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.

  • “If you decide for an investment in Romania, do it for the long term”

    By Alexandra Jocham, RBI | Discover CEE talked with Gerd Bommer, Austrian economic delegate in Bucharest, about the attractiveness of Romania for investors, interesting business locations and first-hand tips for doing business.  Mr. Bommer, what makes Romania attractive for investors? Romania is an economy with a relatively strong and big domestic market, which is the main […]

  • „Romania is my home”

    By Carmen Dimitruc and Anca Hasegan, Raiffeisen Bank, Romania | Steven van Groningen, Raiffeisen Bank’s CEO for the past 17 years, is Dutch but calls Romania his home. He has become used to the way of thinking and feeling Romanian, although he has retained a healthy dose of “Western awareness” which helps him identify balanced […]

  • Romania: Latecomer in bank taxation at an alien time

    By Gunter Deuber, RBI | The “great” era of distinct banking sector taxation in Europe and above all in Central and Eastern Europe seemed to be over. In Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, special taxation for banks has tended to fall in recent years. In some other countries, special bank taxation was discussed – e.g. in […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Romania at a glance

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

  • Lasvit: They light up the world, but their heart stays in Bohemia

    By Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisen Bank Czech Republic | They stay devoted to their craft, respect it and are not afraid to experiment. They combine traditional Bohemian hand-blown glass with modern technology and design. Lasvit’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring glassmaker. Read our interview with the firm’s partner and co-founder Aleš Stýblo and […]

  • Seven famous people with Czech origin

    By Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisenbank a.s., Czech Republic | We have selected seven Czechs known all over the world for their work. Meet the most important persons of the Czech past and present.   Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) Dvořák was a globally recognized composer, conductor and professor of music and […]

  •  Czech Republic: The regional master of buffers or the better Germany?

    By Gunter Deuber, RBI and Helena Horska, Raiffeisenbank a.s. Czech Republic | Key leading indicators point to a slower and more uneven economic growth in 2019/2020. Therefore, we see a growing interest in the question of which countries and/or economic areas have sufficient buffers if a new and more severe downturn could set in. Traditionally, […]

  • A spa in Bohemia? Yes, and preferably a beer spa!

    Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisenbank a.s. Czech Republic | Visitors to the Czech Republic rarely fail to taste Czech beer, as it is one of the traditional symbols of the country and beer tasting therefore is on the „must do“-list of most tourists. However, you don’t need to stick to just drinking beer, you can also bathe […]

  • Wallachian frgál: from pastry fail to national specialty

    By Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisenbank a.s. Czech Republic | Loved in Czechia, exported to our neighbours and loved in Asia, Australia or America. Originally, frgál was the nickname for a kolach, a type of pastry with fruity or fresh cheese filling and raised edges, which was ruined by a housekeeper during the baking process sometime in […]