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MAIN SUBJECT AREAS

Our new Europe

What European Union will there be in 10 years from now? Where is the EU headed? The landscape after the electoral victories in France and Germany.

It is the point of no return; neither is there a clear vision of the future. A multi-speed European Union: Is it a scenario in the making? The future of the euro area. Prospects for countries outside the euro area.

Blocks and alliances of countries within the EU. Activities within the EU and the attempts to ensure political and economic balance of the most powerful EU countries. Brexit versus anti-EU, autonomous and separatist trends (Catalonia and northern Italy). An opportunity for regional economies, or just pipe dreams?

Europe in the heat of changes – subjected to internal and external pressure. How to come to terms with it? The EU versus geopolitics – the EU environment and external factors that shape Europe’s reality and prospects of development (Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, and migrations).

The technological revolution

Technologies that change reality. Information, knowledge and innovation – new hierarchies, priorities and values in life and in business. The pace and quality of technological transformations taking place – their influence on the economy, social life, institutions, and human relations. New opportunities and possibilities. New dangers and risks.

Who benefits from the stepped development of technology – beneficiaries and losers. The diversification of the situation and degree of utilisation of new technologies in EU countries. Will the technological revolution deepen the antagonism and division into a multi-speed Europe?

Digitisation – towards a new economy

The digital economy in Europe – aspirations, intents, and reality. Modern industry based on knowledge, information and technology – European specialisations. Information and Big Data management as a challenge for business and administration. Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics in manufacturing and services; the impact of those trends on the labour market and education. Cyber threats: How to prevent them effectively? Strategies for innovation support – between politics and business. Commercialisation, or market innovations.

Energy for the climate

Dilemmas of the European climate policy. Basic issues before the UN Climate Summit 2018: What do we wish to achieve in Katowice? Current and real prospects of global agreement. Activities for climate on a global scale: Is there an overarching objective and widespread activity? Are there proportional efforts?

EU’s environmental requirements versus economic autonomy and energy security of the Member States. How to fulfil the obligations, while maintaining the ability to take decisions in the interest of one’s own economy? Technologies for climate – new possibilities, but also new regulatory requirements.

The energy industry in Europe. Dilemmas and challenges

Trends that shape the image of the European energy industry – the transformation is ongoing. Demand for energy, its supply, the way Polish systems operate, and their European convergence. How to ensure energy security? An overview of options. Investment in generation capacity in Europe; economic and political foundations of such investment projects. Mechanisms of the power market.

Digitisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation. The future of the energy industry in EU’s Member States and its diversified conditions – political and socio-economic. Renewable technologies – dissemination, costs and regulations. Gas, the atom, co-generation and other alternatives to coal energy. Development of electromobility and energy storage techniques. Efficient energy management supported by technology. Distributed generation, new models of energy consumption, and prosumers.

The future of free trade in Europe and worldwide

The current state of play and prospects for international free trade agreements. The policy pursued by the biggest players in the global economy. The new reality of global economy and trade.

Causes and effects of disturbances to the free market in Europe. Examples of regulations that restrict competition and free market mechanisms. Brexit as a process and a precedence – experiences, conclusions and warnings. Isolation, protectionism and over-regulation: Where are we headed? The future of the single European market.

The future of cities and metropolises in Europe

Urban centres as generators of technological development and laboratories dealing with the progress of civilisation. New technologies in the management of urban organisms. Smart City – a broad slogan difficult to implement in practice. Services that improve the quality of life. A friendly city – assessment criteria. The role of culture, creativity and the leisure industry. Mobility and efficient public transport.

Investment in Central Europe

Conditions for investment in countries of the region – an outside perspective. What types of investment will be located in Central European countries and what will determine these types? Factors of investment attractiveness of particular countries (the internal differentiation of this part of Europe), and strategies of competing for investors. The risk for investors: To value, to mitigate, or to accept it?

THEMATIC SESSIONS

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION

Foreign expansion of companies/enterprises

  • How to support exports and foreign investment projects of companies/enterprises effectively?
  • Experiences gained by various countries
  • What are the results of the Polish revolution in state aid for companies/enterprises pursuing foreign expansion?
  • Centralisation of diplomatic and financial support. What problems still remain unsolved? Assessments and expectations of business.

25 years of EU’s Single Market

  • Stages of creating the common market in Europe
  • EU’s legal achievements in the field of economic freedom. What has been achieved, and what is still missing?
  • Benefits from EU’s Single Market for the economic development of the Member States
  • The Single Market in the eyes by the new and the old EU Member States
  • How will technologies change EU’s Single Market in the future?
  • Where are we headed? The future of EU’s Single Market. Risks to the market – their sources and remedies

The Polish export product for the energy and raw materials sector

  • The offer of a general contractor – a mine, machinery, and a power plant. Is it possible?
  • A Polish consortium in the global market. Do we know how to co-operate?
  • Polish brands worldwide – machinery, services, technologies and knowledge
  • Government contracts, administrative support, and the needs of companies/enterprises

Poland – Germany: the current state of play and prospects of mutual economic relations

The Vietnam – Poland Economic Co-operation Forum

  • Prospects of development for Vietnam’s market and economy
  • Does the rise of the middle class in Vietnam provide an opportunity for Polish products?
  • Logistics and entry barriers for investors and exporters from Europe
  • There is more to that than just mining and the energy industry. Promising areas for Polish companies/enterprises: the machinery and shipbuilding industries; the medical and pharmaceutical sector; the food industry; chemistry; and environmental protection

The India – Poland Economic Co-operation Forum

  • India as one of five promising markets according to Poland’s Ministry of Economic Development
  • Market entry barriers and opportunities for Polish business
  • The middle class in India: What goods do consumers seek?
  • Industries marked by the greatest potential for growth
  • Investment in the smart modernisation of urban infrastructure
  • Other types of investment, and public procurement

The future of economic co-operation and trade between Poland and China

  • There is still untapped potential in economic relations between Poland and China
  • Areas that require a particularly proactive approach include: industrial co-operation; global management, in particular as regards climate change; and other fields
  • Logistics and extra-large-scale infrastructure projects. The New Silk Road as an opportunity for China and Poland. A gateway to Europe?
  • New challenges related to the strategic co-operation between China and Europe in the new political situation worldwide (Brexit and the US policy). The role of Poland

The Israel – Poland Economic Co-operation Forum

  • Where does innovation come from? Polish and Israeli experiences
  • The stimulating and initiating role of the state in the development of innovation
  • How to build the environment for innovative companies/enterprises? Law, staff, financing, and commercialisation
  • Economic co-operation between Poland and Israel – promising areas: cybersecurity, defence and start up acceleration

The Poland – Japan Economic Co-operation Forum

  • What will be changed due to the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan?
  • The opening of service markets (finance, electronic retail, telecommunications, and transport). Anticipated consequences for both parties
  • Protection of sensitive sectors of the economy (including the automotive industry)
  • Market entry barriers: What should one know about the Japanese market?
  • What do Japanese consumers expect? Opportunities for Polish exporters
  • Mutual investment and public procurement
  • Japanese investment projects in Poland, Central Europe and across the European Union

The Central Europe – Africa Economic Forum

  • Africa’s economic development today. A change of pace, a different quality, and new phenomena
  • Current prospects and barriers to the development of African markets
  • Africa still remains very attractive to investors. Growing consumption, young societies, and new technologies on the market
  • Investors are competing for Africa – the advantages of Central European countries
  • Investment in agribusiness and the extractive industry. New industries and new opportunities for economic co-operation.

Kazakhstan as an entity participating in international economic co-operation

  • A country open to co-operation – in the context of the Eurasian Union and the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative
  • Kazakhstan’s internal market against the backdrop of markets of the countries of the Eurasian Union
  • There is more to that than just raw materials. Kazakhstan’s political and economic co-operation with the EU and Poland

Prospects of political and economic co-operation between Turkey and the EU

  • Making use of a time of prosperity. The dynamics of economic development of Turkey
  • The role and importance of Turkey in the region. Politics, the economy, and infrastructure
  • European aspirations? The economic aspect of relations between the EU and Turkey
  • Promising industries for bilateral co-operation

Geopolitics, security and the economy

  • Global players on the map of influences: What does the economic situation worldwide depend on?
  • Political risk in the economy. Troublesome regions, rapid processes and unpredictable events
  • The escape of investors? Causes and directions. Business in search of stability
  • External factors affecting the economic situation of Central Europe
  • Strategies pursued by those who are resistant to turbulence. Isolation? Depreciation/amortisation? A response?

TECHNOLOGIES AND TRENDS

The 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe. How to take advantage of the opportunities?

  • Faces of the so-called Industry 4.0 – the impact of technology on marketing, logistics and management
  • New skills of employees. The education system and social life in the context of transformations in industry
  • Traditional industries in the face of new possibilities, needs and requirements
  • The role of the state in the process of revolutionary technological changes
  • How to convince companies/enterprises to use new technologies?

Industry 4.0 – now it is time for implementation (according to the TECH formula)

  • Strategies for implementation of new solutions at the levels of industries and companies/enterprises
  • Examples of application of 4.0 solutions IoT (Internet of Things), automation and robotics
  • Implementation costs. Support, financing and co-operation
  • The Polish potential for Industry 4.0. Chances of
  • What conditions should be met? What advantages do we have at our disposal?
  • Staff for the industry of the future. The role of education and the ‘human factor’

Manufacturing in the reality of the industrial revolution

  • Optimisation of manufacturing activities based on production data
  • The Internet of Things in the factory of the future – changes taking place here and now
  • A product of the ‘new era’? Benefits from utilising new production methods to competitiveness and market position of a company/enterprise

Broadband Internet infrastructure in Europe and in Poland

  • EU’s digital agenda – intents and the current state of implementation
  • Digitisation in Poland against the backdrop of Europe. Capabilities, means and results for the economy
  • Experiences in implementation and opportunities for an acceleration.

Electromobility

  • The development of electromobility as a global trend. Its basis in Europe
  • Leaders, main directions and the pace of changes
  • Electromobility in Poland – new regulations and administrative activities to date
  • Electromobility and sustainable transport in a city. A way to combat traffic jams and smog. How to convince the inhabitants?
  • The infrastructure for electromobility in Poland – plans and challenges

The automotive industry versus electromobility

  • Changes in the strategies pursued by automotive corporations. Is this a decline of the history of the combustion engine?
  • Does ‘eco-friendly’ necessarily have to mean electric? Technologies versus social expectations
  • Ranges and performance. Barriers to the development of electric drive. Energy storage – the key to success
  • The automotive industry and IT Co-operation and interdependences
  • Electric buses on the streets of Polish cities – purchases and infrastructure
  • Manufacturing for electromobility. A car or components? Where to look for an opportunity for Polish industry?

Energy storage (according to the TECH formula)

  • Energy collection and storage techniques – an overview of methods, and promising directions of research
  • Energy warehouses – their scale and usability; their role in electromobility, as well as in energy systems and buildings
  • A revolution in energy utilisation. Consequences for producers, grid operators and consumers/prosumers
  • Costs versus the ubiquity of energy storage: Who will decide, the market or regulations?

Security of the critical infrastructure

  • Risks to energy supply systems and the remaining infrastructure that ensures the operation of the economy and the state
  • Key risk areas – vulnerability to cyber attacks, terror acts, failures and catastrophes
  • The scale of potential consequences. Costs of repairing damage
  • The role of the state and its co-operation with business entities aimed at ensuring security

Cyber threats – awareness, technologies and prevention

  • Knowledge about cyber threats. Their new sources and not widely known techniques
  • Tools and methods of ensuring security. Their availability and effectiveness
  • Cybersecurity during a business trip and in foreign markets (in global trade)
  • How to be one step ahead of the hackers and anticipate risks?
  • The human factor – education as the basis of cyber threats prevention

Start-ups in Poland

  • The start-up ecosystem in Poland: the current state of play, financial situation, and institutional environment. Sources of support and methods of acceleration
  • How to invest in start-ups efficiently and effectively?
  • Quadrilateral financing: the state, EU funds, big corporations, and investment funds
  • Success models (Israel, USA). Are we able to repeat them?
  • Start-ups in the market. An idea is not enough. Products, competition, clients, and sales
  • Risks to the development of the ecosystem. Discipline in the utilisation of funds. Is there a deficit in ‘market’ thinking?

Artificial intelligence

  • ‘Thinking machines’ around us – technologies that are changing the world
  • Applications of artificial intelligence today and tomorrow. At the limits of imagination
  • In a dialogue with a machine. Changes in the way of thinking about the world, in hierarchies of values, and in social customs
  • Is there something we should be afraid of? Risks resulting from the autonomy of machines
  • Artificial intelligence in human capital management

Automation and robotics in advanced services

  • A new wave of development of business services centres and outsourcing (BPO, SSC)
  • Employment costs are mounting – an opportunity for automation and robotisation
  • Where will a robot be unable to help? Advanced services that require specialist staff

IT staff in the economy

  • Occupation: IT specialist – the canon of professional qualities of IT employees. Stereotypes and facts
  • Access to qualified and creative specialists. Outsourcing in IT; leasing of programmers; and the role of HR
  • Employ and keep! Fluctuation of IT staff. Motivation, relations and loyalty
  • The youngest IT specialists in the labour market. Their professional requirements as well as advantages and disadvantages
  • The role of IT in a modern company/enterprise. Popularisation of IT competences, or ‘Let’s teach our children programming skills’

The onrush of e-sport

  • A new, but already powerful industry. Its scale, dynamics, potential and importance to the economy
  • Sponsors, fans, the media, and the market. E-sport as a way to reach young customers
  • Large-scale events and championships as the driving force behind the e-gaming industry
  • E-sport as a platform for technological development, a testing ground for equipment, and a school for specialists
  • The video games production industry – its importance to innovation in the economy

The space industry

  • The European Space Agency (ESA) against the global backdrop. Polish accents
  • The Polish space sector – an assessment of achievements; prospects; and ambitions. Which way is the future?
  • The space industry in development plans of the government. The Polish Space Strategy. Declarations and practice
  • Opportunities tailored to capabilities. The roles of corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and start-ups
  • The army – an important business partner. The global perspective, geopolitics, and outlays
  • Space technologies as a source of innovation in the ‘ground-based’ economy. From science to business

INVESTMENT

Will there be a special economic zone spanning the entire territory of Poland?

  • SEZs in the Polish economy – an attempt at assessing the situation. The structure of investment in SEZs: How much innovation does it involve? Do the zones foster the development of new technologies?
  • The tools and policy of attracting investment. Do our advantages include tax exemptions and low labour costs?
  • A zone that is everywhere? A single investment area – details of the concept. Criteria for favouring
  • Government proposals in the opinion of business. Their potential effectiveness. Possible modifications
  • Consequences for the competition, free market and Poland’s image among investors
  • Consequences for the central budget, regional development and local communities
  • The role of local governments in building business environment: education, expansion of infrastructure, and spatial planning

Investment projects in Central Europe and in Poland

  • In the eyes of investors. The picture of the region and the images of particular countries – directions of evolution
  • Competition for investors in Central Europe. Advantages, strategies and tools
  • Foreign investors in Poland. What are they interested in?
  • What types of investment does the Polish economy need?
  • Mechanisms of winning over desired investors with attractive projects
  • Will entire Poland be a SEZ? Is this an optimum concept? Alternative solutions

A thousand business services centres

  • A continuation or a leap? A time of challenges for the business services sector
  • Competition, operating costs an automation. What gives impetus to the development of the outsourcing sector in Poland, and what limits it?
  • Old and new advantages. How is Poland competing for investors?
  • The deficit in workforce is becoming increasingly noticeable How to develop the employee market for the modern services sector?

SPECIAL EVENT – The 100th anniversary of regaining independence

Following in the footsteps of the Second Polish Republic? About the economy on the 100th anniversary of regaining independence

  • Economic experiences of the interwar period. Plans, achievements and disappointments
  • The Polish economy and geopolitics in 1918 and 2018. Analogies, differences and contexts
  • The contemporary Polish state and its roles in the economy. Owner, investor, animator of development projects, and regulator

The state actively participating in the economy – yesterday and tomorrow

  • Development projects of the Second Polish Republic: Are they a valuable history lesson from today’s perspective?
  • A time of extra-large-scale investment projects: infrastructure projects (road and air transport, as well as inland waterways) and the energy industry, both conventional and nuclear; and support for trends (digitisation, innovations, start-ups and electromobility)
  • When does the state become irreplaceable? Forms and scale of engagement. The financing of projects that are important to the entire economy
  • The role of private entrepreneurship in large-scale undertakings initiated by the state

The 100th anniversary of co-operation between Poland and the USA. A debate on the future

  • What is the assessment of political and economic relations between Poland and the USA?
  • Geopolitics versus the economy. European and global conditions for bilateral relations
  • Industry, the energy industry, and trade. Where to look for opportunities for the future?
  • Experiences and challenges related to co-operation in the defence sector
  • Raw materials and security. American gas in Europe and in Poland
  • American investment projects in Poland. The current state of play and the plans of investors
  • How much co-operation and how much rivalry is there? What model of trade and economic co-operation between the EU and the USA should there be?

SOCIETY AND THE ECONOMY

The social policy of the ‘new era’

  • A time of active social policy. Expectations and programmes. The 500+ programme and… what comes next?
  • Social security systems versus demography – economic, political and social aspects
  • Changes in pension schemes. Consequences for public finance, as well as for the economy and companies/enterprises
  • The European debate on the minimum guaranteed income. It is time to draw some conclusions
  • Will robots replace humans and will work become a privilege? Where are we headed? How should we react?

Migration policy in Europe and in Poland

  • European migrations: Who delivers and who benefits from the ‘import’ of professionals? The European map of economic migrations
  • Is the migration policy a way to mitigate deficiencies in the labour market?
  • Consequences of migrations for the social structure of the country, the labour market, the economy and finance
  • Internal migrations in Poland. Causes, scale and circumstances
  • Is there competition between the regions? Is the division between ‘Grade A’ Poland and ‘Grade B’ Poland being strengthened?
  • The state and local governments in the face of internal migration: we should counteract, rationalise and persuade

The new EU budget

  • The Community’s budget in a new reality. EU finances in the face of Brexit
  • Current possibilities versus new needs. What priorities should there be? What should we give up?
  • Multi-speed Europe in the context of common finances: facts, figures and ambitions
  • A new vision for redressing European disproportions? The future of the cohesion policy

Succession in family businesses

  • ‘Orphaned’ businesses. A global problem. Do we experience it too?
  • Succession strategies pursued by Polish family businesses. Legal and customary restrictions
  • Legacy, ambition and mindset. Is transferring an enterprise into foreign hands tantamount to failure?
  • On the benefits and drawbacks of conservatism. The generational conflict in business management. Truth and myths
  • The new economy and the future of family businesses. How to change oneself while remaining true to one’s values at the same time?

THE LABOUR MARKET

The labour market – the sum of challenges

  • The situation and main trends in the labour market in Poland as well as in other countries of Europe. Common phenomena and the specificity of particular countries
  • Desired competences and their supply. Ways to combat deficit
  • Flexibility of labour as a problem. Efficient employment versus the need for stability
  • Moving away from civil-law contracts in favour of full-time jobs. How does it come off compared to the requirements of the contemporary economy?
  • New generations in the labour market: How to acquire, motivate and keep them?
  • Mobility of employees, drain on brains, and migrations – short-term ‘supplements’ and losses, or a continuous trend?

Labour resources as a barrier to growth

  • Access to employees as the key problem experienced by contemporary business
  • Consequences of staff shortages in the macroeconomic dimension. Do they pose a real threat to development?
  • Automation or immigration? How to remedy the shortages? Current trends. What are we to expect?
  • Business management in the situation of permanent staff shortages. Development of competences, new organisational solutions, and improvement in efficiency
  • Problems in the labour market as a stimulant to qualitative changes and investment in companies/enterprises

Education versus the labour market

  • Vocational education (institutions of higher education and secondary schools) – we know the needs. What do we do?
  • Teaching programmes (across the entire education process) versus the projected needs of the labour market
  • Modern lifelong learning
  • The role of companies/enterprises and local governments in the changes to the education system

TRANSPORT, LOGISTICS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport, infrastructure and cargo in Europe and in Poland

  • European leaders in logistics. What is the secret of their success?
  • Poland on the European logistics map. What do we have at our disposal?
  • An excellent location is not enough. How to utilise it effectively?
  • The Polish cargo market: railways, roads and air transport. The scale and potential
  • Terminals and warehouses: How many? What types? Where? Necessary investment

The New Silk Road – today and tomorrow

  • Various faces of the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative. Enthusiasm and concerns
  • Win-win? Benefits arising from this connection to Polish companies/enterprises
  • The role of a railway line in that programme
  • What forms will the initiative take in the context of the changing economic policy pursued by China?

Polish railway in 2023 and beyond

  • When will the railway in Poland reach the average European standard?
  • Are there problems related to implementation? Struggle on the open investment front
  • Priorities on the map and in the calendar. What types of projects are key and urgent from the point of view of the entire economy?
  • Preparations for investment in the next decade (including a high-speed rail system)

Intermodal transport

  • Contemporary trends in European transport. The importance of intermodality
  • What infrastructure should there be for intermodal transport?
  • Polish intermodal infrastructure resources – locations and availability. How to optimise them?
  • Will intermodal transport defend the position of the railway in the cargo market?

Polish seaports

  • Logistics investment projects on the Polish Baltic coast – the ambitions of Polish ports
  • The importance of port infrastructure to the development of foreign trade
  • Revenues of logistics operators and receipts for the state budget
  • Ports and their abilities to compete. Investment plans

Public transport

  • Is the public transport market developing properly?
  • Transport in a city. The importance of an efficient system to the development, the quality of life, the labour market, and investment attractiveness
  • Environmental conditions for public transport development. Electromobility
  • How do Polish cities invest in public transport, and how does the state do it? Objectives, models, strategies and outlays

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (Central Airport and Railway Hub – CPK) in the landscape of the Polish economy

  • Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (Central Airport and Railway Hub – CPK). A ‘civilisation’ and image vision or a project justified by hard economic facts?
  • The scale of the undertaking and investing formulas (e.g. with the participation of a Chinese investor)
  • Regional airports in Poland. Condition and prospects. A time of prudent investment projects
  • The CPK’s potential impact on regional airports in Poland.
  • Consequences of the construction of the CPK for the economy, logistics in the centre of Europe and the international position of Poland

Water routes in Poland and in Europe

  • The share of inland transport in the total transport in the EU. Its international character and development trends
  • Objectives of the EU’s inland transport development policy, and plans of expansion of the waterways network
  • The Polish inland waterways network on the European map; chances of becoming part of EU’s investment plans
  • The Inland Waterways Development Programme. Progress in the implementation of the government plan to make rivers passable as waterways, as well as for flood protection and the renewable energy industry
  • Key investment projects in the waterways network by 2020

FINANCES, CAPITAL AND TAXES

Polish capital under construction

  • The Capital Building Programme as the key element of the implementation of the Plan for Responsible Development
  • The voluntary Pillar 3 of the Polish pension system. Savings and security; investment and economic development
  • In what way will the programme influence the financial sector, the economy and public finances?
  • Stabilisation and an acceleration in the development of the local capital market. What about the risks?

Ten years after the crisis… Is it time for another one?

  • What conclusions should the world draw from the Lehman Brothers case?
  • Are we on the brink of another global economic turmoil?
  • Crisis: What do you say? Prevention and mitigation or an escape forward?
  • The crisis of capitalism and… what will come next? Real and illusory development alternatives for Europe and the world

Sources of investment financing

  • The year 2020 as the turning point: Is the stream of EU funds drying?
  • Repayable instruments: How to benefit from them? What does this change?
  • How will the economy manage with considerably depleted funds coming from Brussels?
  • New sources and models of investment financing
  • The financial market's offer for business. Funds, external investors, and co-financing

The financial market in Poland and in Central Europe

  • The situation of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) against the backdrop of Central Europe. Facts, factors and circumstances
  • The stock exchange is in crisis. How do defuse it? Short-term measures and a strategic prospect
  • The situation of companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. When does the stock exchange prove profitable? Difficult decisions
  • (New) investors on the stock exchange Activation, trust and incentives
  • Ways to attract issuers. IPOs of foreign companies?

An ideal tax system

  • A flawless tax system. Is it possible? What are we striving for?
  • Simplification of the system: What does it mean?
  • The line between tightening up the tax system and the freedom of economic activity
  • Will there be a tax administration reform?
  • Prospects and basis in 15–20 years’ time: Who will pay the taxes? Should machinery be taxed?

Security and new technologies in taxes

  • The new Tax Code and its institutions
  • Ways to assess risk in relations with other business entities
  • Alternative methods of solving tax disputes – settlement, mediation, consultation and arbitration
  • Security of tax processes: methods of internal verification, tax policy certification, and IT tools
  • Digitisation of taxes

The euro: What will come next?

  • The condition of the European currency and the euro area
  • What is being changed in the euro area? Directions of transformations
  • What about the EU countries that remain outside the euro area?
  • Poland and the euro. New circumstances. Arguments for and against

Employee capital programmes

  • Employee Capital Plans (PPK) as an element of the third pillar of the pension system and the government Capital Development Programme. Models, legislative solutions, objectives, expectations and dates
  • PPK’s impact on the social security system and the financial services market
  • PPK versus the already operating Employee Pension Programmes and Employee Saving Programmes
  • New duties, employers’ recommendations, and opinions expressed by employees. Will they be voluntary or obligatory?
  • Increased resources of savings in the capital market. A new source of financing of long-term investment projects; a factor in the reduction in the dependence of the Polish economy on foreign capital

THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Investment and regulations in the European energy industry

  • EU’s new environmental standards and a new wave of investment in the energy industry
  • The most important investment projects. Will we complete them in time, that is, by 2021?
  • Energy demand, energy supply and security. What will the Polish energy industry invest in?
  • The municipal heating industry – a burning need for modernisation. Financing?

Nuclear energy in Poland

  • Who will construct the Polish nuclear power plant? Models of financing
  • Will the development of the nuclear programme in Poland help us maintain coal-based power engineering?
  • What will the construction of a nuclear power plant mean to the entire Polish economy? A quantum leap in technology? What will be the role of sub-suppliers?

Renewable energy sources – regulations and the market

  • The regulatory framework pertaining to RES development in EU countries
  • The future of the green energy market in Europe. The optimum energy mix in the EU in 2030
  • What should we invest in? Costs of energy coming from RES – types of sources, trends, and diversification
  • The German green energy market. Energiewende lessons for Poland
  • Social and market aspects of the ‘green revolution’ in the energy industry

Technologies in climate protection (according to the TECH formula)

  • Renewable technologies – fast development and increasing availability. A revolution is coming
  • Energy storage methods: Does the door stand open for RES?
  • New materials, technologies and innovations for energy efficiency
  • Generation at a minimum utilisation of resources. Recycling. The closed circulation of materials

Gas in the Polish energy industry

  • Potential advantages of energy generated from gas: flexibility, system stabilisation, emission levels, and investment costs
  • Gas energy in the strategies pursued by energy groups in Poland
  • Investment in gas technologies – regulatory risk: How to mitigate it?
  • The development of gas imports capabilities versus the future of gas generation in the Polish energy system

Gas from the USA in Europe

  • The place of Central Europe on the American LNG map
  • At the political level – gas from the USA versus EU’s energy security
  • It is time we got down to brass tacks: prices and logistics. The point of view of companies/enterprises and specialists
  • Who will benefit from it? In what ways will the new direction of imports change the European gas market?

The European gas market

  • The current role of Poland in the Central European gas market
  • The gas terminal, the LNG market and infrastructure development versus the chances of playing a different role in our region of Europe
  • Common interests and common benefits. Will there be gas partnerships with Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine?
  • The position, role and potential of PGNiG in international relations

Energy clusters

  • The idea of energy clusters: Is this a Polish patent on RES?
  • The concept is at a preliminary stage of implementation. Initial experiences. Credibility of projects
  • Initiative, enthusiasm and consistency. The way from an idea to an effect
  • Synergies and interests. The meanders of co-operation: administration – local governments – business
  • Necessary regulations for distributed generation
  • Clusters in the structure of the Polish energy industry, in the system, and in co-existence with big groups

A time of co-generation and the modern heating industry

  • A new model of support for co-generation. Its role in the future energy mix
  • The economic and environmental context of the development of the heating industry. Energy efficiency. District heating
  • Negligence, needs and results. Are we to expect a large-scale programme of investment in the heating industry?
  • Do big names invest in the heating industry? The modern heating industry and co-generation in the strategies pursued by energy groups

Innovations and research & development in the energy industry

  • Directions and fields of R&D activities in the energy sector
  • New and more efficient renewable technologies. Energy storage methods
  • Digitisation in the energy industry. Managing energy consumption, the electric power system and relations in the energy market
  • Innovations in practice. Examples of commercialisation of research findings

Trends of the future in the Polish energy industry

  • In search of stability. What trends will build the future of the Polish energy industry?
  • Clusters or the large-scale energy industry? Which solution is better for the Polish economy?
  • What will happen next with the conventional energy industry? Restrictions and alternatives in view of the development of renewable energy technologies and storage
  • Automation of power generation industry as well as of energy distribution and transmission. Where is room for robots?
  • Electromobility or, maybe, hydromobility? Which one will prove more profitable?

INDUSTRY

The energy-intensive industry in Europe

  • Energy-intensive industrial specialisations and sources of their problems: the level of CO2 emissions, other environmental regulations, and energy costs
  • The steel industry, chemistry, the food industry, and the pulp and paper industry – their competitiveness and importance to the economy as well as to the labour market
  • Where are the reserves? Helpful solutions and technologies; energy efficiency and its natural limits
  • Energy-intensive entities in the energy market. Access to cheaper/own energy in practice
  • Dialogue and compromise or an escape from Europe? Demands of the industrial environment and responses from politicians
  • Possibilities of supporting energy-intensive industries as part of existing and future regulations (the power market)

CONSTRUCTION

Economic prosperity and problems – construction under pressure

  • The situation is as good as it is dangerous. The situation in construction – a set of problems experienced by the industry
  • The accumulation of infrastructure investment projects. Consequences for the market. Prices of construction materials
  • Tenders according to new rules. How to avoid repeating the nightmare scenario from the time of the ‘motorway boom’?
  • Bottlenecks. Investment in the railway and its current capacity
  • New technologies and more efficient logistics – an indispensable response to the current reality
  • Where are the professionals? The situation in the labour market versus contracting capabilities of the Polish construction sector
  • Necessary new system solutions. Will Poland be more open to foreign employees?

Polish construction – scenarios for the future

  • On the crest of the last great wave of investment projects. What should we do when it breaks? In search of alternatives for the domestic market
  • Facility maintenance – this is the potential of the sector. It is necessary to specialise
  • The expansion of Polish construction. There are more and more examples of success of Polish companies in foreign markets
  • Cases of failure and precious experiences
  • Consortia and clusters. Co-operation between Polish companies/enterprises in foreign markets

THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY

The Polish defence industry – investment, competition and security

  • An increase in the outlays on defence – its result for the defence sector in Poland
  • The necessity of modernising conventional armed forces (including armoured troops, mechanised infantry, air force and anti-aircraft defence) and their role in the deterring system
  • Polish specialisation, advantages and shortages. Co-operation with business tycoons. What about the offset?
  • Public safety in the 21st century, or war games. How are the defence doctrines changing under the influence of new types of risks?
  • The contemporary ‘arms race’ from the point of view of tactics and technology. Hybrid wars, terrorism, new types of weapons, and new defence systems (including prevention and risk mitigation)
  • Should the enemy be taken by surprise and deterred? Innovations in the service of security

THE STEEL INDUSTRY

The European steel industry is under pressure

  • Steel production in Europe
  • Here emissions are key, too – this is what the future development of the steel industry will depend on, and this is what forces utilisation of new technologies that are often not cost-effective
  • Industry 4.0 as a response to emissions, as it allows an increase in efficiency
  • The availability of raw materials – this is the greatest challenge

Steel distribution

  • Changes in the steel market – main phenomena and trends
  • Smaller sales volumes and short lines of ‘personalised’ products
  • New technologies in steel processing and trade
  • Logistics. The comprehensiveness of a range of products and services. Specialist services

CHEMISTRY

The future of Polish chemistry

  • Main trends in the development of chemistry worldwide. The position of Poland
  • Raw materials – new challenges related to them. New restrictions
  • Is big chemical business becoming pointless in the EU?
  • Polish investment projects against the backdrop of other European countries

MINING

Polish coal – the perspective by 2030

  • The role of coal in the economy and in the energy industry
  • What about investment projects? How to ensure coal supply from Polish mines?
  • Modern and efficient extraction. Technologies and innovations aimed at saving hard coal mining and securing extraction in the future

Innovations in mining versus Poland’s export offer

  • Will there be a mine of the future ‘made in Poland’? Will Poland become an exporter of technologies and know-how?
  • Chances for a Polish brand in this field
  • Co-operation in foreign markets – for the purposes of offering a comprehensive range of products and services
  • State support for the Polish extractive technology. What can exporters count on?

THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

The automotive market worldwide and in Poland in the face of technological mega-trends

  • Main factors of competitiveness in automotive manufacturing
  • Sources of demand and promising solutions and product lines
  • Will there be a Polish brand in the global market for automotive parts and components?
  • Autonomous cars – opportunities and barriers to applications. Consequences for the market

THE FOOD INDUSTRY

Prospects for the agri-food industry in foreign markets

  • The success of Polish food in the international arena
  • Will it be possible to maintain the free exchange of goods and services in the EU? Polish food exports under the pressure of escalating protectionism
  • Subsequent EU’s free trade agreements. Will Japan, China and Korea join Canada? Potential consequences for the Polish agri-food production
  • Food companies in distant markets. Prospects of exports to Africa, Asia and South America
  • Let’s compete – not only in terms of price. The advantages of Polish food. How to build strong brands of Polish food?

New trends and new consumers in the food market

  • The strong and modern food industry in relations with increasingly more demanding consumers
  • The new generation of consumers is creating the range of products offered by food companies
  • How not to get lost among numerous food and culinary trends and fashions?
  • Food and retail start-ups are driving the development of the FMCG industry and popularising niche categories

The third decade of the development of Polish food business – success and challenges

  • Generational succession and change versus new strategies employed by food companies/enterprises in Poland
  • The acceleration of consolidation activities – we are awaiting a boom in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market
  • Modern and technologically advanced food industry ready for subsequent challenges
  • The situation in the labour market as a challenge for the food industry in Poland

Strategies for creating strong food brands

  • The food industry in Poland – there is modern production, but marketing seems to be ‘behind the schedule’
  • A strong brand in competition and distribution
  • Creating new needs among consumers – build a new category and you will become the leader in it
  • How to compete effectively with the increasingly recognisable private labels?
  • A legend instead of a brand, and fans instead of customers. How is it done?
  • Culinary websites, the blogosphere, and social media – new channels of communication with consumers

Experience in managing the agri-food sector

  • Agricultural policy pursued by the Western countries. Agriculture in the structures of developed economies
  • Contracting, risks and the free market. Where are the limits of regulation? How to stabilise demand and supply?
  • Expectations of the food industry (large batches of raw materials and stability of supplies) versus the structure of Polish agriculture
  • The weak and the strong. The market and monopolies. Standards pertaining to relations between suppliers, agents and processing plants
  • Conditions for co-operation in particular sectors of the market (milk, meat and cereals)
  • The role of industry associations and producer groups in Poland and in the West
  • Promotion, payments to farmers and other available and desired tools that allow administration to support the agri-food sector

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. REGIONS. DEVELOPMENT

Waste management in contemporary cities

  • European trends in waste management. The circular economy as an inspiration
  • Regulations in waste management in Poland – after the amendments to the Act and before challenges
  • Objectives of the EU: How to implement them?
  • Infrastructure: MBT installations and incineration plants. Utilisation, restrictions and problems

The end of the term of office – it is time for summaries

  • The 2014–2018 term of office in the eyes of local government alliances, experienced local government leaders and local authorities who are approaching the end of their first term of office
  • Election promises versus the local government reality in the eyes of urban movements and non governmental organisations
  • Relations between LGUs and the government. In what way has central policy affected the situation of local governments over the last four years?
  • Relations between an executive authority and a resolution-making authority, or who is responsible for the situation in LGUs

The water and sewage industry in the face of changes

  • Introduction of the new Water Law – an overview of the Ministry of the Environment and companies/enterprises from the water and sewage industry
  • Water and sewage tariffs – the situation of enterprises versus the expectations of inhabitants
  • Water from the sky? Rainwater and thaw water – a trouble or income?
  • Investment projects in the industry as part of the current EU framework versus other sources of financing of network expansion and modernisation (privatisation, PPP and consolidation)

Budgets of local governments under new restrictions

  • An amendment to the Public Finance Act: Will the individual debt indicator have the whip hand over the indebtedness of LGUs, or will it become a stumbling block to new investment projects?
  • Taxes and local fees versus tax relief How to find the golden mean between the accumulation of profits and economic development in local governments?
  • The supervision of regional chambers of audit; extension of their competences versus the feasibility of the budgets of local governments and multi-annual financial forecasts
  • The richest and poorest local governments. Tax revenues per capita versus the actual financial situation of LGUs
  • A treasurer or a financial director? How to manage finances in a situation of permanent deficit?

Smart City: Is it a dream or reality?

  • Good practice in urban management based on digitisation
  • Can start-ups help local governments provide improvement for inhabitants?
  • Cities as testing grounds for digital solutions. Is it justified to test previously untested solutions on a living organism?
  • Mobile applications in transport. Who is doing them right, and who is doing them wrong?

Local governments on the border

  • Cities are taking advantage of their location in politics and the economy
  • Local governments are fighting for new border crossings – disproportions between the East and the West
  • Cross-border funds as a source of investment financing on both sides of the border – possibilities and good practice
  • Euroregions yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • The border: Is it just a line drawn on the map? Examples of joint undertakings by neighbouring cities
  • The local labour market and migrations

A metropolis in practice

  • Almost a year has passed since the first metropolis was launched in Poland. What has been achieved? The greatest barriers to development
  • The art of dialogue. How to reach an agreement on strategic issues?
  • Conflicting interests, overarching objectives and efficient co-operation. How to operate within a metropolis effectively?
  • Questions about the future. What exactly is a metropolis? Does it mean common transport only?

Local governments in view of demography and migration

  • Demographic forecasts and cities that are becoming deserted at the fastest rate
  • Deglomeration and its economic and financial as well as social consequences
  • The ageing cities. Ideas for supporting families and stimulating the fertility rate
  • Government programmes aimed at changing the demographic structure (Maluch+, 500+ and Senior+)
  • How to build cities so that they would be friendly places for both the youngest and the oldest inhabitants?
  • Exclusion and inclusion. The ‘silver power’ can do more, also for the cities

Investment projects implemented by local governments with central support

  • Does the package for medium-sized cities satisfy all the expectations of cities that are not regional capitals?
  • Separate funds for local government investment projects. Was the Local Government Road Fund a good direction?
  • The Ministry of Sport and Tourism launches the OSA Programme. Does the government know what local governments need?
  • The announcement of support for 33 cities marked by the highest air pollution levels

Digitisation as a method for a modern office

  • Experiences of local governments related to the implementation of e-services
  • The transition from a paper-based office to a digital office: Are the employees ready and open to that?
  • Only as little as 31 per cent of Poles use e-administration. Solutions are already there, but what about education?
  • How does the implementation of e-administration influence the image of an office?

Smog: How to beat it?

  • This has been the first year of the anti-smog resolutions being in force: Are they practical tools or just a dead letter?
  • The condition of air in Polish cities as assessed by Regional Inspectorates for Environmental Protection and the Smog Alarm
  • Standards and regulations – requirements for boiler and the quality of fuels: What do local governments, the mining industry and inhabitants expect?
  • How to combat low-level emissions in practice? The financing of replacement of old furnaces
  • Examples of good practice from abroad

Local governments in the face of climate change and natural disasters

  • Urban Adaptation Plans – a project of adaptation to climate change for cities with over 100 thousand inhabitants, which is being co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment. Objectives, the current state of implementation, and the assumed results
  • Preparations for the consequences of climate change in areas located outside big cities
  • Co-operation between local governments and the emergency service of the Voivodes. The flow of information and warnings
  • Preventive measures. The role of spatial planning (the resettling of floodplains) and the state of the water and sewage infrastructure

The halfway point for funds – the current and new EU financial frameworks

  • Local governments has reached the halfway point of the EU financial framework 2014–2020. Success and mistakes. Experiences and corrections
  • How are you spending (the money)? Examples of efficient, promising and pro-development investment projects
  • How to live and how to invest? What about the budget after 2020?

THE PROPERTY MARKET

Capital in search of profitability in the Polish commercial property market

  • Cheap money, the growing economy, the market that has not been overheated, and attractive prices. What attracts foreign capital?
  • Location, market size and macroeconomic fundamentals versus administrative barriers and the political climate
  • What should we invest in? Investors are zeroing in on particular segments of the property market

Office buildings are facing Europe

  • Politics, capital and the economy: What is the driving force behind the office boom in Poland?
  • Will the record-breaking supply meet adequate demand?
  • The Polish ‘office’ brand worldwide. Ambitions and reality
  • Warsaw has joined the queue of cities that wish to take over the big players from London and Barcelona
  • The dynamics of market development in regional cities

Poland is in the game – in the global MICE market

  • The dynamics and potential of the Polish MICE market. From an assessment to a forecast
  • How to outstrip the rivals in the international arena? Warsaw, Kraków and Katowice are fighting for large-scale events
  • Hotels and the meetings market: Is it a perfect symbiosis? Requirements of conference organisers versus the hotel market in Poland
  • The impact of the MICE market on other sectors of the economy, the labour market and regional development

The Poland Hotel invites you in

  • The key players of the global hotel market are zeroing in on Poland
  • Investment funds have gone hotel shopping. The genesis of the boom. What next?
  • The hotel base at the stage of rapid growth. New challenges?
  • Business or tourism. A fashion for Poland, or how to build demand for hotel services

The Polish housing market

  • The housing market in Poland – deficiencies, problems and development opportunities
  • Will the ‘Mieszkanie Plus’ (‘Housing Plus’) Programme serve as a cure for basic deficiencies? Administrative actions versus the market
  • BGK’s piloting versus the implementation of investment projects as part of the National Property Stock Act
  • The financing of social and municipal housing
  • Is there a boom now? The supply of new housing space in various segments of the market – forecasts

Premium housing

  • The potential of the Polish premium housing property market
  • Demand versus supply. Opinions of developers
  • Promising though rather small – long-term prospects of development of the luxury housing property market
  • Luxury leasing – institutional investors are looking at Poland

TRADE

Managing information… which is the leverage of trade

  • New trade models based on data processing: digital, omni-channel and e-commerce
  • Big Data. A new level of competition due to data analysis and the knowledge of the clients’ profiles
  • A sum of a client’s experiences and emotions. Customer Experience: How to manage those resources?
  • Personalisation of the range of products and services, which utilises new technologies
  • The future of retail: digitisation and automation in the service of retail trade
  • Business intelligence in the process of consumer trends recognition

A revolution in retail trade

  • New rules and phenomena in sales: exchange, sharing and subscription
  • The sharing economy: cars, flats and clothes. What next?
  • Building customer experience: easier, cheaper and in a more exciting way
  • New consumers are looking for new solutions
  • Being like Amazon and Uber. The giants set new ways of thinking about business

Good and from Poland

  • How to encourage consumers to purchase Polish products?
  • Price, quality and loyalty – methods of shaping customer behaviour
  • The criteria for the Polish national trademark. Does capital have a nationality?

OTHER TOPICS

The circular economy in the EU

  • A fashionable slogan or reality at hand? The European perspective on the new trend
  • The philosophy of the circular economy; costs and the adaptation schedule
  • Which industries will lose, and which ones will benefit from it? What will consumers gain from it?
  • Prospects for companies/enterprises operating in the waste disposal, furniture, electronics and advisory industries
  • How will the circular economy change the market? Will products ‘made in EU’ be competitive on foreign markets?

Data under supervision

  • RODO – the EU regulation pertaining to personal data protection. Genesis, objectives and tools
  • Expected changes in the acts of importance to state institutions
  • Benefits for citizens and consequences for business activity
  • Data protection versus new technologies and information management in business

Business and emotions – design in the contemporary economy

  • A good product that consumers like. The importance of good design
  • Building the competitiveness of enterprises through creativity
  • How much does it cost? How to invest in design efficiently and effectively?
  • From idea to project to implementation. Meanders of co-operation between business and designers

Restructuring in view of new regulations

  • Restructuring and insolvency law; its priorities (debt recovery and removal) and its operation in practice
  • The umbrella over a company/enterprise in trouble. Under what conditions? An efficient incentive to restructuring
  • Types of restructuring procedures. The pact versus sanitation
  • What about the rights of creditors? Decisions of the courts versus the security of the recovery process
  • The role of advisers and the rules of co-operation between them and the other participants in the process

Football, business and standards

  • More than a sport. Football in Europe – the scale of its impact on the economy and social life
  • Internal problems of the world-famous football clubs: transparency, ethical standards, and image
  • Football as a reflection of the modern world: globalisation, neocolonialism and disproportions
  • A football championship as investment. Return on capital, other benefits, and risk
  • Polish football versus club giants in Europe – distance, objectives and reality
  • Why does Polish football make it difficult to earn money? Is this because of immaturity of the market, a deficit of capital, or structural flaws?

THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND MEDICAL SERVICES

The financing of health care systems – an overview of solutions, and recommendations

  • The budget, health insurance contributions and patients’ co-payments: Is health care spoilt for choice?
  • Private medical treatment expenses and the market for commercial health insurance in Poland
  • The financing of health care services is not enough: What about investment projects?
  • Models of financing of health care. How can we benefit from the experiences of other countries?

New technologies in medicine – from medicines to digitisation

  • Where is medicine headed in the era of fast technological development?
  • The patients’ access to innovative technologies: Is this a purely financial problem?
  • Faces of advancement in diagnostics and therapy – main trends in selected fields of medicine
  • The financing of new medical technologies as a challenge for health care systems

Civilisation diseases of the 21st century

  • The most significant risk factors of selected civilisation diseases: Are we able to mitigate them?
  • Preventive medicine. Do we appreciate its importance in combating civilisation diseases?
  • Organisation and financing of patient care for patients with diabetes, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases
  • Indirect costs related to civilisation diseases

First and foremost: prevention! Preventive medicine and education

  • The Public Health Act and the National Health Programme 2016–2020 – strategic and operational objectives; the current progress of their implementation
  • Public health as a multi-sectoral task
  • Health programmes and campaigns – conditions for effectiveness of such activities
  • The role of local government units in preventing selected disorders and providing health education
  • Preventive vaccination in Poland – selected issues

Getting older and older. Care for the elderly

  • Demographic indicators – their importance to the shaping of health and social policies
  • Faces of the so-called silver economy: Do we utilise its potential?
  • There is more to that than just medicine – the quality of care for the elderly in Poland
  • The senior policy: Does it create conditions for dignified ageing and living of the elderly in our society?
  • Professional activation of the elderly
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