Debates 2011

Debates of 21st Economic Forum

Will iPads Replace Newspapers?

Are we witnessing the end of old-fashioned, hard-copy newspapers era, read with a morning coffee? Most world publishers keep introducing special applications for iPads, which offer to readers almost limitless content. It is a paid service, though, and in spite of a serious crisis in the press industry, it is still too early to declare iPad's victory. And what if iPads save traditional press by introducing richer content as a bonus to a hard copy?

Marcin Sobczyk - Warsaw Bureau Chief , Dow Jones Newswires, USA
Grig Davidovitz - CEO, RGB Media, Israel
Alexander Diekmann - Managing Partner, Verlagsgruppe Passau, Germany
Grzegorz Hajdarowicz - President, GRUPA GREMI, Poland
Stefan Nowak - Director for Products Development, Group, Poland
Bertrand Pecquerie - CEO, Global Editors Network, France
Anatoliy Strunin - Head, ITAR-TASS News Agency, Russia
Participation in discussion:
Arkadiusz Zychewicz - Doctoral student, IT specialist, The Institute of Fundamental Technological Research – Polish Academy of Science (IFTR-PAS), Poland

Energetically Secure Europe – Development of a Common Market in the Conditions of Insufficient Number of Cross-Border and National Connections of Infrastructural Projects

During the panel the following issues will be discussed: development of an integrated market for the benefit of consumers, extension of national transmission systems and cross-border connections, energy security and market development, specificity and legal problems connected with the implementation of infrastructural projects, international cooperation between operators and legal regulations, financing infrastructural projects, including with EU funds.

Agnieszka Lakoma - Journalist, Rzeczpospolita, Poland
Andrzej Czerwinski - Member, Parliament, Poland
Waldemar Kamrat - Vice-Rector for Education & Development, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Henryk Majchrzak - President of the Board, PSE-Operator S.A., Poland
Virgilijus Poderys - CEO, Litgrid AB, Lithuania
Michele Porri - Director of Improvement , ENEL , Italy
Boris Schucht - President of the Board, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, Germany
Krzysztof Zmijewski - General Secretary , Społeczna Rada Narodowego Programu Redukcji Emisji , Poland

Intelligent Transport Systems – new opportunities

The panel will address topics related to the development of modern, telematic-based transport technologies and their impact on the future of the societies. It will present the feasibility of ITS solutions in various areas of life: from the parking management to the planning of road construction. There will be also discussed legal and organizational aspects of ITS based projects.

Wojciech Szeląg - Journalist, Telewizja Polsat Sp. z o. o. , Poland
Marek Cywinski - CEO, Kapsch Telematic Services Sp. z o.o. , Poland
Michael Gschnitzer - Global Sales Director, Kapsch TrafficCom, Austria
Pawel Kuglarz - Attorney-at-law, Partner, BEITEN BURKHARDT P. Daszkowski Sp.k., Poland
Andrzej Malinowski - President , Employers of Poland, Poland
Radoslaw Stepien - Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, Poland

Time for Exceptional Leaders – Management Teams That Build the Companies' Value

Companies that succeed over their competitors can build large teams of exceptional managers, while creating space for leaders with strong personalities. How do leaders of top Polish companies build managers' teams? What are the most important skills in industries with low organic growth? How to find exceptional leaders? These are the topics we are going to cover in our discussions.

Special guest:
Aleksander Grad - Minister , Ministry of Treasury, Poland
Daniel Boniecki - Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Poland
Boryslaw Czyzak - Managing Partner, Egon Zehnder International , Poland
Andrzej Klesyk - President of the Board & CEO, PZU SA, Poland
Boguslawa Matuszewska - Vice-President of the Board, Sales & IT Director, Polkomtel SA operator sieci Plus, Poland
Marcin Pirog - President of the Management Board, LOT Polish Airlines, Poland
Maciej Witucki - President of the Management Board, Polish Telecom Group, Poland

Innovative Administration for Innovative Economy

The discussion shall refer to the role of public administration in the process of stimulating the innovation approach among societies and entrepreneurs. Does the contemporary public administration shows its readiness to face challenges of the changing world? How modern administration could help economies? What should be done and what can we do together to make Europe more innovative? These are main issues to be discussed during the panel debate organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

Andrzej Jacaszek - Managing Director/Publisher of Harvard Business Review Polska, ICAN Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością Sp. k., Wydawca Harvard Business Review Polska , Poland
Zoltan Csefalvay - Minister of State , Ministry for National Economy, Hungary
Martin Kocourek - Minister, Ministry of Economy, Czech Republic
Bozena Lublinska-Kasprzak President, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development , Poland
Waldemar Pawlak - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Ministry of Economy, Poland
Guenter Verheugen - Honorary Professor, European University Viadrina, Germany

Unconventional Gas – A chance for Europe – Environment, Economy, Energy Security

Unconventional gas started the energy revolution in the U.S. Recently may change the EU gas market- diminishing gas prices and changing previous relations with EU gas exporters. 2 years ago leading IOC's have started shale gas exploration in Poland and in other EU MS. 

Development of the sector needs to be supported by EU decision makers and politicians therefore the aim of the panel organized by the Kosciuszko Institute is to present the chances for economy, energy security and reducing CO2 emissions that resulting from unconventional gas.

Panel discussion is a part of the Kosciuszko Institute project "Unconventional Gas – a Chance for Poland and Europe?". Within the project an expert report entitled "Unconventional Gas – a Chance for Poland and Europe ? Analysis and recommendations" was published. Report will be available on the KI's website ( from 31st August and provided to all quests and participants of the panel discussion in the hard copy. 

Izabela Albrycht - Chairman of the Board, the Kosciuszko Institute

Mirek Topolanek- former PM of Czech Republic
Mikołaj Budzanowski- Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Treasury, Poland
Gabor Baranyai- Deputy State Secretary for EU Sectoral Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU Affairs, Hungary
Wolf E. Regener- President & CEO, BNK Petroleum, Inc.
Alan Riley- prof. London City University, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
Roman Rewald- US-qualified attorney and a partner at the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, former Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland 
Benny Peiser- Director of Global Warming Policy Foundation, Great Britain 
Ole Gunnar Austvik- Head of Research, Lillehammer University College, Norway 
Paul Stevens- Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House, Great Britain Michał Krupiński- Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Poland

European Financial System – from one crisis to another.

The European financial sector has experienced at least three slumps in the recent four years: US subprime mortgage crisis, banking solvency problem and budget trouble in Eurozone countries. All participants in the discussion will try to address the question asked since the outbreak of global economic crisis in 2008: how to curb aspirations of big financial institutions to take risk disproportionate to the capital they administer? This issue is especially burning because in case of serious trouble, the helping hand comes finally from the state, since these institutions are 'too big to fall'. After the banking crisis, important role has been played by stress tests, introduced by the European Banking Authority. According to data published in the middle of July, only eight institutions – five Spanish banks, two Greek ones and one Austrian failed the tightened stress tests. In spite of that, ministers of finance of the Eurozone, still before publication of the results of EBA, stated that they would keep an eye on the troubled banks to make sure that they increase their capital and present repair plans until 15 October. The discussion about the financial system will be attended by: the presidents of the central banks of Poland and Moldova: Marek Belka and Dorin Dragutanu; Ministers of Finance of Slovakia, Estonia and Montenegro: Ivan Miklos, Jurgen Ligi and Milorad Katnić; Director of the European Department at IMF, Antonio Borges and President of Warsaw Stock Exchange, Ludwik Sobolewski.

New business models in the European financial sector in response to regulatory challenges.

Considering instability and changing economic situation in the global market, questions can be asked about the direction, which is followed by the banking system – how will they operate, what will be their priorities and goals for the coming years? Are the introduced and proposed regulations meant to stabilize the system in the face of crisis? Many experts think that the banking system is overregulated, which seems to limit its growth and development. Yet, the banks have to adapt to the changes. What will be the strategy they employ – a new model or only slight changes?  Answers to these dilemmas will be sought by participants in the discussion 'New business models in the European financial sector in response to regulatory challenges':Stanisław Kluza, President of Polish Financial Supervision Authority; Laszlo Balogh, Vice-president of the Hungarian Financial Supervision Authority; Gianni Franco Papa, Deputy Executive Director of Bank Austria Creditanstalt; Cezary Stypułkowski, President of the Board of BRE Bank SA; Jean-Paul Servais, President of  Financial Services and Markets Authority and Józef Wancer, Adviser to the Board of Deloitte for the Sector of Financial Institutions.

The future of European regions. Regional Development Strategy 2020

The European regions face the challenge of preparing intelligent policies that can respond to the expectations of citizens. How to prepare the regions for the future? How to achieve the goals of strategy EU 2020 on the regional level? Already today, the EU has supported cooperation between towns and regions, helping them in sharing experience and worked out solutions. The discussion, which will be related to the role of inter-regional cooperation within the scope of the EU policy, future contribution in realization of the goals of strategy UE 2020 and methods of financing them, will be joined by the following persons: Danuta Hübner- Chairwomen of the Committee on Regional Development in the European Parliament; Elzbieta Bienkowska - Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Poland; Daniel Braun - Deputy Minister of Regional Development of the Czech Republic; Roman Ciepiela - Vice-Marshal of Malopolskie Voivodeship;Małgorzata Kolakowska - President of the Board, ING Bank Slaski SA; Michel Lamblin - Programme Director of the French INTERREG IVC and Györgyi Nyikos - Undersecretary of State for Development in the Hungarian Ministry of National Development.

Is Central Europe likely to become infected with 'peripherization'?

The economic future of Europe depends to a large extent on optimal analysis of the reasons of the crisis in Ireland, Greece and Portugal. At that time, we will be able to assess the risk connected with spreading to southern countries of the Eurozone and check the efficiency of bailout mechanisms such as, inter alia: the European Financial Stability Facility or European Financial Stabilization Mechanism.  The invited guests will reflect on the solutions resulting from the crisis in the periphery countries of the Eurozone for the economic policy of EU states that have not yet adopted Euro, it is the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, and on conclusions for their path to Euro?  Moderator: Marek Belka - President, National Bank of PolandPanellists: Antonio Borges - International Monetary Fund, Director of European Department ; Stanisław Gomułka - Business Centre Club, Chief Economist; Lucas Papademos - former Vice-president of the European Central Bank, expert of Financial Studies Centre (Greece); Miroslav  Singer - President of Czech National Bank; Ivan Sramko - former President of the National Bank of Slovakia,  adviser for Operations in Central and South-Eastern Europe at Intensa Sanpaolo

The future of Eurozone: enlargement, division or liquidation

The crisis in the Eurozone sparked anew the discussion about its future. Sceptics herald the collapse of the Euroland due to, inter alia, not removable systemic differences dividing the South from the North of Europe. In the best case, as it is announced by many economists, the EU is threatened with division into the countries, which have already been members of the Eurozone and will have to agree with far-reaching unification under the leadership of Germany and the ones, whose real chances to join it have continued to decrease due to the crisis. The group of „outsiders" is likely yet to gain a lot, if it carries out more pro-market oriented policy than the states belonging to the Eurozone.   Moderator: Mats Persson -  Director, Open Europe, United Kingdom; Participants: Declan Ganley - President, Rivada Networks Ltd, Ireland;Brendan Brown -  Chief Economist, Mitsubishi UFJ, United Kingdom; Jan Mladek -  Minister of Finance in the shadow cabinet of the Socialdemocratic Party, Director of the Czech Institute of Applied Economics, the Czech Republic; Veaceslav Negruţa -  Minister of Finance of Moldova; Carlos Pina -  Professor at the Faculty of Law, Lisbon University.  

Are rating agencies biased towards certain EU countries experiencing crisis?

When it turned out that Greece was no longer able to pay off its debt, the blame for the growing crisis fell not on the government, but investment banks and 'Anglo-Saxon', as it was emphasized, credit rating agencies, which were accused of bias. European politicians came up even with the idea to appoint a European credit rating agency. Criticism towards the agencies intensified at the point when Moody's cut the credit rating of Portugal to junk. President of Portugal declared even that the behaviour of rating agencies threatened stability of the European economy. Participants: Frederic Drevon -  Regional Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and South Africa, Moody's Rating Agency, United Kingdom; Paul Jorion -  Publicist of „Le Monde", Professor of Economics lecturing at universities in Brussels, Cambridge, Paris University and California University in Irvine; Stanisław Kluza -  President, Polish Financial Supervision Authority, Poland; Piotr Kowalski - President of the Board, Fitch Polska S.A., Poland; José Reis -  Professor, Department of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal.