The 9th European Economic Congress (EEC) has gone down in history. However, as in previous years, the ideas of the Congress - as well as the opinions describing them, and recommendations - all continue to reverberate in public space, thus forming part of the ongoing debate on the future of Europe and its economy.
In May, Katowice hosted the European Economic Congress, the largest business event in Central Europe. The three-day series of over 130 debates and meetings was attended by European politicians, representatives of the Polish government and Parliament (Sejm), and chairmen of the board of the largest companies, as well as entrepreneurs, experts and opinion leaders.
The presence of the most opinion-forming figures who exert an influence on the future of both Polish and European economies has induced us all to impart the features of permanence to the Congress. This, in practice, forms part of the implementation of the request that not only should the European Economic Congress describe problems and make diagnoses, but it should also indicate solutions and propose therapies.
It has always been the ambition of the organisers of the EEC to define and describe trends that, although being barely touched on today, will shape the conditions for business activity in the nearest future.
The ‘Conclusions for Europe’ is one of the means of implementing this intention - it is the annual publication that attempts to summarise the most important themes of the Congress. This synthetic text presents selected ideas of the key debates in an orderly manner, and these ideas are illustrated with the part of the publication that consists of quotes and statements.
At the same time, this form of a substantive summary paves the way for a new stage, the stage of creating - in dialogue with both the participants to date and potential future participants, as well as experts - the subject matter of the next, 10th edition of the Congress.