Tag Archives: CEE

  • HUM – The smallest town in the world!

    By Ozren Tabaković, Raiffeisen Bank Croatia | If you ever visit Croatia, and we think you absolutely should, there is a town called Hum, and it’s a must in terms of touristic attractions. Although there is no formal or actual record of Hum being recognized by Guiness Book of World Records as the smallest city […]

  • Romania: Fiscal policy headaches after growth binge

    By Andreas Schwabe, CFA, RBI, and Silvia Rosca, Raiffeisen Bank Romania | Romania’s economy has been the top growth-performer in CEE over the last five years. Since 2013, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by 25 percent, which is five percent more than the export-oriented power-houses of Central Europe, including Poland. Especially private consumption has […]

  • The marathon for defining the future of banking has started

    By Daniel Dragomir, CEO & Co-founder TechHub Bucharest | Technology empowers entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs worldwide to improve the quality of life for an increasing number of people. Today a financial professional in Bucharest can build a fintech product that could significantly improve the lives of people in South-East Asia by giving them access to financial […]

  • Sarmale, a symbol of the delicious mix Romanian gastronomy has to offer

    By Carmen Dimitruc, Raiffeisen Bank, Romania | Traditional Romanian food has been influenced over the centuries by Turkish, Hungarian, Greek, Serbian, Russian, Polish, French and Italian cuisine, but innovations, local ingredients, Orthodox religious customs, preference for pork meat and other specific conditions make it unique. People say Romanian cuisine is delicious, diverse, and full of […]

  • Get some rest in Bucharest!

    By Carmen Dimitruc, Raiffeisen Bank, Romania | If you are looking for a new and exciting destination for your holidays or maybe just a three to four days city break, be sure to put Bucharest on your list! Vibrant urban environment with old-style charm The capital city of Romania combines vibrant urban environment with old-style […]

  • “If you decide for an investment in Romania, do it for the long term”

    By Alexandra Jocham, RBI | Discover CEE talked with Gerd Bommer, Austrian economic delegate in Bucharest, about the attractiveness of Romania for investors, interesting business locations and first-hand tips for doing business.  Mr. Bommer, what makes Romania attractive for investors? Romania is an economy with a relatively strong and big domestic market, which is the main […]

  • „Romania is my home”

    By Carmen Dimitruc and Anca Hasegan, Raiffeisen Bank, Romania | Steven van Groningen, Raiffeisen Bank’s CEO for the past 17 years, is Dutch but calls Romania his home. He has become used to the way of thinking and feeling Romanian, although he has retained a healthy dose of “Western awareness” which helps him identify balanced […]

  • Romania: Latecomer in bank taxation at an alien time

    By Gunter Deuber, RBI | The “great” era of distinct banking sector taxation in Europe and above all in Central and Eastern Europe seemed to be over. In Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, special taxation for banks has tended to fall in recent years. In some other countries, special bank taxation was discussed – e.g. in […]