Largest entrepreneurs and politicians of the region will attend EEC 2011

Less than a week left to the European Economic Congress 2011 in Katowice which is about to start on the 16th of May. The economic situation, goals and prospects of the ten youngest EU countries will be discussed at the event by the largest entrepreneurs of the region. Their fortunes are altogether worth over PLN 27 billion.

The discussion panel entitled Central and Eastern Europe – Common Interests, Challenges and Problems will gather some of the richest entrepreneurs of the old continent. They will share their knowledge about the way the economies of the region function, and analyse the region’s economic and social situation seen in the perspective of its future development. The latest CEED Initiative* (Central Eastern Europe Development Initiative) report will also be presented at the debate, summarising the current economic situation and economic forecasts for Central Europe.

The following themes will be discussed during the meeting, which will take place on the first day of the European Economic Congress 2011: economic forecasts for Eastern and Central Europe, Central and Eastern Europe as an area of above-average dynamism and creativity, regional assets and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and the most important values that Central and Eastern Europe brings into the European Union.

The discussion will be held by Zdenĕk Bakala, one of the richest Czechs and the owner of the New World Resources group; Sándor Demján, the richest Hungarian, President of the TriGranit Development Corporation; Jan Kulczyk, the richest Pole and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kulczyk Investments, and Indrek Neivelt, Estonian economist and banker, one of the most influential people in Estonian business, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ldiamon.

The wealth accumulated by the panellists of the European Economic Congress 2011 during their business careers is a testimony to the scale of their success and experience. Joined together they would take the fifteenth place on the list of the 500 richest people in the world as published by Forbes magazine. Their fortunes are altogether worth over PLN 27 billion, which on average would be enough to build 250 km of motorways, 7 skyscrapers of the tallest-in-the-world Dubai Tower type – over 800 meters high, or a house for every inhabitant of a medium-size town in Poland.

The Central and Eastern Europe – Common Interests, Challenges and Problems panel will be opened by Lech Wałęsa, President of Poland 1990-1995, and the meeting will be moderated by Jan Cieński, a foreign correspondent for The Financial Times who specialises in Eastern and Central Europe. The debate will be rounded up by Hans-Jacob Bonnier, Vice-President of Bonnier Business Press International.

The European Economic Congress (EEC) 2011 will be opened by Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Parliament, Honorary Chairman of the Patronage Council of the EEC 2011 Organizational Committee. The opening speeches are promised by the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk; Petr Nečas, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, Iveta Radičová, Slovakian Prime Minister and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, and EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. The opening day of the event on the 16th of May will also be attended by Jadranka Kosor, Croatia Prime Minister. The country applies for the European Union membership.

The European Economic Congress 2011 in Katowice is the largest business event in Central Europe. The hundred issue-based sessions, debates and accompanying events will be attended by approximately 4500 guests from Poland and abroad.

* Information about the CEED Initiative:

The CEED Initiative, founded by a Polish entrepreneur Jan Kulczyk, is an international project started at the 2nd European Economic Congress.

The main objective of the project is to enhance the attractiveness of the youngest ten countries of the European Union, the so-called CEED (Central and Eastern Europe Development), within the global economy. CEED not only actively supports pro-market reforms in our region but also organises discussion panels, conferences and meeting platforms for analysts, decision makers and employees of the largest and most influential financial institutions in the world.

Every year CEED publishes a report on the situation and the prospects of the CEED countries. Some of the most distinguished entrepreneurs and businessmen from Central and Eastern Europe have been invited to participate in the project, and undertake actions aimed at raising the awareness of the achievements of the region in such areas as free market economy, privatisation and innovation. The CEED Initiative is strongly supported by the Lech Wałęsa Institute and International Relations Center.

source: press office of EEC 2011