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Economic Forum in Krynica
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Davos of the East
September 3, 2008   
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Krynica, a popular spa in Ma這polska province, southeastern Poland, is hosting the 18th Economic Forum Sept. 10-13. Guests from 60 countries will attend. The high-profile meeting has earned the nickname of the "Davos of the East" from Le Monde and Le Soir newspapers.

"Thanks to the forum's mission, which is to build an atmosphere conducive to the development of political and economic cooperation among European countries, Krynica has become a trusted meeting place," says Zygmunt Berdychowski, chairman of the Economic Forum's Program Council.

The event's press spokesman Artur Negri echoes, "The forum is popular among international journalists, including those from Financial Times and The Economist."

The forum keeps expanding. This year, the main conferences in Krynica will be accompanied by a Forum of Regions in Muszyna, an Investment Forum in Tarn闚, and an Economic Forum of Young Leaders in Nowy S帷z, all in Ma這polska province.

The Forum of Regions will bring together local and regional leaders who often have more say in decisions that concern their regions than central government officials. Only big and strong regions can expect to engage in partner-like cooperation with central governments and EU officials, put EU funds to good use, and ensure efficient work of the local administration.

Ma這polska province chairman Marek Nawara notes, "The founding fathers of the European Union said that a united Europe would only be built through solidarity among states, regions and people. The Forum of Regions addresses this cause. Without direct contact, debate and exchange of opinion, European solidarity cannot be built. The Forum of Regions is an important meeting point for local and regional authorities. We want to talk about how we should cope with global competition and make our European home a better place to live; how to establish closer ties while preserving diversity and the multitude of traditions; and how to effectively pursue regional policies, care for the environment, and support culture and knowledge. What should be the role of local and regional authorities in these processes?"

The Investment Forum is bringing together selected investors from Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries, alongside politicians and parliamentarians in charge of privatization in Central Europe. The meeting is expected to sum up the results of economic transformation in the region and to outline privatization policy guidelines for the coming years.

Tarn闚 mayor Ryszard 圭iga豉 says, "Europe needs good cooperation as an effective response to growing global competition. Development and stabilization largely depend on what goes on in our part of the continent. Central and Eastern Europe includes both countries that are already integrated with international markets and those that are only aspiring to undergo transition. What effects have system reforms had on Central and Eastern Europe? What privatization policies have individual countries adopted for the coming years? Those are only some questions that will be addressed by the Investment Forum Tarn闚 2008."

To supplement the Krynica Economic Forum, the Eastern Institute is organizing special meetings and panel discussions that will be attended by politicians and experts. These events include the Europe-Russia Forum, the Europe-Ukraine Forum, the Energy Forum, and the Roads to Krynica debate. The conferences will be accompanied by special publications, including reports on transformation in Russia, Central Asia and Ukraine.

The Eastern Institute is the organizer of the Krynica forum. Since it was established in 1993, the institute has worked to promote cooperation among European countries, in particular those in Central and Eastern Europe.

Forum discussion topics:
  • International Policy and Security
  • Government and Reforms
  • EU and Its Neighbors
  • Regions
  • Society
  • Education and Culture
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business and Management
  • Fuels and Energy
  • New Economy
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