STATISTICS: SLOVAKIA, 2008-2017: Insurance market shaped by Life business line
Between 2008-2017, the Slovak insurance market maintained a stable evolution, reflected in an almost horizontal graphical trendline, with no major spikes or drops in GWP. Overall market GWP fluctuated between EUR 1,967-2,135 million, almost equally divided between Life and Non-Life premiums.
SLOVAKIA: Up to 241,000 vehicles on the roads without MTPL coverage in 2018
According to the Slovak Insurers Bureau (SKP) and Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic, there were around 241,000 motor vehicles without a valid MTPL policy on road in 2018. Through the Guarantee Fund, SKP paid for 2,706 claims as a result of accidents caused by uninsured vehicles.
SLOVAKIA: The newly announced IPT, in force since 1 January 2019
The new 8% Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) has come into force since January 1st, 2019 in Slovakia, thus putting an end to amore than one year long debate.
STATISTICS: SLOVAKIA, 3Q2018: insurers' profits decreased to EUR 120 million
In the first three quarters of 2018, the Slovak insurance market totaled EUR 1.67 billion, thus increasing by 3.82% y-o-y, according to the quarterly financial figures published by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS).
STATISTICS: Slovak Rep., 1H2018: consolidated net profit EUR 86 million, down 4% y-o-y
Slovak insurers have reported GWP worth EUR 1.13 billion in 1H2018, 4.46% up y-o-y. At the same time, claims paid have increased by almost 13% y-o-y, to EUR 649.2 million.
STATISTICS: SLOVAKIA, 1Q2018: non-life insurance has set the market trend, both in GWP and claims terms
Slovak insurance market saw a slightly positive trend in Q1, with GWP increasing overall by 1.42%, to EUR 577.6 million, an increase fully driven by the non-life insurance segment. The total volume of paid claims didn't change much y-o-y, increasing by less than 1%.
Slovakia: the new 8% insurance tax will be operational starting January 2019
The Slovak Parliament adopted on 20 June the new legislation replacing the current 8% insurance levy with a new tax of the same amount applied to non-life insurance premiums, except for MTPL for which the current levy will be maintained.
SLOVAKIA: Fiscal changes in the insurance industry postponed for January 2019
The introduction of the new 8% tax on non-life insurance premiums in Slovakia was postponed from October 2018, to January 2019, to allow insurance companies prepare for the change, the country's parliament decided on 7 June.
STATISTICS: Slovakia, FY2017: insurance market has grown two times faster than the economy
Last year, the growth rate of the local insurance market (+8.56%) was almost double that of the advance of the economy (+4.69%), thus the calculated indicators as the insurance penetration degree (2.51%) and the insurance density (EUR 393 per capita) significantly evolved as compared to FY2016.
SLOVAKIA: extended taxation of the insurance premiums in preparation
A new indirect taxation system for the insurance premium is in preparation in Slovakia, replacing the current special insurance 8% levy with a rate which will vary from 2 to 18% depending on the type of the policy, local press reads.
ON THE MOVE
Bulgaria: Boiko ATANASSOV appointed as FSC's head
The Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria appointed Boiko ATANASSOV as Chairperson of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) on March 15, with 134 votes in favour, none opposed or abstained.
RUSSIA: Alexander ZARETSKI steps down from the presidency at METLIFE
On April 1, 2019, Alexander ZARETSKI will step down from his presidency of METLIFE. According to the Company's Board of Directors, this decision was made for personal reasons. Gheorghe DIMITRU will take over as president, ASN wrote.
TALANX announced finalization of generational renewal at Board level
The German insurer TALANX announced the Supervisory Board has completed the generational shift at Board level.
New appointments within SCOR Global P&C; Michel BLANC is the new CEO of Reinsurance
In Reinsurance, SCOR Global P&C announces the following appointments, effective April 1, 2019:
ASIROM VIG names Wolfgang HAJEK new CFO
Romania-based ASIROM, part of Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), has appointed Wolfgang HAJEK as the new CFO.
Climate and cyber: two Cs with catastrophic potential and the insurance business - under debate in Vienna, on April 9
10 years after its inception, the Romanian mandatory dwelling insurance system has progressed and PAID, the pool underwriting and managing the mandatory policies is a strong and financially sound institution. "We are currently managing a reinsurance program worth EUR 920 million, with a pool of excellent reinsurers, more than half of them rated AA+, while the company's solvency rate is of 220%," recently stated Nicoleta RADU, CEO, PAID.
Conclusions: TBILISI - the first Georgian International Insurance Conference
The first Georgian International Insurance Conference took place on 14 March 2019. The event 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 was 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.
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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.