EEC 2010: Summary

The European Economic Congress 2010 has come to an end last Wednesday. The largest business event in this part of Europe gathered over 4 000 participants, 60 thematic panels were joined by almost 700 panelists. Debates, sessions and numerous accompanying events took place in 10 locations in Katowice. Congress events and issues were covered by over 300 media representatives.

“These were three days of many important and necessary debates, discussions and meetings such as that with Johannes Hahn, the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, who visited Poland for the first time. Katowice welcomed not only European Commission representatives but also the most important personas of the Polish government, largest European corporations and luminaries from the world of science and business. During the congress, specific decisions were made and binding obligations were undertaken. To illustrate this, we may point to the project of the Knowledge and Innovation Community, the words of Aleksander Grad, the Minister of Treasury, on share prices of Tauron which debuts on the stock exchange or Jan Kulczyk’s project which sets up the incubator of thought and initiative CEED which aims at promoting Central and Eastern Europe” – says Wojciech Kuśpik, the initiator of the European Economic Congress and the President of the PTWP SA Group which has organised the congress.

The Second European Economic Congress (EEC), the largest business conference in Central Europe, under the patronage of José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, was held from 31 May to 2 June 2010 in Katowice.

”In the opinion of many congress guests, Europe is seen as a continent which has wrestled and will wrestle for some time with a serious crisis in finance. On the other hand, there is certainty that Central Europe is and will be a green island, a region full of perspectives and the most dynamic changes which will affect the order in other countries. Therefore, we have time for discussion and problems to be examined. Thus… I would like to invite you now to the Third European Economic Congress next year” – adds Wojciech Kuśpik.

The official inauguration ceremony was participated by Marshal of the Sejm of Poland, Acting President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski and President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. Opening addresses were delivered by Minister and Member of the Council of Ministers Michał Boni, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak, Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski and President of Poland in 1990-1995 Lech Wałęsa.

Such figures as Minister of Treasury Aleksander Grad, Minister of Environment Andrzej Kraszewski, Minister of Science and Higher Education Barbara Kudrycka, Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Gérard de Nazelle and representatives of the largest companies in all the sectors of economy shared their experience and knowledge during the congress.

Beside numerous debates, the European Economic Congress 2010 in Katowice was a place of many accompanying events such as granting Crystal Brussels Sprout awards and distinctions for laureates of a competition held by PARP and a series of press conferences.

The participants of EEC 2010 debated in ten locations such as the building of the Academy of Music in Katowice, the Silesian Voivode Office, the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Qubus, Monopol and Angelo hotels, and Biuro Centrum buildings and the Science and Technology Park Euro Centrum, the Rondo Sztuki gallery and the ING building.

The congress co-organisers are the Silesia Province, the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia and the City of Katowice. The congress organizer is PTWP SA Group which is a publisher of such titles as Nowy Przemysł monthly and an editor of wnp.pl portal.