Tallinn is an e-City Working With its People to Also Be a Green City

tallinm estonia mipim

Every third Estonian, out of a population of 1.3 million, lives in the capital city and together they produce half of the country’s GDP. Having no major industries, Estonia’s capital prides itself on its highly developed knowledge- and technology-based sectors. Arvo Sarapuu, deputy mayor of Tallinn, spoke to Emerging Europe about his city’s advantages and challenges. Continue reading Tallinn is an e-City Working With its People to Also Be a Green City

Ostrava Is Aiming at Innovative Sectors

Czech republic city Ostrava in winter sunset

Tomas Macura, mayor of Ostrava, told Emerging Europe that his city needs to continue its transformation from traditional industries to innovative sectors and is changing its approach in order to attract more investment, for example, in business services.

An Opportunity for CEE Realtors to Send a Positive Message to Investors

Over 5,000 international investors and 60 institutional investors, representing $600 billion of combined allocation to real estate, are coming to the resort town of Cannes on the French Riviera in search of investment opportunities.

Filippo Rean, director of the Real Estate Division at Reed MIDEM, and the organiser of MIPIM, the world’s largest real estate event, in Cannes, spoke to Jerry Cameron, about the 2017 edition pf the real estate fair and the role Central and Eastern Europe plays at MIPIM. Continue reading An Opportunity for CEE Realtors to Send a Positive Message to Investors

Lesson for Polish Cities – Are They Learning?

Iga Kamocka

Iga Kamocka

Project Manager, Polish Robert Schuman Foundation

Cities should not only be smart, as the popular urban development trend assumes, but they should also be permanently learning. The first person to write about learning regions and cities was Richard Florida. He believed that a city operates as an assemblage of science and ideas, thus creating a friendly environment and infrastructure which enable the smooth transfer of knowledge as the engine of economic growth. By attracting creative and enterprising people, growth may develop that is based, not on coal and steel, but on knowledge and information. Continue reading Lesson for Polish Cities – Are They Learning?

Smaller CEE Cities are Becoming Attractive to BSS Investors

Wiktor Doktór

Wiktor Doktór

CEO, ProProgressio

The last two decades have seen massive growth in the BSS (Business Support Services) industry across the globe, and in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well, for that matter. It is the CEE region which particularly shows how the business climate and the combination of all the measures taken are crucial for the development of the sector and can result in making doing business easier. Continue reading Smaller CEE Cities are Becoming Attractive to BSS Investors

Office Space Remains Available in Demand in Kyiv

Alexander Nosachenko

Alexander Nosachenko

Managing Director, Colliers International, Ukraine

In 2016, the total stock of office space in Kyiv amounted to 1,783 square metres. The new supply was insignificant, a mere 38,000 square metres and was the market’s lowest increase since 2008. 2016 was characterised by an increase in the number of lease transactions in Grade A and B business centres. Continue reading Office Space Remains Available in Demand in Kyiv