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Raiffeisen International awarded «Best Bank in Eastern Europe» by Global Finance.

Global Finance awards RZB-subsidiary with the prestigious award for theentire region. Also country awards received for Raiffeisen network banksin Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rumania and Serbia andMontenegro.

RZB-subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (RaiffeisenInternational) has been awardedBest Bank in Central and Eastern Europe by renowned Global Finance magazine. At the same time five network banks of Raiffeisen International received awards for Best Bank in their local markets, as Global Finance reported in a press release. The list of winners of Worlds Best Emerging Markets Banks awards will be published in the May issue of the magazine.

Local awards asBest Bank were given to Raiffeisen International network banks in Albania (Raiffeisen Bank Sh.a.), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Raiffeisen Bank d.d.), Romania (Raiffeisen Bank S.A.), Serbia and Montenegro (Raiffeisenbank a.d.), as well as Belarus (Priorbank). Global finance editors - with input from industry analysts, corporate executives and banking consultants based the decision on factors like growth in assets, profitability, customer service, competitive pricing, and innovative products.

Through its network banks RZB offers a matchless tight network of banking and financial services in Central and eastern Europe. In 15 markets we are competent partner to our local and international customers, says Walter Rothensteiner, RZBs CEO and Raiffeisen Internationals Supervisory Board Chairman, adding that this award is yet another independent acknowledgement of our expertise.

Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen International, refers to thecontinuing double-digit growth in assets and profits. Over the past fiveyears the average growth per year in assets was more than 40 per centand 28 per cent in profits.It is delighting to receive another appreciation from a global source, adds Stepic. RZB and Raiffeisen International have received the award for Best Bank in the region for the third time in four years.

We have identified the banks that provide service to corporations seeking to take advantage of substantial opportunities for growth in a sometimes challenging environment. said Joseph D. Giarraputo, editor and publisher of Global Finance.

Global Finance has more than 250.000 readers in over 160 countriesaiming especially at portfolio investors and financial analysts.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), Vienna, is the centralinstitution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s mostpowerful banking group. RZB is a leading corporate and investment bankin Austria and also considers CEE as its home market. It operates anetwork of 15 subsidiary banks with 916 banking outlets in 16 markets ofthe region via its Vienna-based subsidiary Raiffeisen InternationalBank-Holding AG.

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