Think Tankers from Ukraine visit Berlin in the framework of the Berlin Policy Hub project

Last week our deputy director Katrin Böttger and the Berlin Policy Hub team welcomed our first guests from Ukraine for their research and networking visit to Berlin in the framework of the Berlin Policy Hub project. The delegation of our project partner Centre for Economic Strategy (CES) consisted of Hlib Vyshlinsky, director of CES and deputy director Dmytro Yablonovskyy. They were accom­panied by Oksana Kuziakiv, Chief Executive of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) in Kiev.

CES and IER are economic think tanks with a focus on elabo­rating strategies for economic devel­opment, foreign trade, financial market policy and compe­tition policy in Ukraine. Their research in these areas is comple­mented by capacity devel­opment projects for civil society and companies. Moreover, CES and IER are members of the Reani­mation Package of Reforms (RPR), an associ­ation of Ukrainian NGOs and experts aimed at facil­i­tating the imple­men­tation of judicial and anticor­ruption reforms, decen­tral­ization and reforms of public admin­is­tration and law enforcement agencies in the framework of the Associ­ation Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine.

In addition to exchanging their views on current German-Ukrainian relations and the German perspective on Ukraine’s economy, our Ukrainian colleagues were especially inter­ested in the devel­opment of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Germany and their impact on Germany’s economy: What is the basis of their success and to what extent can they serve as a role model for Ukrainian companies? Our fellow researchers from CES and IER discussed these topics with repre­sen­ta­tives from German Think Tanks and associ­a­tions, such as the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod), the German Associ­ation for East European Studies (DGO), the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, the consulting company of the German Institute for Economic Research DIW Econ, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Centre for East European and Inter­na­tional Studies (ZOiS) and the German Associ­ation for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW). A workshop on German SMEs with Dr. Niclas Rüffer, researcher at the Institut für Mittel­stands­forschung (ifm) of Mannheim University, completed the visit to Berlin.

The multi­faceted agenda provided our project partners from Ukraine with new insights into the German policy scene and the specific features of Germany’s Mittel­stand and helped to create new ideas for further cooper­ation. We are looking forward to mapping them out together with CES and IER!

The Berlin Policy Hub serves as a first contact point for connecting Think Tanks from Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Germany. It is funded by the Open Society Founda­tions in the framework of the “Europeanization beyond Process” initiative. More infor­mation on the project are available at