FITCH affirms ESTONIA at 'A+'; Outlook Stable
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Starting March 2nd 2019, commercial associations in Estonia are allowed to perform insurance activities inside country borders, under the title of insurance associations. The Amendment on Insurance Activities Act, the law governing the insurance market in Estonia, applies the regulation for insurance associations as well.
The Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -, have recorded between 2008-2017 a trend similar to the other CEE markets. The same main pattern can be distinguished, splitting the evolution of the market in three periods: decline (2008-2010), recovery (2010-2013) and growth (2013-2017).
Insurers operating on the Estonian market reported total GWP of EUR 552 million for the financial year 2018, up by 29.2% y-o-y, according to the market data published by the Estonian National Statistics Board.
During 2018 there were 35,251 road motor incidents in Estonia, the lowest number in the past 4 years. While the number of incidents decreased, the average claim has increased in value by 11,62% compared to 2017.
The Parliment of Estonia, Riigikogu, has approved the text of the new law on insurance activities. Today, only a few types of companies have the right to do insurance business inside Estonia. The new law will permit specific commercial associations to act as insurers too.
Estonian insurance market totaled EUR 357 million at the end of September 2018, up by 13.7% y-o-y, according to quarterly market figures published by the Estonian National Statistics Board.
Estonian non-life insurer SEESAM, one of last entered players in the VIG family, raised its GWP in the Baltic states by 10% y-o-y, to EUR 54.1 million, informs LETA, quoting Dace ZITMANE, marketing manager at the Latvian branch of the company.
Estonian insurers reported H1 2018 GWP of EUR 243 million, almost 17% more compared with January-June 2017, according to the market figures published by the Estonian National Statistics Board.
As part of a Governmental plan to support organic farming, Estonian farmers involved in this segment will benefit starting 2019 from a 70% contribution of the State to the premiums paid by farmers in crop insurance, livestock and plant insurance, if the Ministry of Rural Affairs proposal will be approved.
Estonian insurers reported in Q1 2018 GWP of EUR 125.7 million, representing an 26.1% y-o-y increase, according to the quarterly figures published by the Estonian National Statistics Board.
In 2018, GENERALI Group operating result reached EUR 4,857 million (+3.0%), with a net profit of EUR 2,309 mil. (+9.4%). The total gross written premiums (GWP) of the Group amounted EUR 66,691 mil. (+4.9%).
Willis Towers Watson one of the largest re/insurance broker in the world announced it named Mark HILES as Head of Power and Utilities for the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region.
MetLife announced a series of changes to its senior leadership ranks in connection with its CEO transition, all of which are effective May 1, 2019. In January 2019, the BoD announced that Michel KHALAF, President, U.S. Business and EMEA, will become MetLife's President, CEO and Member of the Board effective May 1, replacing Steven KANDARIAN, who is retiring.
LLOYD's aanounced the appointment of Hayley SPINK as Head of Global Operations. She takes over from Joe DAINTY, who leaves LLOYD's in March to join DXC.
Germany-based Hannover Re launched a platform designed to bring the insurance companies and insurtech innovators closer. Through the "hr | equarium" platform, Hannover Re wants to facilitate the connection between supply and the demand for insurtech solutions, taking advantage of its worldwide spread.
Today takes place in Tbilisi the first Georgian International Insurance Conference, an event that will put under scrutiny the current status and the future development perspectives of the local market, in an attempt of identifying the main growth opportunities. The forthcoming launch of the mandatory MTPL system is the most important topic on the agenda, as this new line of business has the potential to provide for a significant growth, but also to become a market disruptor.
Climate risks have always produced high impact events, causing material and human losses that often have remained in collective memory as reference points. On the other hand, cyber risks are just emerging, but they are already demonstrating a potentially catastrophic impact which still needs to be better understood and assessed.
Under the strong pressure put by the technological evolution, the motor insurance business is rapidly changing, both in operational terms and, most visible, in the way insurers are interacting with their customers. Step by step, the insurers' relationship with customers evolves from simply indemnifying insureds for the losses suffered because of road incidents, to helping them prevent incidents and rapidly recover after the accidents that couldn't be avoided.