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  • 21 June (Invitation-Only)

  • 22 June (Invitation-Only)

  • 22 June Open Programme

  • 19.00 - 21.30
    Exclusive welcome reception for nominees, partners, government and media representatives.
    House of Commons, Palace of Westminster

  • 09.30 - 10.00
    Nominees, speakers, media representatives and partners can register at any time on 22 June from 09.30.

  • 10.15 - 10.45
    The economies of emerging Europe are growing at their fastest rate in years, amid fears that an economic slowdown and other threats such as trade wars, migration and terrorist attacks may be on the horizon. Is that growth sustainable? Are governments taking the right steps to foster more growth? Our keynote looks into the main drivers leading the region’s growth to find out what can be done to ensure the trend remains on an upward path.

  • 10.45 - 11.15
    Investment promotion agencies are one of, if not the most important players when it comes to attracting capital and investment that leads to economic and social growth. Emerging Europe has carried out groundbreaking, never-done-before research to see how each national investment promotion agency (IPA) from twenty-three countries in the region performs, acknowledge best practice and identify areas of improvement. This session will present the key findings of this landmark study.

  • 11.15 - 11.30

  • 11.30 - 13.00
    Foreign direct investment remains one of the primary drivers of growth in the region. Growing competition to attract FDI requires investment promotion agencies become increasingly creative and agile to satisfy investor needs. Following the presentation with key findings, we take a deeper dive and gather those who are at the frontline of investor relations in order to discuss the findings of our research and share best practice. (NOTE: Listed above are the session's main speakers: a total of 50 participants will join this session)

  • 11.35 - 13.00
    The wide availability of the best and brightest talent across emerging Europe is a well-known phenomenon. The region has leapfrogged Western Europe in providing world class digital infrastructure and is ahead of the technological curve, a hotbed of innovation and next-generation thinking. We bring some of the best-known technology and social enterprise experts, mentors and lawyers together as we look to find out what the next big entrepreneurial initiative to come out of the region will be — and what it will take for the region to stay ahead of the game. — (NOTE: Listed above are the session's main speakers: a total of 40-50 participants will join this session)

  • 13.15 - 15.00

  • 15.00 - 15.30

  • 15.35 - 15.45

  • 15.45 - 16.00
    Günter Verheugen, the laureate of the Emerging Europe Lifetime Achievement Award, is the former European Commissioner for Enlargement (1999-2004), Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry (2004-2010). An enthusiast of the European Union’s eastwards expansion, he was tasked with overseeing the EU’s enlargement process and consequently presided over the accession of ten new member states in 2004.

  • 16.00 - 17.00
    After the fall of the Iron Curtain, when emerging European countries began implementing market economy principles, the region was seen as a low-cost manufacturing destination. Fast forward three decades and most of emerging Europe is no longer a synonym for cheap labour. On the contrary, since Eastern European technical skills have traditionally been strong, the industrious and technology-oriented workforce has brought about a surge in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, IT and research and development in the last decade. Also, years of backwardness caused by half a century of centrally planned economies have ironically helped the region make a leap ahead of their Western European peers in a number of areas. Could emerging Europe become the innovation powerhouse for the ‘Old Continent’?

  • 17.00 - 17.20

  • 17.30 - 18.40

  • 18.40 - 20.00