EEC 2019


  • New Union, young Union. We choose Europe


    In search of a new Europe – a need for a fresh view. Conclusion from Brexit. An alternative for populism? Europe after elections – anticipations and projections.

    How do young Europeans perceive their position? European integration, a Europe of nations – what projects they wish to be identified with? Cynicism and trust in politics – the young as the subject of manipulation or partners in a dialogue? Key problems of the young generation – a rational choice in a situation of excessive opportunities. New technologies – friendly, hostile, addictive?

    European culture of innovation and knowledge – potential and use thereof. Attractiveness of the EU's development model in the world in view of globalisation trends and the growing power of supranational companies. Europe versus trade barriers and limitations.


  • Construction 4.0

    • Robots at construction sites. A cure for shortage of labour?
    • Revolution in investment processes – BIM solutions and managing life cycles of buildings
    • Implementation examples of innovative solutions: prefabrication, 3D printing, Lean Construction, VR
    • Intelligent working tools and protective measures at construction sites
  • Harm reduction – with the least damage

    • Harmful behaviours and phenomena. Risk and failure. In the circle of definitions
    • Minimising the consequences of business failures. Tactics, tools and leaders
    • Technological and organisational innovation in the harm reduction process
    • Are we safer together? The role of co‑operation and responsible management
    • An overview of good practices. Alternative solutions
    • Can a person do less harm to themselves? How to build social awareness?
  • European investments

    • Balance of Juncker’s Plan. Alternative for a two-speed EU?
    • Investments versus integration. Key programmes, instruments, development of interrelations, benefits from synergies
    • Modern infrastructure – the power of the community. Investment needs and barriers
    • Completion of key integration projects (banking union, Euro zone)
  • International trade in the digital world

    • Digitisation in foreign trade – core phenomena and trends
    • Potential of blockchain technologies in trade
    • Trade digitisation versus new regulations
  • Central Europe-Africa Forum, education

    • Blue Ocean Strategy in African education
    • African students as customers – a shift in perspective
    • African graduates of Polish universities – a gateway to foreign expansion
  • EPP 2040. A long-term strategy for the Polish energy industry

    • History and diagnosis of the Polish energy sector
    • Prospects and trends in the global energy sector
    • EU targets versus the global climate policy
    • EPP 2040 and the EC’s 2050 Long-term Strategy
    • Energy transformation worldwide, as well as in the EU and in Poland (models, economic and social consequences, and process time frames)
    • Models of socially and economically efficient transformation (the ‘Just Transition’ Idea and the ‘Coal regions in transition’ Platform)
  • Robots among us. Technologies and the society


    A brave new world? Concerns and hopes of the digital era. The fourth industrial revolution – economic and social conditions related to launch of new (digital) technologies. Their economic potential.

    Work in a different manner – how technologies change employment. Robotisation and automation versus changes in the educational system and in social life – in behaviour, needs and habits. Cyber hazards – sources and types. How can we protect ourselves? Artificial intelligence, access to data versus the need for privacy and security.

  • The future of EU and UK relations

    • Current conditions to political relations between the UK and the EU
    • Implications to economic cooperation
    • Situation of employees on the EU and UK labour markets.
    • Conditions for scientific cooperation – now and in the future
    • Standards, regulations, supply chains, operating costs
    • Business faced with new market reality. Strategies of companies
  • Logistics between Europe and Asia

    • Trade between China and the EU versus the condition and development of infrastructure
    • Transportation “bottlenecks” between Asia and Europe
    • Chinese investment programme (One Belt One Road) – its size and potential significance. Anticipations and concerns
    • Development prospects of long-distance railway connections
    • How can the new potential be used effectively? Competition in logistics in our part of Europe
  • Cities, metropolises, regions. Dilemmas of sustainable growth


    Urbanisation, society, the economy. Cities as growth generators. Investments and financing thereof – what should be supported, what tools should be used. Public and private partnership. Quality of life as a “development fetish” – at what price? Technologies in cities – experiments on a living organism? Urban centres and regions versus the environment – green, friendly, attractive. Sustainable transport in contemporary cities.


  • Transmission and distribution of energy

    • Rok 2018 w przesyle i dystrybucji. Dane, wskaźniki, projekty w realizacji
    • Inwestycje – potrzeby, nakłady, skala, efekty
    • Technologie i innowacje w budowie i eksploatacji sieci
    • Wyzwania rozwojowe w energetyce przesyłowej i dystrybucyjnej
    • Nowe moce energetyczne a nowoczesne sieci energetyczne


    Podczas panelu po raz pierwszy zaprezentowany zostanie najnowszy raport Polskiego Towarzystwa Przesyłu i Rozdziału Energii Elektrycznej pt. „Energetyka. Dystrybucja i przesył”. Będzie on punktem wyjścia do rozmowy z udziałem przedstawicieli spółek energetycznych – operatorów systemu przesyłowego i systemów dystrybucyjnych.

  • Foreign investment

    • Where from, how much and where? Activity of foreign investors in Central European countries
    • What investment projects do we want? Projects with ‘added value’ and their role in the Polish economy
    • The conditions and environment conducive to investment based on technologies and knowledge
    • New and rooted investors. Strategies of companies in the face of economic transformations and changes in the labour market
    • Stumbling blocks and incentives. Regulations that make it possible to attract the desirable types of investment
  • Polish heat

    • Heat generation in the course of changes. Will it manage to be adapted to new emission standards?
    • Technologies, fuel mix, prices
    • Need for modernisation of the industry. Scale and expenses
    • Competitive advantages of systemic heat generation
    • Will the new support model to co-generation contribute to a growth in investments?
  • Infrastructural investments – from the Baltic to the Carpathians. Cooperation between Central and South European countries

    • Cooperation in transport infrastructure development in North-Eastern Europe. Basis, common goals, coordination of actions
    • The role of Rail Baltica in international trade. Potential, progress status, most difficult sections, completion prospects
    • Baltic States vs. Via Baltica and Via Carpatia. Priorities and expectations
    • Further financing. New EU financial perspective
    • Railway and road projects in the region in the context of the cohesion desideratum of the Trans-European Transport Grid
  • Climate and the economy after COP 24. Where to now?


    Decisions made at COP 24 in Katowice and the future of global climate protection policies. EU emission goals and the EU ETS systems versus climatic strategies of other countries in the world. Developed and developing economies – different approaches to greenhouse effects and how to mitigate them.

    Sustainable development in company strategies. Environmental responsibility versus competitiveness and consumers’ requirements. Adaptation to climate change. Closed circuit economy and waste disposal. Regulations and innovations protecting the climate. Emission sources of hothouse gases – what can the new “green” technologies change?

  • The future of digital Europe

    • EU on the global digitisation map of economies and societies
    • EU programmes for economy digitisation in EU
    • Business reality of digital transformation – opinions of European companies
    • Where should the boundaries be set? Regulations versus freedom, privacy versus safety
    • EU law and institutions in relation to cyber hazards
  • The Central Airport and Railway Hub (CPK). The current state of play in preparations and expectations

    • The latest stage of preparations for the construction of the airport
    • Polish aviation on the transport map of Europe. Prospects for the CEE region
    • The potential of the CPK for the economy. Scale of the investment and its impact
    • Airport City. Commercial investment projects around the airport
    • Air traffic control versus the CPK. Changes and their costs
  • The European economy in the face of a slowdown

    • The peak of economic prosperity is now behind us. What now? Facts, forecasts and scenarios
    • How to stimulate economic development in the era of slowdown?
    • Challenges for the European economy: digitalisation and development of the digital economy; tightening up of the tax system; tax optimisation; protectionism; and trade wars
    • Local markets versus global phenomena and mega-trends – the mechanics of influence
    • The common market of the EU and the economies of EU Member States. Freedom, competition and economic patriotism
  • The future of economic cooperation within the Eastern Partnership (EP)

    • Trade and investment
    • Problems with access the market of EU and EP services and goods
    • Future of the labour markets
    • Technologies and innovations as a prospective area of cooperation
  • Justice system and business

    • Stability of law, system transparency – unrealised dreams of Polish business
    • Directions of changes in Poland's justice system and the potential effects for the economy
    • Concerns of domestic business and foreign investors. Attitudes, arguments, emotions
    • Effectiveness of courts in economic matters. Level of economic knowledge in courts and prosecutor’s offices
    • Economic effects of legal errors, excessive length of proceedings, no professionalism
  • Central Europe-Africa Forum, ICT/HEALTH

    • Regulations in the ICT sector
    • Access to information and data
    • Blockchain – a way to develop services and institutions without the ‘hard’ infrastructure
    • The role of incubators for start-ups and micropayment platforms
  • Sustainable transport in cities

    • Air quality, less expensive low-emission technologies in transport, investments
    • Public transport: new, low- or zero-emission stock. Direction and rate of changes
    • Clean transport zones in cities. European experience. Their impact on urban logistics, business and trade
    • Car rental networks, carsharing. Smart solutions in traffic control
    • Restriction to private car traffic in European metropolises
    • A farewell to Diesel? The future of commercial vehicle fleets and business services
  • Industry 4.0 – revolution goes on

    • Final version of Industry 4.0: engineering, IT, marketing, logistics, management
    • Information, data, value. Technologies that change the world
    • Revolutionary changes in employee skills, educational system and social life
    • Needs and reality – 4.0 in different rhythms. Leaders, followers, cooperating parties, sceptics
  • Drones – a promising sector

    • Drone market – development of the technology and a broad range of applications
    • Economic basis to use of unmanned aerial vehicles in various areas of economy
    • Regulatory framework. Today's conditions, needs, expectations
    • Silesia as a testing ground for drone techniques? Involvement by companies
  • Polish lobbying in the EU forum

    • Lobbying of EU countries in Brussels. Observations and experiences
    • Is the government able to effectively represent Polish companies and enterprises before the Community institutions?
    • Availability of aid and its use by Polish companies and enterprises – history and the next financial framework
    • Lobbying of Polish business in EU authorities – success and mistakes
    • Business & Science Poland as an opportunity for a new opening?
  • Long-term funding for the Polish economy

    • An alternative to corporate bond issuance – raising long-term funding
    • The development of the Polish corporate bond market in recent years
    • The investment gap in Poland – innovation for competiveness?
    • Leveraged loans and the encumbrance of balance sheets.
    • Unsecured corporate loans for long term funding.
    • Patient capital – does it exist?
  • Succession and family businesses


    What about successors to leaders with family/author's roots? Problems with succession a problem for the Polish and European economies – observed effects, future hazards and risks. Scenarios of transferring authority – in stable and mature economies and in young and fast growing economies. In a dynamic environment: external investors, mergers, restructuring. Business models and management styles: traditions versus challenges of modern times. Strategy of leader change – balance of losses and benefits. A change of generation as an opportunity for a development leap?

  • Reform of tertiary education

    • Assumptions underlying the reform of tertiary education in Poland. Starting point – a need for change
    • Dispute about Act 2.0. A development impulse or a hazard for Polish science?
    • Centres and peripheries. Good ones and bad ones. How to assign to categories so that no one suffers?
    • Autonomy of universities – concerns of the environment, the role of politicians. Rector or manager?
    • “Sensitive” issues: personnel versus scientific level, parameterisation, costs


  • The infrastructure dimension of the Eastern Partnership

    • Transport and infrastructure – basis and reality of cooperation on the frontiers of the Union
    • Airports, ports and border crossings
    • Investments and cooperation in railway transport
    • Infrastructure financing in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia
  • An investment zone spanning the entire territory of Poland

    • A year since amendments to regulations related to tax benefits and functioning of economic zones
    • Economic zones as a tool of economic policy – still effective? Only tax benefits and low labour costs?
    • The role of local authorities in developing the business environment (labour market, infrastructure, spatial planning)
    • Investment structure in SEZ. Do such zones contribute to technology development?
  • The Central Airport and Railway Hub (CPK). Will there be a return on investment?

    • Does the construction of the CPK make any economic sense? Can a profit be made on it?
    • Can Poland become a hub for air cargo as well?
    • The impact of the CPK on regional airports. Is it possible to coexist with the CPK?
    • The Railway Programme of the CPK. Ten "smoking hot" railway ideas
    • The railway-related impact of the CPK investment on the regions (including Silesia)
    • Railway service for the CPK. The rolling stock and power supply
  • Practice of operating in foreign markets

    • Ideas and strategies. What should one bear in mind before starting a business abroad?
    • Estimate, anticipate and invest. The costs are related to foreign expansion
    • Knowledge of new markets. What to pay attention to when using advisory services?
    • In a world of tastes, customs and… differences. How to select a good or service appropriate for an exotic market?
    • Are we stronger together? Is it worth co‑operating in foreign markets?
    • The role of PolChambers in supporting Polish export and investment
  • Polish start-up scene

    • Young innovative entrepreneurship in Poland – basic data and trends
    • Start-up and success. Looking for a universal formula
    • Institutional support and acceleration. A review of opportunities. Opportunities and traps
    • Innovation versus risk mitigation and acceptance. Effective tools and models
    • Dilemmas of independence and development – or start-ups and investors. Partnership despite disproportions?
  • Women in business

    • Women on the labour market. Women as leaders
    • Stereotypes, cooperation, operability, partnership. What helps and what interferes on the road to success?
    • Does business have a gender? Communication skills, development of relations, negotiations
    • Psychology and strategy. Development of position in a man's world
  • Capital market in Poland

    • The polish capital market against the backdrop of the financial market; development opportunities and prospects for investment financing
    • The government strategy for capital market development. Conditions for its effective implementation
    • Issuers and investors: barriers and incentives. Reducing costs, taxes and regulatory burdens: Will that be enough?
    • What will come after the open pension funds (OFE)? Conclusions for the future
    • Employee Capital Plans (PPK), or high hopes. How to convince Poles to make long-term savings and to invest in the capital market?
    • Forecasts for the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW). Trading floor multiplication. Globalisation of turnover.
    • New technologies and their use in the Polish capital market
  • Sustainable development of cities and regions

    • Deglomeration in particular regions. Communication and infrastructure problems; examples of solutions implemented in Polish and European cities
    • A city that supports, initiates and encourages. Principles and practice of co-operation with investors
    • Sustainable development of cities and regions – the most important smart-city solutions
    • Promotion of co-operation between local authorities. Barriers, support instruments and examples
  • Power and power generation – revolution, regulations, market


    Changes in the structure of fuel consumption – core trends in Europe and the world. The future of a common European energy policy.

    Increasing energy prices – effects on the economy and competitive edge of companies. New technologies in power generation – storage of energy, electromobility, alternative fuels and energy generation techniques. Digitisation in power generation – new opportunities.

    Importance of renewable energy sources and new opportunities related to their use; distributed generation. Prosumers on the energy market. The power market in Europe and in Poland. Investments in power generation. Security of systems.


  • Investors Without Borders


    Another edition of awards granted to the most effective Polish investors pursuing foreign expansion and active, responsible foreign investors in Poland, having a positive impact on the economy and the labour market.

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