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Ernst & Young: The influx of foreign investment in Europe grew last year


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - In 2011 in Europe reported a total of 3,906 new foreign direct investment, four percent more than in 2010. It results from the survey was the tenth attractiveness of Europe for foreign investors, who regularly performed by Ernst & Young as the company said on Tuesday.

It was a much greater investment, which created an average of 15 percent more new jobs (157,824). Number one foreign investor in Europe remain the United States, which holds about a quarter share. Last year in Europe have implemented a total of 1,028 investment projects, six percent more than in 2010 and most in the history of this survey.

"Europe has, despite its present difficulties for foreign investors is still a lot to offer," said Magdalena Soucek, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in the Czech Republic."The attention of investors, although primarily focused on fast-growing economy, but the 'old continent' is far from forgotten. With 500 million consumers of the rich because it is still the largest single market in the world market is also stable and transparent legal and regulatory environment," attention.

The position of the most attractive European countries have also maintained last year, Great Britain 679 new investment projects, representing 17 percent of all foreign direct investment going to Europe. Major impact on the location of Great Britain was particularly London, which is most attractive to investors European city in 2011 attracted almost half of all British foreign investments. But France did not repeat předloňský result (562 projects) and 540 foreign investment fell to third place.With the newly announced 597 investment projects it overtook Germany, whose economy has recently been quite successful.

The biggest surprise of the survey is that Spain but in 2011 managed to attract a total of 273 new foreign investment, an increase of 104 (ie 62%) more than the previous year. I managed to Spanish cities in the ranking of Europe's most attractive cities in third place went to Barcelona and Madrid fourth. "According to research, even in Spain, the uncertain economic development brings new opportunities. Some regions of Spain now investors are interested primarily due to relatively low labor costs of skilled and educated workforce," said Magdalena Soucek.

"On the contrary, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, except Poland, last year saw a significant drop in foreign direct investment. Discourages investors especially the region's dependency on exports to Western Europe and some countries also a weak banking sector. For example, in Russia decreased the number of newly announced projects 201 in 2010 to 128 last year, "said Magdalena Soucek.

Libor Popel, popela@mediafax.cz

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