Berlin Policy Hub – Stocktaking after two and a half years of intense cooperation

From 21 to 23 July 2020, the Berlin Policy Hub project wrapped up with a virtual closing week, with its seven partner organ­i­sa­tions from Georgia (3), Moldova (2) and Ukraine (2). In addition to training sessions, the three days provided the oppor­tunity for exchange, networking, and a reflective evalu­ation.

On the first day, two virtual training sessions with Marius Moehler from the Berlin based Leadership Academy LEAD took place, in which he presented strategies how to overcome COVID-19 related challenges for the leadership of organi­za­tions. The directors of the think tanks were coached on the topic of managing decen­tralized teams and learned about new methods to make virtual meetings inter­active and effective.

On the second day, a virtual exchange took place with the Special Repre­sen­tative for the Eastern Partnership of the Federal Foreign Office, Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, during which the prior­ities for the Eastern Partnership under the German EU Council Presi­dency were discussed. This led to an intensive exchange of views, also with regard to the question of how the partner organi­za­tions can contribute to the upcoming events. The exchange was as a contin­u­ation of the dialogue started at the Regional Synergy Meeting in October 2019.

The third and final day was used for an internal feedback and evalu­ation session. The partic­i­pants looked back on the past two and a half years of cooper­ation, during which numerous stays, meetings, research partner­ships, publi­ca­tions, and events were realised. In addition to a review of the joint work, future collab­o­ra­tions among the Eastern Partnership countries were also discussed.

The Berlin Policy Hub is part of the “Europeanization beyond process” initiative supported by the Open Society Foundation and aims to intensify exchanges between Eastern European think tanks and their German counter­parts and to facil­itate new forms of cooper­ation. The project gives researchers from Georgia, Moldova and the Ukraine the oppor­tunity to present their expertise and research results to a German audience, while at the same time gaining a better under­standing of the discourse within Germany on these topics.