Welcome to „Discover CEE“!

This is Raiffeisen Bank International’s blog and information platform for leading experts, analysts and successful entrepreneurs and companies, to share their ideas, visions and experiences about doing business in CEE. Our goal is to connect opinion leaders, inspire entrepreneurs and businesses and show the potential, diversity and beauty of the entire CEE region.

  • Fintechs vs. banks? Time to clear up the competition myth

    By Oleksandr Kryshtal, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Fintech primarily refers to innovations in the financial sector. Such innovations may include a new customer experience, a completely new product or modernization of cross-banking technology. Fintech has the ability to bring banking into the modern age offering advanced solutions to the financial services world. However, some time […]

  • Life in Chernobyl has found a way forward

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | “The further we move in time from the disaster, the more it seems like a myth – and the more difficult it becomes to grasp its real-life roots and consequences”, Serhii Plokhy, the author of the book “History of a Tragedy” awarded with the Baillie Gifford prize. I […]

  • CEE Banking Sector Report 2019

    RBI’s analysts documented and analyzed banking sector trends as well as the key drivers and indicators in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The analysts are posted throughout the CEE region as well as in Vienna and provided their local expertise and insights to create the latest version of the Raiffeisen Research’s CEE Banking Sector Report. […]

  • The Carpathians: A personal guide to the magic mountains

    By Dmytro Sologub, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine | Central banking is a tough job. It requires making policy decisions in an uncertain environment under pressure from the various groups of interests. Hence, I’m often asked both in my public and private interactions: How do you relax from your challenging office work? […]

  • Ukraine: Recovery and market opening attract foreign investors

    By Mykhailo Rebryk, Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Ukraine, and Andreas Schwabe, RBI | Ukraine’s economy was very volatile during the last decade, having endured two recessions in 2009 and 2015. Now, however, in 2019, the country is in its fourth year of recovery. Annual growth in 2018 was 3.3 percent, the highest in seven years. […]

  • Efficiency and innovation are the basis for success in agribusiness

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine | Alex Lissitsa is the CEO of IMC, an integrated agricultural business company, and president of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, an association representing the interests of over 100 leading Ukrainian agro-food companies. Lissitsa was born in Chernihiv region in Ukraine, studied at the National Agricultural University of Ukraine […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance

    In July, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Ukraine! Watch out for several blog posts on Ukrainian business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. Click here to print the fact sheet: Ukraine […]

  • The Fall of the Iron Curtain 30 Years Ago – The Beginning of a Success Story for Austria and Europe

    By Martin Schreiber, RBI | May/June marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. The image that most impressively proves this turning point in European post-war history was taken on 27 June 1989 at the Austro-Hungarian border. It shows Foreign Ministers Alois Mock and Gyula Horn symbolically cutting through the border fortifications. […]

  • Serbia’s increasing importance for China’s BRI

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia, and Lydia Kranner, RBI | Historically, China has never been an important partner of the CEE region. Trade and FDI data show that the EU, especially Germany, plays the dominant role. This holds true for Serbia as well. However, the economic and geopolitical rise of China, the deterioration […]

  • Land of Basketball

    By Nemanja Naunović, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia | Sport plays an important role in Serbia, with football and basketball being the most popular. There is even a funny expression: “every Serb is a national team head coach”, be it football basketball, volleyball, water polo, handball or any other sport in which the nation has had […]

  • Serbia: Infrastructure projects lead economic growth

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia and Oliver Marx, RBI | Despite an economic slowdown in the euro area, the Serbian economy delivered its highest growth rate in a decade in 2018. The strong GDP growth rate of 4.3 percent in 2018 (still estimated) was mainly driven by public sector investments and personal consumption. […]