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.

  • 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 […]

  • Daniela Komatović: Jewellery for generations

    By Veronika Novakova | Raiffeisenbank a.s. Daniela Komatović is a graphic designer, painter, photographer and, above all, designer of jewellery. She was born in Prague, where she studied graphic design. In January 2015, she launched her own line of fine art jewellery, which in a short period of time has become a well-recognized and successful brand. Luxurious, […]

  • Why the EU accession path is important for Serbia

    By Zoran Petrovic | CEO of Raiffeisen banka in Serbia In politics, as in life, you need to have anchors. For Serbia, this anchor is the EU accession path. On this path to reach the EU, by complying to the mandatory accession standards (political, economic, reform), Serbia is transforming itself into a modern society for […]

  • Roadtrip CEE Serbia: Test laboratory for Europe’s banking world

    by Bastian Kellhofer, Trending Topics| “The Serbian Government is openly talking about digitalization as one of the country’s top priorities. Digitization is also a priority for the National Bank of Serbia “, Nemanja Naunović, Raiffeisenbank Serbia. Serbia is on the border with the EU, giving its 7 million inhabitants the advantages and disadvantages of an […]

  • 4 innovations you didn’t know were from Hungary

    When talking about Hungarian inventions, you may at first not come up with too many ideas but in fact this country has produced a nearly unbelievably high number of innovations.   1.The Rubik’s cube The famous Rubik`s cube was invented in Hungary by professor Ernő Rubik. Today, more than forty years after the cube was […]

  • 3 tips for women to be successful in IT

    By Alexandra Anghel, Co-founder & CTO of Appticles and Co-founder of Codette|   1. Recognize and treat the “imposter syndrome” Everyone should recognize and treat the “imposter syndrome (a pervasive feeling of insecurity and self-doubt despite often evidence to the contrary). I think it’s very important to set expectations and understand that we all suffer from it. […]

  • Alexandra Anghel: Women in IT and the opportunities in CEE

    “You can’t be what you can’t see”! Alexandra Anghel, Co-founder & CTO of Appticles and Co-founder of Codette, talks about her projects, the job opportunities for women in the IT industry and about the mentality in society in CEE.   Where and in which position do you work? I’m co-founder and CTO at Appticles, a platform […]