Over 90% of attendants, speakers and partners of the 5th European Economic Congress (EEC) declare their willingness to take part in the event in 2014. Representatives of the largest business entities and people deciding about millions for investments were present in Katowice between 13th and 15th of May.
“Many of the participants would not visit Katowice, if the event did not take place in the City. This is a great promotion for us” – commented Piotr Uszok, Katowice mayor.
Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the European Parliament 2009-2012, summarized that this year’s edition of the EEC was focused on three words: cooperation, integration and innovation. “Next year we will try to talk on competitiveness of the markets of the European Union and the United States.”
The fifth edition gathered several dozen representatives of twelve African countries. The first Africa-Central Europe Cooperation Forum was inaugurated on the opening day. “We already got an invitation to revisit Africa” – said Jerzy Buzek.
However, the organizers make its strong efforts to promote the EEC as a European brand. “Our main goal is still to make the European Economic Congress the biggest, the most important and opinion forming economic event in Central Europe. I can say that CEE countries already consider the event as the real European congress, their congress” – said Wojciech Kuśpik, EEC initiator and President of PTWP SA Group.
PLN 7 million that was spent this year to organize the undertaking takes effects in number of publications in the Polish and foreign media (excluding the advertisements) exceeding 5 000. The Advertising Value Equivalents – that calculate what the equivalent amount of space, if paid for as advertising, would cost – is estimated at about PLN 32 million. The value amounted to PLN 25 million (4 000 publications) last year.
Over six thousand guests, 500 media representatives of 200 editorial boards took part in the 5th European Economic Congress. 3 000 people worked during the event organization. Date of the 6th EEC is yet unknown.