Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland have opened the 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice on Monday.
Among the leading themes and issues to be discussed at the 7th edition of the largest business conference in Eastern and Central Europe are the innovative Europe, large-scale EU investment programme, the role of the state in the economy, and the challenges of the global economy, new markets and new directions. There will also be exchanges of views and experience in the areas of industry and climate, as well as responsible business and young participants in the European labour market.
„Reindustrialisation based on innovations is an opportunity to accelerate the development of Europe. Also, we have to do our best to keep young and talented people in Poland. It is our ambition to export technologies, not technologists – patents, not their authors. We have to set ourselves some ambitious goals. The main task will be to make Poland one of the top ten most innovative economies in Europe within the next 10 years” – Bronisław Komorowski said during the opening ceremony. Currently, Poland is ranked among the first thirty of the most innovative economies in Europe.
A discussion on the issue of the European Union’s large-scale investment programme, 300 billion for New Europe, was attended on the first day of the EEC by: Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Janusz Lewandowski, Chairman, Polish Prime Minister‘s Economic Council, Member of the European Parliament, Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of Economy, Maricel Popa, Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Economy and László Szabó, Hungarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Parliamentary State Secretary.
The three-day debate in Katowice will also be a forum for sharing the knowledge and experience of: Leszek Balcerowicz, Chairman of the Civic Development Forum Foundation, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and former President of the National Bank of Poland, Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, President of the EP 2009-2012, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland 1997-2001, Chairman of the EEC Council, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kiev, Leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR), Horst Köhler, President of Germany 2004-2010, German economist and politician, Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, Jan Kulczyk, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Kulczyk Investments, founder of the CEED Institute, Włodzimierz Karpiński, Minister of Treasury of the Republic of Poland, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Ivan Mikloš, Slovakian politician, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Slovakia 2010-2012, and Lech Wałęsa, President of Poland 1990-1995.
Among the guests of the European Economic Congress 2015 in Katowice are representatives of some of the largest Polish companies, such as Grupa Azoty, Enea, Lotos, Orlen, PGE, PKP and Tauron, and of global brands including ArcelorMittal, Fujitsu, Hitachi, ING, Kapsch and Siemens.
Also, the 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice comprises: the 3rd Africa-Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum, the 4th Europe-China Economic Forum, Poland-South Korea Economic Forum and the 1st Poland-Countries of the Arabian Peninsula Economic Forum.
According to the latest statement of Wojciech Kuśpik, chairman of the PTWP – an organizer of the EEC – the event will be attended by over 7 000 guests.
The 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice takes place between 20th and 22nd of April 2015. For the first time, all the congress events will be held in one place – the newly-opened International Convention Center situated on Olimpijska St., near the „Spodek” sport and exhibition hall.