European Economic Congress kicks off in Poland
Entrepreneurs, EU officials and government ministers will debate key issues at the European Economic Congress. The event in Katowice is billed by its organisers as the most important business meeting in Central Europe.
The three-day event kicked off on Wednesday and is accompanied by the European Start-up Days.
This year, the congress will comprise nearly 12,000 hours of debate in total. Around 700 speakers will attend.
The organizer of the congress, Wojciech Kuśpik, said some 8,500 people will take part in the event.
They will debate a swathe of issues including political change in the European Union, Brexit, finance, innovation, technology, energy, local government and regional policy, health, transport, real estate and global economic cooperation.
Among the invited guests this year are Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of the Energy Union, and Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.