With great pleasure we notice the international success of Oliwia Szydłowska who performed in an artistic programme in the last year’s Award Ceremony of European Business Club Poland in the Olympic Centre in Warsaw. During this year’s World Championship in Sport Dance in Pula in Croatia on 23-27 May 2018 the young contestant was awarded with three golden medals in three categories: Free Dance solo junior category, Free Dance pair junior category and Dance Show mini formation. 1900 contestants from 17 countries took part in the championship. Oliwia dances in the group “Asia Dance” in the Afterschool Centre Activities [Centrum Zajęć Pozaszkolnych] no 2 in Łódź, run by trainers: Joanna Małek and Piotr Mielczarek.
Dance group ‘Asia Dance” was established in 2011 in the Afterschool Centre Activities no 2 in Łódź (former Youth Community Centre). Its creator and choreographer is Joanna Małek, an instructor, choreographer and dance educationalist. The Group is a member of the Polish Union of Sport Dance and has on its account several dozen golden, silver and bronze medals from Polish Championship in Sport Dance in the categories: solo, pair and formations. The Club has over 130 children who regularly represent our country on the Polish arena as well as internationally. They trained children and youth during dance and acrobatic classes in various dance techniques: disco, hip- hop, modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance, taking part in numerous shows, competitions and performances. The solo dancers of the “Asia Dance” regularly find themselves on the podium of prestigious dance competitions. In the current year as many as 27 contestants of “Asia Dance” got a vocation for the Polish team for the World Championship in Sport Dance organised by the International Dance Federation.
From the World Championship in Sport Dance in Croatia the Group brought 9 medals in the categories: Dance Show, Fantasy Show, Free Dance and Disco Slow, including:
I place Solo Junior – Oliwia Szydłowska
I place Pair Junior –Oliwia Szydłowska and Weronika Olszańska
I place Miniformation Junior
II place Solo the youngest 6 year old Anastazja Hajnczel
II place Adult Formation
III place Junior Formation
III place Pair Junior-Ania Sieroń and Ania Szczęsna
III place Solo Junior- Weronika Olszańska
III place Adult Formation
We would like to congratulate the young contestant and wish her further artistic achievements and a lot of international success!
On the 24th of May 2017 at the Alcide De Gasperi University of Euroregional Economy a scientific conference “Management in XXI century. Human resources in the future organization” took place. In the Honorary Committee chaired by prof. Halina Czubasiewicz from the University of Gdańsk Mr. Janusz Cieślak – the President of the European Business Club Poland took part.
Management is a faculty which imposes responsibility and requires creation as well as promotion of a person in the organisation as the top value. Dynamic changes which occur in Poland as well as in the world exert constant development which cannot be based on patterns. The aim of the Conference was a trial to answer the questions: what should be taught in the field of management?, what would the organizations of the future look like?, what employees will intelligent organizations need? and to diagnose mutual relations in developing structures in organizations of the future.
The programme of the Conference consisted of two panels:
Corporate Social Responsibility. Managing an organization. The nature of Communications in organisations.
The meaning of innovation of enterprises. Human Resources Management. The role of negotiations on the competitive market.
The President of the EBC Poland-Janusz Cieślak took part in both of the panels sharing both his knowledge and experience.
The IX edition of the European Economic Congress has ended in Katowice. It is the biggest economic event in our part of Europe. For three days the attention of politicians and business people was focused on Silesia and the International Congress Centre in Katowice. 132 session, 700 speakers, over 9 thousand participants including 660 media representatives those are the numbers picturing the scale of the event.
The representatives of Polish government , EU administration , national and European parliament, ministers and deputy prime misters from Europe and the world as well as presidents of the biggest companies, experts and leaders of opinion took part in the EEC 2017. The European Business Club Poland was represented by Janusz Cieślak-the President. The topics that were discussed were the future of the European Union, unstable situation in the world, deep changes in the economy, industry, trade and the dynamic development of technology. All that within the perspective of companies and people who create them.
The opening session “Other Europe in the other world” with the participation of former prime minsters of Poland, Czech republic, Slovakia and Lithuania, Jerzy Buzek, Jan Fischer, Mikulas Dzurinda and Andrius Kubilius, Konrad Szymański, secretary of state for EU affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was to answer the question about a new vision of Europe in the context of the latest political changes tilting the Old Continent in the direction of populism and isolationism.
The economic landscape after Brexit, the probability of other decentralizing movements inside of the European Union or the realization of the two speed Europe these are according to the participants’ diagnosis few of the most important challenges with which Poland and Europe will have to cope with.
The politicians also tried to answer the question what does the Central and Eastern European region needs in order to effectively make up for the distance between us and the developed Western countries.
The Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki who participated in the IX European Economic Congress admitted that Upper Silesia is a the “technological heart of Poland”. It is here, according to the Minister of Development, that entrepreneurs see a particular sense of investment in innovative solutions. He emphasized that the participants of the Congress know that a good time for investments is coming.
At the same time the European Start-up Days took place in Spodek Sports and Entertainment Area and were visited by over 2.5 thousand people. The EEC-Leaders of Tomorrow also had its continuation and was very common among students.
The upcoming Christmas and New Year 2017 were a nice occasion for the members of the European Business Club Poland to meet in the welcoming place of Hotel – Restauracja Czarny Kot – My Warszaw Residence on 14th of December 2016.The meeting in its friendly Christmas ambiance was the time to summarize the passing year, share success at work and happiness in the coming holidays and it was also a time for reflection.
In his speech Mr Janusz Cieślak – the President of the Club thanked all present for co-operation in 2016 and wished all the guests and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Elżbieta Studzińska supervised the whole event and for this occasion offered a menu based on traditional dishes of Polish Cuisine. In a family atmosphere members of the European Business Club Poland had the opportunity to rejoice at the moments spent with good friends and colleagues.
The IV Annual Board Meeting of members of the European Business Club Poland took place on the 14th of December 2016. The meeting was held at the conference room in Hotel “Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence” in Warsaw.
After having done statutory activities Mr Janusz Cieślak – the President of the Board handed membership cards to new members of the Association.
Following the above and according to the Agenda the following documents were presented:
Report on the activities of the Association for 2016 together with the report of the Board’s activities presented by the President – Janusz Cieślak,
Financial Report together with the Report on the activities of the Audit Commission presented by the Chairman – Anna Kosik.
In its Report the Audit Commission highly marked the Board’s work and emphasized the unique role of Janusz Cieślak – President of the Association in the gained success.
The evaluation presented by the Chairman – Anna Kosik was met by great approval of the meeting’s participants.
The IV Annual Board Meeting unanimously in the form of resolutions approved the presented reports granting a vote of confidence to the Board as well as the Audit Commission.
The European Business Club Poland in a very positive manner opinionates the proposals for change in assumptions made in the Vice Prime Minister’s (Mateusz Morawiecki) Constitution for Business. Any solutions that facilitate activities of Polish entrepreneurs are always welcomed and can count on our support. From the moment our Association was established we stated many times that various legal barriers and an array of unclear and sometimes contradicting legal provisions are an immense barrier in the development of the Polish economy. It appears that our voice has been heard.
Without a doubt The Constitution for Business is a long awaited document by entrepreneurs. It is very lengthy therefore here we would like to draw your attention only to a few of its aspects.
With particular satisfaction we welcome the announcement to create a spokesman for entrepreneurs. This demand has been raised by the European Business Club Poland already in 2013 and was specified in the bill’s draft written by the lawyer Wojciech Błaszczak, who was then a member of the Board of the Association. Despite introducing the document to representatives of Parliamentary Clubs at that time it was only supported by one political party. Now it has a chance to come into force which we hope will happen.
For entrepreneurs one of the most fundamental aspects is transparency of law and interpretation of legal provisions and therefore the stability of law. Stability of law is the first ally of an entrepreneur and allows for making key decisions both in current activities as well as in forming strategies and company development. Stability of law also brings measurable effects for entrepreneurs for instance by reducing costs for legal services and also costs of lengthy court proceedings.
Mentioning the famous so called “Wilczek Bill” according to which what is not prohibited is allowed we take as a step in the right direction. This rule is connected with the above mentioned stability of law. Similarly we look at the proposal to introduce the rule of “Institutions’ silent agreement” or interpreting unclear situations on favour of the entrepreneur, and not how it has been until now – exactly the opposite.
In an optimistic way we look at the proposal of penalties used by the Institutions which will be adequate to the wrongdoing. It definitely builds a sense of justice and creates good positive relationships between the state and entrepreneurs. We also hope that this will liquidate commonly occurring cases when for little wrongdoings (i.e. a mistake in the invoice in the amount of few groszy) a penalty was imposed which was many times higher than possible losses of the state treasury and disproportionally high to the mistake made.
It is also import to create a common committee of the parliament and entrepreneurs as a constant discussion forum between the ministries and representative of entrepreneurs. It will be responsible inter alia for giving opinions on legal acts important for economic activity and coming up to common solutions. The European Business Club Poland supports the suggestion of prof. Elżbieta Mączyńska – President of the Polish Economic Society to expand this committee by representatives of non-government institutions.
However, the most important from our point of view is the emphasis on building partnerships between the state and entrepreneurs based on mutual trust and “friendly neutrality”. Upon the assumptions made in the Constitution for Business one can draw conclusions that there is a change in perceiving entrepreneurs – finally it was understood that they are a solid base for building wealth and development of Polish society.
The European Business Club Poland wishes the Vice Prime Minister – Mateusz Marawiecki determination and success in implementing the proposed changes as quickly as possible especially due to the fact that they are needed “for yesterday”. It has to be emphasized that the idea of the Constitution for Business is noble, however its realization in practical terms will be the most important i.e. the introduced drafts of legal acts deriving from the Constitution.
For the second time now, during an official award ceremony, the European Business Club Poland will honour individuals and companies which have made significant contributions to the development of entrepreneurship, economy, local government bodies or autonomous activity, science, culture and sports in Poland and achieved success on the European and global scale.
The Jury of the European Business Club Poland Awards, comprised of great representatives of the business, scientific and sports community, led by Prof. Elżbieta Mączyńska, Ph.D., President of the Polish Economic Society, member of the National Development Council and the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, presented awards in the following categories:
The Main Prize,VICTORIA EUROPAE (European Victoria), awarded to natural persons, companies, institutions, social organisations, initiatives and enterprises with significant contributions to raising the status of Poland on the international arena
plus awards in five equal categories:
ENTREPRENEUR MAGNUS (Extraordinary Entrepreneur) awarded for extraordinary achievements and contributions to the economy
BENE MERITUS (Highly Distinguished) awarded for special achievements in particular areas
SIGNUM TEMPORIS(Sign of the Times) awarded for innovative solutions as well as achievements supporting European integration and the development of civil society
PRO FUTURO(For the Future) awarded for contributions supporting the development of entrepreneurship, economy, science, culture and sports
PRO PUBLICO BONO (For Social Activity) awarded for special achievements in the area of social activity.
All awards are honorary.
We are pleased to announce that the honorary patronage over the ceremony is held by the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Polish Economic Society, Employers of Poland, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.
The media partners include Polsat News, Polish Market economic journal, Miesięcznik Gospodarczy Nowy Przemysł [New Industry Monthly], wnp.pl website, Eurogospodarka journal [Euroeconomy], WhyStory journal and Europerspektywy [Europerspectives] bimonthly journal.
The European Business Club Poland Awards Ceremony will take place on 24 September 2016 at Królewski Theatre in Łazienki Park, in Warsaw, which holds a very symbolic and important place in the Polish history. The Łazienki Park palace complex served as the summer residence of the last Polish King Stanisław August. Today, its beauty and splendour attracts both Warsaw residents and crowds of tourists. Its rich architecture and art offer superb aesthetic experiences. It all makes the Łazienki Park in Warsaw one of the most prestigious meeting places for business, culture and art.
The official gala will be hosted by journalist Przemysław Talkowski, last year’s winner of the BENE MERITUS (Highly Distinguished) award.
The guests will be welcomed by The Warsaw Dixielanders band.During the artistic part of the event, the participants and guests will enjoy the performance Zespół Pieśni i Tańca Śląsk im. Stanisława Hadyny [Polish National Song and Dance Ensemble “Śląsk” in memory of Stanisław Hadyna].
More information on the activities of the European Business Club Poland and the last year’s European Business Club Poland Award Ceremony can be found on the Club’s website www.ekb.org.pl. Please, visit us there.
On the 25th of February 2016 at the invitation of the President of the European Business Club Poland the Ambassador of India to Poland – Mr. Ajay Bisaria was a guest of the members and affiliates of the Association. The Ambassador was accompanied by the President of the Indo-Polish Chambers of Commerce – Mr. J.J. Singh. The meeting took place in the hospitable Hotel-Restaurant „Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence”.
Upon greeting the guests the President Mr. Janusz Cieślak reminded the gathered people about the friendly bilateral co-operation which had been present for many years and he also discussed the economic relations emphasizing the currently appearing possibilities in its development.
Afterwards the Ambassador Mr. Ajay Bisaria gave an extended presentation on the economic situation of his country and its position in the world as well as put it in the context of current co-operation between our countries. The most important issue which has a significant impact on the development of bilateral co-operation are changes in law being implemented in India due to which bureaucratic barriers will be abolished. He indicated industrial sectors where the co-operation with Poland would have a special meaning i.e.: energy sector, communication technologies, food industry, health sector, chemical industry. He also tried to convince that India is a market for those entrepreneurs “hungry for success” as well as for those looking for professional development. He emphasized that his country is a perfect base for building new, more intensive economic relations or fast development of the ones already existing.
After the Ambassador’s speech a very interesting discussion took place that ended in individual talks of entrepreneurs with our guests. This will surely be helpful in making decisions about co-operation on the Indian market.
It is our great pleasure to inform that the European Business Club Poland was honored with the “Open Heart” statuette awarded by the Council of Women of the Polish Red Cross (Rada Pań Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyża). This precious award has been given to us during the charity concert “Let’s give poor children vacations” at the Stanisławowski Theater in Łazienki Królewskie. The income from this concert as well as from the auction held simultaneously will be put towards vacations for children from families which have many children and live in poverty in different regions of the country.
The European Business Club Poland was awarded a statuette created by prof. Zofia Wolska for supporting actions of the Council of Women “Let’s give poor children vacations”.
The Council of Women of the Polish Red Cross (Rada Pań Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyża) has been operating for over 20 years and is a non-profit organization. It is patterned upon a prewar tradition of the Committee of Women which helped the wounded and in need during the war and the occupation. The Council of Women is composed of women who are sensitive to the needs of the youngest people, they gather funds as volunteers as well as give their means and goods.
The upcoming Christmas and the New Year were a pleasant occasion for the members of The European Club Poland to meet in the always welcoming Hotel- Restauracji Czarny Kot – My Warszaw Residence on the 4th of December 2015. The meeting which was run in a pleasant Christmas ambiance was the time to summarize to past year, to share one’s successes at work and happiness due to the upcoming holidays and reflection.
In his speech the President- Mr Janusz Cieślak thanked all the people present for the co-operation in the past year and reminded of the undertakings carried out in the said period. One of such spectacular undertakings was the Club Awards Gala organized for the first time. The President also outlined the intensions for the year 2016. At the end he passed his Christmas and New Year greetings to the people gathered and their families.
As always Mrs Elżbieta Studzińska supervised the whole event and for this occasion prepared a menu consisting of traditional Polish dishes. In a family atmosphere the Members of the European Club Poland had the possibility to enjoy the moments spent with their friends and colleagues.
On the 2nd of December 2015 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The President of the European Business Club Poland – Mr Janusz Cieślak participated in the meeting of the Undersecretary of State – Mrs Katarzyna Kacperczyk with representatives of Polish companies operating abroad.
The meeting was devoted to a discussion about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ and diplomatic posts’ operations in 2015 in regards to supporting Polish companies on foreign markets and plans for 2016. 250 guests participated in the discussion – representatives of companies and institutions co-operating on everyday basis with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the area of economic diplomacy .
Upon greeting the invited guests the Vice-Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk emphasized – the international success of Polish companies contributes to the promotion of Poland’s image. It is mostly through your operations that our country obtains a better position every year on the economic map of Europe and the world.
Presenting plans for 2016 the Vice-Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk stated – in a systematic manner we try to develop and improve the supporting instruments – this year we have implemented a pilot system on researching the companies’ satisfaction which I hope will enable for a more efficient adjustment of our activities to the expectations and needs of entrepreneurs. We count on your participation in this area. Such partnership is crucial in regards to the efficiency of our common efforts. The gathered guests were ensured about the continuation of activities connected with supporting Polish companies on foreign markets by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic posts. In order to achieve that there will be many promotional initiatives held in the coming year. The growing involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this area can be seen through organizing in 2015 over 30 foreign visits where 1000 entrepreneurs were participants as well as 21 seminars and trainings in which over 500 companies participated. During this year’s Conference of Ambassadors nearly 700 individual meetings of entrepreneurs with 80 heads of Polish diplomatic posts were held. The character of the meeting allowed for individual discussions with the Minister as well as between individual entrepreneurs. Best greetings for Christmas and the New Year were given.
On the 12th September 2015 during the Gala Awards held at the Museum of the King Jan III Sobieski in Wilanow, the European Business Club Poland awarded people and companies that have in a significant manner contributed to the development of Polish entrepreneurship, science, local governance, media, culture and sport as well as those who have gained European and worldwide success. The awards were granted by the Chapter of Awards of the European Business Club Poland composed of eminent representatives of business, science and sport under the leadership of Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Mączyńska – The President of the Polish Economic Society and a member of the Scientific Council at the Institute of Economic Science at the National Science Academy (Rada Naukowa Instytutu Nauk Ekonomicznych PAN).
The ceremony has been lead by the editor Robert Bernatowicz who specializes in the field of economy.
Among the honorary guests were: Mrs. Grażyna Henclewska – Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Professor Zdzisław Krasnodębski – Member of the European Parliament.
The ceremony was opened by Mr. Janusz Cieślak – The President of the European Business Club Poland who at the very beginning emphasized that the time and place of the Gala were not accidental. In the residence where the ceremony had been held on the 12th September 1683 King Jan III Sobieski had gained victory in one of the most important battles in the history of Europe. The victory is called the Vienesse Victory, and the main awarded given during the Gala is called VICTORIA EUROPAE (EUROPEAN VICTORY).
So today we are celebrating two victories – the Viennese and European. He also indicated that the awards personify values and ideals which the European Business Club Poland upholds – “By giving these awards we would like to show to the majority of the society the true authority whose achievements and attitude are worth following.”
Afterwards Prof. Elżbieta Mączyńska – The President of the Chapter of Awards had spoken. She indicated the criteria which were taken into consideration by the Chapter when making decisions about who should be awarded. She emphasized the interdisciplinary feature of the awards and the meaning of co-operation of various communities for the economic development of the country’s economy.
The Minister – Mrs. Grażyna Henclewska read out the letter from Mr. Janusz Piechociński – the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy congratulating the people awarded, the participants and organizers of the ceremony. The Prime Minister emphasized in his letter that the awarded people and entities are building a contemporary vision of the market as well as a positive image of the Polish economy on the local and international arena. He showed that the awarded companies are well organized, effectively managed and liable for partners in business.
A letter from Mr. Władysław Kosiniak – Kamysz – the Minister of Labour and Social Policy has also been read out. In which inter alia he thanked the European Business Club Poland for propagating gaining knowledge and favouring business contacts and exchanging views with other entrepreneurs and communities.
With great pleasure we would like to introduce the winners of this year’s 1st edition of Awards of the European Business Club Poland.
The main award „VICTORIA EUROPAE” (European Victory) was presented to Prof. Jerzy Buzek “in honour of many years of his activity in order to strengthen Poland’s position in the European Union as well as building a joined, fair and competitive Europe”.
A great laudation for the Winner has been given by the Prime Minister Mr. Janusz Steinhoff. Mr. Jerzy Buzek in his speech thanked for the award and emphasized the meaning of co-operation of Polish entrepreneurs with their European partners for the development of our country’s economy and strengthening Poland’s position in the world.
Two people have been presented the award „ENTREPRENEUR MAGNUS” (OUTSTANDING ENTERPRENEUR).
President of the Company Mr. Herbert Wirth “for professionalism, creativity, courageous and dynamic management of the worldwide Polish strategic company.”
President of the Company Mr. Wojciech Kuśpik “ for creating innovative, specialized and integrated solutions in the area of business communication that have a fundamental impact on the economic development in Poland.”
The „BENE MERITUS” (OUTSTANDING MERITS) was awarded to:
Mrs. Jolanta Batycka – Wąsik (the Voit) “for professionalism and courageous vision of the development of the Lesznowola Commune as a contemporary and friendly place for its inhabitants in the XXI century”.
Prof. dr hab. Grażyna Rydzewska „for outstanding scientific achievements and contribution towards the development of Polish gastroenterology.”
The editor Mr. Przemysław Talkowski „for the courage and accuracy of information as well as for the continued work for the transparency of the economic life, defense of the good name of Polish entrepreneurs and initiating changes in Polish law.
Mr. Andrzej Strejlau „for outstanding achievements in his work as a coach as well as his years of activity for the development of Polish football.”
The Museum of Warsaw Uprising “for great input to disseminate the heroic actions of the citizens of Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising as well as shaping patriotic attitudes of the young Polish generation.”
Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble (Zespół Pieśni i Tańca „Śląsk” im. Stanisława Hadyny) „for outstanding and years of achievements in promoting Polish regional culture in the country itself and abroad.”
The award „SIGNUM TEMPORIS” (THE SIGN OF TIME ) had been presented to:
Prof. dr hab. inż. Zdzisław Nowakowski „for innovative activities and outstanding achievements in the development of third level education.”
The President Mr. Andrzej Siezieniewski ”for years of achievements in his work as a publicist and journalist as well as for fulfilling the social mission of the Polish Radio”.
The award „PRO FUTURO” (FOR THE FUTURE) has been presented to:
The company: Pinus J&M Smolarczyk “for the expansion of a Polish brand producing wooden windows, doors and winter gardens as well as for outstanding achievements in the development of own construction and technological solutions”.
Company Marchewka® „for creating new standards in interior architecture as well as winning world markets in the area of high quality wooden stairs, floors and interiors produced in Poland”.
The winners in their speeches have inter alia thanked for the awards and acknowledgement of their up to now achievements as well as they have expressed the will to continue to pursue activities in the direction they have set out.
There was splendor added to the ceremony by the recital of a world class tenor – Bogusław Morka. The artist got ahold of the hearts of the public both because of his beautiful voice as well as direct contact and proposed common singing. The artistic impressions form the concert will be remembered for a long time by participants of the Gala.
Afterwards the guests went to the Palace’s patio where in the rose garden a cocktail party has been prepared by the Hotel – Restaurant „Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence”, of which Mrs. Elżbieta Studzińska is the owner and also a member of the European Business Club Poland.
The scent of the roses and music played by The Warsaw Dixielanders as well as the specialties of Polish cuisine gave a nice touch to the end of the ceremony. People congratulated each other and talked until late evening.
We are pleased to inform that our sponsors were: Fundacja KGHM Polska Miedź (The KGHM Poland Copper Foundation) and BIG Info Monitor.
An honorary sponsorship over the Gala was held by: The Ministry of Economy, Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza (National Chamber of Commerce), Polska Agencja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości (Polish Agency for Enterprise Development) and Polska Agencja Informacji i Inwestycji Zagranicznych (Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency). Media sponsorship was held by: Polskie Radio (Polish Radio), Polsat News, Miesięcznik Gospodarczy Nowy Przemysł (Monthly Economic Magazine New Industry), portal www.wnp.pl, Magazyn Eurogospodarka (magazine The European Economy) as well as a political and business magazine – Świat Elit (The Word of the Elites).
The Gala was secured by the employees of a security company „WALKRYS SECURITY”, a member of the European Business Club Poland.
We would like to congratulate all winners. We would also like to thank the members of the Chapter of Awards for their fruitful work. We would like to thank our guests for coming and participating together with the Management Board and members of the European Business Club Poland in this important event for the entrepreneurs.
See you at the next Ceremony of Awards of the European Business Club Poland in 2016!
January 30, during a glamorous gala in Transcolor studio near Warsaw, for the seventh time the prestigious awards „The Personality of the Year” were given. Prizes were awarded in the competition organized by the MICE Poland magazine. This year’s award in the category „Manager of a venue” received Żaneta Berus, CEO of EXPO XXI Warszawa and a Memebr of the EBC Poland Awards Jury.
„Personality of the Year” award is a great honor for me and at the same time the culmination of all the efforts, initiatives and projects to support the development of the MICE industry, carried out for nearly twenty years of my work. I have to say it was a time full of challenges, but also satisfaction of the creation of new standards and best practices for the entire meetings industry. On one hand, in my every day work with professional organizations such as the Association of the Event Industry and Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industry, I strive to integrate the MICE industry and to promote Poland, as an interesting tourist and business destination. On the other hand the EXPO XXI Warszawa, with which I am associated for 14 years, has increased its surface and modernized the offer, built a reliable team of specialists and partnered with the organizers of big international events, thus promoted to the rank of the most well-known facility in Warsaw. Now is the time for the activation of cooperation between facilities like EXPO XXI Warszawa, event organizers, and local authorities. I believe that the Polish meetings industry is the best ambassador of our country abroad and, therefore, I set such a goal for myself for the next few months. I take this prize as a good augury to continue a hard work. –commented Żaneta Berus.
The idea behind „Personality of the Year” contest is to honor the people who have shown a special commitment to the development of the MICE industry in Poland in the past year. Nominees are distinguished by their professionalism in action, creativity, business efficiency, application of the principles of professional ethics, high quality services, contribution to the integration and development of the industry – also through their membership in organizations and associations – as well as the high competences, confirmed by certificates and awards. The winners receive a statuette and the title of „Personality of the Year” in four categories: Principal, Organizer, Manager of a venue and Subcontractor. „Personality of the Year” contest is the only project in Poland in which candidates for the award are nominated directly through the participants of the industry. Each company, agency, organization and association may, through a special form, nominate three persons for the prize. After counting the votes, 10 people who received the highest score in each category, goes to the second stage. The selection of the final winners is made by the Jury, whose members are selected from the laureates of the previous editions of the contest, representatives of associations and professional organizations, as well as external experts appointed by the organizer.
On 19 January, at the invitation of Mr. Janusz Cieslak, the President of the EBC Poland, our Association hosted Mr. Xu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Poland. China appears for Polish entrepreneurs as an economy with great opportunities hence the interest of this market is enormous. Full conference room of Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence confirmed this thesis. Ambassador Xu Jian was accompanied by Liu Lijuan, Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy together with other members of the Embassy’s staff, as well as a delegation of the representatives of Chinese companies, among others, Mr. Li Xiaobo, CEO of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe), and Mr. Wang Weijing,, PR Director in Huawei.
In his welcome speech President Janusz Cieslak recalled that the first joint venture in China was established in 1951 and it has been Polish-Chinese company Chipolbrok which at a meeting represented its CEO Mr. Liu Shanghai. On the Polish side the meeting was attended by among others: Mr. Roman Jagieliński former Deputy Prime Minister and currently the President of the Fruit Group ROJA, Mrs. Anna Kalata, former Minister of Labor and now the owner of the KALATA TV, Mrs. Barbara Misterska-Dragan, former Deputy Minister of Treasury and now the President of Misters Audytor Adviser and the only in Poland Honorary Citizen of Beijing Mr. Zdzislaw Góralczyk, former Ambassador to China, currently the President of Polish-Chinese Friendship Association.
In his speech, Ambassador Xu Jian presented the current state of China’s economy and prospects for the development of trade relations between our countries, indicating the reasons which prevent its rapid growth. When the time for questions and comments from the audience came, a real economic dialogue between Poland and China had started. Nearly 1.5 hour conversation, not only gave the participants a unique experience, but also built a belief that there is a huge potential for growth in trade. Prospective contractors must, however, get to know each other and build common ground for agreement. That is one of the reasons why European Business Club Poland plans to organize a trade mission to China in the second half of this year. This mission will be the consequence of a visit to China, held from 30 November – 6 December 2014, by the President of EBC Poland Janusz Cieslak and a member of the Association Mrs. Barbara Misterska – Dragan. The aim of the visit was to explore the possibility of increasing the export of Polish goods to China and establishing contacts with interested companies. Thanks to previously acquired contacts, members of this year’s mission will be well prepared for the meetings with definite Chinese companies interested in trading with Polish exporters.
The last point of the meeting was the exchange of business cards and individual conversations which lasted late into the evening.
Upcoming Christmas and New Year represented a perfect opportunity for a meeting of the members of the European Business Club Poland in a hospitable Hotel & Restaurant Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence. The meeting, held on December 9, ran in a pleasant and festive atmosphere and was an opportunity to summarize past year and to share our successes.
President Janusz Cieślak in his speech, thanked all guests for a very good cooperation in the past year and wished them and their families all the best for Christmas and the upcoming New Year.
Afterwards the time came for individual wishes and breaking of the Christmas wafer, a typical Polish tradition.
Everything was carefully over watched, as usual by Mrs. Elżbieta Studzińska, which on this occasion has proposed a great menu based on traditional Polish dishes and homemade Christmas pastries.
In the elegant and family atmosphere Members of the European Business Club Poland had the opportunity to enjoy the moments with their friends and colleagues. The sound of Polish carols, the glow of candles and a great interior design introduced everyone to a festive Christmas mood.
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