Policy Study 01/2020

Monetary policy reaction to COVID-19 in CEE economies

Lessons from the use of conventional and unconventional instruments

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Policy Briefing 04/2020

Monetary policy reaction to COVID-19 in CEE economies

Lessons from the use of conventional and unconventional instruments: Summary of results

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Minsk-Forum: Opportunities and Challenges of the Belarussian Economy

On 3 December 2020 the German Eastern Business Association (OA) held a panel discussion on the state of the Belarussian economy as part of the Minsk Forum XVIII. The participants were Manfred Huterer, German Ambassador to Belarus, Alexandr Tschubrik, director of the IPM Research Center, Kateryna Bornukova, economist at the Belarussian Research and Outreach Center, Jaugenij Labanau, Director of the Center for Environmental Solutions, Jeroen Williams, Deputy Head of the EEA Unit at DG Near of the EU Commission, as well as Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Economic Team.

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Advanced training webinar for Ukrainian officials

On October 18th, 2020, the German Economic Team took part in an advanced training seminar for high-level Ukrainian officials from the Ministries of Infrastructure, Economic Development and Digital Transformation organised by GIZ and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The event, which was carried out in the form of a webinar, was moderated by Dr. Erik Malchow, an expert in intercultural communications, on behalf of GIZ.

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Online Briefing: Economic cooperation between the EU and associated countries

On November 23rd, LibMOD conducted an online briefing on the policy paper “Economic cooperation between the EU and associated countries”. Renowned experts on Eastern Europe commented on the paper written by Dr. Julia Langbein, who investigated the economic relationship between the EaP-countries and the European Union, particularly with hindsight to DCFTAs.

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20th Ukrainian Breakfast Debate: Economic Consequences for Foreign Investment and Local Businesses

As part of IEPBreakfast Debate Series, the Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Kyiv organised an online event on the consequences of COVID-19 for the Ukrainian economy. In total, 26 participants attended the online session. After the introductory remarks by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Director at IEP Berlin, Ljudmyla Melnyk, IEP Research Associate, handed over to the speakers.

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Online discussion on banking sector Ukraine

Together with the Centre for Economic Strategy and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, the German Economic Team organised a webinar on the Ukrainian banking sector, moderated by Maria Repko, Deputy Director of the Centre for Economic Strategy. After an introduction by Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Economic Team and the keynot speech by Kataryna Rozhkova, First Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Vitaliy Kravchuk, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and Garry Polushkin, Project Manager Ukraine, presented the current Banking Sector Monitor, which focuses on the current situation, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and new regulatory frameworks.

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Video conference with BaFin and the NBG about fintech


The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) is currently very interested in the topic of fintech. In order to give the responsible employees the opportunity to discuss regulatory experiences in Germany on the topics of open banking and regulatory sandbox, the German Economic Team has therefore organized a video conference with BaFin (Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority). On the side of BaFin, two experts in the fields of financial technology innovation topics and regulatory requirements for IT security in payment transactions (especially PSD2) took part.

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Presentation of economic outlook to German companies in Ukraine

The German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce invited to the digital presentation of the economic outlook for Ukraine. The current macroeconomic situation, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the support by international financial institutions were discussed by Peter Ziegler, Head of the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Kyiv, Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Economic Team and Garry Poluschkin, Project Manager for Ukraine of the German Economic Team.

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Presentation of the 3rd issue of the Economic Monitor Armenia

On August 4th, Dr. Ricardo Giucci, Team Leader, and Nikolas Schmidt, Project Manager of the German Economic Team Armenia, presented the third Economic Monitor in a video conference. The event was organised in cooperation with the German Business Association (DWV) in Armenia. Numerous German and European businesspeople, representatives from the EU Delegation and from the European Business Association (EBA) took part in the event.

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17. Information meeting on high-level government advice

The biannual information meeting on high-level government advice in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Armenia was held – divided into two blocks – on 18 and 24 June, with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The event was opened by Andreas Nicolin, Deputy Head of Department and moderated by Yildiz Götze, Head of Division.

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Measures of the German Federal Government to support business during the Corona crisis

Webinar on May 15th

On May 15th, Dr. Ricardo Giucci, Team Leader and Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Economic Team (GET) participated in the online event on “Measures of the German Federal Government to support business during the Corona crisis”. The webinar was organised by the Centre for Economic Strategy (CES). In his study, which was prepared together with Woldemar Walter, Consultant in the German Economic Team, Dr. Giucci and Mr. Kirchner presented the German measures to support companies and freelancers and underlined that such a policy would enable a quick recovery of the economy. Hlib Vyshlinsky, Executive Director of CES, presented the Ukrainian measures.

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Webinar on “Economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ukraine”

On May 13, Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader, David Saha, Consultant and Garry Poluschkin, Project Manager for Ukraine in the German Economic Team (GET), together with Veronika Movchan and Vitaliy Kravchuk from the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) presented their jointly prepared study at an online event on the topic “Economic Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ukraine”. The event was organized and moderated by the Kyiv School of Economics.

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“Economic impact of the Corona pandemic for Ukraine“ – Participation in live conversation by LibMod

On April 1, David Saha, consultant in the German Economic Team (GET), gave a presentation at online event on the topic “Economic impact of the Corona pandemic for Ukraine”. The event was organized by the think tank “LibMod – Zentrum für Liberale Moderne” and moderated by Mattia Nelles, initiator of “Understanding Ukraine”. The other speakers were Tymofiy Mylovanov, former Ukrainian Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture and Valerij Pekar, entrepreneur and co-founder of the civil platform The New Country.

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Workshop on energy market regulation 26.03-28.03.

The German Economic Team (GET) and the Ukrainian NGO DiXi jointly conducted a three-day workshop on EU energy market regulation policy. Although the workshop could not take place in Kyiv as planned due to travel restrictions, all participants were invited via video conference. Energy experts and lecturers from the European University Institute of Florence, School of Regulation gave presentations.

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Macroeconomic consequences of the Corona crisis – Joint meeting of OAOEV Working Groups Ukraine, Belarus and South Caucasus

On the occasion of the joint video conference of OAOEV Working Groups Ukraine, Belarus and South Caucasus on March 26, 2020, Ricardo Giucci presented an overview of the macroeconomic consequences of the corona crisis for the region.

A massive decline in GDP and devaluations of the local currencies are expected, which will also have a negative impact on German exports, said Giucci. External financial support, e.g. from the IMF is required. He warned that the countries do not have the administrative and institutional prerequisites for possible instruments such as loans and grants to companies.

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Interview with David Saha on economic consequences of the Corona crisis in Ukraine

Interview by Deutsche Welle, published on 18.03.2020 on dw.com/uk

Ukraine loses access to international capital markets as a result of the Corona crisis

The Covid 19 pandemic has cut off Ukraine from the capital markets, says David Saha, an expert from the German Economic Team, in a conversation with DW. He advises to meet the IMF’s demands, which are painful for the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. The German Economic Team in Berlin has been advising the Ukrainian government on economic reforms and macroeconomic stability for many years. In an interview with DW, expert David Saha shared his view on the risks for the Ukrainian economy due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Business Stammtisch of the German Embassy on 04.02.

David Saha, Consultant at the German Economic Team (GET), presented the current economic outlook for Ukraine at the Business Stammtisch of the German Embassy on 4th of February. The main topic of the event was on the macroeconomic situation, the strong appreciation of the hryvnia in 2019 and the remaining challenges, such as the completion of the IMF programme. The event was moderated by Andreas Otto, First Secretary in the Economic Department of the German Embassy.

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16th Information meeting on high-level government consultation

The German Economic Team (GET) presented the current economic outlook to interested representatives of ministries and institutions on January 24th in the premises of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and spoke about current developments in the partner countries Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and about the activities of the German Economic Team in Armenia.

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Press release 09.07.2019

Free trade agreements (DCFTA) with the European Union show positive effects on Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – major differences between countries

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