Interviews

Financial institutions with flexible digital platforms poised for success

Software Group, founded in 2009, is a global technology company specialised in digitalization and integration solutions for institutions that provide…
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Interviews

Bulgarian NPL market to stay active with focus on corporate, SME secured segment

Norway-based B2Holding is one of the largest debt solution providers in Europe with operations in twenty-three European countries. The group has…
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Interviews

Secured portfolios niche opening up in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania

EOS Matrix Ltd. is part of the German leader in financial services EOS Group, which is one of the… Read more

Interviews

EBRD chief economist: Fight corruption, improve governance, invest in connectivity

Emerging economies need to reassess their economic model to deliver the governance, skills and infrastructure that will…
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Analysis, Archive, Banking, Business, Features

Mergers and acquisitions with profound effect upon Bulgarian banks’ online reputation

by Petar Galev, Media Analyst, Perceptica The aim of this study is to seek a correlation between a bank’s portfolio (in terms of consumer finances, such as consumer loans and mortgages) and the way its products were perceived on social … Read more

Banking, Interviews

Financial companies eye first private bourse in SEE

By Klaudjo Jonuzaj The private Albanian Securities Exchange (ALSE) was founded by Tirana-headquartered Credins Bank and American Bank of Investment (ABI Bank) with 42.5% shareholding interest each and AK Invest, one of the biggest non-banking financial institutions in Albania, with … Read more

Banking, Interviews

BVB in talks with peer bourses on regional ETF

By Nicoleta Banila In the beginning of 2018 Romania’s financial regulator ASF approved Adrian Tanase’s appointment as CEO of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, BVB, for a four-year term. BVB is the biggest stock exchange in Southeast Europe (SEE) with a … Read more

Interviews

Complex metallurgy, circular economy are the future

By Mario Tanev Tim Kurth was appointed CEO and vice president of Aurubis Bulgaria in 2014. As of 2015 he is also president of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He joined Norddeutsche Affinerie (nowadays Aurubis) in 2006 and … Read more

Food/Drinks/ Tobacco, Innovations, Interviews, Technology

Our ambition is by 2025 at least 30% of our adult consumers to switch to smoke-free alternatives

Philip Morris International is a leading international tobacco company, which owns six of the world’s top international 15 brands, spanning more than 180 markets. The company operates and owns 46 production facilities and employs around 81,000 people. Christos Harpantidis is … Read more

Interviews

Turmoil on global radiators market opens up new opportunities for Korado

KORADO Group is the world’s fifth largest supplier of steel panel radiators with more than 30 million customers worldwide during its 50-year history. The company offers a wide range of steel panel radiators, tower rail radiators, and unique design radiators. … Read more

Interviews

SEE power markets can achieve liquidity, competition only via regional integration

The Energy Management Institute (ЕMI) is a public institute for energy policy founded in 2010 with the aim to promote the interest of the Bulgarian energy sector and the EU and global energy policies and best practices, to enhance the … Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Triglav Group sees steady rise in premium share on SEE markets outside Slovenia, adopts omni-channel sales approach

Triglav Group posted consolidated pre-tax profit of 84.4 million euro in 2017. The Group employs over 5,100 people in six countries. Triglav Group continues to maintain high capital adequacy in line with its strategy for responsible long-term development. How far … Read more

Insurance, Interviews

We are well positioned for growth and expansion

EIG continues to expand its market share across CEE/SEE. What opportunities do you see in these markets? EIG has followed a firm strategic path towards regional expansion which was initially and predominantly targeted at the Balkan countries. However, in the … Read more

Banking, Banking, Business

Moldova Agroindbank plans entry on foreign markets, seeks strategic investor

  Moldova Agroindbank, also known as MAIB, is the leading systemic bank in Moldova, an Eastern European country sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. The bank holds a market share of over 30% and maintains a nationwide network of almost 70 … Read more

Business, Energy, Interviews

Same rules on cross-border electricity trade should apply in EU and other countries within wider European market

  As countries in Southeast Europe (SEE) make steps towards the liberalisation of their power markets, SeeNews talks to Janez Kopac, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat and former general director for energy at the Slovenian economy ministry. Kopac acted as … Read more

Interviews, Technology

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

Interviews

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

Interviews

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

Interviews

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

Interviews

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