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European Economic Summit 2004, Warsaw, Poland, 28-30 April 2004
Continuing work already done at the Annual Meeting

25 January 2004 - Davos, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum has agreed with Poland to organize its European Economic Summit in Warsaw on 28-30 April 2004. The gathering will take place on the eve of the accession of ten new countries to the European Union.

More than 1,000 participants are expected at the Summit, including heads of state or government of the European countries, chief executives of the major transnational corporations and representatives of civil society organizations.

The idea of European enlargement is reflected in the theme of the Summit, "Europe: Enlargement and Beyond", with impending EU enlargement and the continuation of the continent’s integration process equally emphasized.

The participation of a wide selection of European states in the meeting will create an opportunity to evaluate and analyse the positions represented by all strands of European opinion, as well as Poland’s role in the integration process and in the international arena, such as in the Central European Initiative and Riga Initiative.

"This year’s Annual Meeting saw a strong representation from leaders from right across Europe, and particularly from the ‘new’ Europe. Presidents and prime ministers as well as influential business leaders from the countries who will soon join an expanded EU came to our Annual Meeting here in Davos, and were able to meet with the key commissioners and politicians from the European Union. The theme of the Meeting, "Partnering for Prosperity and Security", is particularly apt for those nations preparing for accession. We will continue the work done here in Davos, in the coming weeks, as we work towards what will be an influential and productive meeting in Warsaw in just three months’ time," said Macha Levinson, Director for Europe at the World Economic Forum.

Subjects to be discussed during this comprehensive and thorough debate will include the importance of the Lisbon Strategy in supporting economic and social reforms, the future of the single currency zone, the Growth and Stability Pact, the Common Agricultural Policy, the geopolitical role of the enlarged European Union and the prospects for transatlantic relations.

Photos of our events can be downloaded free of charge for journalists at http://www.swiss-image.ch/worldeconomicforum (login required).

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Communications and Public Affairs
World Economic Forum
Tel.: +41 (0) 22 869 1212
Fax: +41 (0) 22 869 1394
E-mail: public.affairs@weforum.org




 




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