The 5th European Economic Congress has ended

wnp.pl - 16-05-2013
The condition of the automotive industry was the subject discussed by participants, among others, on the last, third day of the European Economic Congress 2013 (EEC).
Economic prospects during the economic slowdown, issues overlapping politics and economy and investment opportunities in such sectors as the automotive industry, construction or heat engineering - these were the subjects discussed by participants on the last, third day of the European Economic Congress 2013 (EEC). The meeting of business, political and scientific elites, organised for the fifth time in Katowice, is now over.
The third day of the European Economic Congress 2013 began with a managerial debate, during which the panellists spoke about investment risk, obstacles to economic growth and methods to stimulate demand in the economic crisis. The discussion was led by Robert Gwiazdowski, President of the Adam Smith Centre.

The cycle of debates devoted to investments covered discussions, for instance, on the image of Central Europe among external investors, Poland’s investment appeal and the development of the modern business service sector in our country.

“As a sector, we are a testing ground of where real value can be found in science. Where there is none ... I leave the conclusions to be drawn by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education,” noted Paweł Poncyljusz, Member of the Management Board of Avio Polska, during a panel focusing on innovative economy.

The consecutive political debates Poland in Europe and Economy is the most important consideration, moderated by Kamil Durczok, editor-in-chief of Fakty TVN, and Roman Młodkowski, editor-in-chief of TVN CNBC, were attended by representatives of various political factions: Andrzej Celiński, Leader of the Democratic Party and Minister of Culture from 2001-2002, Leszek Miller, Member of the Polish Parliament, Leader of the Democratic Left Alliance and Poland’s Prime Minister from 2001-2004, Waldemar Pawlak, Member of the Polish Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy from 2007-2012, Jacek Protasiewicz, Vice President of the European Parliament, Beata Szydło, Member of the Polish Parliament, Łukasz Gibała, Member of the Polish Parliament, and Przemysław Wipler, Member of the Polish Parliament.

“In Poland we have a problem with performing public orders based on the lowest price. Often it is not the lowest possible price but is extremely lower than the actual costs of the contract,” commented Adam Szejnfeld, Member of the Polish Parliament and Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy from 2007-2009, after the economic debate.

“Extended maternity leaves will serve children and parents well but will also make it easier for employers to look for substitutes for the women who leave for a year. This will develop the temporary employment market, which will create opportunities for the unemployed,” said Joanna Kluzik-Rostowska, Member of the Polish Parliament and Deputy Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Social Policy and Family Commission, who participated in the panel on the labour market.

The last day of the 5th European Economic Congress was dominated by thematic sessions devoted to various sectors of industry. Development prospects for the heating sector were outlined by Henryk Borczyk, President of the Management Board and General Director of Tauron Ciepło. Jerzy Widzyk, Plenipotentiary of the Management Board, Warbud’s Director for Public-Private Partnership and Member of the Council of the Centrum PPP Foundation, devoted his presentation to the financing issues of the construction sector.

“The construction industry is a cyclical business, and therefore, in developed countries, most of the construction companies have decided to diversify into other sectors,” stated Dariusz Blocher, President of the Management Board of Budimex, during a panel devoted to the construction industry, stressing that the last growth cycle in Poland’s construction industry resulted from an influx of EU funds, in particular for road construction.

The condition of the automotive industry was presented, among others, by Jakub Faryś, President of the Polish Automotive Industry Association, and Jerzy Majchrzak, Director of the Innovation and Industry Department within the Ministry of Economy.

“Cycles are characteristic for the automotive industry. Demand is like a sinusoid,” commented Andrzej Korpak, General Director of General Motors Manufacturing Poland.

“You have to adapt to the market size. This is the real world, the environment where we have to run our business. Crisis is a challenge but also an opportunity to organise production in a better way,” added Rafał Wyszomirski, Executive Director of Global Operations for Nexteer Automotive and President of the Management Board of Automotive Poland.

The third day of the Congress was an excellent conclusion to the discussions held during the two previous days. The subjects of investments in infrastructure as well as transport and regional developments were continued.

Funds from the European Union will continue to be the core funding sources of infrastructural investments in the new financial perspective for 2014-2020. However, the structure of application will be changed, and the financing principles will be modified - said the speakers during the session Investments in the transport infrastructure in Poland and their funding.

“We would like the European Commission to change the co-financing structure of railway projects from the current 75 percent to 85 percent,” stressed Deputy Minister of Transport, Andrzej Massel.

The subjects of energy discussed over the two previous days were also in focus. The issue of prospects in the energy market was expanded upon with the aspect of renewable energy sources by, among others, Paweł Przybylski, Director of the Wind Power Division at Siemens, and Jerzy Pietrewicz, Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Economy

“By 2020 Poland will stop units with a total power of 6,600 MW, and by 2028 almost 10 thousand MW will be stopped (..) By 2020 about 5-6 thousand MW of new generation power will be necessary (...) Now only three blocks are under construction: at the Kozienice Power Station, Stalowa Wola Power Station, and Włocławek Power Station, with a total power of about 2 thousand MW, which means that additional units with the power of about 3-4 thousand MW will be required,” informed Cezary Szwed, Director of the System Development Department of Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE), in the discussion Investments in the energy sector in Poland. He further added that in its forecasts, PSE has provided for renewable energy sources; however, since most of these are difficult to predict, only 10 per cent of the power generated from renewable sources is taken into account.

“By 2020 there is room for only 6 new units of about 900 MW each in Poland’s energy sector (…) However, the final power will be subject to the growth of power classified as “must run”, which are units operating irrespective of demand for power in the system. “Must run” units are renewable sources and co-generation installations, and production from those units has priority to enter the system due to the technologies applied,” said Kazimierz Rajczyk, Energy Sector Managing Director at ING Bank Śląski, during the same panel.

Major discussions concerning mining were also held on the third day of the Congress.

“The traditionally voiced priority for mining - and rightly so - is that coal should be extracted in the most effective way, thus being the cheapest possible. However, even very inexpensive coal without a buyer in the form of an effective energy generating industry poses doubts for the entire coal mining sector (…) Only if we have relatively inexpensive coal and energy is generated in an efficient manner, as it is done in some countries with the efficiency of 43-45%, do I think there is a future for coal,” said Joanna Strzelec-Łobodzińska, President of the Management Board of Kompana Węglowa, before the panel devoted to mining.

The discussion was focused, inter alia, on trends in world hard coal mining and on the future of this sector in Poland.

“The world is heading towards increasing coal mining, while the situation in the EU is different (…) I do not know any government documents supporting Polish coal. Support is provided to RES, to gas. The only fact is that our gas in industrial installations gets no support, while gas from the Russian pipe does. So the government does not want coal like some of our local governments. It looks like no one in Poland wants the coal. Therefore, there seem to be no prospects for the development of mining,” underlined Jarosław Zagórowski, President of the Management the Board of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa, during the panel devoted to mining.

“I would encourage you to look at Poland’s mining from another perspective. Mining in Poland belongs to the state. However, the owner’s policy to mining is not clearly set. I would warn you against the notion of mines that are permanently non-profitable (…) With reference to mines, an economy should not be created only at the level of coal mining companies, but a profit and loss account should be developed on the macroeconomic level. The account should look at the costs of the potential liquidation of mines which are social costs,” emphasised Janusz Olszowski, President of the Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

There were numerous panels where references were made to the prospects of economic collaboration with Africa and China, which was a major issue during the first two days of the Congress.

Panels focusing on sports: Football, business, economy and Sports and young people - the future of Polish economy? Much attention was devoted to diagnosing the situation of Polish football after Euro 2012. During the debates, the floor was taken, among others, by Bogusław Leśnodorski, Chairman of the Board of Legia Warszawa, Dariusz Smagorowicz, Chairman of the Board of Ruch Chorzów, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament from 2009-2012 and Prime Minister from 1997-2001, Marian Kmita, Sports Director with TV Polsat, and Marek Wleciałowski, Assistant Coach of Poland’s National Team.

The European Economic Congress was held on 13-15 May 2013 in Katowice. It was organised by the PTWP SA Group. During the three days of the Congress, filled with almost a hundred thematic sessions and numerous accompanying events, discussions focused on subjects that are crucial to the economy of Poland, Europe and the world. This was the fifth edition of the most important business event in Central Europe.
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