Seven Ukrainians in the Forbes billionaires list

Rinat Akhmetov (Anastasiya Fedorenko, CC BY-SA)

Polish PM: adopting EUR is not the priority

No reason to charge passengers for airport check-in in Russia

Ukraine

Seven Ukrainian billionaires have been included in the latest Forbes ranking of the world’s richest individuals.

The richest Ukrainian is Rinat Akhmetov, owner of SCM, Metinvest and DTEK, is in the 272nd place with a fortune of USD6bn. He is followed by Ferrexpo owner Kostiantyn Zhevago (USD1.5bn), MHP owner Yuriy Kosiuk (USD1.4bn), as well as Victor Pinchuk (USD1.4bn), Hennadiy Boholiubov (USD1.2bn), Ihor Kolomoisky (USD1.1bn), and Vadim Novinsky (USD1bn). The wealthiest person in the CSE countries is Czech businessman Petr Kellner with a fortune worth USD16bn.

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Poland

Adopting EUR is not a priority for Polish government. The priority is to raise people’s earnings to Western European levels, the Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

Last month, the European Commission said in its report that the Polish economy is in a good shape, unemployment is at a record low, while social inequalities are gradually decreasing. Mr Morawiecki commented that Poland has “a chance for the first time in 200 or 300 years to reach this level; in just 5-10 years it will catch up with Italy and then France, and later even richer countries.”

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Russia

Russia’s transport ministry said it saw no reasons for making passenger check-in in Russian airports a chargeable service. In late 2018, Russia’s low-cost air carrier Pobeda’s CEO Andrey Kalmykov said in an interview with RBC that the company requested the Russian Transport Ministry to allow carriers to exclude passenger and baggage check-in fee from the overall price of their tickets, making them pay for it as a separate service.

“We have answered Pobeda’s request. At the moment, there is no legal basis for the measure,” the TASS source said. At present, Russia’s federal aviation rules oblige air carriers to include the check-in fee into the ticket price.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) increased from 7871.45 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 7913.16 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.02 per cent d/d and down 6.16 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 40719.00 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 41087.00 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.90 per cent d/d and up 8.10 per cent y/y.

CROBEX (of Zagreb) decreased from 1,764.41 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 1,762.21 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s down 0.08 per cent d/d and down 2.30 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 980.95 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 988.18 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.74 per cent d/d and down 5.14 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1243.11 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 1244.84 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.13 per cent d/d and down 5.01 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) increased from 654.20 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 655.22 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.16 per cent d/d and down 3.86 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) increased from 1076.63 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 1080.53 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.36 per cent d/d and down 3.61 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) closed at 341.56 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s the same result as Tuesday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and up 2.26 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) closed at 583.00 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s the same result as Tuesday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and down 14.47 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) decreased from 1694.67 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 1691.28 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s down 0.20 per cent d/d and up 4.30 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2321.32 index points Tuesday, March 5th to 2327.16 index points Wednesday, March 6th. It’s up 0.25 per cent d/d and down 0.53 per cent y/y.

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