3rd European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow, 27 – 28 March 2017

Local governments in the face of the challenges of the twenty-first century

Multilateral and direct cooperation between European regions and cities has been extremely intense in recent years. It affects not only politics and the economies of individual countries but also of the entire continent. The European Congress of Local Governments is a meeting platform for local leaders and regional elites to exchange views ace with public administration, NGOs and business. The Congress will be an opportunity for Polish and Central European local governments to discuss ways of increasing efficiency in using EU structural funds. It will also be an occasion to share experiences and make new contacts. The programme will consist of 6 thematic tracks, more than 60 events: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations and receptions.


The main points of the program:

The programme of the European Congress of Local Governments will consist of six thematic tracks: Finances, Economy, Innovations, Society, Environment, Business & the City:

  • Global Changes Facing Europe and Local Governments in the 21st Century
  • Bridging Development Gaps Between Regions Through Solidarity and Fiscal Redistribution
  • Cities and Powerful International Brands
  • City as a Magnet for Talent & Business Competencies – Business Leadership Outlook
  • Social Innovation & Start-Up Culture
  • Tourism and Local Government and their Roles as regards Local Governments
  • The Impact of Inbound Tourism on the Behaviour and Assessments of Residents
  • Tourist Trails: Sharing and Popularising Active Tourism
  • Place-making. Cities Building a European Brand
  • Economic Self-government in the Process of Single Market Implementation
  • Sports Sponsorship in Local Government, is It Worth It?
  • "Success in High Heels" – Women in Local Government, Politics and Business
  • Increasing Financial Independence of Local Governments. Is It Necessary?
  • The Role of Effective Project Management in the Local Government
  • Does the Central Government Support Using Public-Private Partnerships by Local Administration?
  • The Influence of FDIs on Regional Development
  • Changes in the Insurance Sector in Poland through Development of Mutual Insurance Companies. Setting up Mutual Insurance Companies for Local Governments
  • A Mayor or a Manager? Management in Practice
  • Revenue Bonds – (Under)appreciated Way of Financing Local Government Units
  • Cooperation Between Business and Local Governments in Infrastructure Development
  • New Tools in the EU Cohesion Policy
  • Citizens – Effective Local Governments
  • Small Town – Huge Potential
  • Forging Weakness into Strength. Untapped Potential of Less Developed Regions
  • Unexpoited Potential of Silver Economy
  • Flat Plus’ Programme. What Does it Mean for Poland?
  • Business Tourism – A Development Opportunity for Cities and Regions
  • Organization of Hospital Security Healthcare Benefits
  • How Many State in Small Homelands?
  • Cross-border Economic Areas – from the Periphery to a Growth Engine
  • How to Develop Cross-Border Infrastructure?
  • Is Local Patriotism Profitable?
  • Region in the EU – Benefits and Challenges
  • Intelligent Regions and Cities – from Vision to Strategy
  • Future on 4 Wheels – Electric Vehicles
  • Cycling Infrastructure in Europe
  • The Paradox of the Smart Cities: How Smart Is Your City and How Can We Make It Smarter in Time of Financial and Social Crisis?
  • Metropolitan areas as poles of growth and innovation
  • Opening the eHealth Market in Poland and the Role of Regional Government in the Process of Adapting Innovative Solutions
  • Local critical infrastructure – investments which require local governments? Telecommunications – Critical infrastructure XXI century?
  • Creative Regions: Challenges and Opportunities
  • E-mobility
  • Big Metropolises – New Voivodeships or Expanding Cities?
  • Bringing Railways Into The Future
  • Modern Transport Infrastructure in Regions – A Way to Improving Life Quality of Denizens
  • The PLANHEAT Project: an integrated tool for Local Authorities for the Identification of Future Low Carbon Heating and Cooling Plans
  • Towards 2020 and the Revision of SEAP:  Local Level Roadmap Towards More Sustainable Heating and Cooling Plans
  • Economic Zones – New Challenges for Local and Regional Authorities
  • How to Win Local Elections?
  • Contracting and Financing of Healthcare Services from January 2018
  •  ‘Family Plus’ Programme. What Does it Mean for Poland?
  • European Funds for Local Governments
  • Purchasing Groups as a Way to Optimise Costs in Healthcare
  • Corporation as a Way of Implementing a Local Government Unit’s Tasks
  • How to protect nature, to effectively and cheaply?
  • The Integration of Immigrants at the Local Level – Challenges and Good Practices
  • „Middle School Reform” – a Return to the Past or a Turn Towards the Future?
  • Local Government and History. How National Heritage Shapes Local Community
  • Migration Crisis and its Influence on Labor Market
  • Municipalities in the Face of the Challenges of Migration Policy in Europe
  • Security vs. Independence – How to Support the Development of Local Media?
  • What Makes a Local Media?
  • Equal Opportunities – Local Action for Youth Employment
  • The Modern Party’s Recipe for Local Government
  • Film Industry as a Factor in the Development and Promotion of Cities
  • Sport – Local Governments – Business
  • The  Democratic Left Alliance Party’s Recipe for Local Government
  • Party’s Recipe for Local Government
  • How to Build and Successfully Implement a Good Regional Promotion Strategy?
  • The Polish Peasant Party Party’s Recipe for Local Government
  • The Platform Party’s Recipe for Local Government
  • Circular Economy – is it the Future of Europe?
  • Sustainable Development of Cities and Regions
  • Organic Cities – How Local Governments support Organic Farming and Why?
  • Local Government in Face of Natural Disasters. How to React Effectively?
  • Effective Resource Management as a Guarantee of Water Safety
  • How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Buildings – Challenges for the Local Governments
  • Empowering public authorities in the development of sustainable plans for low carbon heating and cooling in Europe
  • Heating System – a Significant Factor for Energy Security at the Level of Cities and Regions
  • Public Procurement in the Green Building Industry

Congress Guests: 

Nearly 2 000  people – regional elites, government officials, business executives, NGOs, journalists from all over Europe.


In order to participate in the Congress, please fill in the registration form.  Please be advised that the registration consists of two stages.


ICE Kraków Congress Centre

ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17

30-302 Kraków


Institute for Eastern Studies, organiser of the Economic Forum in Krynica.

Host City:

Strategic Partner:

TAURON Polska Energia SA is a holding company in the capital group and is engaged in coal mining, manufacture, distribution and sale of energy. Operation of TAURON Group covers about 18% of country’s area. It is one of main business entities in Poland, the largest distributor and second-largest seller and producer of electricity. The shares of TAURON Polska Energia SA are listed on The Warsaw Stock Exchange. The Company is a part of the index of socially responsible companies – RESPECT Index.


Commercial Partners: 

CEZ ESCO Polska is a company belonging to the CEZ Group in Poland, which offers comprehensive energy services for businesses, municipalities, and private and public organizations. The company offers its customers comprehensive services including energy audits, energy consulting for heat and electricity supply, managing the construction and operation of energy sources, as well as the modernization of public lighting and thermo-modernization of public and private buildings.


Comarch was set up in 1993 in Kraków, Poland. It has been running projects for the leading Polish and international brands in the economy's most important sectors, e.g.: telecommunications, finances, banking and insurance, commerce and services, IT infrastructure, public administration, industry, health services, and in the SME sector. Several dozen of thousands of world brands in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Presently, the company employs over 5,300 experts in 28 countries.


DZP was established in 1993. For many years now we have been the largest independent Polish law firm. We provide complex advice to clients in all sectors, offering them full-range legal advisory. What makes our services different is our understanding of both legal and business needs of our clients, and the many years’ experience and expert knowledge of our specialists. Our worldwide network of relations with leading foreign law firms enables us to advise on the international market.


ENGIE in Poland is a provider of efficient and innovative solutions. It provides services in the area of construction and operation of infrastructure in facilities, renewable energy, sales and optimization of purchase and consumption of energy and natural gas, with the use of highly developed digital solutions. ENGIE provides its customers energy in the form of heat, electricity and natural gas. It also provides maintenance services and investment in infrastructure of  heating and electricity. ENGIE is active in the field of Public-Private Partnership.


GoPay Sp. o.o. is a group of specialists developing an innovative project of Mobile City Card, which in 2017 will be widely promoted in Polish cities. The company started its operation in 2014, creating modern systems of tickets sale and control for public transport. The company was the first in the country to launch a commercial ticketing system via and mobile application. Currently GoPay solutions operate in dozens of cities in Poland.


Polowiec i Wspólnicy sp. j. specializes in legal services for entrepreneurs. Scope of services covers all aspects of business activity, including projects related to power sector, contracts, restructuring, construction. We have vast experience and expertise in business and strategic advice. We provide services both within the territory of Poland and abroad. We run offices in Kraków and Gliwice. We connect practice and science, members of our team are authors of many scientific publications.


For nearly 25 years we are competent and experienced partner for ICT sector in creating constructive relations with business and regulatory environment. We promote and support companies operating on Polish market, which want to succeed in the area of modern technology and innovative solutions. We cooperate with our partners to ensure that our activities will be always characterized by substantive and professional approach to tasks. We co-organise and patronize the most significant events connected with telecommunication and IT. Our work is to ensure that the voice of Polish ICT sector will be heard and respectable both on domestic and international stages. We encourage to cooperation all interested companies and experts.


Park-M is a leading company in Landscape Architecture and Green Industry. For more than 20 years we have been setting standards and creating trends in Landscape Architecture. Harmoniously and uncompromisingly. Thanks to our comprehensive, rich and diversified offer, constant highly-qualified staff, professional and innovative equipment, own transport base, years of experience, realization of the most prestigious projects in Poland as well as  company’s presence on the international.


PSE Inwestycje S.A. is a company belonging to the PSE Group, which has a statutory duty to prioritise the provision of services to its owner, acting as the Transmission System Operator. These services include the preparation of electricity transmission investments and contract overseeing (contract engineer function), drafting network and electrical equipment designs (design office function) as well as the preparation and supervision of social communication regarding the expansion and modernisation of the transmission network.



Uber is a technological company, which connects application users with drivers, who are using the platform in real time in order to share their vehicles with the others to offer a ride, food delivery or shipment. Uber platform offers an alternative form of transport in over 500 cities in more than 80 countries around the world, helping people to move around their cities. In Poland Uber is available in Warsaw, Kraków,Trójmiasto, Wrocław, Poznań, Łódź and Silesia.


In Poland, Veolia Group is one of the leading providers of services in the area of energy, water and wastewater as well as waste management. Veolia is a time-tested and proven partner to cities and industries, offering services tailored to the needs of its customers. The company creates and implements cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions. New business models created by the group meet the assumptions of circular economy, and contribute to sustainable development of cities and industry. It operates in 74 cities, including Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan and Tarnowskie Gory. 


Law Firm was established in 2004 and has participated in many significant projects and transactions involving the Polish market. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to both Polish entrepreneurs and foreign institutions but also to the public sector, with particular emphasis on local government units. Prominent specialists from our firm provide a wide range of expertise legal services and advice to business transactions.


Self-government organization of banks, established in 1991, founded on the Chambers of Commerce Charter. Membership in the ZBP is voluntary and open for all  banks created under the Polish law as well as for foreign credit institutions branches  operating  in the Republic of Poland. The statutory tasks of the Assiciation is representing  and protecting  common interests of member banks, inter alia with respect to legal regulations related to banking. 





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