“New Possibilities. Old Threats”

4th - 5th February 2020 Rzeszow-Jasionka

The Europe-Ukraine Forum, organised since 2007, is one of the key events organised by the Warsaw-based Institute for Eastern Studies. The leading theme of the 13th Forum will be the continuation of the reform and modernisation of Ukraine in the situation of the presidential and parliamentary elections. The weakly visible effects of reforms, instability of the economy, widespread scarcity caused dissatisfaction in society and, consequently, the failure of the previous ruling camp. Ukrainian society has very high expectations. Therefore, the vital question is about the course of the newly elected authorities in terms of cooperation with the European Union and NATO. What are the next steps Kiev and its Western partners should take to ensure the country’s continued development and integration with the Euro-Atlantic structures?

Debates of Europe-Ukraine Forum 2020 will focus on developing Ukraine’s economic potential, broadly understood modernisation of the state, and cooperation with partners from Poland and other European countries. The conditions for efficient local self-government and civil society will be discussed as well.


  • 2 days of debates and meetings
  • Report presentation
  • Plenary sessions: political and business decision-makers will talk about the cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union
  • Over 30 discussion panels about the economy, politics and society
  • 10 regional and sectoral presentations
  • 2 networking banquets
  • The Eastern Fair – an opportunity to present your company and establish new business relations


Over 800 participants from Poland, Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership countries, the EU and the US, including government members, politicians, businessmen, regional officials, representatives of international organisations and think tanks.


In order to participate in the Forum please fill in the registration form which is available at www.economic-forum.pl. Please be advised that the registration consists of two stages. Additionally, we offer accommodation packages that can be booked in the second stage of the registration.


G2A Arena The Exhibition & Congress Centre,

Jasionka 954, 36-002 Jasionka


Fundation Instutute for Eastern Studies – organiser of Economic Forum in Krynica


The Region of Podkarpackie – a gateway to the  European Union, land of modern economy, unpolluted natural environment, wealth of culture, and opportunities. Here, innovative technologies of aerospace, information technology and automotive industries come side by side with active leisure, mountain adventures, multiculturalism and creativity. International airport, EU border crossings, East-West motorway, areas designated for investments and resources of well-educated young people are the reasons why global companies bring their business here.

Podkarpackie region is located in south-eastern Poland. Due to its favourable location, business friendly areas (Special Economic Zones, Science and Technology Parks, tax incentives) and many clusters (e.g. Aviation Valley, IT Cluster, Eastern Automotive Alliance) Podkarpackie has established itself as an innovation centre and an investment destination popular among both domestic and foreign companies. The region is highly industrialised and oriented especially on aviation, electromechanical, automotive, biotechnology, IT and chemical industry. Podkarpackie is home to the Aviation Valley Association – an unique aviation cluster where numerous global players like Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, PZL Aircraft Mielec – Sikorsky, and MTU Aero Engines cooperate with each other. Moreover, the region offers highly skilled human resources, educated at several universities. Podkarpackie is ready to welcome investors and facilitate their investments.

And after work? Anything goes! From the atmosphere of urban cafeterias, pubs, theatres, concerts, to recreation activities on the ground, on the water and in the air, amidst wildlife, Carpathian landscapes, and legends of Bieszczady and Beskid Niski. On top of that, one can absorb the culture, architecture and art of borderland, and find time and place for leisure, creativity and taking bird’s eye view of the hectic world, from above.


PKO Bank Polski is the indisputable leader of the Polish banking sector and the basic supplier of financial services. It is a company appreciated in the country and abroad and the most valuable firm listed at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The Bank focuses on digitisation, innovation and development of modern technologies. By continuing the path of digital transformation, it is changing into PKO Bank of the Future.


Rzeszow is a modern, dynamically developing city of young and entrepreneurial people. It is the economic, educational, cultural and sports centre of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

The city has a very good transport accessibility, through the A4 motorway and the S19 expressway. A very big advantage of the city is the Rzeszów-Jasionka International Airport, with direct flights to Bulgaria,  England , Germany, Greece Ireland, Israel, USA and Warsaw.

Around 50 thousand students, study on traditional and innovative specialisations such as nanotechnology, aviation and cosmonautics, medical engineering, airport traffic management.

In the latest PwC report, Rzeszów was named the city of economic success. The capital of Podkarpacie is the seat of numerous clusters, among others: aviation, IT, plastics processing, good quality of life. The most well-known companies operating in Rzeszów and the Rzeszów subregion include: Pratt & Whitney Rzeszów, Heli-One, MTU, Borg Warner, Asseco Poland, Marma Polskie Folie, Deloitte, and PwC and many others.

The city provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy a rich cultural and sports offer. The biggest events taking place cyclically in Rzeszów are: East of Culture – European Stadium of Culture,  Carpathia Festiwal, Rzeszów Marathon, Rzeszów Rally, Tour de Pologne.

Founded in 2007, EWL S.A. recruits top–notch specialists from four continents. It is the leader on the Polish market of employment of foreigners in the field of permanent recruitment, employee leasing, outsourcing and servicing the employment of non–EU citizens. The Group provides HR solutions for most sectors of the economy in the European Union, including formalities related to staffing and legalization of stay. EWL S.A. has 32 branches in 5 European countries (Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and the Czech Republic).

Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 supports sustainable development along the European Union’s external borders. All projects are funded by the EU, have non-profit character and aim at better life quality of inhabitants of eastern Poland, western Ukraine and western Belarus. They are based on cooperation, exchange of knowledge and experiences between institutions from both sides of the EU border. The Programme focuses on four topics: Heritage, Accessibility, Security and Borders.

Holiday Inn Express is a fast growing brand of functional hotels, being the first choice for travelers looking for a simple, nice place to rest, recharge and get a little work done. Hotel is designed according to the latest Fourth Generation standards with modern,, high quality facilities and innovative work spaces.Hotel infrastructure: 120 rooms, 2 conference rooms (20m2, 50m2), restaurant, drink bar, parking, summer garden outside.
Hotel amenities: breakfast included, free WiFi, air condition, ironing facilities, tea nad cofee making facilities, high quality bedding.

The Exhibition and Congress Centre G2A Arena in Jasionka is the most modern and largest venue in Podkarpackie Voivodeship. In G2A Arena took place one of the largest fair events, international conferences and congresses in Podkarpackie. It is a high-tech, glazed building with a futuristic shape and huge area – 28 thousand. sqm. Up till now, center has been visited by nearly 400,000 people and there were held about 400 events.

Rzeszow Regional Development Agency is a non-profit joint institution. The objective of the RRDA is to support the development of Podkarpackie Region, to improve the quality and standard of life of its inhabitants, to advertise the possibilities offered by the region.

Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park AEROPOLIS is now one of the most attractive investment locations in southeastern Poland. Its concept is to encourage modern businesses and technologies while mobilizing the potential of local universities and research centers. AEROPOLIS is now one of the most attractive investment locations in southeastern Poland.

The Industrial Development Agency Joint Stock Company (IDA) is a state-owned company. It has played an important role in the transformation of the Polish economy by responding to the most vital needs of industry, saving thousands of jobs and modernizing large and medium-size enterprises.

Today, within the Group of Polish Development Fund, IDA cooperates with key Polish institutions supporting entrepreneurs and provides solutions for current needs and business challenges.