EEC 2020


Conclusion: Day 1

The new world, energy, digitisation, the EU and the crisis and defending the economy

We talk about the situation on the labour market and the future of the energy sector. We summarize the prospects of the EU and its actual impact on the restart of the economy. We answer questions about what the economic world will look like after the pandemic and whether we will see a digital acceleration.



Conclusion: Day 2

Start-ups, e-commerce, resilient and vulnerable industries, local governments in the time of the pandemic

We answer the questions whether in the era of pandemic start-ups can count on development, whether in trade we are already experiencing a digital revolution and whether financial cuts await us in local government investments. We analyze which industries will gain the most and which ones will lose the most.



Conclusion: Day 3

Infrastructural investments, post-pandemic management, labour market, finances and international trade

We talk about foreign trade, mergers and international acquisitions and ways to maintain liquidity and the future of infrastructure investments. At the „round table” - with representatives of the government, local governments and business - we debate about the chances for a smooth exit from the crisis.


EEC On-line

Before the European Economic Congress scheduled for September 2-4, 2020, we are going to host a few dozen of online debates about the new economic reality. To participate in EEC online we have invited over a hundred of representatives of the world of business, the government, local government as well as researchers and academics. The audience, apart from watching speeches, presentations, one on one discussions and session of comments comments, will also have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. Here are some issues discussed during EEC Online.

  • 11:00-12:30

    Drug safety of the country – when will it become a priority of the state?

    (common session of the European Economic Congres and Health Challenges Congress) Taking care of the payer's budget. Short-term policy with long-term consequences. Sustainability in pharmacy. How to manage the process wisely at every stage? The impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the pharmaceutical sector in Poland. Drug shortages: causes, consequences, solutions. How to strengthen the national drug production?

  • 13:00-14:30

    Not only an industry – innovation in the pharmaceutical sector

    (common session of the European Economic Congres and Health Challenges Congress) Directions of knowledge transfer and research base – global trends. Poland on the map of knowledge-based economies. Developing a vaccine and drugs for COVID-19. Intelligent specialization – the Polish specialty. Do personalised therapies require personalised refund schemes? What is the future of RSS in Poland?. Industry – science – business How to stimulate the development of the scientific sector?. What are the world leaders in pharmaceutical innovation looking for today?

  • 10:00-11:30

    The art of recovery. Business, administration, the market

    The summary of the first stage of implementing anti-crisis measures. Effects, experiences, conclusions. What have the anti-pandemic regulations changed in the way business is done? The recovery calendar and communication – quintessential for business. How have businesses adapted in order to survive and what risks are involved in their recovery? Prospects of the recovery of the economy in the light of financial data and macroeconomic forecasts.

  • 12:00-13:15

    International trade, export, expansion

    Restarting the economy locally and globally – the pace, barriers, traps. Protectionism on the rise – threats for the Polish economy. The support for exporters and investors on foreign markets – effective action plans for the time of a global recession. International logistics facing new reality, challenges and opportunities.

  • 13:30-14:15

    Public finances vs. challenges, needs and restrictions | Restructuring under pressure

    The increase in the number of procedures of reconstruction and bankruptcy proceedings. Staying afloat – available tools, strategies and their limitations. Standard and emergency restructuring measures implemented by companies. Negotiating with contractors and crEditors. Restructuring measures or anti-crisis support? A long- or short-term perspective? Court restructuring procedures – when to make the difficult decision?

  • 14:30-15:30

    Local government in the time of crisis and the pandemic

    Local government, tourism. The scale of crisis in the tourism industry – attempts at recovery. New reality – the new, alternative offer. Safety comes first. How to effectively cooperate? The role of tourism in the strategy of municipalities.

  • 09:00-10:15

    Go for cloud. Cloud in business, business in cloud

    (common session of the European Economic Congress and European Tech & Start-up Days) Cloud computing – key element of the 4th industrial revolution. The potential of doing business in the cloud and online. Cloud technologies vs. accelerating digitalisation – what about the demand for cloud solutions and services? Cloud in businesses in Poland and Europe. Investing in cloud infrastructure.

  • 10:30-11:45

    Digital transformation of the industry

    Smart factories and robotisation as an answer to both economic and demographic challenges as well as threats to public health. What will the fourth industrial revolution change in the relationship between manufacturers and customers? The industrial Internet of things as a way of improving products and processes. Barriers to the development of Industry 4.0. The labour market vs. skills and competences of employees.

  • 12:00-13:00

    Universal Internet. Infrastructure now

    Terra incognita on a country’s map of telecommunication infrastructure. Underdeveloped infrastructure – a barrier to digitalisation and development. Gaps widened by the pandemic. The digital gap: the perspective of the state administration, recommendations of local governments. How to execute projects successfully? Financing investments, the role of the state and business.

  • 13:15-14:00

    5G Digital motorways

    Using the possibilities of 5G to build an e-state, innovate the industry and develop a smart economy. Technologies and business models. Who is already “5G ready”? The safety of the infrastructure. Tenders and the financing of its development. Most advanced commercial executions. First experiences – global and national.

  • 09:30-11:00

    Industry in Poland and Europe

    The condition of the European industry before and during the pandemic. Poland’s industrial potential in the network of corporate connections. Energy costs, climate protection regulations, extra-European competition. Forecasts for energy-intensive industries. Reshoring and changes in the structure of global economic links. Reactivation – how is the recession going to affect demand?

  • 11:15-12:45

    EU funds. Old and new priorities

    Structural funds in the fight against the crisis. How will the rules of utilizing EU funds change? Acceleration, facilitation, simplification. New allocation – potential outcomes for the Polish economy and investments. Priorities in the time of recession. Multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 as a strategic perspective. In pursuit of green investments. Unfaltering investments in renewables – an example of stability in volatile times and a potential driver for the economy.

  • 13:00-13:30

    Just transition. Sharp acceleration

    Economic and social costs of the transformation of traditionally industrial regions. Problems exacerbated by socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. Plans, needs, actions – on the regional, national and European level. The fund and mechanism of just transition as an integral element of EU’s recovery strategy.

  • 13:00-13:30

    Artificial Intelligence in medicine

    (common session of the European Economic Congres and Health Challenges Congress) Artificial intelligence – only an “assistant” or the “right hand” of a doctor when making decisions regarding therapy?


EEC Online Speakers

    Valdis Dombrovskis

    Executive Vice-President, An Economy that Works for People, European Commission

    Michał Kurtyka

    Minister of climate

    Jerzy Buzek

    MEP, former PM of Poland

    Kazimierz Karolczak

    Chairman of the Management Board, Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Basin

    Piotr Arak

    Director, Polish Economic Institute

    Dominika Bettman

    CEO, Siemens Sp. z o.o.

    Jarosław Sroka

    Board Member, Kulczyk Investments

    Michał Motylewski

    Counsel, Dentons

    Janusz Jankowiak

    główny ekonomista, Polska Rada Biznesu

    Rafał Sonik

    CEO, Gemini Holdings Sp. z o.o.

    Kamil Szymański

    Associate Director, Head of Industrial Agency, Savills

    Marcin Seniuk

    Director, Startups Development Department, PARP

    Damian Zapłata

    Chief Commercial Officer, Allegro

    Marcin Korolec

    President, Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation (Fundacja Promocji Pojazdów Elektrycznych)

    Mirosław Klepacki

    President, Managing Director, Apator SA

    Grzegorz Wachowicz

    Head of Sales and Marketing, RTV EURO AGD

ETSD 2020


European Start-up Days

Meeting of creators of global brands, business visionaries and explorers. A space integrating the environment of young entrepreneurs with experts, CEOs of large companies, investors and successful businessmen from various industries.

Katowice, International Congress Center - 3-4 of September 2020


  • Inspirations & Talks
  • Networking zone
  • Start-up challenge
  • Party time - the evening gala and concert
  • Meeting Zone
  • Techexpo zone & Start-up alley



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