Tag Archives: CEE

  • Hungary: Little prospects for a more digital future?

    By Oliver Marx, RBI Vienna | Digitalization is key for a country’s success in international competitiveness. There is a clear link between digitalization and economic performance, therefore governments, businesses and households need to implement necessary reforms to prevent falling behind economically. In the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Index “DESI” from 2018, which measures […]

  • Hungary and the Olympics

    By Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, RBI | Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy is a former pentathlete. He is the great-great-grandson of Albert Berzeviczy, the first President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (1896-1904). Today, he is a Senior Adviser to the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. On Discover CEE he shares his insights into the captivating history of Hungary’s passion […]

  • Hungarian residential real estate market: Upward trend likely to continue – but at a more sustainable pace?

    By Gergely Pálffy, Raiffeisen Bank in Budapest, and Michael Heller, RBI | Imagine an investment in an asset with an associated cash flow stream of more than 750 years. Potentially no property in Hungary better reflects the long-term nature (though admittedly the initial owner was probably aware of the limitations of present value calculations) of […]

  • A quick guide to Budapest

    By Ákos Murányi, Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary | No matter if you travel to Budapest for a long weekend or just have some hours to spare after a hard business day before going back to the airport, the treasures featured in our quick guide to Budapest are always a good choice to visit. First you […]

  • Hungary as a solid business location: Closing in on Poland, outpacing Romania

    By Zoltan Török (Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary) and Gunter Deuber (RBI) | In spite of the recent and noticeable economic slowdown in the euro area and Germany (a major trading partner of Hungary), the Hungarian economy delivered record-high GDP growth at 5 percent in 2018. Hungary thus continues the strong growth performance of recent years, […]

  • 5 spas in West-Hungary you must visit

    By Ákos Murányi, Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary | Hungary is very famous for its bath and spa culture. Visitors who want to swim, relax or take a health cure will find many suitable places here. Let’s have a look at the most famous wellness spas in the western part of the country, which are also […]

  • CEE´s emerging fintech ecosystems

    By Christof Danz, RBI | If you think of European fintech centers, then London, Berlin and Stockholm are probably the first places that come to mind. And if you look eastwards you might also consider the Baltic States. But did you know that there is a very lively fintech scene in Bulgaria or that Belarus […]

  • How PSD2 will change the future of banking

    By Andrea Cintulova and Tanja Imamovic, RBI | Which non-banker would suspect that the harmless sounding abbreviation PSD2 hides one of the biggest change processes the banking industry has ever seen? PSD, short from Payment Service Directive, was adopted in 2007 with the goal of creating a single market for payments across the European Union. […]

  • Digital Slovakia: Selectively at the top, but not enough for an overall top spot yet

    By Gunter Deuber and Oliver Marx, RBI Vienna | Slovakia is a country where digitalization will have a strong impact on the future economic development. Digitalization is affecting and changing all industries. The automotive industry is surely no exception where the trend goes beyond the topics of Industry 4.0, i.e. there are strong industry-specific trends […]

  • Startup (r)evolution in Slovakia

    By Zuzana Žiaranová, Spokesperson, Tatra banka | High-technology brings about evolution with some elements of revolution into business. Local companies that are able to seize new opportunities will also withstand global competition. Everyone has some ideas, but whether they “land on the moon” dependa on the implementation itself, explains startup mentor Michal Satur. How would […]