Issues of importance to Europe - 12-05-2014
The inaugural session of the EEC 2014.

The organisers of the 6th European Economic Congress aim at making an attempt to answer the most important questions concerning the future of Europe and the European economy, as well as Europe's place in the world and the key problems it faces.

The first day of the Congress has identified the keynotes which are to be continued today in the form of thematic sessions attended by politicians, business representatives and experts.

This year’s edition of the Congress is taking place at a time when Europe is experiencing an accumulation of problems and dilemmas. In the last few weeks preceding the Congress, we have witnessed some unexpected events, including the crisis in Eastern Europe, which has brought the issues concerning energy security in Europe into sharp light.

The common energy market, which aims at the sovereignty and energy security of the entire European Union, has already become one of the recurrent topics of subsequent editions of the Congress. This year, however, everyone discusses it. The degree of determination demonstrated by politicians gives us reason to hope that this matter will soon be set in dynamic motion.

The calls for an industrial renewal have become increasingly widespread in Europe lately. However, these trends are accompanied by attempts to tighten the climate policy of the EU, which entails an increase in energy prices, thus resulting in a decrease in the competitiveness of the industry. How to overcome this contradiction? How to translate the slogan of reindustrialisation into the language of specific actions?

Some other questions needing urgent answering have also been posed on the first day of the Congress. One of them is how to make better use of the funds available in the new financial framework of the European Union in order to prepare the ground for a stable economic development. Another one is which of the common projects are likely to bring the European economy to a higher level of competitiveness. The third question is how to stimulate development and decrease the susceptibility of the European economy to the future crises, simultaneously avoiding the risk of over-regulating it.

The ongoing negotiations between the USA and the EU on the creation of the world’s largest free trade area (TTIP) provoke questions about who will benefit from this operation and how the global economy will look like once the agreement is concluded. Not only has the presence of the Chief Negotiators of both Parties on the first day of the Congress proven how important this topic is, but it has also attested to the prestige of the Congress.

The unstable political situation in Europe is one of the reasons why European enterprises should see their opportunity to look for new distant markets as areas of expansion in terms of both investment and export. The global campaign pursued by many enterprises, including the ones from the countries of Central Europe, is an example of an adequate response to the European instability and the threat of post-crisis stagnation.

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The European Economic Congress is a three day long series of debates and meetings, featuring six thousand guests representing Poland and other European countries. Several hundred speakers contribute to nearly one hundred panel discussions. Every year, it is our privilege to host European Union Commissioners, prime ministers of European states and the Polish government representatives. Each Congress is an opportunity to meet the most notable figures of the world of politics, business, science and economics. The sessions, debates and meetings held comprise the most significant matters of economic and social development of Europe, and all of them are reported by several hundred journalists covering the Congress each year. Sessions and debates are moderated by well-known economic commentators.

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