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Local Enterprise Facility: Helping to shape the ideal private sector in Serbia


An expertise in mechanical engineering and a garage as a workshop – that’s all Serbian brothers Vladimir and Nikola Lazarević had when they started to …

More than Money: Bringing business advisory services to SMEs in FYR Macedonia


For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in FYR Macedonia, responsible for more than 75% of employment in the country, overcoming problems of low productivity and …

Marine Biosafety Initiative: tackling the economic and ecologic threat of ballast water


Until the 1990s, the Black Sea coast was a successful fishing ground for anchovies, but suddenly fishermen found their trawlers’ nets empty. The lack of …

Albania’s recycling pioneer


From an unprepossessing industrial site on the outskirts of the port city of Duerres, local entrepreneur Bardhyl Balteza is transforming Albanian society. Balteza and his