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20th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: COVID-19 in Ukraine: Economic Consequences for Foreign Investment and Local Businesses

5 November 2020, 09.30–11.00 AM (CET)

Oksana Kuziakiv, Chief Executive, Head of the Center for Contem­porary Society Studies, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, Kyiv

Jean-Erik de Zagon, Head of Repre­sen­tation, European Investment Bank, Kyiv

Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader, Berlin Economics, Berlin

Katrin Böttger, Director, Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

Ljudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching conse­quences beyond the health crisis itself. The economic impact is proving partic­u­larly severe, causing the largest global recession in history. The already fragile Ukrainian economy, which had made signif­icant progress since 2015, has been partic­u­larly hit hard. Ukraine is expected to experience the steepest economic downturn of the six EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries with the IMF forecasting a 7% decline of its GDP in 2020. In addition, Ukraine has seen a signif­icant drop in foreign direct investment since the outbreak of the pandemic. And large turnover losses for local companies are just one of many unintended conse­quences of the quarantine. Measures to mitigate the economic impact have already been taken by the Ukrainian government. Yet, whether those actions will be suffi­cient to prevent a severe economic crisis remains open.

We are pleased to announce that the 20th Ukraine Breakfast debate on “COVID-19 in Ukraine: Economic Conse­quences for Foreign Investment and Local Businesses” will take place online on Thursday, 5 November 2020, 09.30–11.00 AM (CET) in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of the IEP-EIB Breakfast Debate Series.

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Terms of participation 

Register: Please register by 3 November 2020: Please indicate your name and institution.

You can download the programme here:

In order to partic­ipate in Ukraine Breakfast Debate please have your favorite cup of tea or coffee on hand to enjoy while listening and discussing the topic.

The number of virtual seats is limited, and switched-on video preferred. After a successful regis­tration and confir­mation, partic­i­pation is obligatory.

You can partic­ipate via a computer, tablet, or mobile phone with internet access and speakers. You will receive an event link which will open the Zoom appli­cation. It is recom­mended to download the app when using Zoom for the first time. This only takes a few minutes and is free of charge.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ljudmyla Melnyk:

Ukraine Breakfast Debates are part of the project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims to establish a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers, strength­ening expertise in the field of policy analysis and promoting joint research projects. GURN is conducted in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv), and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

This event is furthermore organised in cooper­ation with the European Investment Bank (EIB).