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Germany at the polls… Towards a paperless economy… Strategic Ukrainian-Turkish agreement signed… Sea-food exports growing… Swiss manufacturing plants to be built in Kharkiv… From Kyiv to Odessa for $24

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Germany votes for continuity and stability.  The preliminary results from the country’s parliamentary election on September 26 suggested that voters had not opted for any drastic change. Both leading parties, the conservative CDU and the center-left SDP seemed to have secured almost equal support, with the latter nevertheless easing ahead and poised to end 16 years of rule by its political rival, yet coalition partner. Ukraine, its eastern and central European partners, and others, await to see what the outcome will be and what changes it

The US will hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine,  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kristina Kvien said during the Kyiv Security Forum “West-East, North-South.” She elaborated: “As Ukraine works towards Euro-Atlantic integration, we must remain clear-eyed about the challenges Ukraine faces. Russia seeks to destabilize Ukraine and block its path to greater Euro-Atlantic integration. The United States stands with Ukraine and will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its aggression.” One of the most effective ways for Ukraine to defend itself from Russia’s aggression is to forge ahead on

Ukraine aims to digitize all public services and to switch to a paperless economy. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a Government meeting held on September 22. Shmyhal considers this is the best way to overcome bureaucracy, domestic corruption and abuse. Consequently, the Cabinet of Ministers approved four draft laws on electronic identification and electronic trust services, which are designed, in particular, to ensure Ukraine’s accession to the EU Digital Single Market. In total, according to the Prime Minister, the Government has endorsed more than 20 European integration acts, which

Poland's successful experience in the gas market brings new opportunities for Ukraine - GTSOU. Poland’s experience in implementing a plan to phase out Russian gas and diversify natural gas supply sources opens new prospects for it, Ukrinform has reported.  During the participation of a Ukrainian delegation led by Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko in the P-TECC Business Forum in Poland, both parties discussed opportunities for further cooperation. Today Poland can store natural gas in Ukrainian underground storage facilities to balance the power system during peak loads. In addition, the diversification of supply sources will

Motor Sich and Baykar Makina sign a cooperation agreement. The leading aviation companies of Ukraine and Turkey have concluded a cooperation agreement. The signing ceremony took place during the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival in Istanbul on September 24 (Ukrinform). “This is a product at the highest technological level. We effectively cooperate with Ukraine in terms of engines, in particular with Ivchenko-Progress and Motor Sich. It’s critical for our countries to support each other,” said Haluk Bayraktar, the CEO of Baykar.

Chernihiv Dairy plant shares were acquired by Way Capital LLC. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has granted permission to Inter Way Capital LLC, a Kyiv-based company, to purchase shares in PJSC Ichnia Dairy and Canning Plant in Chernihiv Oblast. The purchase of shares will provide more than 50% of the votes in the governing body of the company. As reported by Gov.ua,  milk production of all types decreased by 6% and amounted to 5.19 million tons in the first seven months of this year reported.

Swiss Stadler to build two plants in Kharkiv.  The Acting Mayor of Kharkiv Mayor, Ihor Terekhov, said that “On October 6, a contract will be signed with the Swiss company Stadler, and Elektrovazhmash.  Stadler is one of Europe’s leading producers of transport infrastructure including trams, trains, and subway cars. In Kharkiv, Stadler will build two plants which will bring 4,000 jobs to the local economy. After signing the agreement, the City Council will begin negotiations with the Stadler about a potential M&A with Electrovazhmash,” it said.

Dual citizenship is still a goal. At a recent meeting with representatives of the diaspora in New York, President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his pledge to provide Ukrainian citizenship for non-residents of Ukrainian origin. According to some experts, this may not even require a constitutional amendment.  If the president is present in parliament during the vote, the constitutional majority for dual citizenship might also be attained, Radio Svoboda has reported.

Ukraine has exported over 6,000 tons of fish and other sea products  in the period Jan-July 2021.  The value of the exported goods was $25.9 million, the Ukrainian State Fisheries Agency has reported. The largest importers of Ukrainian fish products were Germany ($6.6 mln, 985 tons), Denmark ($4.3 mln, 891 tons), Moldova ($3.2 mln, 1,307 tons) Lithuania ($2.2 mln, 646 tons), USA ($1.6 mln, 217 tons), Israel ($1.5 mln, 188 tons) and the Netherlands ($1 mln, 162 tons.

Boryspil Airport is amongst Europe’s busiest airports.  The terminal took fourth place in the latest ranking of airports with passenger traffic from 10 to 25 million passengers, according to the report for July 2021 released by Airports Council International (ACI Europe).  “Passenger traffic is resuming, and we see a positive tendency in traffic every day. The airport team is actively working to attract new airlines and improve airport services, Ukrinform reports. Boryspil Airport serviced 5,816,254 passengers in January-August 2021, which is 66% more than in the same

Occupancy of co-working space rises to 75%.  The Ukrainian coworking and flexible office market is returning to pre-quarantine levels. The average occupancy rate of locations is up to 75%, according to a study by CBRE. The pre-quarantine occupancy rates were 80-90%, while in May-August 2020 they decreased to 50-60%. With the introduction of adaptive quarantine, many large companies have revised their rental strategy towards coworking, after which the demand for flexible offices recovered, open4business reports.

Editor’s note:   Last night, the result of the German parliamentary election was still too close to call. Both leading parties, the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) were neck and neck. For Ukraine and much of eastern and central Europe the question is what, if, any changes, the results might bring in Berlin’s foreign policy. Any new nuances are likely to be determined by whatever political partners are chosen by the party that ends up forming

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