The 9th European Economic Congress and the European Start-up Days in Katowice - with record attendance!

The 9th European Economic Congress and the European Start-up Days in Katowice - with record attendance!

Katowice, 9 May 2017. Full use of the space of the International Congress Centre and of the Spodek Arena, the conference tent on Sławika i Antalla Square, and additional conference rooms in the multifunctional building of the ICC – the organisers of the European Economic Congress (EEC) are ready to receive a record number of guests. Over 8.5 thousand people have registered for the event. The European Start-up Days, to be held in parallel in the Spodek Arena, will be visited by over 2.5 thousand people. On 10-12 May in the Culture Zone, and close to the hotels in Katowice, it will be hard to find free parking spaces.

The first edition of the European Economic Congress in Katowice was held in May 2009. Since that time, each year, on three spring days, the European economic heart has been beating in the capital of Upper Silesia. The debate in Katowice has become a fixed event among the most-important business conferences in Central Europe. Once again, we will host distinguished guests from Europe and around the world in the International Congress Centre and in the Spodek Arena. The interest in this year's edition of the event is enormous. “We are happy that the Congress has been gaining recognition with each edition, and the scale has been growing”, says Wojciech Kuśpik, initiator of EEC, President of the PTWP SA Group.

This year the European Economic Congress in Katowice will be attended by representatives of business, the CEOs of the largest companies, scientists and practitioners, and decision-makers who impact on economic and social life in real terms, as well as politicians and experts from Poland, Europe and all the world in larger numbers than in previous years. By the eve of the event, the organiser had registered over 8.5 thousand participants.

Attendance at the 9th edition of the European Economic Congress was confirmed, among others, by Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, President of the European Parliament 2009-2012, Prime Minister 1997-2001, Chairman of the EEC Council; Jos Delbeke, Director-General for Climate Action of the European Commission; Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Prime Minister of Slovakia 1998-2006; Jan Fischer, Czech politician, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2009-2010; Eugene Kandel, Israeli economist, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central, Professor of Economics and Finance, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jaromír Kohlíček, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE); Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian politician, Prime Minister of Lithuania 1999-2000 and 2008-2012, Tomáš Novotný, Vice-Minister for Industry and Trade for EU funds, support to R&D, investments and innovation in the Czech Republic; Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union; Mirek Topolánek, Member of the Management Board of Eustream, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 2006-2009, and Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy In Lithuania.

Several dozen representatives of the Polish Government will come to Katowice. Witold Bańka, Minister of Sport and Tourism; Piotr Dardziński, Under-Secretary of State, the Ministry of Science and Education; Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education; Michał Kurtyka, Under-Secretary of State, the Ministry of Energy; Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance; Piotr Naimski, Secretary of State, Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Government representative for the strategic energy infrastructure; Paweł Sałek, Secretary of State, Government representative for climate policy, the Ministry of Environment; Witold Słowik, Under-Secretary of State, the Ministry of Development; Krzysztof Szubert, strategic advisor to the Minister of Digital Affairs, representative of the Minister for international cooperation, Ministry of Digital Affairs; Łukasz Szumowski, Under-Secretary of State, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education; Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State for European affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy; Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Deputy Minister of Energy; Tomasz Żuchowski, Under-Secretary of State, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction.

The following persons will share their experience and knowledge on business at the European Economic Congress: Arvind Bali, CEO, Videocon, India; David Harmon, Vice-President, Global Public Affairs at Huawei; Eugene Kandel, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central, former Head of the Israeli National Economic Council, and economic adviser to Israeli’s Prime Minister; Preston McAfee, Chief Economist, the Microsoft Corporation.

The European Economic Congress in Katowice will be attended by enterprises from Poland, Central Europe and international corporations, such as 3M, ArcelorMittal, Atende, BASF, Budimex, Canon, Deutsche Bank, Echo Investment, Enea, EY, the PKP Group, HSBC, ING Bank, Huawei, Kapsch, KGHM Polska Miedź, KPMG, Microsoft, Orlen, PGE, PGNiG, PwC, Siemens, and Veolia, as well as leading Polish companies which are dynamically expanding into foreign markets: Maspex, Polpharma, Synthos, TDJ and URSUS.

On 11-12 May an accompanying event will be held in the Spodek Arena – the European Start-up Days, with the attendance of visionaries, innovation pioneers and entrepreneurs from various sectors. The aim of the event is to integrate the environment of young entrepreneurs with experts, CEOs of large companies, investors and successful entrepreneurs. Over 2.5 thousand people have enrolled for the event.

In order to assure the efficient organisation of the Congress – apart from arranging space in the ICC and the Spodek Arena – a conference tent has been put up on Sławika i Antalla Square. The exhibition hall, with an area of 8 thousand sq. m. to accommodate partners’ stands and press studios, will also house conference rooms and a stage with an auditorium.

Spodek will be the arena where the inauguration of the European Economic Congress will be held (10 May) as well as debates and presentations during the European Start-up Days (11-12 May).

“Once again, the city of Katowice and the Culture Zone, will become the focus of the media. We have been doing our best to ensure that the event is organised efficiently and the residents of Katowice do not feel too much the effects of being neighbours to an event on such a scale. We expect heavy traffic around the Spodek Arena and the International Congress Centre, in particular on Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May, in the mornings, before the Congress and the European Start-up Days are inaugurated. Due to the limited number of parking spaces, we recommend commuting by urban transport or in taxis”, adds Wojciech Kuśpik.

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The European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice is a three-day cycle of debates, meetings and accompanying events, with the attendance of over 8 thousand guests from Poland, Europe, and the world at large. Almost 100 sessions are attended every year by several hundred panellists, including EU commissioners, Prime Ministers and representatives of European governments, the CEOs of the largest companies, scientists and practitioners, and decision-makers who impact on economic and social life in real terms. Among opinion leaders, in the form of open public debate, discussions are held on issues which are crucial to Europe's development.

The European Economic Congress has been recognised as a forum for the most-representative discussions on Europe’s future. The theses from presentations by the most-important participants are often quoted and widely commented on.

The European Economic Congress has been organised by the PTWP SA Group since the first edition in 2009.

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