Georgian delegation visits Berlin for research purposes

In the framework of the Berlin Policy Hub project, three researchers from the Georgian think tank Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) visited IEP on 12–16 November. The delegation included Nino Evgenidze, Director of the Think Tank, Irina Guruli, Deputy Director, and Shota Gvineria, Head of Security Policy.

The Tbilisi-based Economic Policy Research Center was founded in 2002 and since then has been dealing with challenges of economic trans­for­mation and security policy. The EPRC’s research focuses on issues of tax, trade and financial policy, financial markets, investment condi­tions and the social system. EPRC contributes to science-based economic research and policy advice in Georgia as well as to the exchange and emergence of a network of economic experts.

The delegates of our partner organi­zation met with repre­sen­ta­tives of the German Marshall Fund Berlin Office, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) and the grass­roots-thinktank Polis180 to discuss research ideas and to initiate cooper­ation projects. Economic issues were discussed in particular with the German Economic Team Georgia (GET Georgia) and the German Eastern Business Associ­ation (OAOEV). A meeting with the German Atlantic Associ­ation supple­mented the research stay with an additional transat­lantic perspective. We are looking back on an inter­esting and productive week and looking forward to the next visit of our Georgian partners in Berlin.

The project “Berlin Policy Hub” is being imple­mented as part of the “Europeanization beyond Process” initiative supported by the Open Society Founda­tions. The hub, estab­lished at IEP, strengthens the network of researchers and think tanks from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with their German counter­parts and offers them oppor­tu­nities to present their expertise and research results in Germany. More infor­mation about the project and our partner organi­zation EPRC can be found at:

iep-berlin.de/policy-hub

eprc.ge