After turbulent times, growth is stabilizing in Europe and Central Asia at around 1.8%. In the European Union a sustained, albeit modest, recovery has started to reduce unemployment and has pushed inflation into positive territory. In Eastern Europe the stabilization of oil prices has provided some breathing room for governments that have begun adjusting policies to the lower level of oil prices.
The project will help reduce the vulnerability of rural households, which represent a disproportionately high share of the poor, to the impacts of climate change, and enhance the capacity of government institutions, key stakeholders, communities and the public to manage climate change risks.
In the European Union, recovery is being sustained, with 2017 and 2018 likely the fourth and fifth consecutive years in which growth will average almost 2%. In Central Asia, activity is rebounding after the fall in oil prices at the end of 2014. In the South Caucasus, near-term growth prospects are much weaker than in the western part of the ECA region. After a 2.2% contraction in 2016, no growth is expected this year, and growth of just 1.6% is projected for 2018. Read more...
Countries in the Western Balkans are growing at a faster pace than in 2015, with regional growth projected to be 2.8 percent in 2016 and 3.2 percent in 2017, according to the latest World Bank Western Balkans Regular Economic Report (WB RER). Accelerating growth in Albania and Serbia compensated for weaker expansion in Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia; while growth in Kosovo slowed in 2016, it remained the fastest growing economy.