The common voice of Central and Eastern Europe will ring out from Katowice again in May this year. The fifth edition of the European Economic Congress – the largest business event in this part of the continent – will take place between 13th and 15th of May, 2013 in Katowice. Organizers already presented main topics to be discussed during the EEC.
“A fresh impetus to the evolution of the European economy should also be looked for outside Europe. While not losing sight of the issues close at hand, it is worth thinking globally” – in this way the organizer of the European Economic Congress announces its main subject areas and accompanying events.
The EEC is a three-day series of debates and meetings with the participation of six thousand guests, both from Poland and from abroad. Several hundred panellists will take part in nearly one hundred sessions, including, among others, EU Commissioners, representatives of governments of Central European states and numerous domestic representatives. Each Congress is a meeting of the most prominent figures of the worlds of politics, business, science and economics.
“In May, during the 5th European Economic Congress, we will talk about the vision of the new Europe. It requires an in-depth discussion and the involvement of the citizens – the Europeans. I often speak, also when I am in Austria, in Germany, in France or in Italy, of the European civil space, of the space of a civil debate on the future of the European Union. Such a debate we wish to conduct during the Congress” – declares Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Honorary Chairman of the Patronage Council of the EEC. “We wish to talk about how to arrange our mutual relations on our continent, in order to manage it well, making it as strong as possible in the clash with the great political powers of the world. This is our present-day challenge” – he adds.
“Go global! We have to think globally. That is why, among others, we will assess relations between the European Union and the most dynamic economies of the world and think over a “new opening” strategy, as well as the conditions that have to be met in order for Europe to expand” – enumerates Wojciech Kuśpik, the initiator of the EEC, Chairman of the Board, PTWP SA.
Even before the Congress in Katowice begins in May, the new Roadshow project will tour Central Europe, announcing its advent. Conferences in the capitals of the Visegrád Group states (Bratislava, Prague, Budapest) will not only provide content for debates during the EEC, but first of all, they will also be an opportunity for meetings and discussions on economic cooperation within the Group, as well as on the role of Central European countries in the European Union. The first of these events, the Slovakia – Poland Economic Forum, will take place on 28th of February, 2013 in Bratislava.
“Considering the growing role of the largest Asian countries in global trade, industrial production or acquisition and consumption of raw materials, as well as the increasing importance of economies and markets of the regions of the world that have been marginalized so far, we expand the agenda of the European Economic Congress 2013 with events conceived in the format of special days” – adds Wojciech Kuśpik. These will be: the second (after the last year’s edition) European Union – China Forum and the first European Union – Africa Forum.
Out of one hundred African countries, it is expected to host the representatives of governments and business from such countries as: Angola, Algeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
The organizers ensure that this year’s edition of the Congress will be another confirmation of the evolutionary trend. This time, they count on evolution through the quality of the line-up of the Congress, as well as the moderation of sessions, preparation of individual panels and active dialogue with the participants.
Apart from the leading subject areas related to economic growth, the future of the euro area, globalization, the energy and climate policy or the role of Central Europe, the preliminary subject area of the 5th European Economic Congress also includes the key issues for the future of such fields of economy and public life as: energy, finance, mining, local authorities and the regional policy, infrastructure, transport, construction and real property, automotive industry, and innovations.
To register and learn more about the event, visit: www.eecpoland.eu
source: press office of EEC