Central and Eastern Europe is at a cross roads; the choices made over the next few years are going to determine the sustainability of future prosperity.
Over the last thirty years the rise in prosperity across Central and Eastern Europe has been truly remarkable. But as convergence with Western Europe has slowed over the last decade, less than 20% of the gap in prosperity has been closed, and serious questions now loom. Even so, the Legatum Institute believes that whatever path is followed the common foundations of prosperity, including: rule of law; government integrity and performance and an engaged citizenry are going to be critical to success. If the region were a single country, the average score in the Legatum Prosperity Index would now rank it at 38th in the world. Long-term prosperity is ever more dependent on creating the conditions that develop, attract, retain, and welcome home, highly skilled citizens. Read the report here