• The 3rd European Congress of Local Governments has been openedmore

    Krakow, 27 – 28 March 2017

    Nearly 2 000 people take place in the Congress: regional elites, government officials, business executives, NGOs, from over 40 countries, among them over 150 journalists who will prepare the relations from the Congress. PROGRAMME [PDF]

  • The Plenary Session "Global Changes Facing Europe and Local Governments in the 21st Century"more

    The opening plenary session of the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments was chaired by Bogusław Chrabota, Editor-in-Chief of "Rzeczpospolita" daily – the media partner of the conference. He opened the debate by raising a question: Does the crisis in the European Union influence the idea and functioning of local government?

  • The Winners of the Competition „Local Government Leader 2016″more

    For 7 years, "Rzeczpospolita" together with the Institute for Eastern Studies has awarded local government leaders during the Forum of Regions in Krynica-Zdrój and for the last 3 years in Krakow to summarize the past year of their activity.

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The panel “Creative Regions: Challenges and Opportunities” at the Congress in Krakow

The panel was moderated by Gabriela Dragan, General Manager, European Institute of Romania, Romania.

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The Polish Minister of Education Anna Zalewska at the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments

The topic of the minsters lecture was "Personnel Training for a Modern Economy. The Implementation of Education Reform".


The 3rd European Congress of Local Governments through the lens of our photographers

We invite you to watch the photo gallery of the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments in Krakow. Photos are being taken by Piotr Drozdzik and Jakub Wlodek. 


Former Prime Minister of Romania Emil Boc will join the 3rd European Congress for Local Governments

"Europe must be rebuilt from scratch, but not starting from a roof – i.e. the EU institutions, but from the bottom – i.e. local communities – said former Prime Minister and now the mayor of Cluj-Napoca during the II European Congress of Local Governments in 2016. 


The President of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief on the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments

Albrecht Broemme will take part in the panel “Local Government in the Face of Natural Disasters. How to React Effectively?”.


Startup Award 2017 Competition [RULES and REGISTRATION]

The competition is designed for entrepreneurs and project teams. The prize pool is 100 000 PLN. The deadline for submitting works is to April 7, 2017.

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Guests about the Forum more

JedrzejczykRobert002 Robert Jedrzejczyk, legal advisor and partner in the Warsaw Office of ‘Gide Loyrette Nouel’
Forum is a truly unique event, with its timing and location. Whole Polish business elite meets there, CEO’s and representatives of the companies from other CEE’s countries. However, there are people from other parts of Europe as well, such as French businessmen, for instance. And in Krynica, these people all meet in the space of one square kilometer, more or less. Similar summits are organized in Katowice or Sopot, but in these cities guests scatter around. Here, in Krynica, it’s all revolving around one pedestrian avenue. As I said: absolutely unique place.

Media about the Forum more

  • euronews115
    Poland should hold a referendum following a public debate on whether it should enter the euro zone”, President Andrzej Duda said in Krynica. “I think that ultimately there should be a referendum on this issue after a thorough debate”, President Duda said.
  • forbes115
    The Economic Forum in Krynica has been an important platform for European debate for 25 years. Nowadays, as the European Union is facing numerous challenges and threats- the discussion on the future of the European community and economy is even much more needed. 
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    Poland’s politics is in time of upheaval and the business leaders are preparing for a new reality six weeks before elections by wooing the party that plans to impose more taxes on banks and retailers.