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.

  • CEE’s Banking Penetration Champions: Czech Republic, Croatia and Belarus

    By Gunter Deuber, RBI | Current data for the CEE banking markets confirm a clear (positive) correlation between market penetration via conventional banking products and digital channels. From a regional perspective (i.e. within the subregions of Central Europe, Southeastern Europe and Eastern Europe), the Czech Republic, Croatia and Belarus are the respective markets with the […]

  • CEE Banking Sector Report 2018: Focus on Russian Banks

    by Gunter Deuber, RBI |   Gunter Deuber, Head of Economics/Fixed Income/FX Research at RBI, analyses part of the report and this time puts a special focus on Russian banks. Find the full analysis under www.raiffeisenresearch.com/en/, please note that you must register to open.    

  • Fintech Roadtrip CEE: Why Slovakia is so self-confident

    By Josef Ruhaltinger, Trending Topics | „The Startup scene in Slovakia is growing. Some Slovak startups have emerged globally (ESET, Sygic, Slido). You can feel it: There is now a strong generation of ambitious young people, IT or marketing, who have great ideas and are not afraid anymore to use them.“ Dominik Miša, Head of Marketing, […]

  • Roadtrip CEE in Russia: Petroleum, Gold and Electronic Assets

    by Bastian Kellhofer, Trending Topics| „In Russia, it is the banks themselves and the central bank that make most innovations possible in all relevant areas: KYC, Payments, RegTech, Blockchain and Open Banking. The central bank is very flexible and is prepared to adapt regulatory limits quickly if necessary. That happened a lot lately.“ Evgenia Ovchinnikova, […]

  • Organic crops and berries for Europe

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Founded in December 2015 in the Vinnytsia region in Ukraine, Biofarm Organic Company is a new-generation agricultural company, which grows, on the basis of organic farming principles, and sells organic crops and berries, mostly for export. Svitlana Viyazlovska, co-founder of Biofarm Organic Company, talks about her organic business […]

  • 3 inventions you didn’t know were from Serbia

    1. Strawberry tree The strawberry tree is the world’s first public solar charger for mobile devices. It was developed in 2011 by Milos Milisavljevic, the founder of the Strawberry Energy company, during his studies at the University of Belgrade. It contains 16 chargers for a variety of mobile phones and tablets as well as its […]

  • Do CE/SEE countries (still) trust the EU?

    By Gunter Deuber and Matthias Reith,  RBI | Recent rounds of political frictions between EU institutions and Hungary plus Poland make it increasingly interesting to look at the mood towards the European Union (EU) on the ground in CE/SEE. Especially with the forthcoming EU elections in May 2019. In order to get an evidence-based grip […]

  • Our goal is to provide a perfect shopping experience

    Veronika Novakova, Raiffeisenbank Czech Republic | Alza.cz, the largest online retailer and recognized market leader in online sales in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has recently opened its branch in Austria. Its main objective is to address customers with high quality goods and a wide range of services. We asked commercial manager Petr Bena in which […]

  • 3 innovations you didn’t know were from Bulgaria

    Explorers and scientists of Bulgarian descent created numerous inventions that are a part of our daily life. Also nowadays Bulgaria is an interesting country in terms of innovations: in the course of the Central European Startup Awards (CESAwards 2017), which aims to distinguish the best businesses in the region, a total of 32 Bulgarian companies […]

  • Albania: a market still untapped

    The young Albanian investment funds business bears enough potential for growth, says Edlira Konini, Managing Director of Raiffeisen Invest. She heads a company with a market share of 98 per cent in an environment that is still in its infant shoes but promising to outgrow them fast. Ms. Konini, nearly 100 per cent market share […]