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.

  • “What I’m most proud of is helping to create a different lifestyle for Albanians”

    By Klarida Rrogozi, Raiffeisen Bank in Albania | Samir Mane, president of the Balfin Group, the largest and most innovative investment group in Albania and among the largest in the Western Balkans, was originally born in Korça. The old and traditional city in southeast Albania was primarily a center of trade, before the communist regime […]

  • Albania from North to South

    By Klarida Rrogozi, Raiffeisen Bank in Albania | Albania, this small and astonishing country in the Western Balkans, is one of the rare places where a lot of wildlife is still preserved. Alps, valleys, lakes, an amazing coastline alongside the country – when you visit Albania, you can enjoy all these beautiful sights. Tourists can […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Albania at a glance

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

  • I can’t stop counting my favorite places in Bulgaria

    By Bojidar Gyurov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | What is a foreigners’ idea of Bulgaria? How can Bulgaria pleasantly surprise them? Would they come to work here? How is the business environment in Bulgaria changing? How can Bulgaria attract foreign investments? While we were trying to find the answers to these challenging questions, our paths […]

  • Another tag on the wall

    By Eleonora Georgieva and Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | Graffiti artists are turning Bulgarian cities into creative open galleries, and sending powerful messages in the process The perception towards graffiti has changed over the past few decades thanks to outstanding street artists like Banksy, who have done more than just paint an image […]

  • The charm of Bulgaria’s wine chateaux

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | A centuries-old history, traditions and great ambitions. These are the key features of the Bulgarian wine business. Along with production for local and traditional markets, and entry into new international markets, a number of boutique wineries have been trying to bring Bulgaria’s wine culture to an even […]

  • Conquering the global market, from small Bulgarian towns

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | What could five towns in Southeast European with a population of fewer than 50,000 people have in common? Obviously, the small population… But how about global business leadership? Yes, it’s actually possible. The Bulgarian towns Letnitsa (population: 5,000), Bozhuriste (8,000), Lozen (6,000), Montana (50,000) and Vidin (40,000) […]

  • Sofia: SEE’s emerging fintech hub

    By Stoyan Genov, Raiffeisen Bank in Bulgaria | “One of the fastest growing fintech destinations in the CEE Region”; “An evolving fintech hub”; “The most vibrant fintech destination in the SEE region”. You can often hear or read these definitions of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Trust us, this is not an overstatement. Behind these […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Bulgaria at a glance

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

  • Six promising fintechs to participate in Elevator Lab’s current program

    By Katja Fiedler, Raiffeisen Bank International AG | The participants of the third round of Raiffeisen Bank International’s (RBI) fintech partnership program Elevator Lab were announced on the Finalists Day in mid-October. The six chosen fintech startups will get valuable support by experts and mentors in developing unique pilot projects, so-called PoCs (Proof of Concept), […]