Ukraine election: Comedian is a front-runner in the first round

Volodymyr Zelensky (Максим Стоялов, CC BY-SA)

Budapest Liszt Ferenc the best airport in the CSE region

Romania cuts tax on bank assets

Ukraine

Presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky (30.1 per cent of votes) and Petro Poroshenko (18,5 per cent of votes) will compete in a run-off of the presidential elections in Ukraine, according to late night exit poll conducted by TSN, Ukrainian Independent Information Agency informed.

Zalensky, a lawyer who has made millions as a producer and performer with theatrical productions and a hit comedy series called “Servant of the People” pledges to serve only one term, to hold national referendums on key issues (including NATO membership), to lift immunity from prosecution for lawmakers, judges, and the President himself, and to undertake judicial, health care, energy, and fiscal reforms. As for Russia, he has stated that while Donbass and Crimea belong to Ukraine, he wants to negotiate peace with Russia.

Petro Poroshenko, incumbent President, has helped entrench a Ukrainian national identity and the country no longer seems ambivalent about its western direction. Both candidates, along with former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, who came as the third with 14 per cent of votes, have expressed pro-EU views during the campaign. None of the pro-Russian candidates were seen as serious contenders.

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Hungary

Skytrax, which ranks airports, has named Hungarian Liszt Ferenc International as the “Best Airport in CSE” for the sixth year in a row. According to the website Tallinn’s airport ranked as the second and Kiev’s Boryspil airport coming as the third.

The Skytrax World Airport Awards survey is the biggest world-wide survey monitoring the satisfaction of travelers with air transport. More than 14 million travelers participated.

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Romania

Romania decided to soften a controversial greed tax on banks, shortly before the first payment would kick in, finance minister Eugen Teodorovici informed.

The levy on banking assets, which took force in January, will be cut to 0.4 per cent a year for the biggest lenders from an initial 1.2 per cent, Mr. Teodorovici said. The charge will also be applied to only 20 per cent of banks’ financial assets, rather than 100 per cent as initially planned.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) decreased from 8104.79 index points Thursday, March 28th to 8045.38 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s down 0.61 per cent d/d and down 7.31 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 41414.00 index points Thursday, March 28th to 41683.78 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s up 0.65 per cent d/d and up 11.9 per cent y/y.

RTS (of Moscow) decreased from 1207.31 index points Thursday, March 28th to 1198.11 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s down 0.76 per cent d/d and down 3.92 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 971.52 index points Thursday, March 28th to 978.99 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s up 0.77 per cent d/d and down 6.42 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1237.75 index points Thursday, March 28th to 1238.48 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s down 0.06 per cent d/d and down 2.42 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) increased from 654.65 index points Thursday, March 28th to 655.28 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s up 0.10 per cent d/d and down 6.69 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) increased from 1072.63 index points Thursday, March 28th to 1074.39 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s up 0.16 per cent d/d and down 4.40 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) closed at 350.40 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s the same result as Thursday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and up 6.34 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) increased from 574.30 index points Thursday, March 28th to 583.87 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s down 1.65 per cent d/d and down 10.06 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) increased from 1715.70 index points Thursday, March 28th to 1723.59 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s up 0.46 per cent d/d and up 4.18 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) decreased from 2313.77 index points Thursday, March 28th to 2312.09 index points Friday, March 29th. It’s down 0.07 per cent d/d and up 4.60 per cent y/y.

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