European Economic Congress 2014
Tentative scope of topics/agenda

Monopol Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Effective restructuring

 

  • Reconstruction of large economic structures – industries and mega-enterprises
  • How to reconstruct? Effectively, safely and responsibly. Global experience
  • The role of the state in complicated restructuring processes
  • Internal communication and dialogue with the surrounding entities
  • Mitigation of negative consequences of restructuring 

Monopol Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Grand investment projects – planning and implementation

 

  • Examples of large investment projects in the Polish industry in general, as well as in the energy industry
  • Large scale of an undertaking – high degree of complication. Basic risk
  • Is everything under control? How to conduct a grand investment safely? Organisation and staging. Logistics. Funding
  • Efficient management of relations with a pyramid of subcontractors
  • Communication with the market during implementation. The influence of the investment process on the value of a company 

Monopol Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Legal barriers to the free market in Poland

 

  • A catalogue of the strongest stumbling blocks to the development of the free market
  • Over-regulated and misregulated areas in the Polish economy
  • Quality and stability of legislation – a critical assessment and key conclusions
  • How to reform the Polish law? The role of lawyer circles and the economic self-government
  • Jurisdiction effectiveness in economic matters 

Monopol Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Management – Enterprise 2020

 

  • Has the organisational culture of an enterprise already become more important than its strategy? How to pursue management in the conditions of Bauman’s “liquid modernity”?
  • The strategic role of ICT. Business Intelligence and other analysis systems in management. Flow of information. Mobile technologies
  • Digital taylorism – “the assembly line work of the 21st century”. The intricacies of hyper-specialisation. A manager in view of the Y Generation. The new role of outsiders
  • Tradition and modernity. Manifold management systems and local conditions. Examples of new trends in practice 

Monopol Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Mergers and acquisitions

 

  • The end of crisis in Europe. Is it a stumbling block or an accelerator to acquisitions? Prospects for the market
  • The scale and type of involvement of PE and VC funds in Poland and Central Europe. Yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Polish specificity Generational shift in business: the time of acquisitions. Can the concept of “national champions” be implemented in reality?
  • Mergers and acquisitions as a chance of development for enterprises. Finance, organisation and management. Examples
  • M&A transactions in Poland and abroad as a form of foreign expansion of Polish enterprises 

Angelo Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Smart city – definition, vision and implementation
  • One idea, many concepts. Is there a universal model for a smart city?
  • Why smart? Benefits for inhabitants, business and administration
  • A technological and sociological perspective. Inhabitants of the city of the future
  • Smart city in service for security
  • Smart management of the city and its finance
  • Digital transformation of urban space. City development planning
  • Aspects of the smart approach: the environment and energy, quality of life and mobility

Angelo Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Smart city in practice
  • Smart city at the stage of implementation. Conditions, costs and the staging of actions
  • Examples of fruition of the idea of a smart city in Poland and Europe
  • Self-government 2.0 – a modern office and ITC solutions
  • Intelligent Transport Systems in traffic management
  • Energy, the media and public utility services in their smart version

Angelo Hotel

  • 14.30-16.00
  • Housing and revitalisation as the priorities of urban programmes between 2014-2020
  • Urban housing stock – a burden, an opportunity, or a challenge for self-government?
  • The role of housing infrastructure and revitalisation projects in shaping the image of a city and a region
  • Housing stock modernisation versus energy efficiency
  • Urban policy-making and choosing the good projects. The role of cooperation between a city and an investor 

Angelo Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Self-government and infrastructure – urban nodes in TEN-Transport network
  • Urban TEN-T nodes – their role in the European network. Their significance for the development of regions and metropolises
  • Local government in the activities aimed at keeping the trans-European infrastructure nodes open
  • A multimodal approach to transport and telecommunications networks and power grids. Urban node management integration
  • Eight nodes of the TEN-T core network in Poland. A challenge for the state and self-government administration 

Angelo Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Waste management in the new reality

 

  • Waste management systems in Poland and Europe
  • Waste management situation – a year after the reform took place in Poland. The monitoring of changes
  • Recycling and energy recovery from waste
  • Innovative technologies in designing regional waste treatment facilities
  • The evolution of incinerators in Poland – an opportunity or a failure? 

Angelo Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Water supply and sewage
  • Changes in the structure and property in the water supply and sewage industry – consolidation trends
  • Water supply and sewage company management Tools, methods and practice
  • The efficiency of water supply industry activity at the financial and organisational level in Poland and Europe
  • Investments in the water supply and sewage sector in the face of the new financial framework of the European Union
  • Sources of funding for pro-environmental projects 

Angelo Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Integrated Territorial Investments – a new mechanism of cooperation and funding

 

  • ITI – a new instrument of investments funding in particular regions in the EU Financial Framework 2014-2020
  • How does it work? Whom has ITI been prepared for? Conditions for investments funding
  • Key investment areas: urban space revitalisation, the environment, energy efficiency and technological development
  • How to prepare for that? Common ITI strategies – exemplary projects. The role of cooperation and communication 

Angelo Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Industry and wood
  • Sustainable model of the forestry-based sector in Europe versus its global competitiveness
  • Wood resources management in Europe and Poland. The economic and environmental context
  • Wood-based industries in the contemporary economy. Innovations, research and development and social responsibility
  • The use of wood for industrial purposes and for energy generation in the state policy. The role of regulations 

Angelo Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Integrated public transport
  • New technologies and trends in public transport in Europe and worldwide
  • In search of optimum solutions. Organisational models of transport in metropolitan areas, cities and regions
  • Costs and funding of metropolitan transport. The share of cities/municipalities (Polish and European models)
  • Investments in public transport. New rolling stock purchases – EU co-funding 

Angelo Hotel

  • 14.30-16.00
  • Social economy – mission over profit
  • Social economy in actions for social inclusion. Social entities in view of the crisis of trust in business
  • The European model and Polish tradition in social economy. The significance of this sector in the economy
  • Advantages of social entities over the private and government sector – practice, experience and relations. Areas of dedicated activity
  • Regulatory framework for the social economy. Incentives and state support versus independence 

Angelo Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • CSR – responsible strategies

 

  • The art of creating CSR business strategies. How to invest in relations?
  • An image is not enough… A CSR strategy as an integral element of business strategy
  • The policy of responsibility – benefits for an enterprise, the economy, community and state
  • NGOs versus business – partnership dilemmas 

Qubus Hotel

  • 09.30-11.30
  • On the way to the European Parliament
  • Tasks for the Polish Members of the European Parliament at the start of the new term
  • Areas of European politics that are of crucial importance for the development of Poland, in terms of both economy and civilisation.
  • Economy in the first place! Climate, energy and industrial policy
  • The position of Poland within the EU, as well as at the international level
  • Migration in Europe. Job market 

Qubus Hotel

  • 12.00-14.00
  • What will happen next in the East?
  • What are the prospects for the Ukrainian economy?
  • The Ukrainian market. Does it pose a risk to Polish business or, rather, does it give us opportunities? 
  • What are the prospects for energy security in Europe?
  • Has Putin’s Russia become a “no-go” market for the Polish business?
  • Potential isolation of Russia. What economic consequences would it bring to Europe?
  • What are the prospects for the Russian economy after the annexation of Crimea?
  • What will happen to the Eastern Partnership? What economic consequences will there be? 

This thematic session is organised in cooperation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs

Qubus Hotel

  • 14.30-16.00
  • The world in 2050. Geopolitics and the economy
  • Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa – continental visions: probable paths of political and economic transformations
  • The global system of power. The fall and rise of powers. Gradual dislocation of the centres of production, finance and consumption
  • Myths, fads and reality. Should we expect an inevitable fall of Europe? Doubts concerning BRICS. Are we not overestimating the prospects for African countries? Economic globalisation versus economic and political separatisms, both continental and national
  • The role of military alliances. Are they outdated or maybe they constitute the lesser of two evils, or even provide a stabilising factor?
  • Where the world and the economy are heading? Regional presentations:
    • Eastern Europe and its borderland
    • Asia
    • North Africa and Middle East
    • Subsaharean Africa 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • The 3rd European Union – China Economic Cooperation Forum.
    Economy, politics and the world
  • China’s evolving role as economic power on global stage. Facts, figures and potential
  • New trends: investments, production/export and the absorptive internal market in China
  • China in the economic policy of the European Union and Eastern Europe 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • The 3rd European Union – China Economic Cooperation Forum
    Finance and capital in economic cooperation
  • Effective financial instruments that support trade and mutual investments between China and Europe
  • Role of Chinese banks in the European economy – with particular emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe
  • The policy of supporting the financial sector, pursued by the Chinese government 

Altus building

  • 14.30-16.30
  • The 3rd European Union – China Economic Cooperation Forum
    Economic cooperation between Poland and China
  • Industries with a high potential for mutually beneficial cooperation
  • Risks and barriers to efficient cooperation between Polish and Chinese enterprises
  • A time has come to speed up. How to intensify the cooperation? Necessary conditions 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • The Polish food campaign in global markets
  • Polish food abroad – effective strategies of promotion and supporting export
  • The role of government administration in opening new markets – the expectations of Polish entrepreneurs
  • Should it be more than Europe? The export diversification strategy. Africa, Asia, Australia and America. Where to look for output markets?
  • New markets, new consumers and new possibilities. Problems and experience
  • Commercial networks as Polish food exporters
  • Export or investments in production – development strategies of Polish food enterprises abroad 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Food industry and trade consolidation in Poland and the region
  • The condition of the food sector and the trade sector on the brink of economic recovery
  • Small and medium-sized food and trade enterprises as attractive aims for acquisitions and investments
  • Scenarios for the consolidation in the food industry and trade
  • The significance of consolidation for an increase in competitiveness. Economies of scale and the negotiating position in relations with business partners 

Altus building

  • 14.30-16.30
  • The trade sector in Poland and Central Europe
  • Is it still an emerging market or an already mature market? The structure and major trends in retail and wholesale trade in the region of Central Europe
  • Poland seems attractive to commercial networks – competitiveness and market power against the region
  • Global commercial networks and their influence on the development of export of Polish products
  • Multi-channel strategies – reaching the consumer effectively
  • The role of distribution in the economic transformation in Poland and Central Europe
  • The influence of large-surface trade on the competitive environment and suppliers 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Global expansion of Polish enterprises – in practice
  • The scale of Polish business involvement abroad. Leading industries. Examples of successful strategies
  • A catalogue of risks and a catalogue of opportunities – a presentation of the experience of Polish entrepreneurs who have been active in non-EU markets
  • Mistakes most frequently made in building and implementing foreign expansion strategies 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Polish business abroad – state support
  • Government agencies involved in supporting the process of globalisation of the Polish economy. Tools and measures, coordination of activities and priorities
  • Do we play for the same team? Activities of the administration that are supposed to support Polish presence in foreign markets confronted with business expectations
  • New directions in expansion – prospects for large and smaller enterprises
  • Are Polish enterprises attractive partners in markets outside Europe? Our strengths and weaknesses
  • Middle East, China, South Asia and Latin America – economic growth in regions where Polish business is active
  • Promising sectors, as well as opportunities and risks in the international cooperation pursued by Polish enterprises
  • International trade and investment agreements – aspects of special importance to Polish entities
  • Polish brands and the brand of Poland – a need for a long-term strategy of building the image of Poland and Polish products

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • BPO – the future of the business services sector in Central Europe
  • Directions of development for the business services outsourcing industry in the CEE region
  • How to build the attractiveness of a location: the availability of qualified staff, labour costs and modern office space supply. Which one is the deciding factor?
  • BPO, SSC and R&D. How do the expectations of the industry change the trends in the modern office space market?
  • Higher education development and indispensable changes in labour law – conditions that will decide on the further development of the BPO sector in Poland 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Mining industry in Poland
  • Coal mining in Poland – basic facts and figures
  • Prospects for coal to be used as a fuel across the European Union in the context of the climate policy and energy security
  • External and internal conditions that determine the situation of the Polish mining industry
  • Mining costs – the key to profitability
  • Prospects related to restructuring, liquidity and economic situation 

Altus building

  • 14.30-16.30
  • Clean coal in Poland and Europe
  • Innovations in using coal as a fuel – an overview of new technologies. Directions in exploration and research
  • Projects related to “clean coal” – in Poland, Europe and worldwide
  • Financial resources allocated to the development of new coal technologies within the new EU framework Usability, forms of cooperation and entities interested
  • Chances of commercialisation of clean coal technologies. Economic balance versus emissions reduction 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Construction. The new framework and new strategies
  • Investments and construction in the new EU Financial Framework 2014-2020. What measures to use and what tasks to pursue?
  • Chances and risks related to the investments being planned
  • Strategies of construction companies. Utilisation of experience gained from the previous framework
  • Administration, investor and contractors. How are the regulatory framework and practice of conducting a tendering process changing? 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • The commercial property sector in Poland
  • Shopping centres – saturation of the market and the purchasing power of the society. Where is the market heading?
  • The BPO industry drives the Polish office sector. How to create good conditions for its further development?
  • Where to search for sources of demand for modern warehouse areas? Locations that have the highest potential
  • Hotels and hotel networks Does the Polish hotel industry seem attractive to investors? 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Defence industry
  • Investments included in the Polish army modernisation plan for the years 2013-2022
  • Types of equipment and arms and the market offer. Price and quality. Procedures and timing
  • Who will benefit from it? World barons and Polish enterprises in the race for public procurement
  • Economic cooperation in the arms manufacturing industry. Exemplary cooperation links
  • Foreign investments related to the defence industry in Poland. The role of the offset 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • The 2nd climate package of the EU? Energy industry in view of new challenges
  • The new edition of the European climate policy – assumptions, ambitions and reality
  • Energy industry in Europe. What vision do we have? What about investments?
  • Consequences of a possible implementation of new assumptions of the EU climate policy for the economies of EU countries
  • An escalation of the climate policy objectives versus the competitiveness of the EU economy 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Industry in Europe
  • What types of industry should be present in Europe? Branches of industrial activity, which may become Europe’s speciality
  • What to promote? Prospective branches of industry in the countries of the new and the old European Union
  • How to stimulate the development of industries in compliance with the principles of the free market?
  • The new industrial policy of the EU – declarations versus actual activity for reindustrialisation 

Altus building

  • 14.30-16.30
  • Renewable energy sources in Europe
  • The dynamics of RES development in Europe – basic indicators
  • EU regulations that influence the renewable energy sources market
  • National models of regulations concerning RES support – a range of solutions implemented in EU states
  • The new system of “green energy industry” support in Poland. Preferred types of RES
  • A prospect: the influence of new regulations on the traditional energy industry, investments and the economy 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Automotive industry in Europe
  • Major trends in the development of the global automotive industry
  • Is it possible to have an innovative and competitive production in the automotive sector in Europe? Conditions and prospects for development
  • Automotive production standards in Europe (environmental and safety-related standards) and their influence on the sales volume of European cars
  • The future of the European automotive industry: niche production, advanced technologies and research and development base
  • Agreements that open up the European market (e.g. TTIP) and their potential consequences for the automotive industry
  • Approaching the mass customer and lowering production costs – the “flight” of car manufacturers outside Europe
  • E-mobility. Electric drive and other alternative types of drive
  • A modern car in an interactive traffic management system
  • New materials and technologies of their processing in automotive production 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • E-commerce in the economy
  • The role of new trade tools in the development of the economy
  • E-commerce – a dynamically evolving economic sector
  • New models of customer behaviour – get to know it, accept it and make use of it
  • The influence of e-commerce on traditional economic sectors (logistics and transport, supply chain management, the postal and courier industry and the banking and financial sector) 

Altus building

  • 14.30-16.30
  • Digitisation in the economy and administration
  • Progress in the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). Results, delays and risks
  • Development of the information society in Poland. Plans and involvement on the part of government institutions. The role of local government
  • The Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020 – assumptions, priorities and implementation
  • E-office in Europe and worldwide – models, funding and benefits
  • The role of e-state in the development of new markets
  • Open government data – the potential for openness and availability of information
  • The digitisation process versus economic growth 

Altus building

  • 09.30-11.30
  • Shale gas
  • An assessment of actions and omissions concerning making available the gas originating from unconventional deposits in Poland
  • Global experience in shale gas extraction – the chances of utilising them in Europe
  • Controversial and sensitive issues in the geological and mining law. Concessions and taxes
  • Shale gas extraction – safety issues. Standards, risk awareness and supervision
  • Reserves of patience? Private investors interested in the exploration of Polish shale deposits
  • The EU and the anti-shale lobby in view of Polish plans. Opponents and allies
  • Do I want to or do I have to? The scale of involvement of State Treasury companies in the exploration of hydrocarbons originating from shale formations 

Altus building

  • 12.00-14.00
  • Energy market in Europe and Poland
  • Basic functions of regulations in the energy industry and their evolution. New trends in European regulations concerning the energy market
  • Regulatory models in the markets of EU countries
  • The power market, contracts for difference and other regulatory mechanisms – assumptions and operation in the energy market
  • The influence of the development of European regional connections between energy systems on national energy markets
  • Scenarios for the development of the Polish energy market within the next few years. Chances for a breakthrough
  • New players in the Polish energy market (telecom companies, gas companies, etc.). Sharp increase in competition. Sales strategies pursued by distribution enterprises. New negotiating behaviour
  • A customer or a partner? Distributed energy industry and the prosumer sector – in plans and in practice 
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