Belgrade has been declared the city with the greatest economic potential in the competition of the 100 largest cities in the so-called region of Emerging Europe, and the capital of Serbia received this recognition for the second year in a row.
The region Emerging Europe includes 23 economies of Central, Eastern, Southeast Europe and the South Caucasus, of which 11 are members of the European Union (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia).
Emerging Europe is a London-based organization that aims to promote the potential of emerging countries.
The organization is run by prominent European figures, both political and economic – former European Commissioner for Enlargement, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Gunter Verheugen, former Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Moldova Ion Sturza, former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Minister of Privatisation of Slovakia Ivan Miklos, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană and others.
This year, Belgrade also ranked third in the Pool of Talent category, while in 2021 it was in fifth place.
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has been named the city with the best business environment in 2022.
The jury, which decided on the ranking of cities, consists of more than 100 global foreign direct investment (FDI) experts, site selection advisers and location analysts.
In 2021, they analysed 100 cities in Europe with a population of over 200,000, as well as two capitals in the region, where the population is below 200,000.