Warsaw Chopin airport among the busiest EU airports

Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland (Marcin Latka, CC BY-SA)

EP wants Romania and Bulgaria to be part of the Schengen area

20 per cent Hungarians at risk of social exclusion

Poland

Warsaw Frederic Chopin airport was the 28th busiest one in the European Union in 2017 — according to Eurostat. The data shows that in the period mentioned it carried 15.76 million passengers (up 23 per cent y/y). The busiest airport in the EU was London Heathrow carrying almost 78 million passengers. The least busy was Ljubljana’s Brnik which held 1.6 million passengers.

The highest traffic increase was observed at Sofia Airport (Bulgaria) — in 2017 the number of passengers grew by 30 per cent (to 6.48 m). 

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Bulgaria and Romania

The European Parliament (EP) adopted a non-legislative report that supporting accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Schengen area. 514 deputies voted for and 107 were against it. “The final decision on whether Romania and Bulgaria can become part of the Schengen area requires a unanimous vote in the Council by EU ministers,” Romania Insider explains. The article points out that the EP agreed for Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession in June 2011. But then the process has been blocked several times.

According to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), an EP group, the countries “meet the technical requirements to become members but have been blocked for political reasons in the European Council”.

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Hungary

The number of people at risk of social exclusion decreased although still is quite high. In 2017, according to the country’s Central Statistical Office (KSH), there were 1.88 million people classified as either poor or at risk of social exclusion. It was 19.6 per cent of Hungary’s population (down 6 percentage points y/y).

“10.2 per cent of Hungarians were experiencing a serious deprivation of material goods, 12.8 per cent were poor taking into account their income, and 4.1 per cent were living in households with very few job opportunities. Categories could overlap, as some 1.2 per cent of Hungarians, or 119,000 people, fell into all three groups at the same time,” the BBJ.hu explains.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) increased from 8,565.84 index points Monday, December 10th to 8,581.09 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s up 0.18 per cent d/d and up 12.69 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 39,238.44 index points Monday, December 10th to 39,860.23 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s up 1.58 per cent d/d and up 6.08 per cent y/y.

CROBEX (of Zagreb) increased from 1,705.20 index points Monday, December 10th to 1,708.83 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s up 0.21 per cent d/d and down 6.01 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) decreased from 959.27 index points Monday, December 10th to 946.30 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s down 1.35 per cent d/d and down 6.12 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1,190.10 index points Monday, December 10th to 1,192.46 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s up 0.20 per cent d/d and down 2.50 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) decreased from 630.96 index points Monday, December 10th to 630.13 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s down 0.13 per cent d/d and down 4.43 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) decreased from 1,029.11 index points Monday, December 10th to 1,017.36 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s down 1.14 per cent d/d down 3.85 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) closed at 334.99 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s the same result as Monday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and up 3.93 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) increased from 593.16 index points Monday, December 10th to 593.21 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s up 0.01 per cent d/d and down 10.86 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) decreased from 1,793.69 index points Monday, December 10th to 1,785.27 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s down 0.47 per cent d/d and up 39.52 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) decreased from 2,242.10 index points Monday, December 10th to 2,221.37 index points Tuesday, December 11th. It’s down 0.92 per cent d/d and down 6.94 per cent y/y.

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