Factbox: How EU’s eastern members depend economically on Russia.

Many of the European Union’s eastern member states will resist moves to impose wide-ranging sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Crimea, mainly because their own economies could suffer. Below are details of how some of the ex-Communist EU states are economically exposed to Russia:

BULGARIA

 Imports from Russia accounted for 18.5 percent of Bulgaria’s total imports last year, worth about $6.6 billion. Russia is Bulgaria’s biggest source of imports. Energy is the main import from Russia. Bulgaria gets about 90 percent of its gas from Russian firm Gazprom. Its only oil refinery, controlled by Russia’s LUKOIL, works on Russian crude and its only nuclear power plant, which provides over 40 percent of electricity, operates two 1,000 MW Soviet-built reactors that work on Russian nuclear fuel. Last year some 700,000 Russians were among Bulgaria’s 2.6 million tourists. Tourism revenue makes up about 13 percent of annual gross domestic product.

CZECH REPUBLIC

In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, 66 percent of Czech imports of natural gas came from Russia. Exports to Russia in 2013 were worth $5.83 billion, and represented 3.67 percent of total exports. Imports from Russia were worth $7.80 billion. Russia’s largest steelmaker Evraz has a plant in the Czech Republic. A consortium including Russia’s Atomstroyexport is competing in a multi-billion dollar tender to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant. Russian firm TVEL supplies CEZ nuclear power units with fuel. In 2013, Russians accounted for the second largest group of tourists coming to the Czech Republic with 759,000 people, or 10.4 percent of total tourists.

HUNGARY

 Russia is Hungary’s largest non-EU trading partner. Exports to Russia last year were worth 2.55 billion euros ($3.5 billion), of total exports worth 81.7 billion euros. Hungary imports about 80 percent of its gas needs from Russia. The government has signed an agreement with Russia’s Rosatom to expand the Paks nuclear power plant that supplies about 40 percent of Hungary’s electricity. Russia is Hungarian drug maker Richter’s biggest market. The company has warned first quarter profit will fall due to the rouble’s slide.

LITHUANIA

About one fifth of Lithuanian exports go to Russia, though a large part of this is “re-exports,” meaning that Lithuanians are importing the goods from a third country and then shipping them on to Russia. Lithuania and its industry are almost totally reliant on Russia for energy resources.

POLAND

Russia accounts for 90 percent of Poland’s oil imports and more than half of its gas. Russia is Poland’s second largest trade partner, with combined 2013 imports and exports accounting for 8.8 percent of foreign trade, worth $36 billion.

ROMANIA

Romania’s exports to Russia totalled 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in the first 11 months of 2013 or 2.8 percent of overall exports. Romanian imports from Russia were 2.1 billion euros in January-November 2013, representing 4.2 percent of total imports. Romania is much less dependent on imported gas than other countries in the region. Romanian gas fields provide about 80 percent of domestic needs, and President Traian Basescu said that if Russia cuts gas deliveries, the effects will not be substantial.

SLOVAKIA

 Exports to Russia in 2013 were worth 2.55 billion euros ($3.5 billion), or 3.96 percent of total exports. Imports from Russia were worth 6.15 billion euros ($8.5 billion) Fuel for two nuclear power plants is imported from Russia. Russian firm Rosatom has been in talks to take part in constructing new nuclear power units in Slovakia. Slovakia is nearly 100 percent reliant on Russian gas, and its budget revenues depend on the tariffs it charges for Russian gas crossing its territory.

SLOVENIA

Slovenia is among the EU countries with the largest surplus in trade with Russia. It exports some 1 billion euros of goods and services to Russia per year, about 4.6 pct of total exports. For Slovenia’s largest listed company, pharmaceutical firm Krka, Russia is the biggest single market. Krka has a factory in Russia and last year sold products worth 300 million euros ($413.5 million) to Russia, a quarter of its total sales.

Source Reuters

S.Korea’s Nexen Tire mulls factory in Czech Republic.

South Korea’s Nexen Tire Corp said on Wednesday that it was considering constructing a factory in Czech Republic, after the South Korean firm secured new customers like Volkswagen in Europe.  “We are considering (the plant) as we need to expand production capacity for the mid and long-term, but nothing has been decided,” Nexen Tire told South Korea’s stock exchange. The company, which has manufacturing facilities in South Korea and China, has supplied tires to Volkswagen and its Czech unit Skoda Auto as well as Fiat. Nexen Tire is also a supplier to Hyundai Motor, which has a factory in Czech Republic.

Source Reuters

Czech Republic – Factors To Watch on March 25

(Corrects date of Philip Morris annual meeting to April 25) PRAGUE, March 25 (Reuters) – Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 1 hours

=========================ECONOMIC DATA======================== Real-time economic data releases………………. Previous stories on Czech data………… Overview of economic data and forecasts……… Updates on CEE currencies……………………… ===========================EVENTS============================== PRAGUE – Industry Minister Jan Mladek speaks on industrialpolicy (0730 GMT) Related news: PRAGUE – Lower house of parliament reopens session (1300GMT). Related news: KUTNA HORA – Philip Morris CR releases dividendproposal and an invitation to April 25 annual meeting. Related news: ===========================NEWS================================ FISCAL COMPACT: The Czech cabinet agreed on Monday to jointhe European Union’s fiscal compact on budget stability, in amove it said underlined Prague’s support for closer EUintegration after a period of relatively eurosceptic government. Story: Related news: CEZ: CEZ shares jump after Finance Minister Andrej Babissaid he wanted energy company CEZ to pay out its full2013 profit in dividends. Story: Related news: CEE MARKETS: Central European currencies and bonds postedmodest gains on Monday as a calmer tone returned to markets hitin recent weeks by the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. Story: Related news: CEE POWER: Central European prompt power retreated on Mondayafter overshooting expectations a day earlier and weighed downby increased supply with the restart of a Czech nuclear reactor,traders said. Story: Related news: ———————- MARKET SNAPSHOT ———————— Index/Crown Currency Latest Prev Pct change Pct change close on day in 2014 vs Euro 27.422 27.42 -0.01 -0.33 vs Dollar 19.829 19.898 0.35 0.19 Czech Equities 990.37 990.37 -0.12 0.13 U.S. Equities 16,276.69 16,302.77 -0.16 -1.81 Pvs close or current levels vs prior domestic close at 1600 GMT======================= PRESS DIGEST ========================== NO BIG JUMP IN IMMIGRATION FROM UKRAINE: The Czech Republichas not seen any significant increase in visa applications fromUkraine, the interior ministry said. Pravo, page 3 HIGHER PAYMENTS TO HOSPITALS: The government will pay about2.1 billion crowns ($105.49 million) more this year and 4.2billion next year in health insurance for children, pensionersand the unemployed to compensate healthcare providers forpatient bed and board fees that have been struck down by theConstitutional Court. E15, page 2 DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER REPLACED: Martin Pros, a nominee ofthe ruling Social Democrats, will replace Radek Urban as thedeputy finance minister in charge of financial markets. Pravo, page 4 Reuters has not verified the media reports, nor does itvouch for their accuracy. For Instant Views of key economic data click on For summary of economic data and forecasts For diary of forthcoming Czech events For calendar of east European economic indicators TOP NEWS — Emerging markets TOP NEWS — Convergence watch For an economic indicator diary for the euro zone, the United States and other Group of Seven countries see For real-time stock market index quotes click in brackets: Warsaw WIG20 Budapest BUX Prague PX

Source Reuters

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