The German Eastern Business Association (Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft, further in text shortly as OA) is the major regional initiative of the German economy for 29 countries in Central Europe, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, in the South Caucasus and in Central Asia.
We support our members in their projects, arrange contacts and answer questions about market entry. In close cooperation with the federal government and the governments of the partner countries, we work to reduce trade barriers and improve economic conditions in the region. The OA is supported by six central associations of German business and has nearly 400 member companies. In 2022, it celebrated its 70th anniversary.
As a competence centre, we inform our members about current market developments via country and industry working groups, specialist conferences, delegation trips, background discussions as well as print and online publications.
As a door opener, we network our member companies with the Federal Government, the governments of our 29 partner countries and the EU Commission and offer them valuable contacts to the relevant local economic actors.
As a representative of the interests of German industry, we act in bilateral government working groups and committees. We promote the business of our members in the region and address your company petitions.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the German Eastern Business Association? Please contact:
Member support & consultation
+49 (0) 30 206167-119
As a member of the German Eastern Business Association (OA), we help you conduct business in our partner countries and provide active support for the implementation of projects. You have the opportunity to help shape the priorities of our association through the various committees, to discuss the industries and regions in the working groups and to network during our many events.
We are happy to assist you in getting in touch with government and company representatives from the region, in market research, in resolving claims or other matters, and discuss your needs in bilateral working groups.
You will also receive the following expert publications free of charge: the bimonthly “Ost-Ausschuss Informationen” (OAI), the annual book “Mittel und Osteuropa-Jahrbuch”, “OstContact” magazine, country updates, position papers and dossiers, and our monthly newsletter.