On March 1 this year the Polish Insurance Association (PIU) opened its representative office in Brussels. Its aim is to actively participate in legislative work on the European forum and to represent the interests of the Polish insurance market.
In 2018, PZU recorded a profit of PLN 5.4 billion at Group level, while parent company profit was PLN 3.2 billion (+11.0%). Total GWP reached PLN 23.5 billion (+2.7%) in 2018.
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Arkadiusz GESICKI was appointed managing Director for Business Development at PZU, responsible for the Strategy and Design Office and the Business Development Office.
The management boards of the MAK Group and STBU announced the two brokers will merge, creating the biggest player in the intermediation segment. In 2018, the aggregated volume of intermediated premiums exceeded PLN 1 billion, a historical record.
The Insurance Guarantee Fund of Poland (UFG) published its 8th annual review of data quality provided by insurance companies. According to UFG's ratings, PZU, TUW TUW, Link4, Compensa and Allianz were the top 5 insurers in 2018.
Austrian insurer VIG expanded its non-life presence on the Polish market by acquiring 100% shares of GOTHAER Towarzystwo Ubezpieczen (Gothaer TU). The transaction was closed on 28th February 2019 following approval by the local authorities.
Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) has purchased the entire stake of France's MACIF-Group in TUW "TUW" through InterRisk Group company. This operation will increase the VIG's share in Polish non-life market to 7%, getting VIG closer to its 10% market share medium term goal.
Aiming to help all market participants in revealing and preventing insurance fraud, the Polish Insurance Guarantee Fund (UFG) has launched a dedicated platform using advanced technologies.
The Polish bancassurance distribution channel provided for 12.6% of the total premium production of the local market in 3Q2018, i.e. for a GWP volume of PLN 5.8 billion.
On 1 January 2019, further provisions of the Act of 9 November 2018 amending certain acts in connection with the strengthening of supervision over the financial market and investor protection on the Polish market entered into force.
Polish insurers have collected premiums worth EUR 10.84 billion, which is about 1.2% more y-o-y, and paid claims totaling EUR 6.87 billion, most damages and liquidated damages being related to motor insurance.
The total number of insurance brokers licensed in Poland at the end of 2017 was of 1,416. Throughout the year, 34 deletions from the register of insurance brokers were made, a Polish Financial Supervision Authority's Report on the condition of the brokerage market in 2017 shows.
As the XPRIMM 10 years GWP timeline for Poland shows, the local insurance market needed about 10 years to regain and exceed its pre-crisis level: GWP of EUR 14.95 billion in 2017 vs. EUR 14.2 billion in 2008.
Italian insurer GENERALI announced it entered into the final agreement to acquire full control of the Polish insurers CONCORDIA Capital (life insurance) and CONCORDIA Polska TUW (non-life insurance) from their German shareholders CONCORDIA Versicherung and Vereinigte Hagelversicherung.
KNF- the Polish Financial Supervision Authority has announced the appointment of Jacek JASTRZEBSKI as Chairman of the market regulator, replacing Marek CHRZANOWSKI who resigned amid corruption allegations.
In Q3 2018 the PZU Group recorded the highest quarterly net profit in the last five years. At Group level, the net profit reached PLN 1.56 billion (EUR 366.75 million) in Q3 and increased by 34.6% y-o-y, to PLN 3.9 billion (EUR 916.9 million) for the first three quarters.