Peter Stracar GE CEO for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

I am looking forward to this year’s Krynica Economic Forum. GE, the leading provider of infrastructure technology, will be taking part of for the sixth year. as the intense intellectual buzz is very inspirational and promising, representing a call to action in CEE.

This time Beata Stelmach, CEO of Poland and Baltics and Gaetano Massara, GE CEO for South East Europe (SEE) will join me. GE Hitachi and BPH Bank are also strengthening the growing GE team. I will be one of the speakers in the plenary session: Where the European Economy should be heading?

GE is a provider of modern infrastructure technologies with productive value models for our customers in CEE. As the biggest US investor in CEE, we believe in the future of the region our company is an integral part and long term partner of.

Meet us there and read about how GE and CEE can grow together at geforcee.geblogs.com.

Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (2007-2014)

Today from Krynica, tomorrow from Warsaw, but also from Brussels and Strasbourg a very strong voice shall be heard, supporting all those, who believe in the sense of European integration, not only as status quo, but also as further actions in the name of integration.

Mikulas Dzurinda, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovakia (2010-2012)

I am delighted that the organizers of the Economic Forum in Krynica – Zdroj have managed to build a tradition of meetings between the representatives of governmental and economic circles of the CEE countries, during which debates related to its political and economic development can take place. The exchange of opinions and experiences on implementing changes, such drastic ones, which we have been carrying out in our countries over recent years, is necessary and crucial for all of us together.

Jerzy Buzek, były Przewodniczący Parlamentu Europejskiego

To forum zawsze było ważne, a teraz jest jeszcze bardziej istotne, bo chcemy jak najszybciej wyjść z kryzysu. A tutaj przedsiębiorcy, samorządowcy, politycy właśnie o tym radzą, jak wyprowadzić gospodarkę z kryzysu. A kilka lat temu zastanawialiśmy się jak osiągnąć wzrost gospodarczy na poziomie 5-6 procent i to się udało. Dlatego jestem przekonany, że dzięki temu forum będzie to możliwe jeszcze szybciej.

Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-2010)

The participation in the Forum of known politicians, members of parliaments, representatives of companies, financiers, bankers, business circles from Central and Eastern Europe, who truly influence the shaping of the state’s economic policy in their countries and who in their everyday, practical activities, resolve complex issues of establishing economic cooperation in our common region, all this reassures us, that the task of this Forum, given to the organizers, will be achieved.

Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of the Republic of Poland (1995-2005)

(…) One may already say that the Krynica’s Forum has become a rooted, recognized institution, which plays its role in Central and Eastern Europe, and I think even in a broader sense – in Europe. (…) I am convinced that such meetings can be likened to a seed planted in the ground, which bears fruit with time. I believe that this fruit will constitute better communication and understanding, increasingly broader possibilities for cooperation, many new mutual initiatives and specific actions at different levels and platforms. They will be building a good future not only for our own nations, but also for the whole European continent.

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

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.

Jorge Sampaio, High Representative, Alliance of Civilizations, UN

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.

Michael Gapes, former 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.

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.

Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc

I can certify that these people feel the hunger of free market. My visit in Krynica was like a breath of fresh air and a surprising reminder how far America has gone astray. I was very impressed by the economic activity and public spirit visible across the country. I was also surprised that my opinions, which are rather laughed out in the US, were much appreciated by the Polish economists at the Forum.

Valdas Adamkus, Former President of Lithuania

I am convinced that the upcoming Forum will contribute to the further successful development of cooperation between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. A good political and economic situation in all the CEE countries is an important matter for all of us. The Forum in Krynica – Zdroj increases our determination to cooperate. It also gives us an excellent opportunity to contribute to the realization of the idea of a free and united Europe.