Writing for CEE - Journalism Prize

About APA – Austria Press Agency

APA – Austria Press AgencyAPA - Austria Press Agency is the country's national news agency and the leading information service provider for Austria. Austrian newspapers and the ORF TV and Radio network own the agency.

The APA-Group includes the APA news agency, as well as ten subsidiaries. Its work focuses on the areas of a news agency, photo agency, information management, and information technology. The APA editorial departments supply real-time news service in word, image, graphics, audio and video. The subsidiaries offer dissemination, research, and knowledge management services, as well as information technology solutions. The APA-Group targets its work towards professional users (information managers, PR experts) in the fields of media, politics, public authorities, and economics. APA fulfils its duties independent from the state, governmental, and political party influences and in accordance with the principles of reliability, speed, balanced information and avoidance of any one-sidedness and party influence.

The APA as a CEE Agency

Because of its geopolitical position at the centre of Europe, Austria ranks as one of the most important information "hubs" between Western and Eastern Europe. As the Austrian news agency, the APA – Austria Presse Agentur plays a key role in this. In recent years, the APA has succeeded in continuously expanding its reporting about Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.

In addition to exchanging information with national news agencies the APA has put together a network of correspondents. Competent journalists report in accordance with the APA quality criteria, namely speed, independence and balance, on events in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria as well as Romania and provide reliable information from this economically and politically important part of Europe.

About Bank Austria

Bank AustriaBank Austria, a member of UniCredit, a leading European commercial bank, is the financially most sound bank in Austria. It is a modern and dynamic universal bank giving its customers access to international financial markets.

Bank Austria has emerged from Austrian banks with a rich tradition. In 1991, "Länderbank" and "Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde Wien" merged to "Bank Austria". In 1997 Bank Austria and Creditanstalt merged followed by the integration of Bank Austria and HypoVereinsbank (HVB) in 2000. Bank Austria Creditanstalt became a member of UniCredit Group in 2005. Since 2008, the bank has been operating under the "Bank Austria" brand name. Bank Austria is UniCredit's hub for its banking network in 14 Central and Eastern European countries.

Bank Austria has repeatedly been nominated "Best Bank", "Bank of the Year" and "Best Bank in Austria" by "Euromoney", "The Banker" and "Global Finance".

Bank Austria in Central- and Eastern Europe

Bank Austria was the first western bank to start business activities in a former COMECON country. Since 1975, when Bank Austria opened a representative office in Budapest, and especially since the political and economic changes that took place in 1989 and 1990, Central- and Eastern Europe has been one of the key regions of the bank. Since 2005, Bank Austria has been a member of UniCredit and in this group functions as the CEE holding unit and manages the banking business in this region. In the CEE region, UniCredit operates the largest international banking network with around 3,600 branches and outlets. For further information please visit our website at www.bankaustria.at.