Croatia’s real economy expanded by an annual 3% in the third quarter of 2023, marking the largest increase among EU member states in Southeast Europe (SEE), closely followed by Romania with 2.9%, the bloc’s statistical office said on Thursday.

Compared to the previous quarter, Romania registered the highest growth in gross domestic product (GDP) among EU states in SEE in July-September, at 0.9%, Eurostat said in a quarterly report, citing seasonally adjusted data.

Elsewhere in SEE, Slovenia was the only country to record a quarterly GDP decline, of 0.2%.

Slovenia also posted the lowest annual GDP growth in the region in the third quarter of this year, at 1.6%.

In the EU overall, GDP remained unchanged both in annual and quarterly terms.