The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are at a crossroads. Having enjoyed growth that is well above levels being experienced in Western Europe, there is a renewed focus on collaboration to drive further long-term economic development.
The region is active in a number of global and continental institutions, including the EU, NATO and the World Trade Organisation, and there is a growing impetus to build on these relations to create other ties between major organisations in the region.
Learning from the success of the BRIC economies that benefited from both rapid growth and the sheer size of their markets, CEE countries are finding ways of acting together as a regional bloc to reach critical mass and register on the radars of large global investors.
One of the latest initiatives to raise the region’s profile is the recently launched CEEplus Index, a joint exchange index for companies from the region, which aims to strengthen its voice and open its markets to the rest of Europe and the entire world. Published by the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the index is based on the value of the portfolio of the largest and most liquid companies listed on stock exchanges from Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.
Why is the CEE attractive to investors? How can leaders from the region work together to support its democratic and economic development? What actions are needed to promote CEE on the global investment stage? What are the aspirations of the Three Seas Initiative? How does the CEEplus Index fit into the initiative? What is the rationale behind the creation of a joint index of CEE Exchanges and how will this benefit investors? What are the advantages that index inclusion brings to companies from the CEE region?