The 5th European Economic Congress a summary of the first day

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The 5th European Economic Congress


a summary of the first day



Europe is facing
huge

challenges
,

noted the panellists


Katowice, 13
May

2013 r.



Discussion on the future of the European Economy and
Eurozone, opportunities for cooperation between the EU states and Africa
,

and energy
policy


these were the themes that dominated the first day of the European Economic
Congress


EEC. It is for the fi
fth time that this largest economic event of Central Europe
,

held in Katowice
,

has gathered representatives of
the
political, business,
academic

and
economic
elites
.


The issues tackled during the three
days of the
Congress (13
-
15 May 2013)
,

which

will be

filled with
almost a hundred topical sessions and many accompanying events, include some of the most
important matters relating to the Polish, European and global econo
mies
. The debates, taking place in
eleven locations in the capital of Upper Silesia
,

pr
o
vide

an opportunity for dialogue and the
presentation of
the
juxtapos
ed

visions of European politicians and representatives of business and
academic circles.



T
he requirement of a thoughtful dialogue between politics and society, employers and employee
s is
crucial from the point of view of building the authority of the state, the credibility of the national and
business brand, and also of our openness”


emphasised
Janusz Piechociński
, Deputy Prime
Minister, Minister of the Economy of the Republic of Po
land
,

at the opening session of the European
Economic Congress.


Also other ministers of the extended Visegrad Group countries (V4) spoke during the inauguration
ceremony:
Martin Kuba,
Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Czech Republic
, Tomáš
Malatin
ský,
Minister of the Economy of the Republic of Slovakia
, Mihaly Varga,
Hungarian Minister
of National Economy

and

Varujan Vosganian,
Romania’s Minister of the Economy. In their speeches
they approached the issues of the future of the European economy, coo
peration and cohesion and the
role of Central Europe in the European Union.



“Europe is facing many challenges. There is a need to achieve a balance between regulations, for
example in the sphere of environmental protection, so that the issue of competitiveness is not


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forgotten (…). This needs to be combined with the issues relatin
g to research and innovation. The key
term for Europe is still ’competitiveness’. It is important to increase the competitiveness of the
European economy. It is important to create a common industrial policy with other countries. Some of
our sectors can be
come increasingly strong
i
n the international markets. We have to look for new
markets in Africa and in South
-
East Asia. It will be like opening a window and letting the fresh air in.”


argued
Varujan Vosganian
, Romania’s Minister of the Economy.


The di
scussion, which was heard also by the representatives of the Silesian Province
’s

local
authorities, was facilitated by
Jerzy Buzek,
Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the
European Parliament in 2009
-
2012, Poland’s Prime Minister 1997
-
2001.


The first topical debate of the Congress was entitled
Go global!
The World, Europe, Africa. Time for a
New Deal.
The debate was chaired by
Aleksander Kwaśniewski
,
President of the Republic of
Poland in

1995
-
2005
. The prospects for changes in the economic m
ap of the world and the common
future of Africa and Europe were discussed by
El Hadji Malick Gakou,
Minister of Trade, Industry
and
the
Non
-
formal Sector of Senegal in 2012
-
2013,
Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim
,
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of th
e African Union,
James L. Jones
,
retired United
States Marine Corps General, former United States National Security Advisor in 2009
-
2010, Chief
Commander of NATO
i
n 2003
-
2006
,
Horst Köhler
,
President of Germany in

2004
-
2009,
Managing
Director of the Intern
ational Monetary Fund
2000
-
2004,
President of the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development in
1998
-
2000,
Jan Kulczyk
,
Chairman of the Supervisory Board at
Kulczyk Investments, Founder of the CEED Institute and
Andris Piebalgs
,
EU Commissioner for
D
evelopment.



We need a broader perspective. We should diversify economically. This does not mean that we shall
give up cooperation within the European structures, but that we have to change our approach and
leave stereotypical perceptions of Africa
behind”

said

Aleksander Kwaśniewski
,
President of the
Republic of Poland in

1995
-
2005.


“Africa is a continent with a huge potential for growth. The question is how to convince our investors
to get involved in Africa. We can see that the political
stability in Africa has been growing. We have
reduced the dangers in Mali and problems in Somalia. The situation is getting better”
,

was the
assessment
of

Andris Piebalgs
,
EU Commissioner for Development.



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The themes discussed at this session were also c
ontinued at the
Africa


Central Europe Economic
Cooperation Forum
,

inaugurated on the first day of the Congress, with the participation of ministers of
Central European states and representatives of African governments and business circles. Another
sessio
n of the first day of the European Economic Congress was devoted to the future of

the

Eurozone. The discussion, facilitated by
Roman Młodkowski
, Editor
-
in
-
Chief of TVN CNBC
,

was
attended by

Mikołaj Dowgielewicz
,
Vice
-
Governor of the Council of Europe Devel
opment Bank
,
Ivan Mikloš
,
Member of the National Council of the Republic of the Slovak Republic
,
Deputy Prime
Minister
,
and
also Slovakia’s Minister of Finance

2010
-
2012,
Matti Vanhanen,

Prime Minister of
Finland

2003
-
2010,
Managing Director

t
he Finnish Family Firms Association
and

Maciej Witucki
,
President of

Orange Polska.
The session was attended virtually, in a video speech format
,

by
Janusz
Lewandowski,
EU Commissioner for Budget and Financial Programming.



“The current crisis in climate
and energy policy does not mean the end of it. It will be redefined, made
more realistic, more business friendly but also cheaper. It would be worth it if Poland’s presence was
felt more clearly at this moment of change”
said
Marcin Korolec
, Poland’s Minis
ter of the
Environment, during the afternoon session focused around issues
in

European energy policy.


The discussion, which included such topics as the assumptions of the common EU energy policy,

and

key investments and determining factors for industry
,

was also attended by
Jerzy Buzek,
Member of
the European Parliament, Chairman of the European Parliament 2009
-
2012, Poland’s Prime Minister
1997
-
2001,
Pavel Cyrani,
Member of the Management Board of the
ČEZ Group
,
Surojit Ghosh,

Vice
-
President and Member
of the Management Board of
ArcelorMittal Poland,
CFO of FCE Business
Division East
, Country Manager,
Krzysztof

Kilian,
President of the Management Board at

PGE Polska
Grupa Energetyczna,
Mikael Lemström
,
President of the Management Board at

Fortum Power and
Heat Poland,
Dariusz Lubera
,
President of the Management Board,
Tauron Polska Energia,
Dariusz
Mioduski,
CEO at

Kulczyk Investments,
Paweł Olechnowicz
,
President of the Management Board
,
CEO of the

LOTOS

Group

and

Filip Thon
,
President of

the Management Board
RWE Polska,
Member
of the Management Board

RWE East.


“The climate and energy policy adopted in 2009 needs to be thoroughly discussed. In principle, its
priorities have not changed, but how we see them today

is important
. Perhaps its
main objectives
have to be redefined, in order to ensure energy safety at minimum cost to the econom
y,
maximise its


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macro
-
economic advantages and, of course, reduce the impact of power engineering on

the

natural
environment”
commented
Krzysztof

Kilian,
Pr
esident of the Management Board at

PGE Polska
Grupa Energetyczna.


“We think that it is not in the best interest
s

of the European economy to have higher objectives
for

reducing emissions than those adopted at present”
,

Surojit Ghosh,

Vice
-
President and Mem
ber of
the Management Board of ArcelorMittal Poland, CFO of FCE Business Division East, Country Manager.


The first day of EEC 2013 was also marked by a discussion on the opportunities for cooperation
between business and culture, which took place at the sessions
Sustainable investments


Culture
pays!
a
nd
Is it possible to count on culture?

Another event tha
t took place on the same day of this
largest business event of Central Europe was the
Nationwide Meeting of Health Managers
,

as did
other sessions devoted to
medication

management and to sources of financing investments into
medical facilities.


The panel

discussions of the first day of the European Economic Forum 2013 took place in the
Krystyna Bochenek Katowice Cultural Centre, the Silesian Voivodeship Office,
the

Korez

Theatre

and
Novotel Katowice Centrum.


***



The European Economic Congress


EEC

in Katowice


is the largest business event in Central Europe.

It is a three
-
day cycle of debates, meetings and accompanying events with the participation of some of the most
important figures from the spheres of politics, business, science and economy.

A
round 6000 guests from Poland and abroad attend almost 100 theme
-
based sessions, debates and
accompanying events.


The European Economic Congress is considered to be a forum for one of the most representative debates about
the future of Europe; the
arguments presented by some of the most distinguished guests of the Congress are
frequently quoted and widely discussed.


The PTWP SA Group has been the organizer of the European Economic Congress since its inception in 2009.


For more information about t
he European Economic Congress visit:
www.eecpoland.eu

For more information about the organizer, The PTWP SA Group:
www.ptwp.pl

Virtual press office:
http://media.eecpoland.eu/



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For additional press information contact:

Marta Stach, Imago PR

Press Officer EEC

Tel.

+ 48
609 808 119

m.stach@imagopr.pl