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European Economic Congress in Katowice
March 27, 2014   
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The southern Polish city of Katowice is preparing to host this year’s European Economic Congress May 7-9.

The European Economic Congress, billed as a major economic event in Central Europe, is a three-day series of debates and meetings attended by 6,000 guests from Poland, Europe and further beyond. Every year, several hundred panelists take part in nearly 100 sessions and the event attracts EU commissioners, prime ministers and government officials from across Europe, in addition to the CEOs of the largest companies, academics and key decision makers who exert a major influence on the economy and society. The debates focus on issues of key importance to the development of Europe.

The main topics of this year’s conference are: Europe in the face of global competition challenges; new EU funds—wise investment; industrial and power policy; migration and the labor market in Europe; and the U.S., China, Africa – partners and competitors.

The Congress will be held 10 years after the European Union’s eastward enlargement in May 2004 when 10 countries—among them Central European nations and the Baltic states—joined the bloc. That event was a watershed for both Poland and Europe as a whole.

The track record of the past decade seems to be positive, even though there were some trends and events that were difficult for the European Union. A summary of that period is an interesting topic for public debate, especially in view of the challenges that the enlarged European Union faces in the years ahead.

The current development dilemmas of the European Union are at the center of this year’s Congress. The debates will deal with issues such as reindustrialization, innovativeness, removal of free market barriers and other potential tools for economic recovery, as well as the future of energy in Europe in the context of climate policy and global changes in the energy sector.

The future of the European Union will largely be determined by the ongoing negotiations on the economic and trade partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the United States. This year’s conference will examine the shape and long-term consequences of this emerging alliance.

As usual, the conference agenda will include sessions on finance, energy and fuels, mining and metallurgy, local government and regional policy, infrastructure, transport and logistics, and construction and property.

Other events will include the EU-China Meeting, the Africa-Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum, and, for the first time, the Pakistan-Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum.

More information: www.eecpoland.eu
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