28th Economic Forum

Krynica-Zdroj, Poland, 4-6 September


A Europe of Common Values or A Europe of Common Interests?

The Economic Forum in Krynica is the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year the Forum, organized at the beginning of September brings more than 4000 guests. These are political, economic and social leaders as well as approx. 500 journalists. The guests come from over 60 countries in Europe, Asia and America.

Organizational outline:

  • Six Plenary Sessions
  • More than 180 panel discussions, lectures of the personalities of the public sphere,
  • Workshops and round table discussions
  • National and regional presentations

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1:

  • Inauguration with a Plenary Session,
  • Panel discussions,
  • Thematic Blocks,
  • Concert,
  • Awards Ceremony

Day 2:

  • Two Plenary Sessions,
  • Panel discussions,
  • Thematic Blocks
  • Awards Ceremony

Day 3:

  • Two Plenary Sessions,
  • Panel discussions,
  • Thematic Blocks,
  • Recreational Events,
  • Closing Ceremony

Thematic tracks:

  • Business and Management
  • Europe and the World
  • Security Forum
  • Energy Forum
  • Innovations Forum
  • Healthcare Forum
  • Regions Forum
  • Investments and Development
  • Macroeconomy
  • New Economy
  • State and Reforms
  • International Politics
  • Society
  • Special Events

The Awards of the Economic Forum:

  • Man of the Year 2017 of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Company of the Year 2017 of Central and Eastern Europe
  • New Culture of New Europe

Guests of the Forum:

4 000 invitees from Europe, Asia, USA and Middle East countries


  • Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies
  • Economic Forum Program Council
  • Partners of the Economic Forum

Commercial partners:

Polish Insurance Association

The Polish Insurance Association is a local trade organization representing all insurance companies operating in Poland. The main tasks of the PIU are to support the legislature in establishing law. The Association also leads activities to increase public awareness of insurance and to pursue a multilateral dialogue on the development of the insurance sector in our country. The Polish Insurance Association was established in 1990.

Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA

The Employers’ Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA represents 28 leading pharmaceutical companies engaged in R&D and the production of innovative medicines. INFARMA is a member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), the Employers of Poland and the Polish Chamber of Commerce. INFARMA’s mission is positive impact on healthcare system in Poland and providing patients sustainable and open access to the effective and safe therapies.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

The JSW Group is the largest producer of high-quality hard coking coal and a major producer of coke in the European Union. JSW’s coking coal is used predominantly in the production of coke which, in addition to iron ore, is an essential component of feedstock for the production of steel. JSW is composed of 4 mines producing coking coal and steam coal: Borynia-Zofiówka-Jastrzębie, Budryk, Knurów-Szczygłowice, Pniówek and Zakład Wsparcia Produkcji.

Bakalland S.A.

The Bakalland Group is the absolute market leader in dried fruits and nuts in Poland. It has specialised in dried fruits and nuts category and other areas of food production from breakfast products to snacks (i.e. muesli bars, protein bars, roasted nuts) for over 25 years. After Delecta joined in 2014, the Group’s portfolio expanded to include: baking products, sweet snacks, instant and traditional desserts and also cereal coffee. The company regularly increases sales of its products outside Poland and now is present in over 40 countries around the world.

American Chamber of Commerce in Poland

The American Chamber of Commerce in Poland (AmCham), founded in 1990, established itself as a leading voice for the business community in Poland. We represent over 330 of the largest investors from a wide range of sectors who invested over 160 billion PLN and employ over 220,000 people in Poland. Our priorities are the prosperous development of the economy, open dialogue between the business community and government, and enhancing the global competitiveness of Poland in cooperation with U.S. know-how. Proud host of the “AmCham Diner” since 2012!

Britenet Sp. z o.o.

Britenet is a professional software house and business partner specialized in IT experts leasing. It’s team consists of over 500 specialists. The company provides IT solutions since 2006. Britenet creates and maintains systems that support operational processes in many areas of business including Polish public sector. The company was three times awarded The Best IT Employer in Poland by Computerworld – TNS.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

We are the largest of the Polish law firms. For 25 years our experts have advised both Polish and foreign clients from all business sectors. We believe that close relations bring better solutions. Our efficiency is down to our close cooperation with our clients. We maintain our good reputation and professional prestige thanks to the years’ experience in advising on large complex projects, introducing innovative solutions and working with very demanding clients.

KPMG in Poland 

KPMG in Poland for the past 25 years has provided professional including Audit, Tax, Advisory services, and D.Dobkowski sp.k., a Polish limited partnership, a law firm associated with KPMG in Poland – Legal services. We employ more than 1,800 people in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Katowice and Łódź.


LUX MED Group is the leader of private medical services in Poland and part of Bupa. The Group offers comprehensive ambulatory services, diagnostics, rehabilitation, hospitalisation and elderly care. Both corporate and individual customers may choose between various medical subscriptions and self-pay services. LUX MED Group is the Main Medical Partner of the Polish Olympic Committee and the Polish Paralympic Committee.

Grupa Maspex

Maspex is one of the largest food producers in Central & Eastern Europe and a market leader in juices and beverages, instant products and cereal products. The company’s portfolio includes brands such as: Tymbark, Kubuś, Lubella, Łowicz, Krakus, Kotlin, Puchatek, Ekland, DecoMorreno, Cremona, La Festa and Plusssz. The Maspex Group has completed out 19 acquisitions and the company’s products are exported to over 50 countries. Revenue from sales in 2017 amounted over PLN 4.42 billion, of which 31% is foreign sales.

Grupa Żywiec

Grupa Żywiec is one of the leading brewers in Poland with the broadest portfolio of over 40 products under 12 brands and 13 different beer styles. The flagship brand is Żywiec. Among other brewer’s key brands are: Heineken, Warka, Desperados and Tatra. Important part of company’s offer are regional brands: Królewskie, Leżajsk and Specjal. Grupa Żywiec is part of the HEINEKEN, the largest beer producer in Europe and one of the leading international brewers.


Mastercard is a technology company operating in the global payments sector. We operate the fastest global payment-processing network which connects consumers, financial institutions, points of sale, government agencies, and companies in more than 210 countries and territories. The products and solutions from Mastercard facilitate and make everyday commercial operations, such as shopping, traveling, conducting business, and managing finances more secure.


mBank is one of the largest banks in Poland and an icon of mobility. For years, it has been considered the leader of innovations among financial institutions. It provides a full range of modern financial services for individual customers and companies – from micro firms to largest corporations, and the public sector. It was founded 32 years ago as BRE Bank and has been operating as mBank since November 2013. Today mBank has over 5 million customers in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

City of Lodz

Łódź is a beneficiary of large public investments: 100 ha of the New Center of Łódź, billions PLN in the revitalization of city centre, a diametral tunnel serving as a subway – those are examples. Private capital is also active in Łódź, as evidenced by the recently launched 200 ha of industrial areas within the agglomeration and 100,000 m2 of modern office space under construction. We will organize EXPO Horticultural in 2024, Youth Football World Cup in 2024.

Polimex-Mostostal SA

Polimex-Mostostal SA is one of the largest Polish construction and engineering companies. A general contractor in the field of industrial construction. The company carries out specialized investments in Poland and abroad for the energy sector, petrochemical industries and in the field of environmental protection. It is a manufacturer and exporter of steel structures and platform gratings; it also operates in the steel structure galvanizing and coating/painting sector. Operating on since 1945. Listed on GPW since 1997.

Pracodawcy Medycyny Prywatnej

The Association of Private Medicine Employers is the most active social partner representing the interest of private medicine in the dialogue with the government and parliament in Poland. We have been operating for a decade, animating the environment of private healthcare providers of various sizes. We gather many different entities, among which there are e.g. the largest leaders of the market, listed companies and local healthcare employers.

Rothschild Global Advisory

Rothschild & Co is a world leader in the provision of impartial, expert advice. Rothschild Global Advisory business has been present in Poland and CEE since 1990. We have approximately 900 advisers in 40 countries around the world. Our core activity is M&A, privatisation transactions, debt advisory, restructuring and ECM. Polish office is a part of a highly skilled team of advisers who lead projects in all countries of the CEE region. Rothschild Global Advisory is a leader of M&A advisers’ league tables (2017 – World No1 by number of deals).

The Boston Consulting Group Spółka 

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from private, public and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with more than 82 offices in 46 countries. Warsaw BCG team exists since 1997 and is led by team of Partners.

Uzdrowisko Krynica Zegiestów Spolka Akcyjna

Health Resort Krynica-Żegiestów S.A. it’s 225 years of tradition of spa treatment and 210 years of experience in running production activity. The company offers accommodation, in the heart of the resort, in 1-, 2- or 3-bedded rooms of a high standard. Apart from sanatorium stays, it offers congresses and business meetings, healing holidays, rehabilitation and commercial stays,. The exclusive producer of healing waters: Jan, Zuber, Słotwinka and natural mineral water “Kryniczanka”.

VIVUS Finance

Vivus Finance Sp. z o.o., the biggest online loan company in Poland, has been operating on the market since 2012. In under 6 years, the company has acquired over 2 million clients. Fintech solutions implemented by Vivus Finance set the standard for the industry and directly address client needs. Vivus has been the co-creator of the Loan Companies Association, thus actively shaping the loan market in Poland. Vivus is part of 4finance Group which has been operating in over 17 markets globally.

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