The European Economic Congress in 2016.

The 9th edition of the European Economic Congress is scheduled to take place on 10-12 May 2017 in Katowice. Nearly 100 sessions will bring together several hundred participants, including members of the Polish and the European Parliament, and government officials from Poland, Europe, and across the world, as well as business people and CEO’s of the largest companies. The Congress will also be accompanied by the second edition of the European Start-up Days.

The European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice is a three-day series of debates on a varied range of topics which address the current economic situation in Poland, Europe, and the world. The event stands out in particular for its representative selection of panellists. The ninth edition is expected to attract a record turnout.

“The European Economic Congress is an excellent platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas, as well as to hold debates which will help identify key solutions for the future of our economy. It’s also an event with an already well-established presence, renown, and prestige. Last year, it attracted eight thousand visitors. The great interest shown in the 9th European Economic Congress thus far allows us to estimate that the turnout will be even greater this year”, comments Wojciech Kuśpik, initiator of the EEC, CEO of PTWP SA.

Who’s coming to Katowice?

Every year, the European Economic Congress brings together EU Commissioners, Members of the Polish and the European Parliaments, ministers and deputy ministers from Poland, Europe, and the world, CEO’s of the largest companies, many business people from Europe, Africa, and Asia, and also representatives from financial institutions and local governments.

Attendance at the 9th edition of the largest economic debate in Central Europe has already been confirmed by Reimer Böge, Delegate to the European Parliament; Zoltán Cséfalvay, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OECD and UNESCO, and Deputy Minister at the Hungarian Ministry of the National Economy 2010-2014; Jos Delbeke, Director-General for Climate Action of the European Commission; Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, and Prime Minister of Slovakia 1998-2006; Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank; Eugene Kandel, Israeli economist, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central, and Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Tomáš Novotný, Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade for EU Funds, Research and Development, Innovations and Investment Incentives; Mirek Topolánek, Member of the Board of Directors of Eustream, and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2006-2009; Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union.

The Polish Government will be represented by, to name but a few, Andrzej Dera, Secretary of State, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland; Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Government Plenipotentiary for National Raw Materials Policy, State Secretary, and Chief Geologist, the Ministry of the Environment; Witold Słowik, Undersecretary of State, the Ministry of Economic Development, Krzysztof Szubert, Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Digitisation, and Plenipotentiary of the Minister for International Affairs, the Ministry of Digital Affairs; Stanisław Szwed, State Secretary, the Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Policy; Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State for European Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy; Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Deputy Minister of Energy; Marek Ziółkowski, Undersecretary of State for Security, Eastern and European Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Tomasz Żuchowski, Undersecretary of State, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction.

The following participants will also share their business expertise at the European Economic Congress in Katowice: Brunon Bartkiewicz, President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski SA; Nemunas Biknius, Chairman of the Board of Amber Grid, Director of Strategy and Development at EPSO-G, Chairman of the Board of BALTPOOL, and Member of the Board of AB Litgrid; Gérard Bourland, Director General of Veolia in Poland; João Brás Jorge, Chairman of the Management Board, Millennium Bank; Gheorghe Marian Cristescu, President of the Management Board, the Chopin Airport Development; Maciej Dyjas, Co-Managing Partner & Co-CEO, Griffin Real Estate; Grzegorz Dzik, President of the Management Board, Impel; Tony Housh, Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland (AmCham); Zbigniew Jakubas, owner of the Multico Corporate Group; Stanisław Kluza, President of the Management Board, Bank Ochrony Środowiska; Eryk Kłossowski, President and CEO of PSE; Przemysław Krych, founder and CEO, Griffin Real Estate; Adam Krzanowski, President of the Management Board and Co-owner, the Nowy Styl Group; Jacek Łukaszewski, Country President, Schneider Electric Poland; Waldemar Markiewicz, President of the Polish Chamber of Brokerage Houses; Tomasz Misiak, President of the Supervisory Board, Work Service; Carlos E. Piñerúa, Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States, the World Bank; Niccolo Polli, CEO International, HSBC Holdings Plc; Sanjay Samaddar, CEO and Chairman of ArcelorMittal Poland; Jacek Siwicki, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, Enterprise Investors; Jerzy Werle, CEO, Warbud; Zbigniew Warmuz, Chairman of the Board, Synthos; Paweł Wojciechowski, Chief Economist, the Social-Insurance Institution (ZUS), Minister of Finance in 2006, and Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2009-2010; Katarzyna Zawodna, Business-Unit President, Skanska Commercial Development Europe.

What’s on the agenda?

The leading themes of the 9th EEC will include new ideas for Europe - political changes within the EU; the post-Brexit economy and the likelihood of other exits; the crisis in the perception of liberal capitalism; the hierarchy of economic values in the light of new generations of employees; the fourth industrial revolution - how to develop industry with the help of digitisation and advanced technologies; investment in unstable times - risks, barriers, courage, and profits.

The agenda will also feature some regular topics, i.e. sessions devoted to various areas of public and economic life, such as finance, innovation, man and technology, energy and resources, the mining and steel industries, management, self-government and regional policy, infrastructure, the health market, transportation and logistics, real property and construction, and also global economic co-operation.

See the agenda of EEC 2017

The 9th European Economic Congress will once again be accompanied by the European Start-up Days - a space for open dialogue for start-ups, investors, and business-support organisations. The organisers have also decided to continue the EEC - Leaders of Tomorrow project, which aims at shaping and promoting active citizenship, as well as increasing the involvement of young people in public life.

A special gala will also present awards to the best practices and top investment success stories within the framework of the sixth edition of the Top Communal Investments contest.

All discussions, meetings, presentations and information-sharing sessions will be hosted at the International Conference Centre in Katowice and the adjacent Spodek Sports and Entertainment Arena.

The application form is available online on Basic participation is free of charge.