A top-level debate between EU commissioners, key Polish ministers and business people


EU Commissioners: Andrus Ansip, Miguel Arias Cañete and Cecilia Malmström; the Atlantic Council Board Director and Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Ellen Tauscher; representatives of the Polish government, including Teresa Czerwińska, Jacek Czaputowicz, Jadwiga Emilewicz, Jarosław Gowin, Henryk Kowalczyk, Jerzy Kwieciński, Łukasz Szumowski, Beata Szydło, Krzysztof Tchórzewski and Anna Zalewska – the 10th edition of the European Economic Congress (EEC) will bring together not only business people, but also key politicians and experts from all around the world. On 14-16 May 2018, new records will be set in the International Conference Centre and the Spodek Arena, with 900 panellists taking part in more than 150 panel discussions.

“When we set about preparing the 10th anniversary European Economic Congress, we assumed from the get-go that it would be a special edition, both in terms of thematic scope and the selection of guests. We are particularly glad to say, therefore, that more and more eminent politicians are confirming their attendance and readiness to take part in our multifaceted debate, which has always been open to various viewpoints and opinions. Representation from the world of business also continues to grow in strength; the perspective of business is of key importance to our debates about current economic challenges. With a week to go before the Congress, we can already say that it has attracted record interest, both in terms of registered participants and the media”, says Wojciech Kuśpik, CEO of the PTWP Group, initiator of the European Economic Congress in Katowice.

The anniversary edition will be attended by representatives of the European Commission: Andrus Ansip, EU Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Estonian Prime Minister in 2005-2013; Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy; and Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade.

Ellen Tauscher, the Atlantic Council Board Director and Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, has also confirmed her attendance.

Representatives of key Polish government departments will include Teresa Czerwińska, Minister of Finance; Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology; Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education; Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of the Environment; Jerzy Kwieciński, Minister of Investment and Economic Development; Łukasz Szumowski, Minister of Health; Beata Szydło, Deputy Prime Minister; Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy; and Anna Zalewska, Minister of National Education, as well as: Marcin Czech, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health; Piotr Dardziński, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education; Paweł Gruza, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance; Tadeusz Kościński, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology; Michał Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Energy; Sławomir Mazurek, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment; Piotr Mϋller, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education; Witold Słowik, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development; Artur Soboń, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development; Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Energy, Government Plenipotentiary for Coal Mining Reform; Piotr Walczak, Undersecretary of State, Deputy Head of the National Revenue Administration at the Ministry of Finance; and Jan Widera, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Sports and Tourism.

The list of confirmed speakers has recently been expanded to include: Piotr Alicki, President of the National Clearing Chamber; Yousef Alhammadi, advisor, Office of Strategic Affairs, General Secretariat of the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi (GSEC) and Executive Committee Office (ECO); Dave Barry, Vice-President, Mobility Systems, Bombardier Transportation; Rafał Bator, Partner, Enterprise Investors; Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Oil and Gas, Fossil Energy; Rafał Bochenek, Minister's Plenipotentiary for the Organization of COP 24; Katarzyna Byczkowska, CEO, BASF Polska; Marek Chraniuk, CEO, PKP Intercity; Maciej Ćwikiewicz, CEO, PFR Ventures; Wojciech Dąbrowski, CEO, PGE Energia Ciepła; Grzegorz Dzik, CEO, Impel; Janusz Gajowiecki, President, Polish Wind Energy Association; Adam Góral, CEO, Asseco Poland; Liu Guangyuan, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Poland; Chia Young Hui, Chairman and CEO, Ascenz, Expert for Digital Transformation, Speaker at Singularity University, Singapore; Karolina Kaim, CEO, Tacit Investment; Krzysztof Kalicki, CEO, Deutsche Bank Polska; Jacek Kościelniak, Deputy CEO, Energa; Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa, CEO, Startup Poland; Adam Krzanowski, CEO, co-owner, Nowy Styl Group; Przemysław Lutkiewicz, Deputy CEO, LPP; Naofumi Makino, Director, Jetro Warszawa; Konrad Makomaski, CEO, Impact Clean Power Technology; Ireneusz Merchel, CEO, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe; Rafał Milczarski, CEO, Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT; Sławomir Obidziński, CEO, Węglokoks; Wojciech Orzech, CEO, PKP Energetyka; Daniel Ozon, CEO, Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa; Michał Paprocki, Managing Director, ING Tech Poland; Adam Pers, Deputy CEO for Corporate and Investment Banking, mBank; Konrad Pokutycki, CEO, BSH Sprzęt Gospodarstwa Domowego; Wiesław Różacki, Country Executive Poland, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH; Heike Ruettgers, Head of Division, Development and Impact Finance Division, Mandate Management Department, European Investment Bank; Leesa Soulodre, Member, Board of Directors, HiNounou; Paweł Sujecki, CEO, ProService Finteco; Artur Wasil, CEO, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka; Maciej Witucki, CEO, Work Service; Janusz Władyczak, CEO, Export Credit Insurance Corporation; Piotr Wojciechowski, CEO, WB Group; Tomasz Wołk-Jankowski, CEO, BMZ Poland; Piotr Zaremba, CEO, ElectroMobility Poland; Piotr Zawistowski, CEO, Polish Power Exchange; and Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of Łódź.

The panellists of the 10th European Economic Congress will put their heads together to discuss the shape of new Europe, addressing issues such as the directions of development, the future of the Euro zone, the formation of blocs and alliances between EU member states, and various external factors that affect European economic conditions and prospects for growth. The agenda of the Congress will also feature panels devoted to the technological revolution and its impact on the economy, social life, institutions and interpersonal relations, as well as its new opportunities, threats, risks and challenges. The leading themes of the EEC will also include digitization, the European energy sector and investment. Debates will touch on the issues of energy and climate, such as the dilemmas of European environmental policy, fundamental questions to be asked before the UN climate summit of 2018, current and realistic prospects for a global agreement, world-scale climate measures, and the environmental standards of the EU from the perspective of economic sovereignty and energy security of individual member states. Panellists will be also asked to venture a forecast for free trade in Europe and the world, as well as for European cities and metropolises.

Accompanying events will feature a series of Economic Forums: Central Europe-Africa, India-Poland, and ASEAN-European Union, as well as panels dedicated to economic relations between Europe and Japan, Poland and China, Germany, the US and West Bengal.

The organizers of the European Economic Congress in Katowice have also decided to carry on with the EEC – Leaders of Tomorrow project, which aims to shape and promote active citizenship and increase the participation of young people in public life.

A special awards ceremony will showcase the best practices and successful investments submitted to the Top Communal Investments contest. The list of this year's edition of the poll features not only classic communal projects, but also environmental anti-smog ideas and smart city investments.
The Investors without Borders competition, in turn, will recognize foreign companies that invest their capital in Poland, as well as Polish companies that set out to conquer global markets.

The European Economic Congress will be accompanied by the 3rd edition of the two-day European Start-up Days (ESD, 15-16 May 2018), a meeting of young business with corporations interested in cooperating with smaller, innovative companies. This year, the ESD will be even more closely integrated with the Congress, and more emphasis during both events will be put on the role of new technologies in the economy.

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