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Regional Economic Issues Reports

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CESEE Regional Economic Issues (REI) update
May 11, 2015

Countries in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) are facing mixed economic fortunes, according to this new report on the region. In addition to the legacies of the crisis, external forces are at play: the oil price, the strength of the euro area recovery, and geopolitical tensions.

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Read IMF Survey: Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Mind the Credit Gap

The Western Balkans: 15 Years of Economic Transition
March 9, 2015

This special report examines the major economic achievements attained by Western Balkan countries in the last 15 years and the need to complete the transition to market economies to lay the ground for future sustainable growth.

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25 Years of Transition: Post-Communist Europe and the IMF
October 24, 2014

This special report looks at the past 25 years of dramatic transformation in Europe's former communist countries, as well as policies needed to revitalize convergence with Western European economies.

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News and Highlights

CEE: Economic Outlook for the Year Ahead - How will Europe respond to the new geo-political risks? January 19, 2016

Ukraine: First Review Under the Extended Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Ukraine. August 4, 2015.

"Cheaper Oil And Sanctions Weigh On Russia’s Growth Outlook". IMF Survey Article, August 3, 2015

IMF Executive Board Completes First Review of Ukraine’s EFF and Approves US$1.7 Billion Disbursement. Press Release, July 31, 2015


"Economic Outlook for 2016", by Bas B. Bakker, Senior Resident Representative - The Central and Eastern European Forum, Vienna, January 19, 2016

"World Bank Global Economic Prospects - Some comments", by Bas B. Bakker, Senior Resident Representative - National Bank of Poland, Warsaw, January 11, 2016

"Belarus Macroeconomic Performance", by Bas B. Bakker, Senior Resident Representative - Economy of Belarus: At a Tipping Point Conference, Minsk, November 4, 2015

"Convergence of the EU new members states: Past, Present and Future", by Bas B. Bakker, Senior Resident Representative - NBP-OeNB CEEI/CFEE Conference, Warsaw, October 16, 2015

"Eurozone banks and Growth in CESEE", by Bas B. Bakker, Senior Resident Representative - The Fourth EU-Southeast Europe Summit, Sofia, October 15, 2015

"Recovery at risk? - CEE external vulnerability", by James Roaf, Senior Resident Representative - CASE, Warsaw, May 27, 2014

"CESEE economies: Outlook and challenges", by James Roaf, Senior Resident Representative, Zagreb, May 23, 2014

"CEE Economies After a Decade in the EU", by James Roaf, Senior Resident Representative, Warsaw, April 9, 2014

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IMF Activities in Central and Eastern Europe

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About Us

The IMF Regional Office in Warsaw was established in February 2005, succeeding the Resident Representative office for Poland. Its primary task is to enhance the IMF's ability to carry out surveillance in Central and Eastern Europe, including with regard to financial stability, economic convergence and integration, and the jobs and growth agenda.

To this end, the Regional Office:

  • complements the work of headquarter-based mission teams by focusing on post-crisis issues across the region;
  • cooperates with regional partners within the Vienna 2 Initiative framework for safeguarding financial stability in the region;
  • monitors and analyzes economic developments from a regional perspective, identifies policy issues, and informs the IMF's staff at headquarters;
  • maintains contacts with governments, civil society and other relevant institutions (such as the European Commission and the ECB);
  • provides information to the media and other interested groups about the IMF's economic analysis and policy advice in the region.