13th Ukraine Breakfast Debate

Within the recent years Ukraine’s economic situation has improved with a decline in its public sector debt, a lower twin deficit and thereby more stable currency. However, challenges related to corruption and a weak institutional framework still outweigh these advancements. Since 20 May 2019 Ukraine has a new president, former actor and producer Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and snap parliamentary elections are scheduled for 21 July 2019. Now Ukraine’s public as much as the international community and investors are wondering which path president Zelenskiy, his team of advisors and the soon to be elected government will take for Ukraine’s economic development and whether they will be able to further push this positive trend.

Therefore, we devoted our Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 25 June 2019 to the topic “Economic Challenges amidst a Changing Government: Will Ukraine Become More Open for Business?“ . Together with the experts

we analysed the current state of Ukraine’s economy and especially focused on the government’s economic policy agenda. #Especially the following questions were addressed:

Comments from the German perspective were provided by

This Event was a joint venture of the IEP projects “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC) and the “Berlin Policy Hub”. The project PAIC aims at promoting professional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and transferring knowledge about developments in Ukraine to Germany. PAIC is conducted in close cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tanks development and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office. The “Berlin Policy Hub” seeks to bridge the gap between Europeanisation discourses in the EU (Germany) and EU neighboring countries by bringing together policy research organisations from Eastern Partnership countries (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with their counterparts and decision-makers in Berlin. IEP acts as a first contact-point, hosting institution and gateway for think tanks eager to expand their networks with German research institutions and relevant policy makers.