The German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV) promotes the German business in 29 countries of Central Europe, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. It bundles the competencies of the two traditional associations, of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ost-Ausschuss) and the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany (Osteuropaverein), which merged in May 2018. The German Eastern Business Association comprises around 350 member companies and associations. The OAOEV organises and co-organises around 100 events annually, e.g. conferences and delegation trips and round tables with government members. Our Association represents the interests of its member companies in numerous bilateral economic committees. We are in close contact with the Federal German Government and actively promote the dismantling of trade barriers and the improvement of investment conditions in our partner countries.
Twelve working groups convene regularly at the OAOEV. Among them are seven working groups on countries - Belarus, Central Eastern Europe, Russia, South Caucasus, South Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Central Asia - and five working groups on industries: Agriculture, Digitalisation, Healthcare, Logistics and Transport Infrastructure, Urban Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency.
The working group on Urban Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency enables networking and co-operation along the value chain, know-how transfer, exchange of experience on the local framework conditions, on trade, investment and localisation among the association members. Its thematic focus encompasses renewables, energy efficiency, circular economy and waste management.