The present Survey is the fifty-fourth in a series of annual reports prepared by the secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to serve the needs of the Commission and of the United Nations in reporting on and analysing world economic conditions.
Until 1997 the Economic Survey of Europe was issued once a year as was the Economic Bulletin for Europe, the secretariat’s second publication, which focused on trade and payments issues. At its 52nd Session, in April 1997, the Commission decided to replace these two publications with an annual Survey of several issues. In 1998 and 1999 there were three issues each. There are now two issues a year published in April and November.
The Survey is published on the sole responsibility of the Executive Secretary of ECE and the views expressed in it should not be attributed to the Commission or to its participating governments.
The analysis in this issue is based on data and information available to the secretariat in late October 2001.
Economic Analysis Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe