ACTIVITIES REPORT 2014

OVERVIEW OF BEPOLUX EVENTS 2014

The Bepolux annual program started January 27th, with the traditional New Year Event, hosted by H.E. Mr. Artur Harazim, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland.  More 70 members and guests were present; among them the representatives of the Regional foreign trade agencies.


February 27th, 2014, Business lunch organized in cooperation with the POLISH BANK ASSOCIATION on the topic:

"THE POLISH FINANCIAL SYSTEM: SAFE AND SECURE"

Dr Mieczysław Groszek , Executive Vice-president of POLISH BANK ASSOCIATION, presented “The political situation in Poland and macroeconomic forecasts”. During the recent financial crisis  Polish bank have not required any public assistance.

The sector is stable, healthy and with good perspectives for growth. The Polish banking sector  remained higly profitable in 2013 and prospects for 2014 are good.  Dr Dariusz Winek, Chief Economist of BGŻ Bank, Warsaw, presented “The general picture of financial system in Poland”. The Polish banking sector seems to be solid enough not to generate an impulse for an economic crisis. It also took a lesson from recent financial crisis, so it should not intensify external shocks related with potential depreciation of the local currency.  The banking sector creates a solid base for stable economic recovery, even if external risks should not be underestimated.  Hence, Poland can wait for stronger real convergence, when taking decision on euro adoption or full participation in banking union. (40 participants)


April 24th, organized the presentation of a research study on:

"POLISH ENTREPRENEURS IN BELGIUM"

The study was presented by its author, Mr Wojciech Lapinski, IMSG Lapinski & Expert at Trade&Investment Promotion Section, Polish Embassy. During the presentation Mr. Lapinski has presented who are the Polish businessmen in Belgium, what are the sectors of their activities, how do they perceive themselves in Belgium, what are the main problems in developing their business. (30 participants)


May 23rd 2014, BEPOLUX in cooperation with the Polish Embassy and BNP Paribas Fortis, invited for a conference meeting on:

“25 YEARS DEMOCRATIC REFORMS IN POLAND 1989 – 2014”

Prof. Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz, Deputy Prime Minister in 1989, 1st Minister of Finance in the 3rd Republic of Poland and former president of the National Bank of Poland, presented a lecture on this historic evolution and commented on the current economic evolution of Poland. (110 participants)


September 25th, 2014, Business lunch, with focus on:

“POLAND, COST AND BENEFITS OF 10 YEAR EU MEMBERSHIP"

In his presentation Mr. Michal Dybula, Senior economist BNP PARIBAS POLSKA, mentioned as important benefits of the EU accession: improved market access for Polish exporters, substantial benefit for Polish consumers of greater competition and higher product standards; reduction by the legal common framework of Poland’s risk premium and financing costs for investors, a raise of Poland’s long term growth potential by EU structural funds that have boosted investment into infrastructure.On the micro economic level a testimonial was brought by Mr. Ludo Debever, Director Corporate Communications DECEUNINCK nv.  The company is doing business in Poland since 1990. The speaker confirmed the continued positive prospects for investments in Poland. Among the attractive assets were mentioned: a huge domestic potential, a major labour const advantage and the access to EU structural funds. (40 participants)


December 4th, 2014: Information seminar on:

"EU STRUCTURAL FUNDS PROGRAM 2015-2020 for POLAND"

under the chairmanship of Mr. Luc Vansteenkiste.

Mr. Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Counsellor in charge of the Regional and Cohesion Policy Section at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU, presented the headlines of the EU funds program 2014-2020 for Poland. 

This program covers an amount of more than 119 Bln Euro. The main targets of Europe 2020 are: employment, R&D, sustainable use of energy, education and combating poverty and social exclusion.  Poland intends to achieve these goals by allocating the funds to 10 different thematic objectives.

The main thematic objectives cover areas such as: industrial research and development, ICT, competiveness of SME,   and employment.

It was also mentioned that the procedures to apply and for allocation of the funds have been adapted. Important to notice is that the rules for public tenders have also been recently amended.

In a second presentation Mr. Marcin Podgorski, director of the Lodz regional representation office in Brussels gave an illustration of the EU funds contributions to the development of the entrepreneurship in the Lodz region.   EU funds have substantially supported the increasing modernization and competitiveness of SME companies in the region. (35 participants)


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