23rd Economic Forum (2013)

Krynica-Zdrój 3 – 5 September

Towards a New Deal

Openness to various ways of thinking about the state and economy lies at the foundation of the Economic Forum. In Krynica people meet not merely to present their offers and find new cooperation opportunities, but also to take part in the highest level debate with experts in business practice and theory. Individual contacts are very helpful in reaching consensus on really important matters, and record-breaking number of guests visiting the Forum this year guaranteed exceptionally comprehensive debate and opinion sharing. Already the opening speeches of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, Valdisa Dombrovskisa, Prime Minister of Latvia and Aleksadnr Wilkul, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, have demonstrated how powerful is the voice coming from Krynica’s meeting.

„So important declarations as the words of Prime Minister Donald Tusk about the end of the crisis, are made infrequently at this type of conferences – said Zygmunt Berdychowski, Chairman of the Programme Council of the Economic Forum – and it seems that it is a special message conveyed here in Krynica to people deciding about the pace of economic development saying that the crisis has ended, a message offering a chance to strengthen noticeable pro-development impulses.”

According to Zygmunt Berdychowski, Krynica is a place where government and opposition members are so well-represented because they have something important to communicate to the participants in this event. – The government and opposition representatives, regarding their presence in this place, unlike any other in Central Europe, to be worthwhile and right, want to deliver important messages to the participants in the Forum. I think that it could have a very positive influence on the quality of public debate in the future, by proving that regardless of how far we are different, we can discuss with one another – continued the chairman of the Programme Council.

Europe knows what to do in order to boost economic growth, it just doesn’t know how to do it – according to politicians and economists, and exactly big conferences, such as the Economic Forum in Krynica help at solving this problem. Every significant solution changing considerably functioning of the economy and society requires certain consensus. The Economic Forum in Krynica allows to begin and continue the dialogue leading to consensus being aware of sometimes initially differing views of participating parties.

This year, the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj was visited by a record-breaking number of more than 2600 guests, who could take part in 5 plenary sessions and more 160 panel discussion and special events.

The second day of the forum began with a plenary session co-organized with the Ministry of Economy „Central Europe 2030: emerging markets or developed economies?   The debate was attended, among others,  by Jiri Cienciala, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Zoltan Csefalvay, Deputy Minister of Economy from Hungary, Sajid Javid, Deputy Minister of Economy, United Kingdom, Janusz Piechocinski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Aleksandr Wilkul, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Has the crisis already ended and what should be done to stimulate economic growth in Europe? –  debated participants in the plenary session „From recession to economic prosperity. How to stimulate economic growth in Europe?”. According to participants in the session, the question about the end of crisis in Europe has no explicit answer. The session was attended by Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-president of European Investment Bank, Elena Bryan, Trade Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, Powel Olechnowicz, President of Lotos Group, Mario Baldassarri, FMR Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Italy Janusz Lewandowski, European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget.

The plenary session „Central and Eastern Europe in the face of crisis. Engines of economic growth in the region.” moderated by Robert Lane Green,  a Berlin correspondent of „The Economist”,  was attended a/o by Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, FMR Prime Minister of Poland and Chairman of Prime Minister’s Economic Council;  Gunter Verhuegen, FMR Vice-president of the European Commission, currently a lecturer at Viadrina University;  Laszlo Andro,  Commissioner for Social Policy, Employment and Inclusion and Peter Stracar,  Director General for Central and Eastern Europe at General Electric.

The debates of the Economic Forum were reported by the biggest world’s media, including: The Economist, Financial Times, Thompson Reuters, Le Monde,  Corrieredella Sera, Kommersant, Rzeczpospolita ITAR-TASS, TVP. The main partner of the Forum was Malopolskie Voivodeship.

Awards of the Economic Forum

The title of the Man of the Year was bestowed by the Programme Council of the Economic Forum on Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, for effective political and economic stabilization of his country.

The award Company of the Year went to Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. It was handed over to Mateusz Morawiecki, President of Bank Zachodni WBK S. A., which has roughly one thousand of branch offices and more than 3.5 million clients. In the first  half of 2013, the accumulated net profit of the bank reached PLN 793 million and incomes increased by nearly 7 percent. It is one of the biggest Polish banks.

The statue New Culture of New Europe in recognition of cultural achievements was handed over to Magda Vášáryova, a Slovakian actress and subsequently Ambassador of that country, today a writer, for popularization of Central European culture and attention given in her works to difficult issues of Galicia.

The Non-Governmental Organization of 2012 became Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. The foundation has extensive programme educating the society in protection of human rights. It monitors also operation of various institutions contributing to the level of law and order in Poland and operates for the benefit of protection of individual rights, among other things, by overseeing important court proceedings.

Special award of the 23rd Economic Forum in Krynica was received by a citizen of Nowy Sacz area, a politician and lecturer, Jozef Oleksy, for his contribution to development of the Economic Forum.