MIPIM 2016 — Exploring Property Investment Opportunities Across Emerging Europe

Facts & figures

21,400 participants

2,450 exhibiting companies

3,600 CEOs and chair people

370 key political leaders

380 journalists

89 countries

1,596 participants from CEE and Russia

source: MIPIM

Andrew Wrobel

About Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel is head of editorial of Emerging Europe. Trained as a journalist and a film maker, he has worked for broadcast media for almost 15 years, covering business and economy and, occasionally, culture and tourism. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications and reports. In 2014, Andrew was awarded, by London-based EVCOM, for his coverage of an awareness campaign UKTI ran about CEE. He's a moderator, panelist and a media commentator. Twitter: @andrew__wrobel

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. 

A growing number of Central and Eastern European businesses and investment promotion offices — this year numbering more than 1,500 delegates — will be in Cannes to discuss property investment opportunities. Emerging Europe is going too and after our TTIP in the Spotlight special report, we are following this with the launch of a special report on Emerging Europe at MIPIM 2016.

We will try to understand the new investment environment in Poland and CEE and we will examine whether the pictures of Poland and CEE that are painted in the international media are a true reflection of the situation. We’ll investigate to what extent the political situation is affecting investor confidence, and assess the macro long-term drivers that will lead to increased stability and prosperity in the CEE region.

It is important to understand if, or how, CEE markets can reduce risk and attract foreign investors to the region’s cities. The increasing volume of cross-border capital flows and a growing FDI, in the era of globalisation, means that there is a growing need to harmonise different practices and the move to accept worldwide standards, in all fields of the property sector, is gaining momentum. The highly competitive CEE markets and cities are well positioned to take advantage of this trend and to attract new foreign investors.

We have already spoken to some large real estate consultancy firms about the property investment highlights of 2016, and we have been told that Europe, and CEE in particular, offer great investment opportunities for the real estate market. We have also been told that investment in the Central and Eastern European property market is more stable than in Western Europe and the experts have also told us which segments of the sector are particularly interesting in each individual country.

The developer of Riga Powerhouse, and the winner of the MIPIM 2016 Open Stage Competition, has talked to us about that project and has also invited us to the panel discussion: “High Return on Creative Investment: Co-working 2.0”, We are looking forward to dropping by to find out more.

We will talk to the leading investors in Polish cities and ask them about their experiences. What makes a city investor-ready, especially now, when the competition between cities is increasing, both in a regional and a global context. What is the best route for developers and investors to take to work together with the leading cities? Can city hubs push Polish cities onto the global stage?

And finally, we will talk to Mayors of the cities of Lviv, Tallinn, Budapest, Ostrava, Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Łódź, Vilnius, Ljubljana and Minsk, about their foreign investment strategies and the key sectors that they would like to promote in their cities.  We’ll also talk to the businesses that operate in the CEE region about their investment projects and future plans.

Emerging Europe is a platform for discussion, so join our debate about the CEE region’s investment potential.


(photo: courtesy of MIPIM)


Poznań — Investment And Good Living Along the Warta River

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

Hungary — Rapidly Growing Economy Attracts Investors

Poland And CEE Today — Understanding the New Investment Environment

Budapest — Development And Investment In a Popular Tourist City

CEE Faces Real Estate Challenges in the Years to Come

Urban Powerhouses — New Types Of Workspace For Creative Companies

Kraków — The Future Will Be Built On the Past

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

The City Of Warsaw — a Livable And Green City Of the Future

Vilnius Adds Tourism to the City’s Outsourcing Renown

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

Europe And CEE In Particular Offer Great Investment Opportunities In the Real Estate Market

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

Ostrava — Guided By Tradition But Looking Towards the Future

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

Łódź — a City With Transformation Flowing In Its Veins

Katowice — a Polish City for a Change

Ljubljana — Historical Meeting Place Now the Home Of Learning

Central And Eastern Europe At the World Property Market

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

SSC/BPO — Sourcing Talent On Poland

Lithuania — A Recognised And Popular Centre of Outsourcing

Wrocław — A City Of And For Young People

Real Estate in the Balkans Grows in Retail and Leisure

The City Of Lviv — Ukraine’s Brightest Hope For ICT And Tourism

Central and Eastern Europe Real Estate Varies Across the Region

Gdańsk — An Innovative City By The Sea

Kaunas — An Emerging Destination For Shared Services In CEE

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