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

SOPOT | September 27-29, 2017
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EFNI 2017 topics

The central theme of this year’s edition of the European Forum for New Ideas is “Globalism, bilateralism, economic patriotism? Challenges for societies and business.” The question that we are posing is whether we are dealing with “The world anew”. The Forum’s debates will revolve round three main contexts: the global, European and business context.


While attempting to find an answer to global challenges, we are posing the following questions:

  • Has globalization reached its peak?
  • What does “economic patriotism” mean for international economic cooperation? Will it define market control?
  • What will the future of trade governance and free trade agreements be like? Multilateral, bilateral, and regional?
  • Will international business cooperate to overcome disintegration trends worldwide?
  • How are the development of societies and effectiveness of governments going to be measured? Will GDP give way to the happiness index?
  • Is the truth still relevant? How to function in the era of post-truth?
  • Can populism favour animation of democracy and greater civic participation?
  • How to be a leader in a world which rejects authorities?  What objectives should the leadership be focused on – in local, national and global politics, as well as in business?

In the face of challenges ahead of the European Union we will consider the following issues:

  • Is Brexit a chance for European unity or the beginning of a domino effect?
  • Why do some states want to integrate faster and deeper?
  • Will the new president of France accelerate the integration of the eurozone?
  • How and by whom will decisions be made in various EU circles?
  • What does multi-speed European Union mean for the single market and four freedoms?
  • Is European integration without America and other continents possible?
  • Is Europe prepared for a cyberconflict and will it manage to protect its citizens from cyberattacks?
  • Which values are the Europeans united by today? Which values were they united by when the Treaty of Rome was being signed and which values will unite us 60 years from now?

Besides the major business trends, such as digitalization, robotization and circular economy, experts will also discuss challenges faced by businesses. These include:

  • Digital market on the eve of the 5G revolution
  • A change in the value chain: who can profit from the digital revolution?
  • Investing in times of uncertainty. How to get accustomed to the changing reality?
  • Will Industry 4.0 need human labour? How to manage the fourth industrial revolution?
  • How will technology change the reality 20 years from now?

as well as:

  • How can local governments benefit from globalization?
  • Can cities and civic participation of their residents counterpoise a wave of non-liberal populism?
  • Round table for employers, trade unions and politicians

and much more.