In three weeks, Katowice will become the economic heart of Europe and the place for meeting of business, political and scientific elites for the sixth time. The final agenda of the European Economic Congress was presented on Monday during a press conference. The same day, the Silesian Voivodeship informed about the admission of financial support for the event.
A letter of intent was also signed on Monday between the organizer – PTWP Group – and the Marshall Office of the Silesian Voivodeship. „It is high time to make our involvement permanent in this undertaking” – commented Mirosław Sekuła, Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship. „Signing of this letter of intent is the first step. The next one, I hope, will be to sign an agreement to stabilize our engagement”. The financial support will amount to PLN 0,25 million.
The EEC become a large business meeting in Central Europe in a very short time. The project was initiated by the Katowice-based media company, PTWP Group. 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. The Advertising Value Equivalents – that calculate what the equivalent amount of space, if paid for as advertising, would cost – was estimated at about PLN 32 million.
Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, former PM of Poland and former President of the European Parliament, as well as the EEC Council President emphasized that the EEC became one of the largest and most important business events in Europe. „According to the latest analysis which compares politic and economic congresses, the EEC is amongst 9 largest business meetings in Europe as the only event from Poland. We are classified in the same group as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland” – Jerzy Buzek said.
This year, debates (about 100 discussion sessions have been planned) will take place in three hotels – Qubus, Angelo and Monopol, as well as in „Centrum Kultury Katowice” at Sejmu Śląskiego Sq. The European Economic Congress 2014 will be held from 7th to 9th of May. As it was in the previous years, the organizer expects about six thousand quests – only during the first twelve hours of registration, 1 500 participants submitted their applications.