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European Economic Congress
March 29, 2012   
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“A debate with European leaders about more than just the economy, finances and the climate and energy package”—this is how Jerzy Buzek, former president of the European Parliament, describes the 4th European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice. The largest business event in Central Europe will be held from May 14 to 16 at 11 locations across Katowice.

The three days of the Congress will be filled with numerous debates, meetings and accompanying events bringing together nearly 6,000 guests from across the globe. For the fourth time, the capital of Upper Silesia will host a meeting between key figures in politics, business, science and the economy.

“When selecting the themes of the debates to be held during the European Economic Congress, we draw on the experience gained during the previous editions of the EEC, and at the same time we ensure that the agenda includes the most current problems of the Polish and European economy,” said Wojciech Ku¶pik, initiator of the European Economic Congress and president of the management board of the PTWP SA Group, at a press conference announcing the event.

Buzek is the Head of the Program Board of the European Economic Congress. His authority is a guarantee of the event’s high quality.

The leading theme of this year’s congress will be “Europe 2020”—the European strategy aiming to respond to the challenges of the sovereign debt crisis and the economic slowdown.

Another key theme to be addressed at the 4th European Economic Congress will be the “roadmap” of the European energy policy towards 2050, setting the course for achieving a low-emission economy.

Participants of this year’s congress will ask a number of important questions about innovation. Why is Europe falling behind in the global race towards modernity? What are the conditions necessary for a European breakthrough in the field of innovativeness? What factors drive its development? What cooperation models between science and business can prove effective in practice?

The European Union and Central European countries in the face of the economic slowdown are other key themes of this year’s European Economic Congress. This topic includes such issues as the “old” and “new” Europe—the relations, differences and competitive edges, common development of the economy in uncertain times, more integration—the energy of Central Europe in the face of the EU’s internal crisis, infrastructure and access to natural resources, the market and investments, economic growth and changes in the East and the EU’s foreign policy as a chance for a new driver of economic development.

The themes addressed at the latest EEC reach far beyond the Old World. A key debate will address cooperation between Europe and China, presenting a balance sheet of Chinese direct foreign investments in European countries, as well as an assessment of the effectiveness of Chinese capital on the financial market in Europe and the opportunities for Chinese investors in Europe. The forum will also include such topics as European investors in Asia, the development needs of the Chinese economy, technology, innovativeness, know-how and other assets of European companies in the Middle Kingdom, the perception of China as an economic and trade partner for Europe, the economic image of Europe in China, stereotypes and prejudices in light of rapidly changing situations and the role of Poland as a partner of China in Europe.

The list of themes of the 2012 European Economic Congress would not be complete without debates focusing on energy, finances, transport, mining, metallurgy, heat generation, the gas market and construction. The congress will be held right before the Euro 2012 soccer championship when, once again, the eyes of Europe will be on Poland. Euro 2012, as a huge business project, is yet another area for debate at the congress.

The European Economic Congress will be preceded by such events as a conference in Prague revolving around the economic relations between Poland and the Czech Republic. The congress itself will be accompanied by a number of events, including the portalsamorzadowy.pl awards gala as part of the 2012 Top Municipal Investments competition, the finale of the “Energy-Efficient Poland” campaign and the awards ceremony of the Polish Entrepreneurship Development Agency.

“We have invited university students and graduates to work with us on the organization of the EEC. To execute a unique project promoting initiatives executed thanks to EU finding, we have enlisted the help of artists, designers and the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. We will report on our progress as we go along,” said Ku¶pik.


FACTFILE
The European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice is the largest business event in Central Europe and a three day-long series of debates, meetings and accompanying events, bringing together key figures from politics, business, science and the economy.

During the 2011 congress, nearly 6,000 guests from Poland and abroad took part in 100 debates and accompanying events.

Ever since the first meeting in 2009, the European Economic Congress has been organized by the PTWP SA Group, publisher of the Nowy Przemysł economic monthly and the wnp.pl website.

For more information on the 2012 congress, go to www.eecpoland.eu
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