The balance-of-payments current account registered a deficit of 10.478 billion euros last year, an increase of almost 17 pct compared to the similar period of 2018, shows a press release of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) sent to AGERPRES on Thursday. In 2018, the current account deficit was 8.96 billion euros.
The EU's industrial output in 2019 slipped 1.1 percent compared to previous year, the bloc's statistical office reported on Feb. 12.
Eurostat said the figure was also down 1.7 percent in Eurozone during the same period.
The eurozone/euro area or EA19 represents member states that use the single currency -- euro -- while the EU27 includes all member countries of the bloc.
Piraeus Bank, Greece's largest lender by assets, on Wednesday opened books for a 10-year Tier 2 bond issue, aiming to raise about 500 million euros ($546 million), a source close to the deal said.
"Piraeus Bank is opening books for a 10-year issue, aiming at about 500 million euros," the source told Reuters.
Pricing is seen in the low 6 percent range, the source added.
The national organizations representing workers and employees, and employers in Bulgaria express full support for the National Assembly's decision - that the country should leave the exchange rate mechanism should a Lev-Euro exchange rate be proposed that is different from the exchange rate now in place.
Greek government bonds are continuing their impressive performance, and are at the top of many international firms' investment lists. They have extended their strong rally that last week brought yields to new historic lows as that of the benchmark 10-year paper dropped to just 1.05 percentage points at Friday's closing.