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.

  • Digital Banking Services for Corporate Business: Russian Perspective

    By Marie Mesropyan, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Big business is still experiencing a shortage of digital banking services. Leaders of the financial industry are actively trying to solve the problem Digital banking infrastructure for business in Russia, especially for large and medium businesses, still lags behind the mass retail segment, experts say. “In general, development […]

  •  “I definitely became more professional and learned a lot in Russia”

    By Anna Gorshkova, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Prior to moving to Moscow in January 2016, Roland Wass, Head of Risk and Credit Management at Raiffeisenbank Russia, spent 13 years in Belgrade working for Raiffeisenbank Serbia. He spoke to Discover CEE about the challenges of moving to a new country, cultural and professional differences between Austrians […]

  • Russia’s unknown beauty: A local’s perspective

    By Aleksandra Shevchuk, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Russia is not just big. It is huge. And it’s not just Moscow and St. Petersburg that are worth visiting. We take a look at some of the other beautiful places the country offers. Kaliningrad and the Curonian Spit Kaliningrad is a city with a Russian soul and […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Russia at a glance

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

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A round table discussion about plastics with Austrian representatives from the economic sector and science

    Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability at Austria – REWE International AG, Michael Huber, Fund Manager at Raiffeisen KAG, Christian Pladerer, CEO of the Austrian Institute of Ecology, and Doris Ribitsch, Head of Molecular Biology at the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at BOKU Vienna (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), discuss the challenges surrounding the […]

  • How to lead a media empire in Kosovo

    By Evliana Berani, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo | Aferdita Saraçini Kelmendi leads one of the biggest businesses in Kosovo: a well-known national radio and television, RTV 21. Building and running one of the biggest television stations in Kosovo, in an extremely competitive media environment, is obviously quite a difficult and challenging task. Changing the mindset and […]

  • Our family’s contribution to mum’s hometown

    By Evliana Berani, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo| Until several years ago, Florie Bajraktari Vanhove was one of 700,000 Kosovans living abroad. Today, she is a successful business woman, running a unique restaurant in the downtown of Prishtina. Kosovo’s diaspora is huge. Difficult times forced many Kosovans to live from money sent to them by relatives living […]

  • Investing in Kosovo

    By Patricia Lang-Schönberger | Discover CEE spoke to Wilhelm-Peter Hasslacher from the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), who works as business delegate for the Foreign Trade Centre Laibach in Slovenia. He is an expert on Southeastern Europe: his assignments as business delegate have taken him to Zagreb and Sarajevo, and he is now in Ljubljana, where […]

  • Take a walk through Prishtina

    By Evliana Berani, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo | Mixed identity or no identity at all? This overarching question is raised whenever visitors talk about Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital. And the longer the debate lasts, the stronger one conclusion prevails: Regardless of the fact that the city lacks beautiful, old or fancy buildings, Prishtina has a strong mixed […]

  • Arrival of digital trends disrupting payments in CEE

    By Christian Wolf, RBI | Driven by the aim of providing better and better customer experience, changes in the global payments landscape have accelerated over the past few years and resulted in an increased array of payment options to choose from for customers across the globe. In addition to the advancements in technology, Open Banking […]