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ICEG EC Opinion

ICEG EC Opinion X.
Magdolna Sass: The use of local supplies by MNC affiliates - what are the determining factors?
Companies with foreign participation play a determining role in the Hungarian economy. This short Opinion tries to identify those factors, which determine their level of local supplies, through which they may contribute to raising the productivity in the host economy.

ICEG EC Opinion IX.
Magdolna Sass: Relocation to the NMS countries - the case of Hungary

The study assesses the potentials and likely areas of relocation of industrial activity towards Hungary .

Péter Bilek- Veronika Czakó: Foreign Direct Investments and Business Climate in the Southeast European (SEE) in comparison width the 8 New Member States (NMS8)

The study analyses the evolution of factors that determine the investment and business climate in the Southeast European Countries.

ICEG EC Opinion VII.
Gábor Pellényi : Wages and competitiveness in the Central European New Member States

The paper presents evidence on the recent evolution of wages and wage competitiveness of New Member states as well as on the factors influencing them.

ICEG EC Opinion VI.
Veronika Czakó: The Prospects and Problems of Central Asian Integration

The focus of this study is the development of the relationship between the five CIS countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) since the disintegration of the USSR, and the reasons why their cooperation would be desirable in the future. However there are various factors that keep these countries from stepping on the road of economic integration. Instead of cooperating, the relationship of the Central Asian countries can often be characterized as tense.

ICEG EC Opinion V.
László Bokor - Gábor Pellényi: Foreign Currency Denominated Borrowing in Central Europe: Trends, Factors and Consequences

The paper presents the evidence concerning the growth of foreign currency denominated borrowing in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Despite similar economic foundations of Visegrad Countries the significant differencies experienced in foreign currency loaning have distinct long run effects.

ICEG EC Opinion IV.
Gábor Pellényi: Electricity Import Opportunities for Hungary

The purpose of this paper is to investigate potential import sources in neighbouring countries to answer the following questions. Can Hungary become more reliant on electricity import? What is the impact of these imports on the Hungarian market: is their amount insignificant enough not to change prices; great enough to lower prices and trigger a healthy competition among Hungarian producers; or could it be too large resulting in the ‘crowding out’ of domestic power stations?

Péter Bilek: The Ten Members and the Single European Market

In the last Country Reports before accession the EU surveyed the state of readiness of the newcomers. This release of ICEG EC Opinion examines the deficiencies connected to the Single European Market, and delineates its conclusions.

ICEG EC Opinon II.
Péter Bilek: Bulgaria's and Romania's Progress towards EU-Accession

The 2003 Country Reports differed from the earliers', because this was the last one for the now accessing countries. The earlier type of report only remained in case of Romania and Bulgaria, who have not yet closed the negotiation process. There are craggy differences between the two countries, which are summarized in this study.

ICEG EC Opinon I.
Péter Bilek: Croatia's EU Accession - When and How?

The European integration process will not take an end with the 2004 enlargement, and according to the plans the integration of Romania and Bulgaria may come truth in the next round of enlargement. However, besides these two countries Croatia does it's best to be the member of the EU. The country has already submitted its request for accession, and on my opinion there is a real chance for Croatia to be EU-member in the next round. This is explained at large in the study.