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The voices of a new generation: Winners of “Born in ’89” essay competition to be named in September


UniCredit and the EBRD will announce the winners of its “Born in ’89” essay competition at a discussion event and award ceremony on 6 September 2010, 1800hrs, at the EBRD’s Headquarters in the presence of the six successful contestants from Eastern Europe.


UniCredit together with the EBRD and the Financial Times, launched the competition last year as the world was commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. The aim was to discover how the young generation in the CEE region had witnessed and coped with the political and social changes of the past 20 years and to directly hear their hopes and expectations as well as their concerns for the future.

To celebrate the achievements of the young writers from Eastern Europe UniCredit and the EBRD will also launch a special publication with the 24 best essays which have been selected by an international jury chaired by acclaimed Ukrainian novelist Andrei Kurkov.

Included in the publication are the essays of the six winners of the competition who will be announced on 6 September during a panel discussion with Mr Kurkov and representatives of project partners. First prize is a week’s internship at the Financial Times’ editorial headquarters in London. Further prizes are awarded by UniCredit.

There was strong interest in the competition and some 600 essays from throughout the CEE region were submitted. The contributions reveal the aspirations and fears of a whole new generation that was born after the fall of the Iron Curtain two decades ago. The quality of much of the prose was extraordinary, full of insight and thoughtful observation.


Ukrsotsbank is one of the largest universal banks of Ukraine, operating in the local market since 1990. The bank offers full range of services to individuals and corporate clients.

The renovated Ukrsotsbank emerged on 31 October 2016 as a result of strategic deal whereby 99.9% of Ukrsotsbank shares have been transferred from UniCredit Group to ABH Holdings S.A. (АВНН) in exchange for a minority 9.9% stake in ABHH. Thus, the bank has combined 26-year-old traditions of Ukrsotsbank’s client-centric attitude, European quality of service inherent to UniCredit, as well as international banking expertise of ABHH in a number of European countries including CIS. Thanks to the successful synthesis and synergy of the two assets of ABHH in Ukraine, Ukrsotsbank and Alfa-Bank, the banking market of Ukraine will see the rise of a new stronger financial institution. This, in turn, will spur up technological advance, increase efficiency, improve quality of service for the clients, reduce cost of banking services whereas their range will inevitably expand.

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