European Economic Congress starts in Katowice

Monday's inaugural panel, entitled "New Union – Young Union", is being attended by, among other speakers, former President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Luca Jahier, Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański, as well as representatives of youth organisations. Hanna Bardo/PAP

The 11th European Economic Congress (EEC), which started in Katowice, southern Poland, on Monday, is one of the biggest business events in Central Europe. This year's edition will likely be attended by over 12,000 guests.

The programme of the three-day congress envisages over 150 debates, discussions regarding Europe's future and accompanying events, including European Start-up Days.

Monday's inaugural panel, entitled "New Union – Young Union", is being attended by, among other speakers, former President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz, President of the European Economic and Social Committee Luca Jahier, Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański, as well as representatives of youth organisations.

Other guests of the three-day congress will include the Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic and representatives of the Polish government.

One of the leading topics of debate, to be presented by the Ministry of Energy, is a draft of the Polish Energy Policy until 2040.

The programme of the event also includes discussions on the future of the EU after the May elections to the European Parliament and panels on various factors shaping European realities and development perspectives today.

Planned are also international economic fora regarding prospects of cooperation of Poland and other Central European with China, Africa and Latin America.

The organiser of the European Economic Congress since its first edition in 2009 has been the PTWP SA Group, and the co-host of the European Start-up Days is Katowice City Council.