17th Economic Forum (2007)
KRYNICA-ZDRÓJ 5-8 September 2007
Europe - crisis, changes or chance?
So far, this most prestigious event in Central and Eastern Europe has been staged for 17 times. Each year the Economic Forum brings together representatives from more than 60 countries - from Europe, North America and Asia. The 17th Forum was attended by more than 3000 participants, near 1800 persons with category "Guest", including European commissioners, governmental and parliamentary delegations, NGO`s representatives, experts, economic and cultural leaders. The 17th Forum`s agenda covered over 150 debates and presented an analitycal report - New Europe 2007. Report on Transformation. The event was reported by the major domestic and world-wide media – 400 journalists from 90 foreign and 60 Polish editorial staffs.
Krynica has been dubbed Davos of the Eastern Europe by the opinion-forming dailies such as Le Monde and Le Soir.
Zygmunt Berdychowski, Chairman of the Economic Forum Programme Council, for Wprost: “In Krynica, only important and current international issues are discussed, there are no questions of minor importance. Poland has become an important player in the region and the Forum itself more influential and recognized. It is not only the meeting of leaders of Eastern and Central Europe Countries but an important meeting place of political and business elites of all European States”.
Many regular participants in Krynica’s Forum emphasize that it is an exceptional meeting place of new Central-Eastern Europe with the West. This is a place where you can discuss issues, which have not been touched on anywhere else, such as perspectives of the development of Central European stock exchanges, regional energy security or regional culture. (…) Such debates – although about Europe, but with emphasis on the regions – seem to be the best method for further growth of the Forum in Krynica.
Participants of the 17th Economic Forum:
EU Budget Commissioner
Globalization does not let us wait. If a country or a company does not want to compete with others, it is out of the game soon. And competition imposes development. Perhaps 12, 15 years ago many citizens of our region did not even realize how a computer looks like, and today they are used even by our grandsons.
European Regional Policy Commissioner
Poland needs to think of increasing its attractiveness for investors. The European Commission realizes that Europe needs significant investments, and every euro should be invested prudently.
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
We want to build a joint security network not directed against Russia. But it also does not mean that Russia will be defended by the USA, and Poland by Russia.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance
Despite current political instability and on-going for five years election campaign, Poland has carried out the convergence programme laboriously and consistently and in 2009 it is expected to comply with all conditions necessary to adopt the euro.
UN Secretary-General's High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, former President of Portugal
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.
Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe
It is not true that Europe is forgetful. It is also untrue that Lisbon strategy died. It is now alive more than ever, because Europe is led by the Portuguese.
Expert of World Customs Organization
Virtually everything is counterfeited in the world, but first of all in China and Vietnam and it means that we are simply robbed.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons
We must care for the continuity of the EU and avoid divisions, which are harmful to it. Many problems of the European Union can be solved only because of cooperation with the United States. Our success is possible exclusively thanks to cooperation.
Head of Charitable Foundation Ukraine 3000
More and more business people in Ukraine understand that big successes are not everything. That is why they try to help others – first their own employees, and later the needy.
Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Mobility of the Polish work force is growing. It is a very positive phenomenon and I am an excellent example of it. During the last five years, I changed my workplace seven times, although I did not always want to.
Economic Forum Awards
The Forum's Council Programme recognizes persons, companies and institutions from Central and Eastern Europe for their activities, efficiency and achievements in the previous year. This year prizes have been awarded in four categories:
• Vaclav Havel - Man of Central and Eastern Europe
• Krzysztof Czyzewski - New Culture of New Europe
• Vneshtorgbank - Company of Central and Eastern Europe
• Hryhorij Surkis - Special Award
The 17th Forum`s programme included more than 150 debates divided into following thematic fields:
• Business and Management
• New Economy
• Science and Culture
• Fuels and Energy
• International Affairs and Security
• EU and its neighbours
• Regional Policy vs. Globalisation
• State and reforms
Apart from debates, the Forum's agenda provided some accompanying events (including cultural events) and leisure activities.
New Europe. Report on Transformation
The annual report – New Europe. Report on Transformation. The Report aims at progress assessment of the transformation process and economic integration of the states of Central and Eastern Europe in 2006 and the first half of 2007. The Analysis covers 27 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Southern and Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics. The common characteristic of these states is the fact of launching major political reforms in 1989-1991, which aimed at development of democracy as well as competitive market economy integrated with world-wide economy.