Czech Republic: Miloš Zeman won the first round of presidential election

Czech incumbent president Miloš Zeman (European Parliament, CC BY-NC-ND)

Ukraine: in 2018 maximum pension ceiling increased to UAH13,800 (EUR398)

Estonia: the number of Tallinn Airport’s passengers up 19 per cent y/y

Czech Republic

Miloš Zeman won the first round of the presidential election on Saturday, January 13th, with 38.6 per cent of the vote. In the second round, scheduled January 26th and 27th,  Zeman’s competitor will be Jiri Drahos, chemistry professor, who got 26.6 per cent. Mr. Drahos is known as “pro-European”, supporting Czech membership in NATO and the EU.

The National Public Radio describes Zeman, who’s been Czech’s President since 2013, as eurosceptic and “pro-Russian incumbent”. He proposed organizing a referendum on leaving EU by Czechs. “He has stoked controversy in parts of Europe with support for Russia’s Vladimir Putin and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Zeman was also an early supporter of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election,” the article reads. NPR reminds that Mr. Zeman wanted to end European sanctions imposed on Russia.

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Ukraine

The maximum pension grew to UAH13,800 (EUR398), starting from January 1st, 2018. The amount increased from UAH10,740 in 2017. The head of the Pension Fund of Ukraine (PFU), Oleksiy Zarudny, has explained that this is connected to the growth of wages.

According to the PTU, the average pension in 2017 was not exceeding UAH1,900 (EUR55). About 8.2 million of pensioners receive the sum.

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Estonia

More than 2.6 million of passengers passed through Tallinn Airport in 2017 – the Baltic Course informs. The portal describes the number as “a new all-time high”. It’s up 19 per cent y/y. The CEO of the airport, Eero Pargmae, describes the reasons for such an improvement in results: “A favorable economic environment upheld demand for regular flights throughout the year. (…) The number of passengers of charter flights made an impressive leap”.

The board of the airport company expects the number of passengers will be growing further in 2018. Tallinn airport serves 25 (during the year) to 36 (in the summer season) destinations.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) increased from 8,167.91 index points Thursday, January 11th to 8,269.05 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 1.24 per cent d/d and up 15.19 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 39,772.75 index points Thursday, January 11th to 39,877.86 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.26 per cent d/d and up 20.97 per cent y/y.

CROBEX (of Zagreb) increased from 1,858.08 index points Thursday, January 11th to 1,871.58 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.73 per cent d/d and down 7.60 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 1,027.44 index points Thursday, January 11th to 1,029.78 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.23 per cent d/d and up 39.13 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) decreased from 1,277.09 index points Thursday, January 11th to 1,270.72 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s down 0.50 per cent d/d and up 16.71 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) increased from 664.13 index points Thursday, January 11th to 664.83 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.11 per cent d/d and up 17.95 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) increased from 1,107.68 index points Thursday, January 11th to 1,108.81 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.10 per cent d/d and up 19.37 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) increased from 336.01 index points Thursday, January 11th to 336.19 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s 0.05 per cent change d/d and up 5.68 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) increased from 702.78 index points Thursday, January 11th to 710.02 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 1.03 per cent d/d and up 16.91 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) increased from 1,510.38 index points Thursday, January 11th to 1,513.85 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.23 per cent d/d and up 82.67 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2,534.56 index points Thursday, January 11th to 2,539.29 index points Friday, January 12th. It’s up 0.19 per cent d/d and up 25.52 per cent y/y.

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