Poland is Germany's biggest trade partner in Central-Eastern Europe

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Head of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Olivier Hermes announced on Friday that Poland placed first on the list of Germany's trade partners in Central-Eastern Europe.

According to Hermes, Germany's trade with Central-Eastern Europe and countries of the former USSR went down by 14.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020. "But this falling trend has already been overcome," he added.

Poland placed first on the list of Germany's trade partners in Central-Eastern Europe. The coronavirus pandemic made the mutual trade drop by only 4.7 percent in the first six months of 2020.

German's trade with Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan was severely hit by the pandemic.

Russia now places fourth as Germany's trade partner in Central-Eastern Europe, preceded by Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations has been in existence since 1952 as a joint body composed of the umbrella organisations of the German business community. It represents and focuses the interests of German business with regard to specific countries and thus promotes the increasing economic relations with these regions: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Central Asia, Caucasus and South-Eastern Europe. (