Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Valeria Gontareva teaser

Ukraine national bank governor talks targets

May 2, 2017

Valeria Gontareva, who will leave her post as the governor of the National Bank of Ukraine in May 2017, tells Stefanie Linhardt how foreign exchange intervention and a floating exchange rate are helping the bank meet its ambitious targets.

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Ukreximbank chairman sees reasons for optimism in Ukraine

May 2, 2017

Oleksandr Hrytsenko, chairman of the board of Ukreximbank JSC, explains how the bank is supporting both domestic and foreign businesses in Ukraine as they reposition away from traditional markets. 

Kiev teaser

Reforms bring a business-friendly Ukraine

May 2, 2017

For so long mired in corruption and bureaucratic red tape, in the past three years Ukraine has enacted numerous reforms to improve the climate for doing business. Now, writes Natasha Turak, the battle is on to convince investors that the conflict-affected country is a safe bet.

Vitali Klitschko teaser

How Vitali Klitschko is fighting Kiev’s corner

May 2, 2017

Former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has his eyes on a new prize. While, as mayor of Kiev, his reforms to boost transparency are local, he hopes they also boost the national perception of Ukraine as a safe place to invest. Courtney Fingar reports.

Lviv teaser

Lviv gives Ukraine a European touch

May 2, 2017

Lviv has both close proximity to and a fondness for Europe. Together with a wealth of talent and favourable labour costs, the city is rapidly becoming a popular location within the EU supply chain, as Natasha Turak reports.

Odessa teaser

Odessa eyes status as Ukraine’s Silicon Valley

May 2, 2017

Known primarily as a holiday destination, Odessa is fast becoming a magnet for tech start-ups. Boasting highly skilled graduates and an entrepreneurial spirit, the port city has an ambition to become Ukraine’s San Francisco. Natasha Turak reports.

Zaporizhia teaser

Eastern Ukraine fights battle to convince investors

May 2, 2017

A rust-belt Soviet past, a geography that makes transporting goods expensive and the ongoing conflict with Russia are all hampering eastern Ukraine’s efforts to attract FDI. But cities such as Dnipro and Zaporizhia are committed to dispelling the old perceptions and attracting foreign investment to this resource-rich region, as Yuri Bender reports. 

Pokrovsk Mayor teaser

Pokrovsk looks to build a more independent future

May 2, 2017

For Pokrovsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, life goes on despite its proximity to the conflict in the country’s east. The city’s priorities include changing energy supply to save money, a move enabled by the government’s decentralisation drive. Mayor Ruslan Trebushkin tells Yuri Bender why budgetary importance is so important to the city.

Ceska Sporitelna teaser

Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking: Poland in pole position

May 2, 2017

Currency depreciation took its toll in The Banker's Top Central and Eastern Europe EU Banks rankings, leading to mixed results. Polish banks maintained their lead, with notable success stories coming from Romania and Slovenia. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Suma Chakrabarti teaser

EBRD president embraces fairer and greener vision of growth

May 2, 2017

As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development prepares for its annual meeting in May, its president, Suma Chakrabarti, talks to Stefanie Linhardt about tackling global environmental challenges, hopes for the reunification of Cyprus and the possible impact of Brexit on EBRD financing.

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