SOPOT | 27-29 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Private: Polish Confederation Lewiatan

Polish Confederation Lewiatan is a nation-wide representation of employers to the state and trade unions. Today it is an organization of sector and regional associations of private employers and individual members. Thus in total there are about 4100 companies employing over 1 050 000 workers.

Lewiatan runs its offices in Warsaw and Brussels and employs professionals experienced in a wide range of issues such as: labour relations, macroeconomics, small and medium-sized enterprises sector and the European Union. The confederation participates in social dialogue, taking part in the Social Dialogue Council. Polish Confederation Lewiatan contributes to many international activities and as the only Polish member of BusinessEurope is able to influence regulations at the international level. Henryka Bochniarz, President of Polish Confederation Lewiatan, holds the position of Vice-President of BusinessEurope.



Sopot is a modern resort with traditions. It has gained its magical climate from the very beginning of its existence not only from its unique location on the seacoast as well art nouveau spas and villas but also from an atmosphere of entertainment and elegance that was brought by the famous guests. Sopot managed to maintain its pre-war melancholy while fostering dynamic growth to make it a city with numerous attractions. All of this is thanks to an rich cultural program and new opportunities created by bold investments.

Sopot is not just beautiful beaches and the sea with the longest pier in Europe, but also one of Poland’s most popular promenades, Bohaterów Monte Cassino commonly known as Monciak, picturesque moraine hills and finally numerous parks and trees enveloping the whole town in greenery. Sopot offers over 200 clubs, pubs, discotheques, restaurants, including ones that are famous and legendary.


BusinessEurope  is the leading advocate for pro-growth public policy at European level, standing up for companies across the continent and actively campaigning on the issues that most influence their competitiveness. BusinessEurope speaks for all-sized enterprises in 34 European countries, whose national business federations are its direct members. The organisation is also a European social partner, recognised as the continent’s leading business voice.

The current president of BusinessEurope is Ms Emma Marcegaglia, Chairman and CEO of Marcegaglia Holding S.p.A. and of Marcegaglia Investments Srl. The director general is Mr Markus J. Beyrer, who leads the team of advocacy professionals at the BusinessEurope offices in Brussels.

Honorary patronage

European Parliament

European Forum for New Ideas 2016 is held under the honorary patronage of the European Parliament.

Main partners


MetLife, founded in 1868, is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world and a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In Poland, MetLife began its operations in 1990 as the first insurance company with foreign capital on the Polish market. The company offers individual and group life insurance, pension and investment funds, and is ranked 3rdin terms of life insurance market share.

Citi Handlowy

Citi Handlowy (Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA) combines the Polish banking tradition with cutting-edge solutions. Being a part of Citi – one of the biggest global financial institutions – it actively supports foreign expansion of its Clients (Emerging Market Champions Program). The Bank remains a strong credit-card market and private banking leader and it is the first institution in Poland to launch and implement the Smart banking concept.

Bank Pekao S.A.

Bank Pekao S.A. jest jedną z największych i najsilniejszych kapitałowo instytucji finansowych w Europie. Jest laureatem wielu prestiżowych nagród w zakresie innowacyjności. W 2016 r. Bank obronił tytuł najbardziej innowacyjnego banku w Polsce, ponownie zdobywając Złotego Bankiera w kategorii Innowacja. Bank otrzymał również tytuł magazynu „EMEA Finance” Najbardziej Innowacyjnego Banku w Europie Środkowej. Od 18 lat Pekao jest Bankierem WOŚP, poprzez „Pekao Project Room” wspiera młodych artystów, a w 2016 r., już drugi raz z rzędu, zaangażował się w projekt rozwoju przedsiębiorstw społecznych w Polsce „Społeczny Start Up”.




The BMW Group with its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles as well as provider of financial and mobility services. Company success of is based on long-term thinking and responsible action, including ecological and social sustainability, product responsibility and commitment to conserving resources.


Private: Orange Polska

Orange Polska is a leading provider of  telecommunications services in Poland and one of the biggest telecommunications companies in Central Europe. The company has the biggest technical infrastructure in Poland supporting provision of services using the most advanced technologies. Orange Polska works in all telecommunication market segments, conducts its own research and implementation in the field of telecommunication.


IKEA chce tworzyć lepsze życie na co dzień dla wielu ludzi, oferując dobre wzornictwo i funkcjonalne meble w przystępnej cenie. Dbamy o zrównoważony rozwój. „IKEA powstała w Polsce” – mawia założyciel Ingvar Kamprad, który pierwsze meble kupił tu w 1961 r. Dziś odpowiadamy już za 19 proc. produkcji.


Liberté! is the liberal magazine and think tank. Our mission is to be a spokesman for open society and liberal economic ideas as well as to organize a social movement around these ideas. “Liberté!” is published by Fundacja Industrial from Lodz.

Puls Biznesu

“Puls Biznesu” daily has all important business stories, presented in an accessible and applicative way, so readers understand what happened, why, who was involved and what will be next. To take the right decisions at the right time.


Radio TOK FM – “Pierwsze Radio Informacyjne” – is a news & talk station. The spoken word represents about 90% of the air time. Available in 22 biggest cities in Poland, also online and via satelite.

The Union of Employers of Automotive and Industrial Articles

Union of Automotive affiliates leading employers of the automotive industry. As part of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan it strives to ensure favorable solutions  for the automotive industry.

Knowledge partners

Centre for International Relations

The Centre for International Relations is an independent non-governmental think-tank dedicated to the study of international relations. CIR carries out its own research projects, drafts reports and analytical papers, and participates in international projects.

Global Compact Network Poland – UN Secretary General Initiative Global Compact

Global Compact Poland to polska sieć sygnatariuszy United Nations Global Compact. Jej zadaniem jest promowanie i wdrażanie globalnych inicjatyw UNGC na polskim gruncie oraz odpowiedź na unikalne wyzwania, które na drodze do zrównoważonego rozwoju napotyka sektor prywatny.

Polityka Insight

POLITYKA INSIGHT is Poland’s first centre for policy analysis, providing daily economic and political analyses. Our subscribers include Cabinet ministers, chief executives of leading companies and ambassadors accredited to Poland. We publish in English as well. POLITYKA INSIGHT also offers analytical services on request.


Centre for dialogue and analysis THINKTANK is a platform for sharing insights and opinions for leaders of business and administration. It is concentrated around the THINKTANK magazine and THINKTANK Society. It also engages in research, drafts reports and analytical papers.

Executive producer


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