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Key Takeaways of the 6th Belarusian People’s Assembly for International Investors

On 11−12 February, the All Belarusian People’s Assembly (ABPA) met in Minsk. By staging the event, the authorities’ responded to the political crisis in the country — regular mass protests in the aftermath of the August 2020 Presidential election. The ABPA is seen as an instrument for resolving the political differences that emerged from the …

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New Advertising Tax Sparks Major Protests From Polish Media Players

On 2 February 2021, the Polish Ministry of Finance published a draft bill introducing a controversial new advertising tax on both conventional and online advertising revenues.  Following the pre-consultation period, which closed on February 16, the Bill will be open for public consultation, after which the Government is aiming to ratify it quickly in Parliament …

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Ukraine Looks to Break Impasse Over Collection of Copyright Fees

In late December 2020, Ukraine’s ruling party attempted to bring to an end the long-running saga surrounding the collection of copyright fees from manufacturers/importers of electronic devices able to reproduce copyright-protected content. The issue has been paralysed due to a stand-off between the Collective Management Organizations responsible for collecting these fees and the impacted business …

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Parliamentary Elections, Government Reshuffles and Protectionism in Kazakhstan

On 10 January 2021, Kazakhstan held elections to its lower house of parliament (Majilis) and regional parliaments (Maslikhats). The Majilis elections are part of an ongoing transition of power in Kazakhstan which was activated following the resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in March 2019 (Nazarbayev turns 80 in 2021). Other elements included the 2019 presidential elections (won by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the politician hand-picked by Nursultan Nazarbayev as his …

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Presidential Elections & Power Structure Changes in Kyrgyzstan

On 10 January, Kyrgyzstan held early presidential elections in conjunction with a referendum on the form of governance (transferring from the parliamentary to the presidential model). The controversial elections followed on from October’s much-criticised parliamentary elections and amidst ongoing political turmoil that has reigned ever since. The official vote count gave Sadyr Japarov an overwhelming …

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Ukrainian Government New Approach to Working with Major Investors

In December 2020, Ukraine unveiled a range of new incentives for major investors, as it looks to accelerate the economic recovery from the pandemic. The Verkhovna Rada passed a law on “Government Support for Major Investment in Ukraine” which applies to both Ukrainian and foreign companies that are 100% owners of an established, resident legal …

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Bijl PR Crosses the Border with EuregioRail

Bijl PR and the German agency navos have recently started working on the EuregioRail project. The aim of this project is to realize a direct rail connection between the cities of Zwolle (the Netherlands) and Münster (Germany). The new connection will increase capacity, shorten travel times and contribute to more intensive cooperation in the Dutch-German …

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GCA Member Bijl PR Awarded with European Excellence Award

We’re excited to announce that a campaign from GCA member Bijl PR have been awarded with an European Excellence Award. The campaign (https://www.bijlpr.nl/en/cases/pr-campaign-the-dutch-foster-care-association/) for Foster Care Netherlands to highlight the need for more foster parents was judged the best in the category ‘multi-channel communications’. Bijl PR was also one of the five nominees for the …

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Romania: Analysis & Policy Implications of the Parliamentary Elections

On Sunday, Romanian voters went to the polls to elect members of the country’s two-chamber Parliament: the Senate (upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (lower house). While the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) received the largest share of the vote, the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) looks set to stay in power and form …

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Presidential Elections in Moldova

On November 15, Moldova concluded only its fourth direct presidential elections since independence, in which the new President was elected from multiple candidates via a two-round system. Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist and the Prime Minister of a short-lived 2019 coalition government between pro-EU and pro-Russian political parties, defeated incumbent President Igor Dodon …

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