Silk Road discussed at European Economic Forum

In less than two weeks, the tenth European Economic Forum – Lodzkie 2017 will take place at Vienna House Andel in Lodz.

With more than 30 panel discussions held over two days, 100 speakers from business, academia, media and public sectors, the forum will provide a closer look at business in the context of the most crucial challenges of the 21st century. On the first day of EEC, Günter Verheugen, the former European Commissioner for Enlargement will be the special guest of the opening session on 16 October 2016. Topics during the first day include cooperation with China and international business openness, business ethics and many other subjects.

The new Silk Road changes everything – the world, Poland, Lodz 

“If you want to get rich, build a road first,” says a Chinese proverb. Besides Warsaw, Lodz is Poland’s most recognisable city in China. It is not surprising, therefore, that it is in en route of the New Silk Road which has been promoted by the Chinese Government since 2014. In fact, Lodz was the first destination for regular container trains from China. A review of experience gained and potential opportunities for cooperation with China are topics that will be discussed during the panels at the European Economic Forum – Lodzkie 2017.

Polish global businesses are open to the world 

Besides China, other countries and regions of the world will also be discussed in terms of their development potential for Polish businesses. Experts will talk about the international expansion of Polish companies, share practical experience of investors who already entered developing markets and discuss the role of pro-investment policies of the government.

Innovation in business 

Why do companies need innovation, what form could these take and how can they be financed? Can innovation be the everyday practice in business or does it require special resources and procedures? Participants of this panel discussion will seek to answer these questions. Furthermore, cooperation between businesses, research centres and start-ups will be addressed.

Business ethics 

Participants of this panel discussion will be analysing various aspects of business ethics. Business goals vs. relations with business partners and clients, attitudes towards competition, social and environmental impacts of business, corporate culture and the language of advertising – these are only some of the topics to be discussed. Moreover, examples of mistakes made by companies and institutions will be indicated, including their controversial actions taken in pursuit of their own goals. Professor Andrzej Blikle will be the special guest of the panel. More information about these and other panels, special guests and speakers can be found at

Opening session: Verheugen, Bochniarz, Pers

Witold Stępień, Marshal of the Lodzkie Region

On the invitation of Marshal of the Lodzkie Region, Witold Stępień, Mr. Günter Verheugen – the European Commissioner for Enlargement (1999-2004) and Enterprise and Industry (2004-2010) will be a special guest of the opening session of EEF. Mr. Verheugen will speak about European integration in the context of globalisation. The audience will also have an opportunity to listen to Henryka Bochniarz, President of Confederation Lewiatan, Prime Minister Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz and Mr. Adam Pers, Managing Director for Financial Markets at mBank. The EEF opening session will begin on 16 October, at 4:00 p.m. in the ballroom of Vienna House Andel’s Lodz.

The X – jubilee – European Economic Forum – Lodzkie 2017 targets mainly businesses from the region, representing many different sectors, and is intended as a networking opportunity for those seeking business contacts and inspiration.

Attendance is free of charge. Participant registration is underway at Using a simple pre-selection form, participants may arrange their individual attendance plan and select panels and special events they find most interesting.

Press release by 2mgroup and European Economic Forum Lodzkie. 

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