29th Economic Forum in Krynica – Hungarian Perspective

 

Every year the Economic Forum is attended not only by a large group of guests from Hungary, but also representing significant decision-making factors. This year, Krynica hosted representatives of the state administration, parliament, science, culture, and the leading media. The latter widely reported on the agenda and statements of the Forum guests. Magyar Nemzet (one of the most important news portals in Hungary) and the portal moszkvater.com were among the Economic Forum media partners.

The guests from Hungary took an active part in debates on environmental issues, energy, cyber security and health as well as in panels about the future of the European Union. One of the most important guests in the Hungarian delegation was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó. Together with the Speaker of the Polish Senate Stanisław Karczewski he took part in the plenary session entitled “Europe in the face of global rivalry”. Minister Szijjártó in the interview with MTI emphasized that due to bold steps and structural reforms, Central Europe has the lowest taxes on the continent under the most attractive investment conditions. He also mentioned the need to guarantee security for Europeans, considering Brussels’ migration policy dangerous and underlining the importance of protecting the borders of the European Union. He reminded that Europe is based on Christian values and it should become a priority of the continent’s policy.

One of the guests of the Economic Forum was also the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, Gábor Gion. He said that Central and Eastern Europe becomes more and more important, the region is starting to be the driving force of the EU and its economic growth in the long term exceeds the community average. The partner of this year’s Economic Forum was Wacław Felczak Institute of Polish-Hungarian Cooperation.

 

– Integration in the region of Central and Eastern Europe is not only an opportunity, but also a responsibility – underlined the Director of the Institute, Maciej Szymanowski. Viktor Buzna, journalist from Magyar Nemzet added that the V4 image created by Western media is “exaggerated”. In his opinion, the region is becoming more and more important and more integrated, which is why it is more exposed to threats posed by the information war.

It is also worth mentioning that one of the members of the Program Council of the Economic Forum, the decision makers on the annual awards of the Economic Forum is a representative of Hungary, Eszter Szabo, Chairwoman of the Women Business Angels association.

Hungarian media also announced signing a letter of intent concerning a new index CEEplus, which took place on the second day of the Forum. – The stock exchanges and capital markets of the Visegrad Group and neighboring countries must work closely together to provide real solutions for financing and operational challenges for companies in the region – said Richárd Végh, CEO of the Budapest Stock Exchange.

The Hungarian media informed also about the price for Professor Csaba Kiss’s who has been awarded by Stanisław Vincenz New Culture-New Europe Award. In an interview with Gabor Stier this year’s winner, prof. Kiss told about the beginnings of his Polish adventure: hitchhiking to Zakopane and Krakow, interest in the work of Sławomir Mrożek and the differences between Poland and Hungary of the 1960s. Professor Csaba Kiss is an outstanding expert on the history and culture of the Visegrad countries, as well as the creator of the concept of “places of common memory”. For years, he has been promoting the idea of cooperation between Central European countries. However, this would not be possible without places like Krynica, which next year will become the place of dialogue between Europe and the world for the 30th time.