It is the people who make the Economic Forum in Krynica. With their knowledge, experience and readiness to talk. Every year, the group of Forum participants grows, and they admit that participation in the event is a kind of a must. Especially now, when many issues cannot be resolved without multilateral debates, comparing various perspectives, reasons and arguments. Just like the awareness that today, here and now, we are creating a climate of substantive discussion about the future.
Krynica this year was visited by almost 4,500 guests and over 600 journalists from 60 countries. For almost 30 years, the Forum has been a space for discussions on how to deal with threats that are largely universal in the world. More and more foreign guests arrive at the Nowy Sącz county every year and in 2018 they made up well over a third of the participants. It proves that in the discussion about the problems of a region or matters important on a global scale we need different perspectives and the will to seek a compromise. During the plenary sessions and panels of the 28th Economic Forum, the themes of reforms, financial and transport challenges that Europe is facing were addressed, as well as means of aid in times of crisis and various aspects of security. A lot of space was also devoted to the prospects for development and cooperation in the region.
IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE KRYNICA
This year’s Forum was attended by the most important players in the world of politics, business and media in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as people of science and culture. The guests included former and current prime ministers, marshals of chambers of parliament, ministers and parliamentarians as well as representatives of the most important companies operating both in the region and globally.
The most important Polish state authorities were present at the 28th Economic Forum: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Speaker of the Sejm Marek Kuchciński, the Speaker of the Senate Stanisław Karczewski and many ministers from the Polish government. Outstanding international guests included Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; David Roy Lidington, Cabinet Minister and Chancellor of the Lancaster Duchy and Member of the British Cabinet Office; Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport; Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary; Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Malta House of Representatives; Stepan Kubiv, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine; János Latorcai, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly; and Valeri Simeonov, the current Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy in the government of Bulgaria. The list of the most important guests of this year’s Forum consists
of dozens of names from the highest state offices.
The upcoming local government elections in Poland brought a large group of local government representatives to Krynica, who discussed the challenges of their “small homelands” as part of a separate thematic path – the Regions Forum. The most important economic topics in Krynica were discussed by representatives of Polish and foreign companies with a regional and global range. Among them, prof. Herman Simon from Simon-Kucher & Partners; Dominika Bettman, President of the Management Board of Siemens Sp. z o.o.; Piotr Dziwok, President of Shell Polska Sp. z o.o.; Mirosław Kowalik, president of ENEA S.A.; Henryk Baranowski, president of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.; Filip Grzegorczyk, president of Tauron Polska Energia S.A.; Filip Thon, member of Executive Committee Retail innogy SE and president of the management board of innogy Polska S.A.; Michał Krupiński, president Bank Pekao S.A.; and Marek Dietl, President of the Warsaw Stock Exchange S.A. The Forum was also attended by: Steven Harman, vice president of Amazon in Europe; Robert Bednarski, director for Central and Eastern Europe Facebook; Piotr Ciski, managing director of Sage Sp. z o.o.; Dariusz Blocher, President of the Management Board of BUDIMEX; Paweł Borys, President of the Polish Development Fund; Tony Housh, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland; Daniel Obajtek, President of the Board and Director General of PKN ORLEN S.A.; Piotr Woźniak, President of the Board, PGNiG Capital Group; Marcin Chludziński, President of the Board, KGHM Polska Miedź; Mateusz Aleksander Bonca, President of the Board, LOTOS Group; and Alicja Barbara Klimiuk, acting President of the Board, ENERGA SA.
INTERESTS OR VALUES
A Europe of common values or a Europe of common interests – the motto of the Forum touches on the issue of integration, which has gone very well, as long as it was based on economy. Problems started at the beginning of the 21st century, when values became the focus. Since that time more and more cracks have begun to appear on the foundation of the European vision of community – the most spectacular expression of which was Brexit.
• During the Forum plenary sessions, whose dominant feature is traditionally Europe in a comprehensive approach, the following topics were addressed:
• Between Economy and Politics. In Search of Recipes for Economic Growth
• How to Effectively Build an Innovative Economy? Experiences – Inspirations – Strategies
• Europe – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
• Brexit and the Future of the European Union
• Europe in Search of Values
• Investments in Health and Health Economy – Health Challenges of the State in the Context of Economic Development
Modern Europe seems to be susceptible to divisions. Is there any chance of finding common values of the continent in both ethnic and political terms? What values should be the foundation for the future of Europe? Answers to these questions were sought during the plenary session summarizing the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica entitled “Europe of common values or Europe of common interests?” The Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies is the organizer of the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój, with the Małopolskie Voivodship as the main partner.