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Summary of the second day of the European Economic Congress 2011

EEC - 25-05-2011

What was the second day of the European Economic Congress 2011 like? What did almost half a thousand panelists talk about during the 50 various debates and sessions? What events accompanied the Congress meetings, and what important comments have been made halfway through this largest business event in Central Europe?

Over 10 sessions of the second day of the European Economic Congress 2011 were dedicated to the power industry. Those who attended the sessions talked about the challenges and opportunities ahead of the Polish and European energy sector, issues regarding the functioning and regulating of the Polish and European energy market, EU energy security and renewable energy sources. There were also sessions held on the climate and energy package and the European system of gas transfer - the idea of the north-south gas corridor.

The debates on power industry were attended by Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of the European Parliament and Honorary Chairman of the Patronage Council of the EEC 2011 Organizational Committee; Mikołaj Budzanowski, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Treasury; Krystian Takac, Secretary of State, Slovakian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Günter Verheugen, EU Commissioner for Enterprises and Industry from 2004 to 2010, and EU Commissioner for Enlargement from 1999 to 2004.

The next large thematic bloc of the second day of EEC 2011 was dedicated to finance. What was discussed was public finance, EU funds and regional development, EU financial and banking systems, intelligent bank of the future, and finances in self-governing structures. Among the panelists were: Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Poland’s Minister for Regional Development; Danuta Hübner, Member of the European Parliament and the Chairperson for the Regional Development Committee in the European Parliament; Georg Milbradt, Prime Minister of Free State of Saxony from 2002 to 2008; Staffan Nilsson, Chairman of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); Jerzy Pruski, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland, President of the Management Board of the Banking Guarantees Fund and Pilar Solans, a Barcelona-based Financial Director.

The 17th of May was also the day when various panels and discussions were held on innovations at the crossroads of science and business. The strategy for ‘Innovatory EU’ was presented together with Polish innovatory strategies. Specialists talked about the shape of the Community of Knowledge and Innovation, the theme inaugurated during the first European Economic Congress in 2009. They also presented many research and endorsement projects for the Polish CC PolandPlus centre from different areas. Within this year’s EEC there was also an off-site meeting of the Committee for Innovation and New Technologies.

In the new arena of the European Economic Congress 2011 in the building of the University of Economics in Katowice, the panel entitled ‘Universities for the European Competitive Economy’ was held with the participation of Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education. The guests - mostly rectors of Polish higher education institutions - talked about the directions for research and education, and discussed the comparability of graduate competences.

The main ideas behind the Polish leadership in the European Union Council and the development of Polish railway, airport and cargo markets, as well as various issues surrounding Polish-Czech and Polish-Austrian cooperation were only some of the themes discussed during the second day of this largest business event in Central Europe. As one of the accompanying events, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development presented the finalists of the ‘Innovatory Project’, ‘Innovatory Start-up/Technostarter’ and ‘Innovatory Business Surrounding Institution’ competitions.

The EEC 2011 sessions were held in the Qubus, Angelo, Monopol and Nowotel Katowice Centrum Hotels, in the Silesian Province Office, Biuro Centrum building, assembly hall of Bank Śląski, University of Economics and RIG Multimedia Hall.