Western property players continue eastern push

November 2004
EuroProperty;2004, p44
Trade Publication
This article reports that many EU accession states have maturing markets, while Russia is next in line. The profile of central and eastern Europe was raised significantly last May when eight out 10 countries in the region namely, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic — joined the EU. Apart from Russia, whose accession to the EU is a distant prospect, the main eastern European commercial markets are Slovakia and Romania, whose capital cities Bratislava and Bucharest have begun to attract international development and investment interest. U.S. investor Heitman's second fund, Central Europe Property Partners II, broadened the fund manager's regional investment remit from central to eastern Europe, including Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and the Baltic States. INSET: Priming the pump and tapping the capital pool.


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