Katowice, 20 May 2016 – Valdis Dombrovskis, Deputy President of the European Commission and Prime Minister of Latvia, Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, members of the European Parliament, ministers and deputy ministers from all over the world, CEOs of the largest companies, experts, and businessmen attended the 8th European Economic Congress in Katowice.
“Over three days, Katowice hosted thousands of meetings. We are proud to say that the city now stimulates new economic projects. The 8th European Economic Congress was significantly larger than in previous years, which makes us very happy, because it shows that there is a real need to meet at the Congress. We welcomed 8 thousand participants, and nearly 2 thousand attended the start-up section. This is now the largest event of this kind in all of Central Europe”, said Wojciech Kuśpik, Chairman of the PTWP Group and initiator of the European Economic Congress in his closing address.
The 8th European Economic Congress in Katowice (18-20 May 2016) was attended by nearly 8 thousand guests, including: Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Poland, Valdis Dombrovskis, Deputy President of the European Commission, Prime Minister of Latvia, Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, four Polish ministers: Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development, Paweł Szałamacha, Minister of Finance, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy, and Polish deputy ministers, ministers and deputy ministers from foreign governments, presidents and deputy presidents of the largest companies, enterprises, and institutions from all over the world.
Participants of the 8th edition of the European Economic Congress also included, to name but a few, Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia and current Governor of Odessa, István Mikola, Hungarian Secretary of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Jerzy Buzek, member of the European Parliament and former President of the European Parliament. The opening panel of the 8th European Economic Congress in Katowice focused on geopolitics, security and the economy.
Special guests of the 8th edition of the European Economic Congress also included, for instance, Peder Andreasen, Chairman of the Board of Energinet.dk, Ludovico Alcorta from UNIDO, Ali Nur Ismail Ali, Chief Secretary, Director of the State Department for Cooperatives at the Kenyan Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade, Piotr Dardziński, Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Magdalena Dziewguć, Head of Google for Central and Eastern Europe, Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Development, Kim Kreilgaard, Head of Division, Lending Operations for Poland and the Baltic Countries at the European Investment Bank, Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice, Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Development, Maciej Andrzej Libiszewski, Chairman of the Board of PKP CARGO, Tomáš Novotný, Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade in charge of EU funds, R&D support and innovation, Jaroslav Neverovič, Lithuanian Minister of Energy, Janina Ochojska, President of Polish Humanitarian Action, Mirosław Panek, President of BGK, Paweł Sałek, Secretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy at the Ministry of the Environment, Witold Słowik, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Development, Aleksandras Spruogis, Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Energy, Beata Stelmach, President of GE for Poland and the Baltic Countries, Maciej Witucki, President of Work Service, Maciej Woźniak, Deputy President of PGNiG, Karol Zarajczyk, President of URSUS, Marek Ziółkowski, Undersecretary of State in charge of Eastern Policy and Security at the Ministry of Polish Affairs, and Tomasz Żuchowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction.
This edition of the European Economic Congress in Katowice was also attended by representatives from the largest Polish companies and global brands, such as ArcelorMittal, Grupa Azoty, ING, Kapsch, Lotos, Microsoft, Orlen, PGNiG, PKP CARGO, Pro-Invest, Siemens, Tauron, Tracktec and Veolia.
The European Economic Congress – EEC – in Katowice is a three-day cycle of debates, meetings and accompanying events attended by more than 7,000 guests from Poland, Europe and all over the world. Every year, almost 100 congress sessions are attended by several hundred panellists, EU commissioners, prime ministers, representatives of European governments, CEOs of the largest companies, academics, practitioners and decision makers who have a real impact on social and economic life. Talks on the most burning issues concerning the development of Europe are held in an opinion-making environment in the form of open public debate.
The European Economic Congress is today regarded as the forum for one of the most representative discussions about the future of Europe. The theses put forward by the most distinguished guests are often quoted and broadly discussed.
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