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European Economic Congress 2011
April 28, 2011   
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European Union commissioners, prime ministers from countries including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, leading Polish politicians and top managers from European corporations have all marked their calendars to attend the third European Economic Congress (EEC) in the southern Polish city of Katowice May 16-18.

During the event, a host of politicians, scientists and businessmen will discuss the most pressing problems of the European economy in the global context.

“The European Economic Congress in Katowice is simply a not-to-be-missed event,” says Jerzy Buzek, former prime minister of Poland and now president of the European Parliament. Buzek is honorary chairman of the organizing committee of the EEC 2011. “This will be the third time the event will be held. This year’s meeting is special because it is taking place in a year that Poland holds the rotating EU presidency. The congress will enrich the intellectual ballast of our presidency, which will shape EU policy for a whole six months. We face some tough challenges. Europe finally has to overcome the economic crisis, and that means investing in human capital, increasing the competitive edge of its economies, developing innovation. Energy stability and concern for the environment are important. We will talk about all this at the congress; we will share experiences and seek new solutions. As every year, we will be supported by leading experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and of course politicians from Poland, Europe and beyond.”

The EEC 2011, Central Europe’s biggest business meeting, will be the most important event preceding Poland’s turn at the presidency of the Council of the EU.

Wojciech Ku¶pik, the brains behind the EEC and president of Grupa PTWP SA, the corporation which organizes the congress, says the upcoming Polish presidency “on one hand increases foreign guests’ interest in our country, and consequently in taking part in the congress, while on the other it stimulates a natural need to include the priorities of the Polish presidency in the topics covered. The eyes of Europe are upon Poland, which is why it is so important to hold a factually-based debate on the leading problems of the European economy. The EEC will be the best platform for this, and the last one before July 1.”

The EEC 2011 conference agenda includes issues related to implementing the energy and climate package as well as topics of crucial importance for the EU economy, such as directions of EU regional policy, energy security, transport policy, the economy’s innovation and competitiveness, the development of science and the role of new technology in economic development.

In addition to Buzek, Polish and international politicians expected to take part in this year’s meeting include Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas; Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicová; Janusz Lewandowski, EU commissioner for financial programming and budget; and Robert J. Shapiro, former U.S. undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs under President Bill Clinton and now an adviser to President Barack Obama. Polish politicians on the guest list include Elżbieta Bieńkowska, minister of regional development; Michał Boni, Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s chief strategic adviser; Aleksander Grad, minister of the Treasury; Andrzej Kraszewski, minister of the environment; Waldemar Pawlak, deputy prime minister and minister of the economy; Olgierd Dziekoński, secretary of state in the President’s Office; and Lech Wałęsa, Poland’s president 1990-1995.

Many members of the European Parliament and Polish deputies will also attend the conference, together with the mayors of Poland’s biggest cities and European and Polish business leaders.

The European Economic Congress will feature three days of debates, meetings and fringe events in which 4,500 guests from Poland and other countries will take part. Almost 900 panelists will take part in nearly 100 sessions and discussions. Fringe events will be held in 11 different venues in Katowice. The city is known as the capital of Upper Silesia. Some 450 Polish and foreign journalists have been accredited to cover the event.

The congress’s organizer is Grupa PTWP SA, which publishes the Nowy Przemysł monthly and runs the WNP.pl website. The co-organizers of the event are Silesia Province, the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia, and the City of Katowice. The Warsaw Voice is one of the event’s media partners.

For more information on the European Economic Congress 2011, visit www.eec2011.eu
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