European Economic Congress 2018


A year ago, a total of 9,000 people came to the International Conference Centre and the Spodek Arena in Katowice. They included the authority figures of European and world politics and economy, representatives of Polish government ministries, representatives of big business and managers of the largest Polish companies, as well as innovative young entrepreneurs.

‘Interest in this year’s Congress is enormous. The 10th anniversary edition will be record-breaking in every respect. There are more than 150 sessions ahead of us, to be attended by more than 900 speakers. We expect an even greater number of registered participants than last year, and we are also pleased with the high pre-Congress activity of the media,’ said Wojciech Kuśpik, Chairman of the Board of the PTWP SA Group and Initiator of the European Economic Congress, during a press conference organised in Katowice in April this year.
The economy, technology and youth

This year’s debates will focus on the European Union’s development prospects and internal transformations, the prospects of competitiveness of the EU economy, and barriers and new opportunities for economic co-operation in the free market, as well as changes in the energy and fuel sectors in relation to climate and environmental protection.

Investment, the property market, social issues and health care complement the programme of the three-day event characterised by an extremely broad spectrum of interests and an open debate formula.

The organisers of the Congress have always wanted the agenda of the EEC to be ahead of the current reality, pointing out new trends that are shaping the future of the economy and societies.
That is why technological transformations (digitisation, Industry 4.0) will be such an important strand permeating all thematic areas of the EEC. Among the topics to be discussed, a key role will be played by topics such as new technologies in industry and energy, robotisation, artificial intelligence, or e‑sport.

In parallel with the Congress, the 2nd edition of the European Start‑up Days (ESD) will take place. The event gathered 2.5 thousand representatives of young business last year. The meetings of students with politicians and businessmen at the University of Economics in Katowice were attended by over two thousand people.

The ESD will remain a space for dialogue between start-ups, investors and business support organisations. However, a strong emphasis has been placed on modern technologies and even greater integration of the EEC with the ESD, the aim of which is to intensify the business effect of the entire event.

The arena for discussions, meetings, presentations and exchange of opinions during the EEC and the ESD will be simultaneously the building of the International Conference Centre in Katowice and the Spodek Sport and Entertainment Arena directly connected with it.

As PTWP’s Chairman of the Board has emphasised, thousands of business meetings take place during the three days of the Congress, which then translate into further co-operation and investment projects.

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