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Industry Mag Hands out Awards
February 20, 2008   
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Business magazine Nowy Przemysł (New Industry) held a business forum and gave out its eighth annual awards to "Those Who Change Polish Industry" at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw Jan. 31.

The forum, headlined "Changing Polish Industry," was attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals, in addition to politicians and journalists. The debate focused on how industry should take advantage of opportunities created by the country's economic growth, and what Poland should do to be the fastest growing economy in Europe.

Former president and Solidarity icon Lech Wałęsa received an honorary award as a man who has contributed to the development of Polish industry. According to the judges, Wałęsa is one of the country's best known and respected brands that "helps position Poland on the map of the world." Besides, he is "a symbol of change" and an individual who "has laid the foundations for the growth of the Polish economy," the jury said. Accepting the award, Wałęsa said, "For a revolutionist, worker and unionist, such an award offered by capitalists has a special meaning."

Former Polish prime minister and European Parliament member Jerzy Buzek was singled out for praise for his "consistent efforts to introduce new and clean coal technologies" and also for his promotion of innovation in the economy. Buzek said that he was "given the title of a Polish coal missionary, a role that sounds very impressive." Coal guarantees Poland's energy security, Buzek said. He added that the award was especially important to him because it came from businessmen, "a group of people with whom [he] sometimes had a rough ride."

Other awards went to Anna Streżyńska, head of the Office of Electronic Communications, and Adam Góral, CEO of Asseco Poland; as well as IDM SA brokerage, Fiat Auto Poland, Famur Group, Selena Group, ISD Polska, RWE Stoen, and TVP Biznes commercial television channel.

Jolanta Wolska
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