8th European Financial Congress

Sopot, 18-20 June 2018

On the centenary - for an innovative and secure future of the financial sector

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About EFC


The 8th European Financial Congress will take place in a special year, the centenary of regaining independence by Poland and of great changes which occurred on Europe’s political map. This year's Congress will reflect upon the past but it will do so mainly to gain insight into the future and to consider how we can use past experience when building the future of the Polish and European economies.

We invite you to join us in Sopot from 18th to 20th June 2018. Let's meet to debate and seek solutions in such important areas as:

  • Sustainable and socially responsible economic growth
How to finance strategic infrastructure investments? What benefits and threats are associated with mergers and acquisitions and is this an effective way for Polish enterprises to gain a strong competitive position on international markets? When can state interventionism be rational? How to achieve social goals by means of tax policy and at the same time support fair competition?
  • Poland’s investment attractiveness and risks 
How do leading investment banks assess the attractiveness and investment risks of Poland? Do demographic conditions and qualifications on the Polish labor market affect the involvement of direct investors? What policy to adopt with regard to economic immigrants from Eastern Europe? What are the opportunities and barriers for investments on the Polish commercial and residential real estate market?
  • Development of the capital market
What should be the position of the Polish capital market on the European capital market? Capital Market Development Strategy - goals, possible obstacles, tools and recommendations. The credibility of the capital market for issuers and investors and its importance for the country’s development. Investor relations - what should be the standard of companies' communication with the market with a view to increasing the competitiveness of the Polish capital market?
  • Innovations and their impact on business models of financial institutions and systemic risk
How far will technological progress - blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence - stimulate the development of the financial sector and will it be safe? How to implement technological innovations to increase our competitiveness? Should strict regulations in order to supervise the risks posed by increasingly advanced technologies be introduced so that they do not become a threat to financial institutions, their clients and the entire system?
  • Business and risks in the banking market
How will banks face competition from new players in the financial markets and will their position in the digital society be maintained? Will the requirements and regulations aimed at minimizing the risk of next crisis ultimately hit taxpayers, pensioners and individual investors and will they reduce the competitiveness of banks and slow down economic growth? Will the dominance of credit products based on floating interest rates lead to another crisis?
  • Restructuring of enterprises and banks in a crisis
What mechanisms of restructuring insolvent enterprises will allow debtors to continue to operate on the market? How to efficiently clear payment backlogs and make it possible to collect debts? How can regulations regarding resolution and bail-in of banks impact the capital market?

A detailed agenda of the 8th European Financial Congress is available here.

The participants of the European Financial Congress are representatives of managements of financial institutions as well as private and public enterprises, decision-makers responsible for economic policy, as well as prominent experts from the world of science and consulting companies from Poland and abroad.

The most important feature of the European Financial Congress are the effects of debates held during the annual congressional meetings as well as of expert works undertaken by the Congress between meetings in Sopot. The tangible results produced by the EFC owing to the pro bono involvement of experts cooperating with the Congress are:
  • 69 Recommendations developed and presented to competent authorities; many of the EFC Recommendations contributed to legislative and organizational solutions,
  • 24 EFC Positions in international consultations presenting opinions of experts from the Polish financial market prepared and submitted to the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the European Commission and European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, ESMA and EIOPA),
  • 20 EFC Publications, in which over 300 authors published their articles and studies; all the Publications have been distributed free of charge.
A comprehensive coverage of last year's Congress and its debates is available here.