On the Digital Economy, the Future of Industry and Labour and the Green Economy at EFNI 2018

On the Digital Economy, the Future of Industry and Labour and the Green Economy at EFNI 2018

26 September marks the beginning of one of the biggest conferences in this part of the continent, dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe, to be held in Sopot for the eighth time. Business representatives, charismatic speakers and authorities from the world of culture and science will once again discuss the key challenges for business and society.

This year's discussion topics at EFNI will revolve around the following four blocks: “Digital Ideas”, “Innovative Ideas”, “Green Ideas” and “European Ideas”. Each block will start with a plenary or panel discussion. Discussion on the remaining topics within each block will continue in a variety of forms: workshops, lectures, counterpoints, evening discussions and partner presentations. The programme will be complemented by speeches delivered by special guests, a plenary session on the future of Europe, as well as accompanying and cultural events.

‘Like every year, we will discuss the key trends in business, changes in the world and the future of Europe, its future role and shape. On one hand, there are plenty of interesting topics ahead of us, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, bitcoins, the 5G network, as well as the green economy and sustainable cities. On the other, we will consider such European issues as the single labour market, the common defence policy, the future of structural funds or the future shape of the European Union's trade policy,’ said Henryka Bochniarz, President of the Polish Confederation Lewiatan.

During more than 2 days of meetings, we will look for answers to questions about digital challenges for businesses and societies, including the following issues:

  • How is media use and content absorption changing? Are we condemned to living in an information bubble?
  • Will an EU agency for artificial intelligence and robotics be established? Will intelligent robots gain legal personality?
  • How do cryptocurrencies work? Could they drive national currencies out? The potential of virtual money from the perspective of the economy, business and consumers

Debates will be held on such issues as social innovation and the future of work:

  • Will all products become services in the future? A change of the consumer profile from a “stable owner” to a “flexible user”
  • The future of education – what should humans be taught if machines are learning by themselves?

Guests and panellists will discuss green ideas and sustainable development, energy and climate, including:

  • The circular economy, sustainable consumption and production, and changing business models
  • How to free global green finance and investment?

During the debate on the future of Europe, EU finances and a new generation of trade agreements, the following questions will be raised:

  • What will the future European Commission look like and what challenges will it face in 2019?
  • The post-Brexit budget and the future of structural funds
  • The European Defence Fund and the future of the European armaments industry

The exact programme and names of the panellists will be announced soon.

07 maja 2018