The seventh European Economic Congress starts in a month. The event will as big as usual – over 6 000 guests are expected – but for the first time in the history of the EEC, it will take place in one location. Four European Union commissioners, representatives of Polish and European parliaments, tens of government ministers and deputy ministers from around the globe, businessmen of Polish and global companies will gather in Katowice for three days.
Debates and meetings of all the six previous editions were spread all over the City in hotels and conferences rooms. This time, not only the inauguration, but also all thematic sessions, accompanying events, banquets and meetings will be held in a single, newly opened location – the International Convention Center. The building enables to accommodate eight thousand people seated. Despite the new large convention space, the organizer has decided to sustain the number of participants at the level of six thousand.
„For the past two, three years we have been focusing on the quality expansion of the event, instead of quantitative development. We want to build the congress brand based on international guests, well-known professionals and not on the number of participants. The quality, high profile event and internationalization – these are the main factors when we think about the expansion of the congress” – said Wojciech Kuśpik, chairman of the board of PTWP Group, the organizer of the EEC.
Professionals from Polish companies (Grupa Azoty, Enea, Lotos, Orlen, PGE, PKP, Tauron) and from abroad (ArcelorMittal, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Fitch Ratings, ING, Kapsch and Siemens) as well as many representatives of Africa have already confirmed their attendance and will also share their knowledge and experience during the 7th EEC. Also, one of the guests who has recently confirmed the attendance is Witalij Kliczko, mayor of Kiev and leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR).
The leading topics and issues of the 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice will include: a debate under the heading “300 billion for the new Europe – the large-scale investment programme of the European Union”, as well as debates on: the role of the state in the economy, innovative Europe, challenges of the global economy and new markets and new directions. There will also be an exchange of views and experience in the areas concerning industry and climate, as well as corporate social responsibility and young participants in the European labour market.
The agenda of the European Economic Congress 2015 provides an abundance of thematic sessions on particular sectors of the economy and public life, such as: energy and raw materials, infrastructure, transport, mining and steel industry, health market, construction and real property, investments, regional policy, management, cities, self-government and leisure industry.
During the 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice, global topics will assume the form of debates and special meetings. The above will include: the 3rd Africa – Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum and the 4th Europe – China Economic Forum, as well as the 1st Poland – Countries of the Arabian Peninsula Economic Forum, and the annual Polish-Czech Economic Meeting.
The scheduled accompanying events will include presentation of PARP awards and „TOP Municipal Investments. Best investment practice in self-government” awards, as well as the presentation of the CSR Ranking 2015.
The 7th edition of the European Economic Congress in Katowice, the largest business event in Central Europe, will take place between 20–22 April 2015. The three-day conference will be attended by 6 000 guests from Poland and abroad. Over 100 sessions, accompanied by numerous meetings, debates and events, will provide a meeting space for the most prominent figures of European politics, science and business. Also, it will gather about 500 media representatives.