• Lasvit: They light up the world, but their heart stays in Bohemia

    By Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisen Bank Czech Republic | They stay devoted to their craft, respect it and are not afraid to experiment. They combine traditional Bohemian hand-blown glass with modern technology and design. Lasvit’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring glassmaker. Read our interview with the firm’s partner and co-founder Aleš Stýblo and […]

  • Seven famous people with Czech origin

    By Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisenbank a.s., Czech Republic | We have selected seven Czechs known all over the world for their work. Meet the most important persons of the Czech past and present.   Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) Dvořák was a globally recognized composer, conductor and professor of music and […]

  • A spa in Bohemia? Yes, and preferably a beer spa!

    Veronika Nováková, Raiffeisenbank a.s. Czech Republic | Visitors to the Czech Republic rarely fail to taste Czech beer, as it is one of the traditional symbols of the country and beer tasting therefore is on the „must do“-list of most tourists. However, you don’t need to stick to just drinking beer, you can also bathe […]

  • Public Holidays 2019 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 2019 overview shows all the dates at one glance. Wherever you travel from, when planning a trip to the CEE region, also […]

  • Belarus and China: Economic connectivity at its best

    By Natalya Chernogorova and Vasily Pirogovsky, Priorbank Belarus | Compared with other countries of the CEE region, the economic connectivity of China and Belarus is one of the highest. Diplomatic relations between China and Belarus have already been established in 1992. Over the time, Belarus has expanded its economic connection with China substantially. The trade […]

  • Five reasons for investing in Belarus

    By Darya Petrovich, Priorbank Belarus | Belarus is becoming one of Europe’s leading emerging markets.  Here are five compelling reasons why Belarus is an attractive place for investments: 1. LOCATION Direct access to the market of the Common Economic Space (CES) countries (Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) with common customs tariff: 182 million consumers, equal […]

  • Ten years Vienna Initiative: Austria’s contribution to containing the global financial crisis in Europe and CEE

    By Gunter Deuber and Christine Würfel, RBI | Some ten years ago, spill overs of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) to the region Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) became increasingly visible. While the economic slump deepened in Western Europe in late 2008, the first CEE countries had to turn to international assistance (e.g. Hungary). Following […]

  • “Everything is possible with a good team”

    By Katja Fiedler, RBI | Florian Gschwandtner, co-founder of the fitness app Runtastic, talks about creating motivation out of an investor’s “no”, being an investor himself now and how to learn from setbacks. Mr. Gschwandtner, you are one of Austria’s most successful start-up founders. In retrospect, what was the biggest challenge in founding Runtastic? The […]

  • Viennese Escargots: Slow food at its best

    By Andreas Ecker, RBI| Snail farmer and manufacturer Gugumuck aims at a future-oriented urban agriculture Ten years ago Andreas Gugumuck started breeding escargots on the vegetable field of his family’s farm. Today, his Viennese Escargots, the “Wiener Schnecken”, are a well-established culinary brand served in Austria’s top restaurants and his “Future Farm” in the South […]