The year 2013 was a record year for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe, but the number of newly created jobs was not growing at the same rate, it is shown by the latest survey conducted by the British consulting companny Ernst&Young.
In terms of FDI inflow, Serbia was among the 15 most attractive European countries, ranking 13th with 63 projects, down 19% from 78 in 2012.
Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Belgium are the top five countries in terms of FDI inflow in Europe. A joint share of investment in these countries grew from 59% in 2012 to 61% last year.
When it comes to the number of newly created jobs, thanks to foreign investments, Serbia is ranked fifth with 12,179 new jobs, up 18% from 10,302 in 2012.
Last year, the number of investment projects implemented in Europe hit a record high of 3,955. Thanks to these investments, 166,300 new jobs were created, down 2 percent from 2012.
Great Britain is topping the list with 799 FDI projects last year, 15% more than in 2012. Germany had 701 projects, up 12 percent from the year before, while the number of FDI projects in France in 2013 grew 9 percent from 2012 to 514.
Great Britain also tops the list in terms of newly created jobs stemming from foreign investments. This country saw 27,953 new jobs created last year, 8 percent less than in 2012.
In order for Europe to become even more attractive to investors, E&Y says that it is necessary to encourage the mobility of manpower and investments in vocational education of staff, primarily in the field of information technologies, health care and "green" energy.
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