Hungary — Rapidly Growing Economy Attracts Investors

With a 78 per cent of FDI per GDP ration, Hungary ranks first in the Central and Eastern European region, says Róbert Ésik, President of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), in a video interview with Emerging Europe. Currently, HIPA has a portfolio of 169 investment projects, 76 per cent more than in 2015.

CEE Faces Real Estate Challenges in the Years to Come

There are investors paying a lot of attention to the recent developments in Europe such as Brexit, the migrant’s crisis, the situation in Russia and Ukraine, etc, says Omar Sattar, Managing Director, Colliers International, Czech Republic, in an interview with Emerging Europe.

Real Estate in the Balkans Grows in Retail and Leisure

Delta Real Estate is one of the leading regional real estate companies, with its operations in the wider region focussing on Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia. The company was a pioneer in shopping mall construction in Serbia, with the first mall opening in Belgrade, in 2007. Earlier this year, the company sold two shopping centres: in Belgrade, Serbia and Podgorica, Montenegro, for a total of €202.7 million, to South African Hyprop Investments.

Zorana Ždrale Burlić, CEO of Delta Real Estate, spoke to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial, at MIPIM and ahead of the Twelfth Annual International Conference on Real Estate Development to be held in Zagreb in late April, about the company’s plans and the property investment market of South Eastern Europe, in general. Continue reading Real Estate in the Balkans Grows in Retail and Leisure

Georgia — a Future Bridge Between East And West As It Moves Closer To the EU

The World Bank expects Georgia’s economic growth to be at an average rate of 5.5 per cent, per year, over the medium term, based on greater policy certainty, improved market access and strong structural reform implementation. Irakli Kilauridze, Managing Director, Colliers Georgia, and Sulkhan Khabadze, Director, British Georgian Chamber of Commerce in London discuss the business climate and investment opportunities in Georgia.

Investment In the CEE Property Market More Stable Than In Western Europe

2016 is a year when new sources of capital will enter Central Europe. The region’s occupational prospects are some of the most robust in Europe and yields have not yet fully compressed to reflect this. Income growth is likely to be one of the drivers of overall investment returns in the medium term.

Jonathan Hallett, Managing Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, Czech Republic and CEE, spoke to Emerging Europe about property investment opportunities in the CEE region for 2016. Continue reading Investment In the CEE Property Market More Stable Than In Western Europe

The CEE Region – Looking Good For International Real Estate Investors in 2016

Which markets, across emerging Europe, offer the greatest opportunities for property investors? A few days ahead of the world’s leading property market event, MIPIM, Emerging Europe talked to experts from large real estate consultancy firms. We asked them what property investors should look for in the region’s biggest markets, in 2016.
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SSC/BPO — Sourcing Talent On Poland

Marta Aserigadu

Marta Aserigadu

RPO Manager, Hays Poland

The SSC/BPO industry in Poland is still gaining momentum, therefore the need for talent remains strong. Local business leaders have made a great deal of effort to position this business as strategic to the Polish economy. Since then recognition, tailor-made educational programmes and industry-specific labour law regulations have all resulted in an inflow of talent.  Continue reading SSC/BPO — Sourcing Talent On Poland

Katowice — a Polish City for a Change

The City of Katowice is interested in attracting investors who are looking to create new jobs in the more creative sectors, based on high technologies, environment-friendly as City hall is promoting our city as an ecological one, not just a city based on traditional industries, says Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice in a video interview with Emerging Europe.

Urban Powerhouses — New Types Of Workspace For Creative Companies

Edgars Ivanovs

Edgars Ivanovs

Developer of Riga Powerhouse

Although it is quite a challenge to predict just how people will work in the future, today’s patterns indicate that there is a vast potential for innovation in the knowledge-based economy, as represented by creative companies. These companies are committed to motivating their employees with creative and collaborative workspaces.  Continue reading Urban Powerhouses — New Types Of Workspace For Creative Companies

Plovdiv: an Ancient City Is Uncovering Its Modern-Day Treasure

Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second biggest city, has been continuously inhabited since the 6th millennium BC. Now, building on its rich heritage, the city is transforming into an innovative and modern business outsourcing and industrial destination.

Emerging Europe spoke to Ivan Totev, Mayor of Plovdiv, about how the city contributed to Bulgaria’s success of becoming the Offshoring Destination of The Year 2015 and what makes the city an attractive investment destination. Continue reading Plovdiv: an Ancient City Is Uncovering Its Modern-Day Treasure

Mayor: Cluj-Napoca Is Becoming a Genuine Silicon Valley In Europe

Cluj-Napoca, located in Transylvania, in the north-west of Romania, is competing to become the 2021 European Capital of Culture. Emerging Europe spoke to Emil Boc, the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca and former Romanian Prime Minister about how the city has changed over the last quarter of a century and what the City Hall’s future vision of Romania’s second largest city is.        Continue reading Mayor: Cluj-Napoca Is Becoming a Genuine Silicon Valley In Europe

2016 — a Year Of Revival In the Croatian Real Estate Market

Vedrana Likan

Vedrana Likan

Managing Partner, Colliers, Croatia

Croatia has officially overcome the economic crisis, with GDP displaying growth, albeit modest, for the third consecutive quarter. The GDP recovery is a result of numerous factors including trade partners’ recovery, the oil price slump, a record tourist season, personal income tax cuts and the relief that low interest rates have leveraged on households and firms. Continue reading 2016 — a Year Of Revival In the Croatian Real Estate Market

MIPIM 2016 — Exploring Property Investment Opportunities Across Emerging Europe

Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel

Head of Editorial, Emerging Europe

When asked what is the world’s largest property and location promotion event, anyone who knows about the topic will say it’s MIPIM, or Marché International des Professionnels de l’Immobilier. This is a forum that brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors, as well as local and regional authorities who are looking for potential investors.  Continue reading MIPIM 2016 — Exploring Property Investment Opportunities Across Emerging Europe

Kaunas — An Emerging Destination For Shared Services In CEE

Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, has historically been a leading centre of the country’s economic, academic, and cultural life. Now Kaunas is in the spotlight as the city was heralded as the Emerging City of the year in Central and Eastern Europe during the recent Shared Services And Outsourcing Awards. Emerging Europe spoke to Visvaldas Matijošaitis, Mayor of Kaunas, about the city’s strengths and prospects for future growth.

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