5th European Congress of Local Governments

Kraków, 8-9 April 2019


Multilateral and direct cooperation between European regions and cities has in recent years developed in social and economic fields till the point at which it significantly affects not only politics and the economies of individual countries but also of the entire continent.
In these difficult times cities and regions are refuge of Europe which needs unity and solidarity.
The 5th European Congress of Local Governments is a meeting platform for local leaders and regional elites to exchange views with public administration, NGOs and business.

The diversified programme will consist of 5 thematic tracks, with more than 60 events: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations and receptions.

Date and place:

  • 8-9 April 2019
  • ICE Kraków Congress Centre, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17, Kraków


Day 1:
  • plenary session
  • thematic blocks – debates, workshops, lectures, presentations
  • Awards Ceremony – Leader in Local Government
  • banquet
Day 2:
  • thematic blocks – debates, workshops, lectures, presentations
  • plenary session
  • banquet

Programme guidelines:

  • The Alternative Sources of Financing Polish Regions Development in the Context of the New EU Financial Perspective
  • Electronization - the Future of Public Procurement
  • Finances Under Control - Workshops for Treasurers
  • Financing of the Cross-border Cooperation – Instruments and Opportunities
  • Well-Organized Commune - Workshops for Commune Secretaries
  • How Much State How Much Government? Financing of Housing Industry
  • Renegotiation of Regional Operational Programmes - Challenges vs. Expectations
  • Sport As a Tool of Promotion for a Local Government – Is It Profitable?
  • The Carpathian Euroregion Strategy As a Chance to Support The Southern Regions of Poland
  • Benchmarking of post-industrial cities. How to get a new quality?
  • Business and Local Government - Conflict or Symbiosis?
  • A Good Host, Manager, Social Worker - How to Effectively Manage the Municipality?
  • Glocalization – Products, Services and Solutions Designed for Specific Local Markets
  • SMEs' Internationalisation- How to Enter the Global Market?
  • How to Manage Municipal Companies Effectively?
  • Project Management in Local Government - How to Avoid Mistakes and Successfully Implement a Project?
  • The Recipe of the Festival Cities for the Tremendous Success
  • The Role of Port Cities in Today’s Europe
  • Strong image of the regions - how to attract capital?
  • Suburbanization vs Expanding Borders - What Is the Future of Cities?
  • Cooperation between the Local Governments and the Research and Development Centers
  • Design + City - Effective Cooperation Between Designer and Local Government?
  • How to Be „Smart” and Not to Overpay? Local Governments’ Investments in Intelligent Solutions
  • Smart Solutions for Local Government
  • Centrally Managed Programme - Implemented Locally - Support For Modern Investments in the Regions
  • Regional Innovation Strategies
  • Smart City = Safe City – How to Ensure Comfort and Safety in the City of the Future?
  • Smart Village – Are We Ready for This?
  • Wanted: Is the Education a Response to the Market's Law of Supply and Demand?
  • Integration of Migrants – How Cities and Regions Deal With It?
  • How do the European cities cooperate in security and prevention?
  • Residential-Friendly City - A Catchy Slogan, Not An Easy Practice
  • Local Government Policy and Political Parties. Is the Autonomy a Science Fiction?
  • How Much State How Much Government? Financing of Housing Industry
  • The Role of Community Centres in Social Activation and Building Local Community
  • The role of Local Government in shaping the local labor market
  • City Strength Lies in Its Citizens - The Role and Importance of Civil Society
  • How to Create the Local and Regional Identity?
  • "Society Plus", how to help and do not harm?
  • Car-free City Centres. The Polish Perspective and the Practice of Other European Cities
  • Clean as A Whistle - How to Ensure Harmony and Order in the City and Commune?
  • How to Harmonize Global Commitments with Real Regional Low-Emission Policy?
  • How to Develop Tourism in Historic Cities?
  • Touristic Promotion of Regions
  • Go with the (Electric) Current, not Against it! Is the Future of Urban Transportation Doomed to Electromobility?
  • It’s High Time for Urban Transport Revolution – Why Is it Worth to Rent Cars, Scooters and Bicycles?
  • The Neverending Story: Smog. What are the Chances for an Effective Fight against Air Pollution?
  • A conscious circulation. How to effectively promote circular economy?

Congress guests:

Nearly 2 000 people – regional elites, government officials, business executives, NGOs, journalists from all over Europe.


Institute for Eastern Studies, organiser of the Economic Forum in Krynica.

Strategic Partners:

Veolia Group in Poland has been a reliable partner of cities and industry throughout the country for 20 years. Based on knowledge and experience, it offers innovative services tailored to the needs of Customers. By investing in the expansion and modernization of its production and distribution infrastructure, as well as developing activities in the area of effective energy management, water and wastewater management and waste management, it ensures the highest quality of services. Taking into account the circular economy model, it creates and implements economically and environmentally effective solutions contributing to the sustainable development of cities and industry.

Business Partners:

FlixBus was launched in 2013 and now is a leading long-distance bus operator in Poland and Europe, which offers a convenient way to travel in affordable prices. Intelligent network planning, a modern IT system and a unique business model have allowed FlixBus to create the largest intercity bus network in Europe, offering 350,000 daily connections to 2,000 destinations in 29 countries. In Poland, FlixBus officially launched at the end of 2017 where in 2018 opened over 40 domestic and international lines and travelled over 4 million passengers.


Kraków Airport is the biggest regional airport in Poland, serving nearly 7 million passengers a year. In 2019, 24 airlines are offering more than 130 regular connections to 4 continents #flyKRK. The airport aims to provide a high level of service, combining business success with a positive impact on the environment. Under Kraków Airport’s Master Plan, which sets the directions for development, about PLN 1 billion will be invested in airport infrastructure by 2036.

Association of Pharmaceutical Employers PharmaNET is an organization gathering the leading companies running the pharmacies all over Poland. Members of the association represents over 2,7 thousands innovative pharmacies. PharmaNET integrates pharmacy owners who support the implementation of the modern pharmaceutical care and are willing to develop pharmacy and health care in Poland according to global trends. More than 12 thousands of people are employed by the Members of the Association, mostly pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Polowiec i Wspólnicy registered partnership

Polowiec i Wspólnicy sp. j. specializes in legal services for entrepreneurs. Scope of services covers all aspects of business activity, including projects related to power sector, contracts, restructuring, construction. We have vast experience and expertise in business and strategic advice. We provide services both within the territory of Poland and abroad. We run offices in Kraków and Gliwice. We connect practice and science, members of our team are authors of many scientific publications.

TUW Polski Zakład Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych was established as PZU Group in response to the growing interest in mutual insurance. Mutual insurance gives the opportunity of better risk management, contracts cost optimization and reducing time of concluding insurance contracts for corporate clients, hospitals and Local Governments.

Mutual Insurance Company is one of two allowed forms of insurance activity in Polish law along with a joint-stock company. The Mutual insures its members on the basis of mutuality, and if the membership depends on the conclusion of the insurance contract it allows the insured communities (Mutual Cooperations Membership) to be established. Members of TUW are also its “owners”. The guarantee of financial security is both the strong capital position and credibility of the PZU Group as well as the full supervision of the KNF.

The Foundation Veolia Poland is a corporate foundation that has been operating since 2015. It focuses its support on local communities within the area of the Veolia Group in Poland. The activity of the Foundation focuses on strengthening intersectoral cooperation, supporting projects dedicated to local communities and improving the quality of their lives in areas related to sustainable development. It implements educational and social projects of environmental protection, biodiversity and combating climate change. Cooperation in a good climate.

Warbud SA is one of Poland’s largest general contractors with a strong market position. In over 25 years of existence, it has completed 500 contracts in all the construction sectors – from enclosed structures such as shopping malls, office buildings, housing estates and apartment buildings, through civil engineering works – metro stations, roads, bridges, to hospitals, culture centres, science and technology parks, up to projects in the field of environmental protection and power plants.

Chamber prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners – Advocates and Legal Advisors was founded in 2004 by Professor Marek Wierzbowski, a former partner in foreign law offices – Weil and Linklaters. We specialize in the areas of capital market, corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, anti-monopoly law, consumer protection and public aid, litigation and arbitration, public procurement, energy law, real estate and construction, spatial development, environmental protection and local government. The law firm is highly positioned in official national and international rankings.

Winncom Technologies is a worldwide distributor and provider of complete networking solutions, wireless and wired. Our unmatched expertise in broadband wireless networking products and full range of network infrastructure and access products by the leading industry manufacturers allows us to sell the products and provide complete solutions for various markets and applications.

For over 3 years we have been specializing in Smart Cities and Intelligent Local Governments projects that we implement in the USA.

Enigma, having knowledge that is unique on the Polish market, has been providing information security services for 25 years.   Integral part of offered solutions is IT security.  This concerns both: hardware and application solutions as well as projecting and implementation. Systems created by Enigma base on in–house hardware and application solutions. Enigma cooperates also with business Partners – top market leaders. The cooperation of Enigma and our partners allows us to prepare the dedicated offers for clients.

LUG Light Factory sp. z o.o.

A leading European manufacturer of professional lighting solutions with 30 years of experience. Our dedicated team specializing in modernization of lighting systems carries out audits and modernization projects for our Partners, enabling them to optimize the lighting solutions they use and thus significantly reduce energy consumption. Which, combined with the original LUG smart lighting solutions, enables the creation of solid foundations for smart cities.

WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr is an independent Polish law firm offering comprehensive legal services in the key sectors of the economy. We advise international and domestic enterprises, as well as support representatives of local governments and municipal sector companies. We are an experienced and reliable partner in multi-jurisdictional matters. The high level of services is reflected by numerous recommendations in Polish and foreign law firms rankings.

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