6th European Congress of Local Governments

Regions as Drivers of European Economy

6th – 7th December 2021

The European Congress of Local Governments is a platform for the exchange of views and a meeting place for local government leaders, regional elites with representatives of state administration, NGOs and business.

Multilateral cooperation between European regions and cities has in recent years developed into a social and economic phenomenon, to the point where it significantly affects not only the politics and economics of individual countries but also of the entire continent.

The diversified programme will consist of 13 thematic tracks, with more than 100 events: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations and an award ceremony.

Date and Venue:

  • 6th - 7th December 2021
  • Gołębiewski Hotel, Mrągowska 34, Mikołajki

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1:
  • Plenary session
  • Thematic blocks – debates, workshops, lectures, presentations
  • Awards Ceremony – Leader in Local Government
  • Reception
Day 2:
  • Thematic blocks – debates, workshops, lectures, presentations
  • Plenary session
  • Reception

Program Assumptions:

Panel discussions are grouped into the following Thematic Blocks:
  • Finances
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Development
  • Society
  • Investments
  • Innovations
  • Health
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Business and Management
  • International Cooperation
  • Infrastructure

Congress Guests:

About 1,500  people – regional elites, government officials, business executives, NGOs and journalists from all over the Europe.


Institute for Eastern Studies, organiser of the Economic Forum.

Host City:

Mikołajki is among the most popular tourist resorts in Masuria. The town is located in the very heart of the Great Masurian Lakes region, therefore it is known by every water sport enthusiast in Poland. It has been known as the Masurian Venice for about a century.

In the collective tourist consciousness the town is an attractive holiday destination. It is a perfect place for active leisure on the water. Sailors reign over the lakes here, and their favourite venue is the lake promenade, and the Sailors’ Village which is home to one of the most advanced ports in Masuria. Ports, harbours and marinas located in the district of Mikołajki provide over 900 mooring places.

Population of the town is nearly 4,000, while the well-developed and diversified accommodations provide over 7,000 beds. The development of Mikołajki mainly rests on micro and small tourist businesses, however there are also a few large and luxurious hotels. Almost half of all business entities operate in the tourist sector.

Open-air events organised here are of diverse nature and reach – from regional to national to international. The most important are: the Days of Mikołajki and Launching of the King of Whitefish, the Masurian Fish Festival “Rybka na zdrowie”, the Shanty Festival, the Strongman Polish Cup, the Kormoran Rally. Mikołajki is among a handful of Polish districts with a cyclical motor sport event – the Rally Poland, as part of the European Championship series. Every year the event attracts motor sport fans from all over the continent.

The unsurpassed natural environment is definitely what draws so many visitors. The town is located on the edge of the Pisz Forest and the Masurian Landscape Park. As much as 74% of the district is under various forms of environment protection.