German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

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Our Profile

Thanks to its proximity to Germany, its continued strong demand for modernization and its growing purchasing power, Eastern Europe is a major region of opportunity for the German economy. Founded in 1952, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations has the richest tradition of any regional initiative of German business. Our goal is to improve the framework conditions for German companies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. As a strong voice, we represent the interests of those companies in bilateral committees and in the public sphere. A major focus of our work is the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises.

We inform our members about current market developments through delegation visits, specialist conferences and working groups as well as print and online publications.

We network companies with the Federal Government and the governments of our 21 partner countries and provide valuable contacts to the relevant economic players in the region.

We act on behalf of German business as a whole in bilateral working groups and committees, promoting the business interests of our members and addressing their corporate needs.

Our Services

  • Around 100 events annually
  • Country- and theme-specific working groups
  • Assistance in market entry
  • Delegation visits, conferences, specialist talks
  • Networking events and receptions
  • Project support
  • Network of contacts to government agencies and industry associations
  • Print and online publications, annual reports, position papers

Our Projects

Our Goals

  • Promoting small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Ensuring legal security and compliance
  • Abolishing trade barriers and visa restrictions
  • Establishing a common economic region from Lisbon to Vladivostok

Our Members

All companies with a registered office in Germany can apply for membership. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations currently has some 200 member companies – from small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups to DAX companies.

Our members meet every summer for a major annual event. Country and working groups meet once or twice a year, the Executive Committee and Presidium up to four times a year.

The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations is supported by five German industry associations: the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association of German Banks (BdB), the German Insurance Association (GDV), the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE), and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH).

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Services for (new) members

If you have any questions about membership please contact our central Members Service: Tel.: +49 (0) 30 20 61 67-115, OA-Mitglieder@bdi.eu.