Building Economic Research Capacity On EU-Belarus Relations (2011-2012)

Building Economic Research Capacity On EU-Belarus Relations (2011-2012)

Project reference
CASE Belarus was operating a research capacity building project aimed at enhancing of EU-Belarus economic relations studies.

Project name: Building Economic Research Capacity On EU-Belarus Relations

Project duration: November 2011 – July 2012

Background
CASE Belarus’ experience from working with both governmental bodies responsible for economic policy as well as think tanks in Belarus indicated that there is poor understanding of how potential cooperation between Belarus and EU has to evolve taking into account different scenarios: further development of Custom Union between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, accession of Belarus into WTO, FTA agreement with EU, FTA+ agreement with EU, etc. This issue becomes crucial when one thinks about possible reforms in economic policy in Belarus: who will be providing merit and analytical support in order to enhance Belarus-EU economic integration? Is there clear understanding of alternatives, costs, benefits, and steps necessary for Belarus for potential moves towards EU? How to design economic integration policy to assure facilitating of structural reforms in Belarus? Does trade and investment liberalisation between EU and Belarus drive economic performance? Should we expect any significant effects of asymmetric liberalisation?

Objective
The project’s main objective was to create a working network of Belarusian economists that study different aspects of EU-Belarus economic cooperation.

Results
1) Ten analytical papers on EU-Belarus economic issues were prepared by Belarusian economists supported by peer review / senior promotion and followed by hard copy publication called «Belarus & the European Union: unrealized potential«.
2) The best paper out of ten participating in the project received 2012 Simon Kuznets Award: the paper by Maksim Karliuk.
3) Ten young Belarusian economists were provided with practical knowledge about the current economic situation in the EU, EU Member States’ economies, and chosen sectors of EU economy including the review of economic policy instruments during Warsaw weekly workshop.
4) Ten Belarusian economists were provided with unbiased review of the experience of economic transition and EU accession process in chosen EU New Member States during Warsaw weekly workshop.

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