• 25th Economic Forum, Krynica, Poland, 8-10 September 2015 more


    Organized for over 20 years, the Economic Forum in Krynica has become the biggest and the most important meeting place for political and economic leaders from Central and Eastern Europe.By that very fact, the Forum not only accompanies social and economic changes in our region, but also shapes them.

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  • Debata: The Polish dimension of local government – our export brand?more


    Marek Sowa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region at theEuropean Congress of Local Governments The recent election showed that there is a civil movement active", but in his view, "its future is uncertain as democracy operates on the basis of political parties and the same applies to the regions". Changes in Poland in 2001 – elections for commune heads and mayors – improved the authorities and quality of governance.

  • Plenary Session:Europe with Regions – Starting a New Chaptermore


    The debates of the European Congress of Local Governments, a cycle of sessions and meetings devoted to Polish and European local governments, have already begun in Krakow. They are attended by more than a thousand guests from entire Europe.

  • Letter of the President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski to the guest of the European Congress of Local Governmentsmore


    I am pleased that the European Local Governments Congress becomes a place of the debate between leaders of local government, regional elites including representatives of state administration, NGOs and business.

  • President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula invites to the European Congress of Local Governments more


    Regions and cities play a key role in the European Union. They provide the backdrop for smart and sustainable growth, they absorb more than two thirds of public investment ...

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Economic Forum – Thematic Path: Energy
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The EU climate policy, energy mix, supply security, technological innovations that provide access to new resources, legal regulations on renewable sources of energy – these are some of the most important topics that were discussed over the years during the Energy Thematic 

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Debate: What is the future of Polish local government?
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One of the highlights of the Congress was the presidents of cities debate, attended by Jacek Majchrowski (Cracow), Tadeusz Truskolaski (Białystok) and Zygmunt Frankiewicz (Gliwice). They were trying to find answers to the following questions

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What future for European regions?
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The importance of Europe's local government becomes crucial in the context of allocation of resources within the new EU financial perspective for 2014-2020 – participants of the European Congress of Local Authorities argued. 

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Film of the European Congress of Local Governments
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We invite you to watch the movie with the European Congress of Local Governments, made by the Committee of the Regions.

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Gala “Local Government Leader of the 25th Anniversary”
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The first day of the debates of the Congress was crowned with the formal gala " Local Government Leader of the 25th Anniversary",which rewarded the best local government activists in the past 25 years.

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Letter of the President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski to the guest of the European Congress of Local Governments
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I am pleased that the European Local Governments Congress becomes a place of the debate between leaders of local government, regional elites including representatives of state administration, NGOs and business.

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Plenary Session:Europe with Regions – Starting a New Chapter
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The debates of the European Congress of Local Governments, a cycle of sessions and meetings devoted to Polish and European local governments, have already begun in  Krakow. They are attended by more than a thousand guests from entire Europe.

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Inauguration of the European Congress of Local Governments
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The European Congress of Local Governments has launched in Cracow. While opening the Congress, Mayor of Cracow Jacek Majchrowski said that Cracow is, since the fourteenth century, a place where those who decide the future of Europe meet. 

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Debate: Development of Local Brands Based on Large Companies
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Small and medium-sized enterprises produce more GDP in Poland, but big companies have a greater impact on the development of the whole region due to the scale of their operations – the participants of the debate jointly agreed.

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Debate: How to Enhance Investment Attractiveness of Cities and Regions?
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Czesław Piasek, the financial market is characterized by „over liquidity”, and the plan of European Strategic Investments is expected to strengthen it even further and that is why a good idea is the most important thing at the moment. 

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Debate: The EU’s Cohesion Policy: What’s the Impact on Urban and Regional Development
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Andris Jaunsleinis, Member of Committee of the Regions, Chairman, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, Latvia underlined the role of solidarity as a fundament of cohesion policy.

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Debate: Investments and Funding for Local Governments after 2014
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Local governments have currently faced a huge challenge being the continuation of economic development in the subsequent years and allocation of EU funds for the years 2014-2020 under current restrictions in public sector's financial management. 

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Debate: PPP – Theory versus Reality
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The PPP panel was opened by Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control, who described briefly the effects of controls in local self-government units in the years 2012-2014.In his view, the chamber is an ally of local governments in many aspects. 

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Debate: Renewable Energy – Green Energy in Regions
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Renewable Energy Resources– green energy in the region Marcin Fronia, Executive Director, Norden Centre, who moderated the panel, paid attention to the fact that in Poland development within the scope of renewable energy was very unbalanced. 

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Debate: New financial perspective of the EU. How to spend money effectively?
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Edwin Bendyk opened the debate by saying that the topic of European funds has stirred up strong emotions. He pointed that it was worth talking not merely about successes, but also failed investments that could be enumerated endlessly.

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Photo Gallery
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We cordially invite you to look through the gallery of photos from the European Congress of Local Governments, which is held between 4th and 5th May in Cracow at the ICE Cracow Congress Centre. 

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Economic Forum – Thematic Path: Energy
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The EU climate policy, energy mix, supply security, technological innovations that provide access to new resources, legal regulations on renewable sources of energy – these are some of the most important topics that were discussed

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6th Innovations Forum, 1st Space and Satelite Technology Forum
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The motto of  6th Innovations Forum is: "Plastics in harmony with nature". The plastics industry is one of the five most innovative sectors of the economy of the European Union.It constantly developing and providing innovative materials and solutions directly affects the growth

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Guests about the Forum more

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Ordinary people are tired with discussions on EU institutions and voting rules, they want the EU to deal with affairs, which are important for them, such as employment or innovations.

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  • Logo_PM_Economist
    This lavish multilingualism was on Johnson’s mind at a conference last week in Krynica, just inside Poland near the border with Slovakia. The annual gathering (billed as “the Davos of the east”) is a kind of showcase for today’s Europe. The conference, though heavily Polish in attendance, is officially trilingual (English and Russian materials are available everywhere), and even more multilingual in its attendees. A typical panel featured two Hungarians, one Pole, one Czech, one German and one American.
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    This week’s Krynica Economic Forum, set in a spa town in the southern Polish mountains, is the most high-profile business conference for central and eastern Europe. Ukraine is the word on everybody’s lips. The conference opened with a speaker saying the Ukraine conflict was a bigger threat to the region than the 2008 financial crisis, describing it as “the toughest discussion we have ever had to tackle”.
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    Three thousands participants – from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, as well as from Lithuania and Germany and, what is a novelty, also from India and China - once again came to measure the pulse of Central and Eastern Europe.