THE HONORARY PATRONAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND BRONISŁAW KOMOROWSKI
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF MR JOSÉ MANUEL BARROSO, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
THE HONORARY PATRONAGE OF MR MARTIN SCHULZ, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
With great pleasure, I would like to welcome everybody on the next edition of the European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in Katowice. It's an honor for us, that once again entrepreneurs from all over the country and Europe have decided that Katowice is a good place to hold debates on the most important challenges that SME have to face. This year's meeting of entrepreneurs, representatives of culture and politics will have a special significance. Europe is still struggling with economic problems, which may result in social troubles, and further, in demographic ones. It is generally known, that small and medium- size enterprises constitute not only the most numerous group of companies in Poland, but are also an important employer, which hires over 60% of all employees in our country. We should also remember that SME generate almost half of Polish GDP and their activity has contributed to maintaning the stability of the Polish economy.
Organization of the Congress in Katowice has a special meaning for our City. Next to the European Economic Congress, this event is one of the most significant meetings of the representative of business, science and state administration. It's not only a confirmation of a rightly chosen way of development and promotion of our City. Organization of the III European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises is a proof, that entrepreneurs need and eagerly attend debates and exchange experiences and opinions on the state of economy. Therefore, I am even more glad that in the nearest future guests of the next SME Congress will meet in the International Congress Center in Katowice. It's extremly crucial that we guarantee the best comfort for debates on the future of Europe and Poland that we can. I deeply believe, that those who will come to Katowice to talk about the future of economy in Poland and Europe will leave with good memories of our city and will return with pleasure - for numerous cultural, sports and business events that we host. Meanwhile, I wish you unforgettable experiences and effective discussions during the European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in Katowice.
PIOTR USZOK , Mayor of the City of Katowice