“Investing in Ukraine: Challenges and Prospects for European Union and Czech Investors”, Federica Cristani (IIR, Czech Republic)

In her contribution to the “Analysis IIR – A changing world 2022”, Federica Cristani focused on the future of EU and Czech investments in Ukraine.

Russiaʼs aggression against Ukraine makes investors take risks and worry about their future business. European investors in Ukraine face tremendous challenges. There are two main groups of challenges for the EU investors (including the Czech ones): first, the immediate challenges that investors are addressing in their day-to-day business management; and second, the prospects – and again, challenges – for the post-war reconstruction phase, which are mainly related to the difficulties of engaging in long-term projects.

Some companies have already decided to relocate their offices and commercial operations in Ukraine, either moving them to the western part of Ukraine, or to neighbouring countries, like Poland. Czech investors also struggle in this respect. Currently, Czech companies have more than 200 offices and subsidiaries in Ukraine.

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