"It is likely that 2013 will be remembered as the "year of the flood," sais GUY CARPENTER's "Global Catastrophe Review, 2013" report. For the CEE region, though, also 2014 may compete for this unappealing title. Exactly one year after the historical flooding in the Balkans which cause losses of over EUR 17 billion in May-June 2013, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia were drowned by torrential rainfalls which washed away lives, houses and crops causing losses of over EUR 4 billion.
The above title suggests neither the season's sales ready to begin in the big clothing shops, nor the traditional 'groceries shopping' before the winter. It is all about buying intelligence to feed your future business decisions.
Flood damage could exceed EUR 11 billion a year in Europe by 2080, a study released by the European Commission recently warned, while the number of people affected by droughts could increase sevenfold, and coastal damage from sea level rise could triple. The southern region of Central Europe, where damages could rise from the present EUR 2 billion/year up to EUR 5.2 billion/year and Southern Europe, which would also experienced a considerable increase in damages totaling up to EUR 1.3 billion/year are among the most potentially affected regions under the simulation scenarios used in the EC study.
There are still many regions in Europe where the summer hasn't really started. However, despite the capricious weather, many of us are on our way or preparing for the summer vacation. Still, preparations for this autumn's newest set of insurance reports are on their way and the studies will be waiting for you upon your return.
More than 250 people representing the top management of insurance,
reinsurance and brokerage companies, IT and audit, as well as government
agencies and associations from the Caucasus Region, Central Asia,
Europe, Turkey, Russia and CIS countries participated in AIIF 2014 -
Azerbaijan International Insurance Forum
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At the end of 2013, five of the major Western insurance groups operating on the CEE, CIS and Turkish markets - VIG, GENERALI, ALLIANZ, UNIQA and GROUPAMA -, were harvesting about 30% of total written premium across the region, meaning in absolute terms, about EUR 11.5 billion. At the same time, the three most important "domestic" players in the CEE - PZU, TRIGLAV and CROATIA Osiguranje -, gathered GWP of about EUR 5.3 billion while only on the Russian market, the Top 5 companies - ROSGOSSTRAKH Lyubertsy, SOGAZ, INGOSSTRAKH, RESO-GARANTIA and SOGLASIE -, totalled written premiums of over EUR 7.5 billion. Looking at these figures, it is obvious that the "Westerners" who entered the region in the last 20 years have encountered a strong competition on the Eastern markets.
Under the pressure of the ever closer enforcement of the new European insurance directives in prevention, discussions about transparency, fair sales practices, solvency, customer's protection, risk control etc. were repeated to the point of becoming trivial in recent years.
5 days of networking
attendants from over 20 countries
a picturesque city
"The cars we drive say a lot about us," said once a popular character. Maybe it wouldn't be wrong to ad ... "as well as the kind of insurance we buy for it."
The keywords: trust, fairness, transparency, effectiveness ...
The context: the European Conference on Consumer Protection in Financial Services, Bucharest
The actors: EIOPA, IAIS, European supervisors, relevant insurers
The issue: how to restore the consumers' confidence in the financial markets, especially in the insurance one
The solutions: trust, fairness, transparency, effectiveness ...
What do Istanbul, the huge metropolis on the shores of the Bosphorus, and Brasov, the charming city in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains have in common? Probably nothing, as some would say. Still, from an insurance professional's perspective, there is more than meets the eye, as they are both hosts to some must-attend spring events for the insurance industry and they provide the launching stage for the latest studies regarding the CEE and CIS markets.
Moscow, Vienna, Bucharest, Kiev, Prague, Istanbul and Moscow again, Amsterdam, Almaty, Tashkent, Brasov, Baku ... no, this is not the description of a leisure grand tour offered by a travel agency, but just a brief review of the business networking and learning destinations available for this spring in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.