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.

  • The Green Deal: The regulators’ masterpiece on a climate neutral Europe in 2050 – A call for banking business adaptation

    By Christine Würfel, RBI | The European Commission´s Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. Several measures are  already and will be introduced ranging from effective carbon pricing, clean energy, mobilizing industry for a clean and circular economy, energy efficiency in buildings, an environmentally friendly food system or the […]

  • Currency distortions related to economic transitions is one neglected field of research on economic transformations

    By Sebastian Petric and Andreas Schwabe, RBI | In light of the historic anniversary some months ago – 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall -, we have another look at the events surrounding the economic transformation of Eastern Europe, in particular on the transformational recessions in the initial years, as well as […]

  • Green bonds: spearhead of effective investing

    By Dieter Aigner, Raiffeisen Capital Management | In recent years, green bonds have become a permanent feature of the investment universe of sustainable investors. Why? Because these bonds are specifically dedicated to financing green projects. This means that the money raised from issues of these securities is used to finance ecological projects with climate relevance. […]

  • Finance will have a green future! – Part II

    CEE and Austria with a lot of catching up to do By Jörg Bayer, RBI | Read the first part of this article here. What applies to the European financial market as a whole, applies even to a larger extent to the CEE and CIS region including Austria. Currently the total of “green” bonds from […]

  • Finance will have a green future! – Part I

    By Jörg Bayer, RBI | For years, Green Financial Products sounded like a marketing strategy to many investors and were not taken as a serious and important market segment. This is changing rapidly now, especially in Europe. In the USA this topic is currently determined far more by the markets themselves whereas in Europe, additional […]

  • “Alles Walzer” in Vienna – The Capital of Dancing and Balls

    By Linda Struckl, born Viennese, passionate waltz dancer and experienced ball visitor | Vienna is known for many things – coffee house culture, Sachertorte, Schnitzel – but when it comes to giving the city a label, Vienna has always been the capital of dancing and balls. More than 400 balls take place in Vienna every […]

  • Public Holidays 2020 in CEE

    Are you planning a business trip to the CEE region? Or would you like to know on which dates your business partner in CEE is on public holidays? The Discover CEE Public Holidays 2020 overview shows all the dates at one glance. Wherever you travel from, when planning a trip to the CEE region, also […]

  • A traditional New Year’s Eve in Albania

    By Klarida Rrogozi, Raiffeisen Bank in Albania | Like many other countries, Albania has its own special traditions celebrating New Year’s Eve. Read in today’s blogposts, what makes this holiday so special in the country. New Year’s table of prosperity A table full of various dishes and the whole family together – this is how […]

  • The Albanian fintech scene in the spotlight

    By Anila Hoxha, Raiffeisen Bank in Albania | In the past few years, Albania has been experiencing an emerging startup ecosystem. Nevertheless, most of the country’s startups are still in the early stages of seed financing. Lately, however, many private and public players have expressed their interest in funding startups usually in the field of […]

  • Albania & EU: All hopes on Croatia and Germany

    By Valbona Gjeka, Raiffeisen Bank Albania, Gunter Deuber, RBI | In a somewhat surprising move, the Council of Europe did not agree to give the green light for the official opening of accession talks to Albania in 2019. That was unexpected, because the European Commission and most of the EU countries recognized the progress of […]

  • “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 […]