Brave New World? The economic and political challenges facing Eastern Europe after COVID-19

05  May 2021    10:45 am CEST

wiiw Spring Seminar 2021


This is an online event via Zoom.


Full video documentation of the event (YouTube playlist)

Final Programme

10:45 – 11:00
Welcome Addresses
Hannes Swoboda, President,wiiw
Robert Stehrer, Scientific Director, wiiw

11:00 – 12:30
Keynote Address
Geoeconomic Challenges and the Future of Europe: What it will take to make the EU and the euro stronger players in the age of global power competition in a post-COVID-19 World.
Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations (OSF)

12:30 – 13:30 Break

13:30 – 14:30
Economic Forecasts and Medium-Term Outlook for Eastern Europe
Richard Grieveson, Deputy Director, wiiw
Olga Pindyuk, Economist, wiiw

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:00
Post-COVID-19 Shortening of Value Chains: Is near-shoring an option?
Branimir Jovanovic, Economist, wiiw

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 18:00
Panel Discussion
Eastern Europe in the 2020s
Moderator: Mario Holzner, Executive Director, wiiw
Stephanie Eble, Regional Resident Representative, Office for the Western Balkans, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Velina Tchakarova, Director, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)
Ivan Vejvoda, Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)

18:00 End of Seminar

The seminar will be held in English.