Romania first place among most attractive countries in Southeast Europe

Romania once more occupies the first position in a ranking of attractiveness for investors in Southeast Europe area, followed by Turkey, according to the Attractiveness Survey conducted by Ernst & Young.
"Last year Romania had a score of 58%, but the percentage decreased to 52% this year. Turkey, on the other hand, improved its performance, obtaining a score of 50%, this tendency favouring the Turkish state", declared Fabrice Reynaud, Senior Manage, Ernst & Young, for the reporters present at the conference.
Bulgaria occupied the third position in the survey, with 40%, Greece is the fourth, with 31%, followed by Croatia (28%), Serbia (19%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (10%).
The least attractive place in the region for investors was considered Cyprus, with only 9%. The aim of this survey is to measure the perception of the foreign investors in terms of Southeast Europe's attractiveness for the foreign direct investments, to compare these perceptions with the real situation of the investments and to reflect the opportunities for the states of the region. In terms of number of projects implying foreign direct investments in 2006-2007, Turkey occupies the fourth place, with 40 projects, while Romania occupies the first place in this ranking, too, with 149 projects.
The second and the third places are occupied by Serbia, with 63 projects, and Bulgaria, with 60 projects.
"This proves that we are in a very attractive region. Turkey's score is good, but it could be even better, to reach a level of 60-70 foreign direct investment projects yearly", Raynaud said.
In the year under calculation, the growth percentage of the number of such projects in Romania increased by 6%, while Serbia faced a real explosion, by 174%.
"Serbia is a big surprise", Raynaud added.
As regards the comparison between perception and reality, the study shows a discrepancy.
"Greece and Turkey are under estimations. These states have a much better image than their real attractiveness, if we take into account the number of foreign direct investments", Raynaud added.
While the flux of foreign direct investments in Turkey amounts to approximately 15 billion euros, the level registered by Greece amounts to only 1.4 billion euros.

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