Ukrainian Think Tankers from CES and IER visited Berlin

From June 24 to 26 2019 the Berlin Policy Hub welcomed a delegation of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Center for Economic Strategy (CES) and Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) for an advocacy visit to Berlin. CES und IER deal with economic questions and reform strategies for a sustainable economic devel­opment. Their research prior­ities include foreign trade relations, financial as well as compe­tition policy and the promotion of small and medium-sized enter­prises (SME) in Ukraine. CES and IER are members of the Reani­mation Package of Reforms (RPR), a coalition of Ukrainian NGOs, which aims at bundling their capac­ities and expertise for the support of the reform process.

In the context of their stay, Hlib Vyshlinsky, Executive Director of CES, and Dmytro Yablonovskyy, Deputy Director of CES, as well as Oksana Kuziakiv, Chief Executive of IER exchanged views with repre­sen­ta­tives of the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooper­ation and Devel­opment. Topics of discussion were the economic outlook and policy devel­op­ments in Ukraine as well as prelim­inary assess­ments regarding the new president Wolodymyr Zelensky’s willingness to continue with the urgently needed reform processes. In addition, the researchers from CES and IER were invited by the Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation (PAIC) to share their economic and political assess­ments with a broader audience during the 13th Ukraine Breakfast Debate of the Institut für Europäische Politik and present their latest joint research paper on the devel­opment potential of SMEs in Ukraine, elabo­rated in cooper­ation with Dr. Niclas Rüffer (GIZ).

The project Berlin Policy Hub is 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 tankers 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 our project website and our partner organ­i­sa­tions CES and IER.