29th Economic Forum

Krynica Zdrój, Poland, 3-5 September

‘The Europe of Tomorrow. ‘Strong’ Meaning What?’

The Economic Forum in Krynica is the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year the Forum, which is organized at the beginning of September brings together more than 4,500 international guests. These include political, economic and social leaders as well as approx. 600 journalists. The guests usually come from over 60 different countries of Europe, Asia and America. The Forum’s mission is to create a favourable climate for the development of political and economic cooperation between the EU member states and their neighbours.

Organizational outline:

  • 6 Plenary Sessions
  • More than 200 panel discussions and lectures by formidable personalities from the public sphere
  • Workshops and round-table discussions
  • National and regional presentations

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1:
  • Inauguration inc. Plenary Session
  • Panel Discussions
  • Thematic Blocks
  • Cultural Events
Day 2:
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • Thematic Blocks
  • Cultural Events
  • Economic Forum’s Awards Ceremony
Day 3:
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Panel Discussions
  • Thematic Blocks
  • Cultural Events
  • Closing Ceremony

Thematic tracks:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Business and Management
  • International Politics
  • Europe and the World
  • Forum of Regions
  • Society
  • Security Forum
  • Cybersecurity Forum
  • Energy Forum
  • International Polish Community Forum
  • Investments and Development
  • Europe and the World
  • New Economy
  • State and Reforms
  • Health Care Forum
  • Special Events

Economic Forum's Discussion Panels:

Plenary sessions:

  • Europe In the Face of the US-China Rivalry
  • The Europe of Tomorrow. ‘Strong’ Meaning What?
  • History’s Knocking on Our Door. Ethics, Politics, Economy

Discussion panels:

  • Heritage Tourism – How to Turn Cultural Heritage Into Profit for the State?
  • Can Sport Be a Profitable Tool for National Promotion?
  • MarTech – New Opportunities for e-Commerce, B2C and B2B
  • Ecology Is the Future of Business. How to Get Along with Nature?
  • Free Trade Areas as a Tool for Economic Growth in the Age of Digitalization
  • Southern Caucasus As an Area of Rivalry of Superpowers. What Can UE And Poland Do?
  • Pacta Sunt Servanda. Why do Some International Agreements Remain Only on Paper?
  • Poland & CEE: The Buckle on China’s Belt & Road?
  • The European Union after the Elections – Real Solutions or an Empty Shell?
  • Ukraine After 2019. Is a Western Course Change to be Expected?
  • Interregional cross-border cooperation in CEE
  • A Europe of Elites or a Europe of People? Towards Increasing the Legitimisation of Power at the Community Level
  • Terrorism: How to Deal With It?
  • America Won’t Pay Any More. Who’s Going to Foot the Bill for Europe’s Security?
  • Countering the Hybrid Threat. Should We Develop a Common Civil Defence Strategy to Combat It?
  • The Changing Security Dynamics – New Frontlines, New Military Postures
  • Ukraine as the Key to Achieving Security on NATO’s Eastern Flank
  • Expanding NATO – Will Europe Be Safer?
  • Security in the Baltic Sea Region – Challenges, Scenarios, Solutions
  • At Cyberwar With Democracy
  • Old and New Challanges to the Security of Black Sea Region
  • Advanced Technologies and Security Intelligence
  • Energy Policy in Europe – in Search of the Golden Mean
  • Energy Security and Climate Policy
  • Nothing Is as It Seems. The Ambivalence of Electromobility
  • Artificial Intelligence – Who Will Rule the World?
  • Science + Economy = Progress
  • Blockchain And the Directions of Its Potential Development. A Bright Future Or Temporary Trend?
  • Cyber-security of Critical Infrastructure and Industry
  • How did Fintech Changed Banking?
  • eSports – The Direction of Development of the IT Industry or the Future Olympic Discipline?
  • The Digitization of the Market Economy. Will It Deepen Inequalities or Increase the Level of Well-being?
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Quality of Life as a Priority for Modern Cities
  • Copyrights vs. The Internet – What Is the EU Copyright Directive All About?
  • Synergy of Business, Science and Local Government – How to Achieve It?
  • Projects for the Benefit of Local Communities – Is it Worth it?
  • Regions in action: How to reasonably invest in development?
  • Supporting New Investments in Poland – Do the Changes Bring Measurable Benefits?
  • Sustainable City = City of the Future
  • Strategies for the development of metropolitan cities. Theory, practice, best experience
  • Creative Projects – The Key to the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Regions
  • Innovative Central Europe – New Cooperation Possibilities in the Region
  • Enter The New Economic Dragon. The Perspectives For Cooperation Between India and the Central Europe
  • From Africa with Love. The Uncharted Potential of Economic Cooperation Between Central Europe and the African Nations
  • Ethics in Food Production and Distribution. How to Balance Modern Intensive Farming?
  • Intercontinental Competition In Industry
  • Polish-Russian cross-border cooperation – the current situation, development perspectives
  • Integration of Capital Markets in CEE. New Opportunities, New Challenges.
  • Foreign Investors on National Markets – Competitors or Partners?
  • One Belt One Road Idea. Who Will Gain from the New Silk Road?
  • EU27: Will the Individual Renegotiations of Post-Brexit Trade Agreements Pull the UK Further Or Closer to Europe?
  • How to Fight Corruption?
  • Has Culture Already Become an Industry?
  • Competitive Economy As a Key to Success in the Global Market
  • Nowhere to Run? Economic Crisis 2020 on the Horizon
  • Between Protectionism and Enhancing Free Trade. How to Find a Perfect Balance?
  • Effective Pro-Family Policy. How to Reverse the Demographic Trends?
  • Structural Reforms in Europe – Are They Effective?
  • Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation. How to Face the Challenge?
  • The Education System in Crisis – A Diagnosis and Possible Ways out
  • European Mobility – Safe, Sustainable, Inclusive. A Feasible Plan or a Pipe Dream?
  • International Cooperation Between National Cyber Security Strategies
  • Power of Synergy: Generating Knowledge-based Growth in the 3 Seas Region
  • Is the World in Danger of the New Arms Race?
  • Opening Gambit or Checkmate? An American-Chinese clash in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Should Enlargement Policy Be Back on EU Agenda?
  • Will World Order Turn Into Global Chaos?
  • What Will Be the Future of the Visegrad Group?
  • Post-Truth – The Greatest Seducer of Modern Times?
  • The Crisis of the Middle Classes: Conversion Or Erosion?
  • Migration Crisis And the EU’s Integrity – Is It Possible to Find a Common Position?
  • Revolution of a New Type Or a Democratic Change? Will the Velvet Revolution in Armenia Be An Example For the Post-Soviet World?
  • Deep Shadow of Moscow – Information War Against Europe
  • The Post-Soviet Generation: How Are Young Russians, Belarussians and Armenians Different From Their Parents?
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Is It Profitable?
  • Fast, Cheap and Qualityless – Ousting of Reliable and Educated Professionals From the Labour Market
  • Social Commitment – New Dimension of Democracy
  • Battlefield – History. Modern Methods of the Old-established Game
  • The Role of the Media In Modern Armed Conflicts
  • Woman – Leader. Leadership of the 21st Century
  • Do We Live in a Managed Democracy? Manipulations in the Information Space
  • Labour Migration – a Chance or a Challenge?

The Awards of the Economic Forum:

Similarly to the previous editions, the Awards of the Economic Forum will be given out in the following categories:

  • The Man of the Year 2018 in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The Company of the Year 2018 in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The New Culture of The New Europe

Cultural Programme:

Literature evenings, movie presentations, concerts and evening cocktails organised by the Economic Forum partners. Wide variety of recreational events are also expected.

Recreational Programme:

This is offered during the second and third day of the Forum and includes tours of the touristic and historic venues, culinary and recreational events promoting the region where the Forum is held.

Guests of the Forum:

More than 4,500 guests from Europe, Asia, USA and Middle Easter countries.


  • Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies
  • Economic Forum Program Council
  • Partners of the Economic Forum