct investment in the first half of 2023, with major contributions from the Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium, as reported by the Bulgarian National Bank.
Driven by significantly cheaper food prices in Poland, Czech consumers are increasing their cross-border shopping, resulting in a 400% rise in card payments from 2021 levels.
Pärnu County witnesses the rise of the Raba solar farm, a joint venture between Sunly and Metsagrupp, aiming to power 14,000 households annually, with Swedbank funding the €17.8 million project.
Q2 2023 sees Lithuanian startups significantly boosting the economy, with a 15% increase in tax payments amounting to €93.8 million, and the employment sector expanding by 5%
Austria’s Enery is set to construct a 535 MW solar facility in Romania, ranking it as the country's second-largest solar project, with backing from the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund (3SIIF)
In Lithuania, VMG is set to spearhead its industrial expansion with the inauguration of a state-of-the-art furniture factory in Akmene.
Bulgaria's termination of Lukoil-Neftohim's oil terminal license may ripple through its economy, impacting fuel costs and jeopardizing thousands of jobs.
Estonia is set to nearly double its wind energy output with upcoming additions to its current 150 turbines, aiming for a significant rise in renewable energy consumption by 2030.
After a two-week transit, the Orlen Lietuva oil refinery welcomes a colossal 100-meter reactor, weighing 2.5 thousand tons, for a 970 million euro upgrade, targeting full operation by 2025.
Lithuania’s Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas urges to revisit its stance on the Convention on Cluster Munitions amid global debates on the weapon's ethics.
In 2022, Poland witnessed a 27.3% surge in its foreign workforce, with over 1 million international workers, primarily from Ukraine and Belarus.
In H1 2023, Poland achieved a trade surplus of EUR 6.6 billion, with exports totaling EUR 176.4 billion and imports at EUR 169.8 billion, as reported by Statistics Poland (GUS).
Elektrilevi announces a €1 billion upgrade for Estonia's power networks, with an additional €14 million dedicated to strengthening island infrastructures.
Croatia's DOK-ING ramps up demining support in Ukraine with a projected delivery of 25 machines by 2023 amidst a prolonged conflict.
Jamie Shea, former NATO official, underscores Poland's rapid ascent in European defense, positioning it as a potential military leader in the region.
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In Q1 2023, Polish household savings reached a record 2.03 trillion zloty (€456 billion), up 7.4% YoY, with financial assets at 2.85 trillion (€640 billion), amid rising inflation rates.
In the first half of 2023, Bulgaria's VMZ recorded an 80% increase in sales, reaching 392 million leva, driven largely by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
In Estonia's bustling start-up scene, salaries have surged 14%, reaching an average of 3,243 euros monthly, with the sector employing 9,927 individuals mid-year.
Poland's Orlen Group commits EUR 4.73 billion to a 1.2 GW Baltic Sea wind project, marking a pivotal step in the nation's renewable energy ambition.
Poland ascends in Kearney's 2023 Global Services Location Index, securing Europe's second spot and a commendable 13th position worldwide for modern business investments.
Zagreb's Eccos, with 25 years of expertise, penetrates the German market, spearheading a Frankfurt data center project after their acclaimed 80-facility European Commission contract.
Slovenské Elektrárne's Mochovce plant's third unit, with a capacity of 471 megawatts, nears its 90% completion mark, signaling a significant stride towards the nation's energy self-sufficiency.
In 2021, Hungary's fintech landscape experienced significant transformation, marked by robust growth, evolving business focuses, and changing employment trends.
Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu announces Romania's RePowerEu plan, channeling 1.4 billion euros towards photovoltaics and home energy efficiency, aiming to benefit over 60,000 households.
In 2023, Poland's Świnoujście LNG Terminal distributed over 4,000 cisterns of natural gas, marking its most robust performance since its 2016 inauguration.
Jabil's massive manufacturing site in Osijek, Croatia, represents the largest post-independence private venture in Croatia.
In the latest quarter, Estonia witnessed a tourism boom, welcoming over 1.1 million foreign tourists and enjoying a revenue surge of an additional €62 million compared to last year.
Lithuanians, lured by lower prices, boosted their spending in Poland to 3.2 million euros, marking a 2% increase from the previous year, especially on school supplies and essentials.
Poland's space legacy continues as the government confirms the nation's second astronaut is set for an ESA mission to the International Space Station.
Poland ascends to prominence in offshore services, securing a notable 13th rank in Kearney's 2023 Global Index, with India, China, and Malaysia still dominating the sector.
North Korean hackers purportedly pilfer $100 million from Estonia's Atomic Wallet, sparking debates over Estonia's crypto oversight.
June 2023 marked a record month for Slovenia as it experienced its highest ever merchandise exports and trade surplus of an unprecedented €671 million.
Romanian energy powerhouses, OMV Petrom and Romgaz, are committing massive investment towards the development phase of the Neptun Deep project.
Recent data reveals a dynamic Q2 for Estonia's cash economy, marked by a surge in ATM transactions, a rise in the circulation of banknotes, and persistent exchanges of the phased-out Kroon currency.
The Polish Economic Institute's recent report reveals Poland as Ukraine's second biggest supplier delivering essential commodities for both wartime needs and everyday survival.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki discuss a plan to reroute Ukrainian grain exports through Baltic ports, capable of handling 25 million tons annually.
One in three Baltic investors prioritize green initiatives, but the majority remain indifferent to where their investments are directed.
Defying economic predictions, Lithuania's economy has displayed remarkable resilience with a surprising 2.8% GDP growth in the second quarter.
The re-launch of the pivotal thermal power plant construction in Iernut has been announced. The 430 MW capacity project is set to be completed in 16 months.
According to a recent Foresight Center report, Estonia could become a key player in the global chip sector by harnessing opportunities in chip design, verification, and security testing.
Baltic states, including Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, have reached a significant agreement to disconnect from the Russian-controlled by early 2025
Bulgaria rebounds from early 2023 deficit, reporting a budget surplus of €60.4M in H1 2023, amid increased tax revenues and higher public expenditure.
Industrialist Michal Strnad is injecting funds into defense firms, catalyzing expansion and job growth.
CEC Bank strengthens its commitment to agricultural support, finalizing the acquisition of a majority 99.993% stake in the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund.
In the 2023 EU-wide stress test Poland's Pekao emerged as the most resilient bank, serving over 6.4m customers with assets worth EUR 66.3b.
Despite economic challenges, OMV Group's landmark gas field discovery in Wittau, Austria, promises to enhance the country's annual gas production by half.
Estonia's credit rating falls to A+ from AA-, citing rising government debt and a predicted 1.6% economic contraction for this year.
Poland's premier game studio with a €2 billion valuation, has been bought by Chinese tech giant marking a milestone in the Polish merger and acquisition history.
The groundbreaking North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley, a joint initiative involving Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy, is set to kick-off in September.
Among OECD countries Czechia hits 10th place with significant improvements driven by infrastructure advancement and capital investment.
Czech tourism in Poland soars, with a 50% rise in bookings on Slevomat and a 158% surge in interest on Dovolena.cz, favoring the Baltic Sea coast.
A satellite embarks on its final pre-launch journey to the Czech Republic, marking the next step in Estonia's ambitious space exploration initiative.
The initiative, scheduled for completion by 2026, is expected to place Ljubljana on the map as a central location for Sandoz's biosimilar production.
The funds reached 11 start-ups under the InoStartas program, with plans to fund more projects, reinforcing Lithuania's burgeoning tech industry.
What would you do if you found a wallet full of money? Would you give it away or keep it for yourself? Researchers analyzed this dilemma and came up with the fairest societies.
The poll indicates that the issue of inflation and living expenses has seen a 7-point dip since the start of the year.
The most promising resource of Belarus is rapidly and dramatically shrinking. Already, tens of thousands of Belarusian specialists, IT professionals, and programmers have applied for visas under Poland's Business Harbor program.
The company attributes this achievement to the work of its chemists and engineers and the introduction of the new Enefit280 unit.
20 investment initiatives were greenlighted for this year, which are anticipated to generate 1160 jobs.
NEoT Capital and the Three Seas Investment Fund (3SIIF) have formed an alliance to remodel public and commercial transport in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Thanks to this partnership, it might just happen sooner than we think.
Driving European progress, the Three Seas Fund's subsidiary, CARGOUNIT, supercharges its expansion with a game-changing locomotive lease to Romania's Unicom Tranzit.
Over €400 million will be allocated to this initiative, with Lithuania alongside 15 other European Union nations
The Czech government has proposed a new way of participation in the international project to increase interconnectivity between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Good News for Romania and Bulgaria: EU Commission is Working Toward Expanding Schengen by the End of Year
The renewable energy sector in Europe is fast-paced, filled with high-stakes ventures and potentially game-changing technologies. EUR 150 mln from the 3SIIF will ensure R.Power establishes itself as a leading player in the European renewable energy market.
OMV's Neptun Deep project is set to make Romania the EU's largest gas producer and OMV one of Europe's largest, according to CEO Alfred Stern.
No restriction plaques here. Interactive and futuristic, the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw is a paradise for science enthusiasts, kids, and adults alike! Increasingly popular, it provides direct contact with scientific achievements.
Waldemar Buda, Poland's Minister of Development and Technology, announced an upcoming ESA agreement to support Polish space sector companies with contracts and funding
"Via Baltica" is a major highway project in Lithuania. The plan is to expand and improve the existing road by constructing a four-lane highway from Kaunas to the Latvian border.
It seems that flying drones have reached their optimal shape when it comes to the control and the propulsion systems consisting of four or more rotors. Is there anything else that could be invented in this regard?
Finally! It's hard to believe, but the Polish administration is increasingly relying on digital solutions. The idea of GovTech is breaking the typical bureaucratic inertia in innovating and digitizing the public sector.
The Slovak government has greenlit a significant investment project, "Winkelmann Building + Industry," for a water storage tank production plant in Rimavská Sobota.
The Piletilevi Group, the largest ticket sales platform in the Baltic states is acquiring an 80.2% stake in Romania's top and oldest ticket company, Bilete.ro, marking its first geographic expansion.
The European Steel Congress, "Steel 2023", will be hosted in Katowice, Poland on September 18-19, attracting industry leaders from the steel production, processing, and distribution sectors.
Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, President of Poland's National Economy Bank (BGK), has been appointed by President Andrzej Duda as the special ambassador for the Three Seas Initiative.
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Rigas Siltums AS have agreed on a 10-year, EUR 20 million investment program to upgrade the district heating infrastructure in Rīga, Latvia.
A survey conducted by Moller Baltic Import shows that 43% of Estonians would prefer to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle. Of the 700 respondents, 70% viewed low fuel consumption as a critical factor when buying a car.
PGE Energetyka Kolejowa and Łukasiewicz Research Network - Poznań Institute of Technology have signed a letter of intent to develop and promote hydrogen technology in the railway sector in Poland.
Romania has launched the European Institute for Sustainable Development in Poland to encourage the transfer of international expertise and support the application of sustainability principles in public policies.
The World Latvian Economics and Innovation Forum (WLEIF) 2023 is being held in Riga, marking its 10th year of fostering connections between Latvian entrepreneurs and those in diaspora.
On monday Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, discussed a range of topics including the Ukraine war, terrorism, migration, and enhancing Hungarian-Kuwaiti cooperation during a meeting in Budapest.
For the first time since 2008, Croatia recorded a positive migration balance in 2022 with 11,685 more immigrants than emigrants, largely owing to the influx of foreign workers.
Slovenian climber Janja Garnbret has set a record by winning her 40th World Cup event in Villars, Switzerland on July 1, becoming the first athlete to achieve this milestone.
According to a Eurobarometer poll, 49% of Bulgarians support adopting the euro, while an equal percentage oppose it. Over the last year, support has increased by five points and opposition has dropped similarly.
Hungary's Magnus Aircraft Ltd. is set to commence a EUR 175 million project to construct an 18,000-square-meter aircraft manufacturing complex in Wuxi, China.
Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) met his counterparts from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia in Bratislava to discuss views on migration.
The US State Department has approved a potential $5.6 billion sale of 24 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to the Czech Republic. The deal also includes various weapons, parts, and equipment.
Saaremaa-based company Baltic Workboats is leading the construction of a groundbreaking semi-autonomous military vessel, that represents Estonia’s largest project funded by the European Defense Fund.
Slovenia’s most significant solar power plant has commenced operations. The €5.5 million facility, which has a maximum output of 6 MW, is expected to provide power to roughly 1,800 households. Its unique feature is its direct connection to the 110-kilovolt transmission network and the hybridization with the Brežice Hydropower Plant.
Rimac Automobili, the Croatian-based automaker, has delivered its first Nevera hypercar to the United States. The vehicle was personally handed over to its owner by Rimac’s dealer, Manhattan Motorcars, in New York.
The European Parliament’s Petitions Committee has adopted a resolution urging the Council to allow Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen zone by the end of 2023.
In the second half of the 20th century, Poland was an IT rarity in the Eastern Bloc. Under the conditions of a centrally planned economy, Polish engineers created successive generations of industrial and personal computers from scratch.
Tadeusz Kościuszko and Kazimierz Pułaski – two Polish war heroes – played significant roles in the American Revolutionary War and considerably influenced the development of the US military.
Cyberpunk 2077, a Triple-A class title, created by Polish company CD Project Red, has become a worldwide success with over 14 million copies sold. It’s only one of a number of titles created by companies in the 3Seas region taking the world by storm.
One of the most ambitious geopolitical projects of our time is getting closer to completion. Investment in communications infrastructure, which is the very foundation of the development of the Three Seas Initiative, is gaining the highest priority.
It was to rule the waves and lead the Austro-Hungarian Kriegsmarine to victorious battles. Alas, it was sunk by a small torpedo. The first and last Hungarian battleship's fate is also linked to the story of a certain Polish invention.
It started innocently enough. The first presentations of an autonomous land drone designed by the Estonian company Milrem showed a vehicle capable of carrying wounded and supplies. Meanwhile, THeMIS grew claws and saw real combat.
The digitalization and development of the Internet have created a new operational domain – cyberspace, vulnerable to hostile actions that only a few countries are prepared to repel. One of them is Estonia.
Two years ago, there were claims that the Polish Solidarity Transport Hub was unnecessary since the infrastructure of Western Europe is sufficient to transport people and goods over long and short distances. It turns out that the opposite is true.
Many most critically acclaimed games were developed in 2022 by Central and Eastern European GameDev studios. What makes them unique are the ideas, the audio-visual design, the technology, and the fresh, inspiring touch.
Enthusiasm for nuclear energy in Poland is not waning. In addition to the full-size Korean and American reactors, another one will be built. The National Center for Nuclear Research, with the help of Japanese specialists, will design a new experimental reactor.
Bulgaria is beginning preparations for minting Euro coins, according to an announcement made by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. The process of replacing the Lev with the common European currency is gaining momentum, at least in the symbolic sphere.
The issue of atomic energy for Poland is accelerating. Three major players – reactors manufacturers - were fighting for the contract to build Poland's first power plant. The showdown between them was as if modeled on the Game of Thrones intrigues.
It took a lot of planning and hard work – and still, from up close, there's not much to see... However, the picture comes into focus as you rise above the horizon. The image of the white eagle, the emblem of Poland, miraculously depicted with trees into the Polish landscape.
His ideas have been used by the world's biggest car companies. The dashing Bulgarian inventor and entrepreneur Roumen Antonov made waves in the automotive world with his avant-garde ideas and daring technical solutions.
The war in Ukraine caused by revived Russian imperialism requires us to remember the real meaning of the word freedom. The Three Seas Generation Freedom Conference will once again bring together recognized experts from around the world.
Rationalism - the keyword in the creation of Latvian nationhood and statehood. How the modern Latvian nation came into being, and what rational considerations guided its founding fathers.
Czechia is known around the world for its gorgeous landscape, tasty food, and... beer(!), but a not-quite-as-obvious fact is that Czechs have been blazing trails in science for centuries. We've picked four innovative achievements with Czech origins that deserve recognition.
Few people know that the first jet engine was built by Romanian engineer and aviation pioneer Henri Coandă. This engine was very different from modern designs.
Founding father of Slovakia, L'udovit Štúr, was a national activist, linguist, codifier of the Slovak language, and undisputed national hero. His contribution was crucial to the formation of the Slovak nation.
Thanks to massive advancements in technology, distance is becoming less and less important. In April 2021, a group of doctors from Lublin became the first in Europe to bring surgery to a realm so far only imagined in science-fiction novels.
Laser beams from a small Central Eastern European country are beginning to reach the farthest corners of the world. How did Lithuania become a giant in the laser industry, and how have their lasers become such an export hit, playing a significant in their economy?
Quantum physics is not the most intuitive of scientific disciplines. The group of people who can grasp its essence is quite elite and includes a large proportion of Polish scientists. Will Polish scientists trigger a long-awaited quantum revolution?
Today, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are the most vulnerable members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Would these countries be able to defend themselves against threats from the east?
One of the results of the Central European awakening has been a series of geopolitical initiatives undertaken by nations trying to find their way in this new reality. An idea made even more relevant in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The Port of Gdańsk, as the leading container terminal on the Baltic Sea, is slowly becoming a key transport hub in the development the 3Seas Initiative (3SI). In fact, the entire Polish coast, with its key transshipment ports. is turning into a so-called Northern Gateway.
Creating telecommunication connections and innovative digital solutions is the key to the success of the 3 Seas Initiative (3SI) - the most important geopolitical project of our times. Latvia's rotating chairmanship of the 3SI begins in 2022. And this is a good thing.
The digitalization of battlefields has already become a reality. To conduct effective operations, every army needs situational awareness on both strategic and tactical levels. What if we could also monitor soldiers' medical condition in the middle of battle?
In 2024, a two-year construction project for a Polish wind farm in the Baltic Sea will begin, comprising 70 turbines, which will generate over 1 GW of power. Located 22 km offshore, these new turbines will generate more power than a recently-commissioned Danish farm with 72 turbines.