European forum for new ideas

The European Forum for New Ideas will be an international discussion of business communities on the role and future of Europe, as well as European and global economies. It will be organized, for the first time, in Poland, a country which most effectively opposed negative results of the financial crisis. The Forum will take place in September 2011 on the occasion of the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union. EFNI is organized by the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan, which is the only Polish member federation of BUSINESSEUROPE. The EFNI Partners include leading companies, organizations and institutions from Poland, Europe and other countries.
The key objective of the Forum is to articulate the position of the business community on the European economic order in the post-crisis era and identify realistic approaches to boost competitiveness of the European economy. The discussion will evolve around the challenges that have emerged from the global financial crisis, rapid growth of Asia and Latin America, failure of global climate protection and trade liberalization initiatives, and the advancement of new technologies. All these topics have economic impact, therefore, the voice of entrepreneurs from the entire European Union, including new member states, should be heard loud and clear. The Sopot Forum is a great opportunity to make this voice resonate.

New ideas, solutions and conclusions voiced during EFNI debates will be summarized in the form of recommendations and presented to the authorities of the European Union, governments of the member states, interested institutions and media.

The Forum will take place during 28-30 September 2011. It will be hosted by the Town of Sopot, a charming resort and one of the most picturesque towns in Poland on the Baltic Sea coast. First-rate conference facilities at the Sheraton Hotel, the Grand Hotel and the Haffner Hotel, were arranged for the Forum participants. Plenary sessions will be staged at a beach pavilion, especially built for the occasion.

EFNI is open to business leaders interested in the European and global business contexts, politicians and members of academia from Poland, Europe and other continents. Representatives of business organizations, including member federations of BUSINESSEUROPE, will be in attendance. EFNI will attract 800 to 1,000 participants.

Representatives of the European and global business communities, Nobel Prize winners, journalists and writers will take part in the EFNI debates. Each plenary or panel session will bring together people of different and varied experience, entrepreneurs, business executives, scholars and experts.