Globalizm? Bilateralizm? Patriotyzm gospodarczy? Wyzwania dla społeczeństw i biznesu

SOPOT | September 27-29, 2017
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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.



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.

Miasto Sopot

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.

Honorary patronage

European Parliament

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

Strategic partners

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.


MetLife if one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 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 life insurance, pension and investment funds.

Main partners


IKEA aims to create a better everyday life for the many people. We offer good design and functional furniture in affordable prices. We care for the quality of life of Poles, offering innovative home furnishing solutions. We implement our sustainable development strategy People and Planet Positive with passion, improving life of communities all over the world.

Invest in Pomerania

Invest in Pomerania is a regional non-profit initiative that supports foreign direct investment projects in Pomerania. We provide help and services at every stage. Since 2011, it has attracted 77 investment projects, which helped to create ca. 12,000 new jobs.


KPMG for the past 25 years has provided professional including Audit, Tax, Advisory services, and D.Dobkowski sp.k., a Polish limited partnership, a law firm associated with KPMG in Poland – Legal services. We employ more than 1,500 people in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Katowice and Łódź.


Tesco Poland is the leading chain of self-service shops on Polish market with over 400 stores and e-shopping service available in 11 cities. Since 2013 Tesco in Poland has been donating surplus food for those in need directly from the stores and 2020 all its stores in Central Europe will be offering surplus food to local charities.

Union of Employers of Automotive and Industrial Articles

Automotive Employers Association at the Confederation Lewiatan represents cars, buses, engines, semitrailers, trailers, parts and components manufacturers. Comprehensive knowledge of Lewiatan and Union’ experts supports the success of our members and worthily represents the interests of the Polish motor industry in Poland and Europe.

Supporting partners


The web is at the heart of economic growth. It creates a level-playing field allowing anyone from anywhere to grow their business and to become a global player. This creates a significant opportunity for CEE companies, startups, app developers, creators and cultural organisations to grow and go global and Google has been investing in helping them harness the benefits of the digital transformation, while ensuring the highest privacy and security standards for everyone.


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.


Ergis is  leader of polymer processing in Central and Eastern Europe listed in Warsaw SE. In factories in Poland and Germany it produces packaging and special application films. It introduced an innovative stretch film – nanoERGIS® – to the market.

Family Business Network Poland

FBN Poland is an association of family businesses acting for family businesses. It spreads the spirit of entrepreneurship and aids family companies in their constant and multigenerational development. Family businesses in Poland generate 18% of GNP and continuously create new workplaces.

The Foundation for Polish Science

The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) is an non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget. Under EU funds, FNP implements grant programmes aimed at the collaboration between science and business.


Współczesny Gdańsk to nowoczesna, europejska metropolia, gospodarka oparta na wiedzy i technologii, ekosystem przyjazny innowacjom, prężnie rozwijające się centrum kultury, nauki, rozrywki i sportu, atrakcyjny cel wyjazdów turystycznych.

Samorząd Województwa Pomorskiego

Pomorskie Region is one of the most attractive regions in Poland. Pomorskie gives freedom of creation because it offers a variety of choices: where to live, work, invest and how to enjoy you free time.


Siemens is a strategic partner of the Polish economy offering innovative services, products and solutions in the field of efficient energy, automation and digitalization of industry and intelligent building and transport infrastructure.


T‑Mobile Polska jest jednym z największych operatorów komórkowych w Polsce, obsługując ponad 10,23 mln klientów. Świadczy pełen zakres usług telekomunikacyjnych dla klientów indywidualnych oraz biznesowych, szeroki pakiet usług ICT oraz usługi finansowe w ramach T‑Mobile Usługi Bankowe.

Digital Technology Employers Lewiatan

Media partners

Strategic media partner


TVN24 BIS is the second news and information channel in the Grupa TVN portfolio. The station specializes in financial and business news and presents a broad range of information from abroad. This is why it perfectly complements the TVN24 programme offer. TVN24 BIS was started in 2014, in response to the viewers’ growing demand for economic and international coverage. At first it functioned as TVN 24 Biznes i Świat, a name replaced with the shortcut BIS in 2015. Currently it is one of the most popular information channels in the country.


Grupa, founded in 1996, is one of the most recognizable media companies and a leading online publisher in Poland. The company is a part of Ringier Axel Springer Media group, and its online services are visited every month by over 15.5 million users. offers a variety of internet services, covering different topics. Grupa includes also a big porfolio of strong brands, e.g. – one of the biggest Polish social networks, price comparison service Ską, leading dating website, business location service, strong video brands, such as and and entertaining

Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza was launched in 1989 as a platform for the first democratic parliamentary election in Poland. It was established by a group of journalists and former activists for independent press of the democratic opposition. Ever since the daily newspaper was launched, Adam Michnik has served as its editor-in-chief. Gazeta Wyborcza started off as an eight-page daily with a circulation of 150 thousand. Today, it has an average daily circulation of 159 thousand and is read by 2.1 million people countrywide throughout the week. It is Poland’s most frequently purchased and read, and most influential newspaper. Its content is also available on

Gazeta Wyborcza is the most often bought and read quality newspaper in Poland. It was founded in 1989. Gazeta Wyborcza can be read in traditional paper form and online – at

Main media partners

Euractiv – It’s all about Europe. We are a part of the pan-European media network publishing in 12 countries and in 12 languages. is an essential read if you want to closely follow news and analyses on European policy and economy.


“FORBES” is the biggest and the most prestigious business monthly magazine in Poland. We interview business leaders, present their activities, analyse macroeconomic trends and publish unique rankings. Each issue of “FORBES” is a source of inspiration and explains the world of business. “FORBES” makes great reading.


Newsweek Polska is the most popular weekly opinion magazine in Poland. It provides its readers with current overview of politics, economics, science and culture. Newsweek’s trademark is its uncompromised approach to controversial social topics. It was the first weekly opinion magazine in Poland available for both tablets and smartphones.


TOK FM is the first Polish news&talk radio. It broadcasts in 22 Polish cities and attracts listeners with original programs, discussed subjects and engagement in public affairs. TOK FM targets listeners interested in reliable and comprehensive information about Polish and foreign affairs and deepening this knowledge by high quality journalism.

Supporting media partners

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Published by INFOR Biznes Sp. z o. o.) is the largest Polish legal-economic daily newspaper; it informs about the most important events in domestic and foreign economy, changes in the law, taxes and finances.


AMS is the largest out-of-home advertising house in Poland. We deal in the traditional and digital OOH advertising. We provide our clients with efficient marketing campaigns planned and executed on our own modern tools encompassing more than 26 000 adv. panels.

Business Insider

Business Insider is a leading information portal in the US and one of the fastest growing information brands in the world. Polish version of the site debuted on May 12, 2016. Business Insider is a pioneer in providing business news tailored to digital media, published in real-time and available in mobile version.


INN:Poland is the leading website about innovations in Poland. We link the worlds of science, business, startups and public institutions. We inspire entrepreneurs and scientists to invent and introduce innovations. We show them ways to obtain funding for new technologies.


Expert daily newspaper issued nationwide which covers topics related to economy, capital market and finance. For over 20 years it has been supporting the decisions of investors and specialists connected to capital market. Available both in paper and electronic edition, as well as via mobile application and website.


We are a consulting company which effectively manages communication projects. We build development strategies, we teach, efficiently lead projects from the areas of public relations, public affairs, internal communication and employer branding.

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 Gdańsk

Radio Gdansk broadcasts a 24-hour program in Pomeranian Voivodeship. Along with broadcating, it also enables recording sessions. Radio Gdansk provides recording studios, which were used, among others, by Vader, Myslovitz, Shakira and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Radio Zet

Radio ZET is a nationwide radio station belonging to the Eurozet Group. It was founded in 1990 as the first commercial radio station in Warsaw. Every day it provides millions of listeners reliable information, carefully selected music and entertainment at the highest level.

Tró – The first source of information for Tri-City residents, the leader in the local media market among regional portals, with 180,000 unique visitors per day. The portal presents news from the life of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia

Warsaw Business Journal

„Warsaw Business Journal” is Poland’s leading English-language magazine which brings readers the stories, companies, personalities and successes that are driving Poland forward and creating the Polish market. Established in 1994.

Knowledge partners

Main knowledge partners

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.

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.

Res Publica Foundation

Res Publica through its publications: Res Publica Nowa, Magazyn Miasta (Cities Magazine) and Visegrad Insight (in English), is concerned with and values public debate and culture. Res Publica members lead projects City DNA, networking New Europe 100 and many others. More information at

UN Global Compact

Global Compact Poland is a Polish network of United Nations Global Compact. Its mission is to advance its Ten Principles as well as to help the companies understand what responsible business means within national context and facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue and partnerships.


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.

Institutional partners

Employers’ Group – EESC

The Employers’ Group brings together entrepreneurs and representatives of entrepreneur associations working in industry, commerce, services, agriculture and other business sectors in the 28 Member States. Our 117 members create opinions about European regulations for the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament. The Group strives for the employers’ voice to be heard by the European decision-making bodies.

The Social Dialogue Council

The Social Dialogue Council is the main institution of national social dialogue in Poland. It provides a forum of trilateral cooperation between representatives of employees, employers and the government. The Council has a right to express opinions and take positions, give opinions on draft legal acts and initiate the legislative process.

Poland-Japan Economic Commitee

Poland-Japan Economic Commitee is an institution that brings together executives of Polish and Japanese companies. Its aim is to advocate and promote the development of economic relations and mutual contacts between entrepreneurs. The Committee is also the key institution included in the Action Plan for years 2017-2020, signed by the Polish and Japanese Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

European Commission Representation in Poland

The European Commission (EC) is one of the main European Union institutions. It is a politically independent executive body which promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget. In Poland the Commission has two Representations, in Warsaw and Wrocław.

Logistics/Technology Partners

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

Dell EMC

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500.


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.

Executive producer


Since 1997, IDFX Agency has managed over 800 branding and cultural events. Works with the same kind of passion on both small and large scale initiatives. Takes a unique approach to each one of them individually.