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Towards a resilient Europe, strategies for the future

The 25th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój is scheduled on 8-10 September, 2015. “How to build strong Europe? Strategies for the future” is the title of the plenary session opening this year’s Forum. Participants in the debates will be looking for answers to the main challenges that the Old Continent has to address in the face of internal and external threats. The discussion will concentrate on economic and political issues inside the community, as well as security issues connected with the situation in Ukraine and North Africa.

Due to increased importance of security issues connected with the crisis in Ukraine and tensions in relations with Russia, terrorist attacks and heightened activity of the Islamic State, the agenda of the upcoming conference will include a new event – the Security Forum. The thematic blocks: „Contemporary world, present-day challenges. How to respond to hybrid aggression?”„Fallen states – how to stop the wave of destabilization?” and debates „Relations of the East with the West in the new geopolitical context”; „Response to new challenges: cybersecurity as a necessary condition for stable development”; „Civil security studies – how to counteract threats?”; „European cooperation in the area of internal security” are only a few selected topics of the three-day Security Forum. Participation in the debates was announced by: Tinatin Hidaszeli, Minister of Defence of Georgia, Iveta Radicova Prime Minister of Slovakia in 2010 – 2012; Bartłomiej Bodio, Vice-chairman of National Security Committee; Michel Van Leeuwen, Head of Cybersecurity Policy in the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands; Leonid Kożara, Vice-president of Foreign Affairs in the Supreme Council of Ukraine; PéterSiklósi, Undersecretary of State for Defence Policy and Planning, Hungary; Karel Schwarzenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in 2007–2009 and 2010 -2013, among others.

In total, the Economic Forum will include more than 170 events — debates, programme blocks, plenary sessions, presentations of reports in 12 topical tracks. The most important politicians, economists, representatives of the biggest European companies and experts have already announced their presence during the Forum.

Organised for a quarter of a century, the Economic Forum in Krynica has become the biggest and the most important meeting place for political and economic leaders from Central and Eastern Europe. By that very fact, the Forum not only accompanies social and economic changes in our region, but also shapes them. The mission of this initiative is to create a favourable climate for the development of political and economic cooperation in Europe.

More than 3,000 guests representing 60 countries – political, economic and social leaders from Europe, Asia and America, participated in the previous edition. There were presidents, prime ministers, EU commissioners, MPs, as well as CEOs of large international companies. For years, the Economic Forum in Krynica has witnessed important political and economic declarations and the opinions of the participants are quoted by the media and discussed all over the world.

The Economic Forum has grown to be a notorious venue for economic elites in this part of Europe. It is a great opportunity to debate and hold informal meetings, during which politicians determine the level of trust to their countries, necessary to conduct business. At the same time, business makers have the opportunity to present directly their observations and comments on the economic and regulatory policies pursued by governments and European institutions. In Krynica people come together not only to present their proposals, but also to share their thoughts and experiences, to discuss the dilemmas of modern economics, i.e. overcoming the crisis, affecting Europe and the word. The result of the meetings in Krynica is better understanding, greater opportunities for cooperation and joint initiatives that will build the future not only of Central and Eastern Europe, but also the entire continent.