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Writing for CEE 2012 goes to the Czech journalist Martin Ehl


The Czech journalist and political analyst Martin Ehl is this year's winner of the "Writing for CEE" European journalism prize. Ehl, a senior editor of the renowned Czech business daily "Hospodárské Noviny", wrote a series of incisive articles covering current issues in Europe. "Martin Ehl shows us how entertaining sophisticated, high-quality journalism can be," said Ambros Kindel, the chairman of the jury, in his praise of the winner.

APA – Austria Presse Agentur and UniCredit Bank Austria will present the award for EUR 5,000 Monday evening in Vienna. The guest of honour at this year's award ceremony will be Wolfgang Petritsch, the Austrian Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the former High Representative of the International Community for Bosnia and Herzegovina. His speech will be dedicated to the topic of "The EU and Southeastern Europe – Challenges and Prospects".

The annual award is meant to transcend the boundaries of editorial departments and national borders and to stimulate the journalistic examination of European issues and integration. The prize aims to encourage closer ties between countries and make a contribution to overcoming prejudice.

The jury, which meets in various constellations, is made up of the Slovak journalist Michael Berko, the Bulgarian author Janina Dragostinova, the Czech communications expert Milan Smid, the communications advisor Ildiko Füredi-Kolarik, the Polish journalist Pawel Bravo, the Hungarian journalist Julia Varadi, the Slovene winner of last year's award Meta Krese, UniCredit Bank Austria's CEE spokesman Tiemon Kiesenhofer and the CEE communications advisor and APA's long-standing editor-in-chief for foreign affairs, Ambros Kindel.

The previous winners were the Czech journalist Lubos Palata (2004), the Bulgarian author Diana Ivanova (2005), the Bosnian journalist Sefik Dautbegovic (2006), the Austrian author Martin Leidenfrost (2007), Anna Koktsidou, a radio journalist who was born in Greece and raised in Germany (2008), the Austrian journalist Florian Klenk (2009), the Bosnian author Azra Nuhefendic (2010) and last year's winner, the Slovene journalist and photographer Meta Krese.

The winning entry, a selection of the texts submitted and additional information about the prize will be available online at starting on 20 November. The prize will be awarded again in 2013: Submissions may be sent from now until 31 July 2013.



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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