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.

  • 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. […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Serbia at a glance

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

  • How hummus conquered the Croatian market

    By Ozren Tabaković, Raiffeisen Bank Croatia | The cooperation in the frame of the Women in Business Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with Raiffeisen Bank in Croatia has encouraged many young woman entrepreneurs to leap into business waters. We talked to Višnja Mrakovčić Supek, Principal Manager, Advice for Small Businesses, […]

  • Think Tank 1.0 Big Data Challenge: Breaking the barriers between higher education and business

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | Innovative solutions for analysis of large databases, developed by students from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, are being tested in a real business environment at Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria. Together with the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the Sofia University, the bank held the first […]

  • Hungary: Little prospects for a more digital future?

    By Oliver Marx, RBI Vienna | Digitalization is key for a country’s success in international competitiveness. There is a clear link between digitalization and economic performance, therefore governments, businesses and households need to implement necessary reforms to prevent falling behind economically. In the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Index “DESI” from 2018, which measures […]

  • Hungary and the Olympics

    By Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, RBI | Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy is a former pentathlete. He is the great-great-grandson of Albert Berzeviczy, the first President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (1896-1904). Today, he is a Senior Adviser to the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. On Discover CEE he shares his insights into the captivating history of Hungary’s passion […]

  • Hungarian residential real estate market: Upward trend likely to continue – but at a more sustainable pace?

    By Gergely Pálffy, Raiffeisen Bank in Budapest, and Michael Heller, RBI | Imagine an investment in an asset with an associated cash flow stream of more than 750 years. Potentially no property in Hungary better reflects the long-term nature (though admittedly the initial owner was probably aware of the limitations of present value calculations) of […]

  • A quick guide to Budapest

    By Ákos Murányi, Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary | No matter if you travel to Budapest for a long weekend or just have some hours to spare after a hard business day before going back to the airport, the treasures featured in our quick guide to Budapest are always a good choice to visit. First you […]