EEC 2010: Second day in brief

Knowledge and Innovation Communities, transport, finance, economy, sport infrastructure and funding, and health care are only a few of the numerous topics discussed during the second day of the European Economic Congress 2010. On 1st of June, Katowice saw 36 thematic sessions with over 350 panelists. The debates were attended by Minister of Science and Higher Education Barbara Kudrycka, and Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Gérard de Nazelle.

The second day of the European Economic Congress 2010 (EEC) was marked by the discussions broadly related to the power industry. Detailed discussions involved such problems as the Polish government’s strategy for the fuel and energy sector; also, the debates raised the future of power transmission and distribution in Europe, and the energy efficiency in cities, regions and companies. Moreover, the participants brought up economic issues and those related with transport, water and sewage disposal, and health protection.

The session summing the activity of the Knowledge and Innovation Community, which was officially inaugurated during the European Economic Congress 2009, the EEC 2010 participants, including Minister of Science and Higher Education Barbara Kudrycka, and Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Gérard de Nazelle, discussed whether there has been success in merging business and knowledge, and what the Knowledge Community is today.

A panel dedicated to the investment attractiveness of the Silesia Province was a must in this year’s agenda of the largest business event in Central and Eastern Europe. The session was opened by Marshal of the Silesia Province Bogusław Śmigielski.

Beside, speakers who addressed the participants today were Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Poland in 2007-2009 Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski, and President of the American Chamber of Commerce Roman Rewald (Law), and in a multimedia address, EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger (Polish government’s strategies for the fuel and energy sector).

In addition, distinctions for laureates of the competition held by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development in categories of the “Innovative Project” and the “Effective Entrepreneur” were given; furthermore, there was an opening ceremony of the Network of Collaboration and Entrepreneurs, “Business Hunters”.

Tuesday’s sessions were held in the Monopol Hotel (e.g. the Polish Government’s Strategies for the Fuel Sector, the Future of Power Transmission and Distribution in Europe), the Qubus Hotel (e.g. Finance/Economy, Knowledge and Innovation Communities, Law, Food Market), the Silesian Voivode Office (e.g. the Finance of Local Governments, Infrastructure/Construction/Real Estate, Railway Transport), in the Biuro Centrum building (Capital for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Investments in SMEs. Dynamic Profits, Extraordinary Growth), in the RIG building (the Eastern Partnership as an International Platform for Economic Integration), in the Science and Technology Park Euro-Centrum (the Power Sector: Renewable Energy Sources), in the angelo Hotel (the Innovative Economy of Europe, the Economy in the Time of the Crisis: Mechanisms Supporting Entrepreneurs), in the Rondo Sztuki Gallery (the Investment Attractiveness of the Silesia Province) and in the ING building (the Meaning of Audit and Control in Public Administration at an International Scale).

On Wednesday, 2nd of June, which is the last Congress day, the participants will join debates on specific sectors of the European economy, including the automotive industry, mining and metallurgy, and on the aviation industry.