Past Events

AmCham Diner at the European Economic Congress in Katowice! (May 10-12, 2017) Katowice

The European Economic Congress is one of the largest and the most important business events in our part of Europe. It brings together approximately 6,000 participants: representatives of business, politics, independent experts, and many of our member companies. We feel that as the leading voice for international investors in Poland and with our member companies bringing their knowledge and expertise, AmCham played an important role at this event.

Our all-American venue was so successful last year that we are coming back by popular demand. The AmCham Diner is not just the place to meet and greet with the high-level and wide-range Congress participants, but a venue where we hold our program of interviews and discussions on topics such as business and government dialogue, innovations, digital economy, TTIP and other current issues.

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For more information about the EEC please visit http://www.eecpoland.eu/

 

Thank you all for being with us at the “AmCham Diner” in Katowice!


May Monthly Meeting with Elżbieta Rafalska, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy (May 17, 2017) Warsaw

Labor law and social policy are crucial for business, which is why AmCham continues its dialogue with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. AmCham members have been most concerned with issues around work time (flexible hours, overtime, shift work) and more recently on issues of vocational education and training. As unemployment decreases in Poland and the market tightens, employers have new challenges in finding talent, keeping the best employees and managing a more diverse workforce.

We had this opportunity to meet with Minister Rafalska to discuss her agenda vis-à-vis the priorities of the business community.

Watch the video from our May Monthly Meeting to hear directly from Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Elżbieta Rafalska about changes to the Labor Code, Ministry initiatives to activate the labor market, further changes to the Polish pension system, and the employee capital plans announced by the government.

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Poland’s excellent employees and political unrest (April 20, 2017) Warsaw

Poland attracts investors by its highly-qualified employees, wide availability of local suppliers and the European Union membership. Whereas the lowest-scoring factors according to foreign companies were the political and social stability, and the predictability of economic policies – these are the results of the 12th Economic Survey of the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, carried out in cooperation with thirteen other bilateral chambers in Poland, operating within the International Group of Chambers of Commerce. The survey was carried out among 369 foreign companies operating in Poland.

EU membership, qualified staff and local suppliers as factors driving Poland’s attractiveness

The survey was based on a total of 21 investment attractiveness factors. Similarly to last year, the EU membership and employees’ qualifications are the highest-rated factors according to foreign companies operating in Poland. The quality and availability of local suppliers is getting better results year by year, and this time was ranked third. Position number four in our survey is held by the adequacy of higher education, and the last top-five factor is the productivity and motivation of employees.

Better transparency of public tenders, worse evaluation of legal safety and legal flexibility of employment, less available employees

In comparison with last year, the 2017 survey shows a better evaluation of the transparency of public procurement law (which moved four positions up in our attractiveness factors’ ranking) as well as the effectiveness of fight against corruption and economic crime. Comparing to last year, the score of legal safety dropped significantly. In the open question, the entrepreneurs pinpoint that the laws, including the laws regulating the functioning of sectors, are passed too quickly and without reliable consultations with the business.

The factors of legal flexibility of employment and availability of employees also scored less in 2017.

Worst evaluation for political and social stability as well as predictability of economic policies

Similarly to 2016, the lowest-scoring factors are the political and social stability as well as the predictability of economic policies in Poland. The political and social stability used to be ranked 6th among the investment attractiveness factors in 2015, then fell to 20th place in 2016, and is still going down in the ranking with only 2.39 out of five possible points, in the eyes of foreign investors operating in Poland. Similarly to last year, the 21st and last position is held by the predictability of economic policies, with 2.24 points.

 Current condition of the economy and future perspectives

A vast majority of the 2017 Economic Survey respondents see the current condition of the Polish economy in a positive light. Over a half (54.3%) assessed it as satisfactory, and 32.1% as good. A negative opinion was expressed by 13.6% of surveyed companies.

In the opinion of over a half of respondents (54.6%), the prospects for the Polish economy will remain unchanged in comparison with 2016. One fifth of respondents (21.7%) assessed the prospects as good, and 23.6% as bad.

Companies’ revenue and investments, employing staff

The majority of surveyed foreign companies in Poland (59.1%) predict that their turnover in 2017 will increase in comparison with last year. One third (32.0%) foresee no changes, and almost 9% forecast a decrease in their turnover.

45% of the companies plan to increase employment. For almost a half of the companies (49.1%), the number of employees will remain similar to last year. In comparison with 2016, there is a considerably lower percentage of companies that plan to reduce employment (9.4% in 2016 vs. 5.7% in 2017).

What is more, the entrepreneurs predict a salary increase of 5% on average in 2017.

The percentage of companies declaring higher expenditure on investment dropped by 3.5pp, from 36.0% to 32.5%. 

Poland second in the European ranking

For 369 foreign companies operating in Poland, Poland is the regional leader when it comes to investment attractiveness. Apart from foreign investors operating in Poland, Poland and other CEE countries were evaluated by 1365 German investors operating in 15 other markets of the region. In 2017, similarly to 2016, Poland ranked 2nd in the European ranking (behind the Czech Republic) with a score of 4.09 out of six possible points, which means that the distance to the Czech Republic that scored 4.13 points has shrunk to as little as 0.04 points. The remaining top-ten countries are: Slovakia, Estonia, Slovenia, Latvia, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary and Romania.

 

About the survey

The Economic Survey was conducted in February 2017 by the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce in cooperation with thirteen other bilateral chambers in Poland, operating within the International Group of Chambers of Commerce: American, Austrian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Dutch, French, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Spanish and Swiss. 369 foreign capital companies operating in Poland participated in the survey. 

In the “Polish sample”, 235 investors come from Germany, 16 from Scandinavia, 15 from the U.S.A., 13 from Italy, 11 from France as well as from Austria, and 9 from Switzerland. The rest of respondents were investors from Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain, among others.

There was a European survey conducted at the same time, with participation of 1365 German capital companies operating in the 15 other ECC countries, associated in German bilateral chambers.

The survey respondents evaluate the Central and Eastern European countries on the basis of 21 investment attractiveness factors (on a scale from 1 to 5 points) and assess directly the 20 CEE economies on a scale from 1 to 6. They also comment on the current condition of the economy, as well as on the situation of their companies and the prospects for development.

Source: Polsko-Niemiecka Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa (AHK Polska) Deutsch-Polnische Industrie- und Handelskammer (AHK Polen) 

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A Roadmap to your successful financial future – financial education workshops (April 20, 2017)
Warsaw

The impact of FDI. American investors contribution to the Polish economy (April 7, 2017)
Gdynia

AmCham and Polityka Insight: The impact of Foreign Direct Investment (April 6, 2017)
Warsaw

A Roadmap to your successful financial future – financial education workshops (April 6, 2017)
Warsaw

April Monthly Meeting with Paweł Gruza, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance (April 5, 2017)
Warsaw

Coca-Cola Is a Woman - AmCham Business Women meeting (March 29, 2017)
Warsaw

A Roadmap to your successful financial future – financial education workshops - financial education workshops (March 23, 2017)
Warsaw

AmCham Spring Business Mixer sponsored by UBD (March 16, 2017)
Warsaw

Meeting with the U.S. Embassy Commercial Counselor (March 16, 2017)
Wroclaw

St Patrick Business Mixer in Krakow (March 9, 2017)
Krakow & Katowice

Meeting with Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Poland (March 9, April)
Wroclaw

March Monthly Meeting: the impact of FDI (March 1, 2017)
Warsaw

Intelligence of Things – IoT Means Business. Seminar in Gdansk (February 28, 2017)
Gdansk

February Monthly Meeting with Pawel Borys, Polish Development Fund and Carlos Pinerua, World Bank (February 1, 2017)
Warsaw

AmCham at the American Day in Silesia (January 26, 2017)
Katowice

AmCham “Simply Business” Series breakfast on Employees’ Personal Data (January 26, 2017)
Warsaw

Carnival Business Mixer sponsored by the Westin Warsaw (January 25, 2017)
Warsaw

How workplace environment impacts employee engagement? (January 12, 2017)
Warsaw

January Monthly Meeting with Tomasz Pisula, President of PAIiIZ (January 11, 2017)
Warsaw

International Christmas Evening in Wroclaw (December 14, 2016)
Wroclaw

2nd Edition Graduation of 30 Under 30 Program (December 13, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Christmas Business Mixer in Krakow (December 12, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

AmCham Annual General Meeting, Board Elections & Christmas Party (December 5, 2016)
Warsaw

Agility, a buzzword or recipe for success and relevance (November 29, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Thanksgiving Business Mixer (November 29, 2016)
Warsaw

Expats: Unique Financial Complexities You Face (November 22, 2016)
Warsaw

November Monthly Meeting on U.S. Presidential Election (November 9, 2016)
Warsaw

Post - US Presidential Election Breakfast (November 9, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

Breakfast meeting on Cybersecurity (October 27, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

Halloween Business Mixer (October 27, 2016)
Warsaw

Where do we go from here? (October 20, 2016)
Wroclaw

AmCham Monthly Meeting with Polish Minister of Digitalization, Anna Streżyńska (October 12, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham “Simply Business” Series breakfast on CEO’s guide to HR management (October 6, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Gdańsk Council meeting with Charles Ranado, Commercial Counselor (September 29, 2016)
Gdansk

AmCham Cocktail Party at the EFNI (September 28, 2016)
Sopot

Back to Business Mixer (September 20, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Monthly Meeting with Polish Minister of Finance, Paweł Szałamacha (September 14, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Diner at the Economic Forum in Krynica 2016
Krynica

International Oktoberfest in Wroclaw (September 9, 2016)
Wroclaw

AmCham Krakow & Katowice Summer Bar-B-Que (August 27, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

4th of July Picnic 2016
Warsaw

AmCham June Monthly Meeting with Ambassador Paul W. Jones at Ambassador’s Residence (June 1, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Manufacturing Committee - American automotive companies at the Autoevent conference (June 15, 2016)
Zawiercie

Government audits: what are your rights and how to be prepared (June 8, 2016)
Warsaw

How to achieve regular growth of your business? (May 31, 2016)
Warsaw

Seminar on Wills and Testaments (May 23, 2016)
Warsaw

Thank you all for being with us at the “AmCham Diner” in Katowice! (May 18-20, 2016)
Katowice

"The EU - what next" Monthly Meeting (May 11, 2016)
Warsaw

11th Regional Tax Conference (May 05, 2016)
Bratislava

CEO Business Mixer sponsored by Bristol Hotel and Moet Hennessy (April 28, 2016)
Warsaw

Business and science meeting: The space industry in Poland (April 25, 2016)
Gdynia

The 47th annual Earth Day (April 21, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham 8th Manufacturers Forum (April 19, 2016)
Warsaw

Breakfast Meeting in Krakow: Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in Krakow (April 14, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

Monthly Meeting with Witold Waszczykowski, MFA of the Republic of Poland (April 13, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Spring Business Mixer sponsored by CBRE (March 22, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Breakfast Meeting in Krakow (March 8, 2016)
Krakow & Katowice

AmCham Business Breakfast hosted by ERM Polska (March 2, 2016)
Wroclaw

Monthly Meeting with Mateusz Morawiecki (March 2, 2016)
Warsaw

Reception to welcome to Wrocław the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr John C. Law, U.S. Embassy in Poland (February 29, 2016)
Wroclaw

Winter Business Mixer sponsored by the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel (February 18, 2016)
Warsaw

AmCham Breakfast: The Importance and Future of Transatlantic Trade (February 17, 2016)
Warsaw

February Monthly Meeting with Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education (February 3, 2016)
Warsaw

January Monthly Meeting with Krzysztof Szczerski, Secretary of State at the President's Chancellery (January 20, 2016)
Warsaw

Christmas Dinner Mixer in Gdańsk (December 22, 2015)
Gdansk

AmCham Christmas Mixer in Cracow (December 17, 2015)
Cracow & Katowice

International Christmas Evening in Wroclaw (December 16, 2015)
Wroclaw

Annual General Meeting 2015 (December 10, 2015)
Warsaw

#30under30 a look at the best and brightest young talent emerging in Poland
Warsaw

Thanksgiving Mixer (November 25, 2015)
Warsaw

All change in Warsaw? The potential impact of the elections for business. AmCham Monthly Meeting (November 4, 2015)
Warsaw

How to Have a Really Spooky Halloween Business Mixer (October 28, 2015)
Warsaw

AmCham Board lunch with new U.S. Ambassador, Mr. Paul W. Jones (October 26, 2015)
Warsaw

Exclusive meeting with Paul W. Jones U.S. Ambassador (October 20, 2015)
Wroclaw

How EU Funds can increase investment attractiveness of Poland (October 16, 2015)
Wroclaw

PLUS-IP More cooperation between Poland and the US | October Monthly Meeting (October 7, 2015)
Warsaw

Back to Business Mixer" (September 22, 2015)
Warsaw

Is political change coming to Poland? AmCham September Monthly Meeting
Warsaw

AmCham Diner at the Economic Forum in Krynica 2015

International Oktoberfest, 10th September in Wrocław
Wroclaw

AmCham Breakfast Kraków&Katowice (September 8, 2015)
Krakow & Katowice

First Summer Business Mixer in Opolskie
Opole

4th of July Picnic 2015
Warsaw

John Boehner, US Speaker in Poland for talks on trade and security

American companies honored by the Polish Minister of Economy invested billions in Poland

Current geopolitical situation in the world in Wroclaw
Wroclaw

Ambasador of the USA in Warsaw, H.E. Stephen Mul spoke to American Chamber of Commerce in Poland on current political situation
Warsaw

AmCham Geopolitical Business Breakfast in Kraków and Mentoring Program
Krakow & Katowice

Cinco de Mayo Business Mixer (May 20, 2015)
Warsaw

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Highlights Economic Partnership with Poland at AmCham in Poland

Polish Minister of Infrastructure Maria Wasiak at AmCham's Monthly Meeting
Warsaw

AmCham at the 7th European Economic Congress in Katowice

Business Breakfast in Wroclaw (April 9, 2015)
Wroclaw

All you need to know about the presidential election in Poland at AmCham April Monthly Meeting
Warsaw

Wroclaw’s AmCham Business Breakfast with Ms Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik
Wroclaw

AmCham Breakfast in Kraków with US Ambassador (March 18, 2015)
Krakow & Katowice

Spring Business Mixer sponsored by the Westin Warsaw Hotel (March 17, 2015)
Warsaw

AmCham Kraków & Katowice Monthly Business Breakfast (March 5, 2015)
Cracow & Katowice

Monthly Meeting with Bartosz Węglarczyk and Ryszard Petru (March 4, 2015)
Warsaw

AmCham 25th Anniversary Gala
Warsaw

Monthly Meeting with Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk and Marcin Zaborowski (February 4, 2015)
Warsaw

Carnival Business Mixer (January 14, 2015)
Warsaw

Monthly Meeting with Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Minister of National Education (January 7, 2015)
Warsaw

AmCham Christmas Mixer (December 16, 2014)
Krakow & Katowice

Annual General Meeting 2014
Warsaw

International Christmas Evening (December 4, 2014)
Wroclaw

Thanksgiving Business Mixer (November 25, 2014)
Warsaw

Speed Networking Event & Mixer (November 20, 2014)
Warsaw

Top-level U.S. Speaker Series (November 2014)
Warsaw

Business Breakfast (November 5, 2014)
Wroclaw

November 5, 2014 Monthly Meeting with Olgierd Dziekoński
Warsaw

Presidential Awards for AmCham Members
Warsaw

Halloween Business Mixer (October 28, 2014)
Warsaw

Exclusive Meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Wroclaw

Back to Business Mixer (September 17, 2014)
Gdansk

AmCham Diner at the Economic Forum in Krynica 2014
Warsaw

Business Breakfast on Economic Espionage in Wrocław
Wroclaw

September 10, 2014 Monthly Meeting with Paweł Tamborski
Warsaw

International Oktoberfest in Wrocław
Wroclaw

Sustainability Council Meeting with Minister Korolec (July 22, 2014)
Warsaw

4th of July Picnic 2014
Warsaw

June 11, 2014 Monthly Meeting at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
Warsaw

Monthly Meeting with Lena Kolarska-Bobińska (April 2, 2014)
Warsaw

AmCham TTIP Conference- Facts and Opportunities for Business in Poland (February 7, 2014)
Warsaw

February 5, 2014 Monthly Meeting with Minister Mateusz Szczurek
Warsaw


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