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Role Of Foreign Banking Institutions In The European Union's New Financial Markets

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Executive Summary

The aim of this paper is to analyze the influence of foreign capital on the commercial banking sector of the emerging markets. The entry of foreign banks into the markets of Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) has been rapid, remarkable and massive. This paper presents some empirical results of foreign banks' entry, activities, operation and strategies in four CEECs (Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania); the first three of them have already joined the European Union integrated financial market in May 2004. The paper is based on a special survey results obtained by the authors from domestic and foreign-owned banks in these countries. Meanwhile mergers and acquisitions of the domestic banks are rather technical details of a foreign capital influx.

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