The European Economic Congress
(EEC 2009)
Katowice, 15th-17th April 2009

Three European days EEC 2009

The first European Economic Congress was held on 15-17 April 2009. It created a broad new forum of dialogue about the challenges to be faced by both European Union and Polish economy. It turned out that the hardest time the greater need to exchange and verify opinions as well as broaden perspectives. It is easier to face problems together.

The first European Economic Congress gathered 3000 guests from Poland, Europe and the whole world. For three days Katowice was the capital of the world economy. Our very special guests were: three European Union’s Commissioners – Janez Potočnik for research and new technologies, Danuta Hübner for regional policy, Andris Piebalgs for energy and Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland. There were also involved in the event – Viviene Reding – Commissioner for information society and media as well as Jose Manuel Barosso – President of the European Commission. The Chairman of the patronage committee was Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament for the new term.

When the Congress was being planned, the economy was still in good condition and the most serious worry of Polish and European businessmen and managers was haw to implement the climate-energy package. When the event was being prepared the macroeconomic situation altered dramatically. The economic crises has revalued our thinking about the European and global economy, as well as increased the need of reflection on the future of the European Union.

Therefore, the topics covered at the Congress were based on two pillars – challenges related to implementation of the energy-climate package and the ways to overcome the crises seen in the context of inevitable political changes to come in the European Union.

The Congress did not solve the key problems listed in the agenda. Yet, this was not the aim of the meeting. However, there were confronted the opinions on a number of issues to dominate the social and economic fate of Europe in the nearest future.

The Polish and European politics of the highest rank made declarations that guide the political thinking on the essential economic matters. No wonder that the words of politicians were carefully listened to by businessmen and managers of the greatest concerns and companies, both European ones and those operating in Poland.

The fate of labour markets, local communities and whole regions depend on the wind of politics and activities of big companies. Self-governments and businesses feel a stronger need to act together under the pressure of crises and problems regarding a new look at the power industry and effectiveness. Thus, a good will of open dialogue could be observes at the Congress.

Both Poland and Śląskie Voivodeship with its capital proved to be good hosts. The country and region showed to Europe its new modern image – that is not ideal but not false at the same time. We were able to talk openly about problems or failures while emphasizing the great potential as well as the will and competence to overcome difficulties. This must command respect.

We hope (and opinions of many guests allow us to do so) that the participants of the European Economic Congress left Katowice being richer with new experience and issues to think over – which means a necessary capital to multiply in order to make our common Europe to be a better place to live and manage.


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