Reading between the data

Have you checked latest news and trends? In July the International Space Station, located more than 200 miles above Earth welcomed its first AI space assistant – CIMON (short for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), designed to work with Alexander Gerst, … Read more


SEE countries must incentivise companies to invest in R&D to close competitiveness gap

  According to the World Bank’s Growing United report, the share of workers in EU member states in Southeast Europe (SEE), particularly in their lagging regions, who lack the skills needed to position themselves well on the labour market, is … Read more


On-demand business intelligence: Transforming data into actionable insights

Valentina Gerasimova, Head of SeeNews Research On-demand services You have been long in market intelligence, how has your business evolved in the age of Big Data? Data has been around for decades but what has made it big are the … Read more


In-depth knowledge of country specifics key to grasping SEE communications market

Tomislav Tsolov, Founder and General Manager APRA Porter Novelli APRA Porter Novelli is a private communications company founded in 1994 in Bulgaria. In 2012 the company expanded by entering Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. In order … Read more


Companies in SEE need to invest more in innovation, work across borders

By Nevena Krasteva The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the leading investor in Southeast Europe (SEE). In 2016, it extended loans and guarantees of 467 million euro to Bulgaria and lent 1.1 billion euro to Romania. Since 2006, the bank … Read more

Automotive, Interviews

Bundling all car maker-specific activities boosts Automobile Dacia’s results

by Nicoleta Banila Romanian car maker Dacia, a unit of France’s Groupe Renault since 1999, posted a turnover of 4.6 billion euro in 2016. In 2016 Dacia brand sales rose by 10.8% to a record-high 415,010 registrations. Yves Caracatzanis, Managing … Read more

Banking, Interviews

Social corporate responsibility – a new aspect of banking activity

Moldova Agroindbank has been recently conferred the title Best Social Impact Bank – Moldova 2017 by the London-based publication Capital Finance International (CFI). According to the CFI assessment committee, “Moldova Agroindbank conducts its business in line with corporate responsibility principles, … Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Triglav to keep focus on core business, profitability, put more emphasis on digitalisation of processes

By Nevena Krasteva Slovenian insurance-financial group Triglav Group posted a consolidated net profit of 82.3 million euro in 2016. Gross written premiums from insurance and co-insurance grew 2% to 936 million euro in 2016. The group, listed on the Ljubljana … Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Reported positive results give Euroins solid ground for further growth

Euroins Romania is one of the leading insurance companies in Romania. It is the largest subsidiary of Bulgaria-based Euroins Insurance Group (EIG), which is an independent insurance group, operating in Central and Southeast Europe (CSEE) and providing a full range of … Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Sigal Uniqa Group Austria puts client needs, digitalisation at centre of strategy

Regional insurance group Sigal Uniqa Group Austria is composed of seven insurance companies (life, non-life, reinsurance) and one pension fund that operate successfully in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Sigal Uniqa is the market leader in Albania since 2002 with an … Read more


IT, retail, real estate deals to dominate M&A scene in SEE

EY (Ernst & Young) is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confi dence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. In 2016 … Read more


M&A deals volume in Bulgaria seen rising on good liquidity in financial markets, real economy growth

Diana Nikolaeva, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY Bulgaria What key trends are currently impacting the development of Bulgaria’s M&A market? During the last two years there has been a strong pipeline of M&A deals and while specific industry concentration is … Read more


Institutional investors to dominate Bulgaria’s real estate market

Landmark Holdings consolidates the business interests of Alfa Finance Holding in the real estate sector in Southeast Europe (SEE). The company provides comprehensive asset management services starting from conceptual design to fully operational buildings. The list of projects for which … Read more

Food/Drinks/ Tobacco, Interviews

We believe in the long-term approach to creating sustainable value for our business and our stakeholders

Zagorka brewery, established in Stara Zagora, enters in its second century of operation. In 1994, Zagorka AD became part of the HEINEKEN global family. Since then, for more than 20 years now, over 133 million euro have been invested in … Read more


Multinational companies must acknowledge need for expert staff in international taxation

Anastasia Sagianni, Head of Transfer Pricing Division, Eurofast Eurofast is a business advisory employing over 200 advisors at 21 offices in Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Middle East. With over 28-year experience, having worked with many global brands and leading … Read more


Fintech company Credissimo embraces innovation to expand further

Ivelin Kamburov CFO and board of directors member, Credissimo Ivelin Kamburov holds an internationally recognised ACCA qualification and is a member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. Kamburov is winner of the CFO of the Year 2016 award … Read more


Manually processing massive data is like digging with pick instead of excavator

Identrics is a young technology company providing custom semantic solutions for companies in Southeast Europe (SEE), including media groups and business intelligence providers. Iva Marinova, Data Scientist at Identrics Why is Identrics focusing on SEE and what are the main … Read more

Food/Drinks/ Tobacco, Interviews

Zagorka: A successful business is a sustainable business

Zagorka brewery, established in 1902 in the central Bulgarian town of Stara Zagora, joined the Heineken group in 1994. Since then, Heineken has invested more than 133 million euro in modernisation and capacity increase at its Bulgarian unit. Read more


Structural issues hold back SEE’s growth potential, governments should not let up on reforms

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Read more


Cotrugli’s MBA programme enables all-inclusive approach to managerial education, paves the way for successful career

Katarina Vladić Lazić has been part of the COTRUGLI Business School team for the past six years. Read more