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Discussing the Future of Europe
March 27, 2013   
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The fifth European Economic Congress, one of the largest business events in Central and Eastern Europe, will be held May 13-15 in the southern city of Katowice.

This year’s European Economic Congress (EEC) will span three days filled with almost 100 debates and meetings attended by 6,000 guests from Poland and abroad, including several hundred panelists. Among the panelists will be EU commissioners, government officials from European countries and numerous Polish officials. Each European Economic Congress brings together key politicians, businessmen, scientists and economists.

Jerzy Buzek, the honorary president of the EEC Patronage Council and a former president of the European Parliament, said this year’s event will focus on visions of a new Europe. “This requires profound discussion and the involvement of citizens, Europeans,” Buzek said. “Whether I am in Austria, Germany, France or Italy, I often speak about the European civic domain, a space for citizens to debate the future of the EU. This is the kind of debate we want to have during the Congress. We want to talk about what our mutual relations should be like to make sure that the continent is well-governed and to make it as strong as possible in competition with the political superpowers of the world. That is our current challenge.”

Wojciech Ku¶pik, the president of the PTWP Group, which has organized the Congress since it started, believes that global thinking is needed. “That is why we will evaluate relations between the EU and the most rapidly developing economies around the world. We will debate a strategy for a ‘new opening’ and the conditions needed for Europe to expand,” Ku¶pik said.

The congress has been preceded by a new Central Europe Roadshow project comprising conferences held in the capitals of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, which together with Poland form the Visegrad Group. The conferences have helped organizers prepare topics for discussion during the European Economic Congress and provided an opportunity to get together and discuss economic cooperation within the Visegrad Group and the role which Central European countries play in the EU.

This year’s European Economic Congress has been expanded to include new, special events which, Ku¶pik said, will address the growing role of Asian countries in world trade, industrial production and natural resources as well as the growing importance of economies and markets in other regions of the world that have played a smaller role so far. The special events are the second EU-China Forum and the first EU-Africa Forum.

According to the organizers, this year’s congress will show that the event is rapidly growing and will feature a broader agenda, moderated sessions, improved panel discussions and active dialogue with attendees.

Aside from the main topics, including economic growth, the future of the eurozone, globalization, energy and climate policy and the role of Central Europe, the preliminary agenda of the fifth European Economic Congress also covers issues of key importance to the future of the energy, financial, automotive and real estate sectors, the mining and construction industries, local governments and regional policy, infrastructure, transportation and innovation.

For further information go to www.eecpoland.eu
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