If your answer is YES, we kindly invite you to participate in the 11th edition of the Economic Forum of Young Leaders in Nowy Sącz, in the south of Poland. More than 350 young leaders from 43 counties meet in Poland to debate with prominent representatives of political, social and business life of the modern world to create ideas for the future of Europe. The Forum has been known as "Davos of the Youth" or "young Krynica" for years now.
During mutual discussions and workshops new ideas are developed, new inspirations are created and new decisions on taking mutual actions are made. They are meant to generate a change in the future. It is at the Economic Forum of Young Leaders that future elites acquire and share their knowledge. It is also a chance for the networking with peers from across the Continent and to rise quality and improve recognition of youth work.
Who participates in Forum? The leaders of tomorrow representing NGOs, social, economic, student and youth organizations, leaders of political parties, associations of employers and employees, academics, journalists and young entrepreneurs.
So, do not hesitate and take the action! Apply now to take part in the biggest international social and economic meeting of young leaders in Europe.
Currently we have second recruitment to the Forum for participants who don’t need travel reimbursement. The fee for participation is 150 euros. More information about recruitment you can find in "FAQ".
Amazing people! Thank you once again for making the Forum, not only the meeting arena for uncovering and discussing the economy mainly the European one, but a true pleasure to participate in! From the interesting and engaging speaker sessions and roundtables, to the informal meetings and chats outside the conference rooms, to the social events at the end of each day...
Amer Benouda, France
The Forum played an important role in shaping my professional and social skills. This initiative provoked me to think outside of the box, get out of my comfort zone and push the boundaries of what I thought was realistic. I am so grateful to everyone who was part of the Forum for this rewarding experience!
Mariya Romanyshyn, Ukraine
I come from Germany, but I am also Brazilian and I embrace two citizenships. I am also European. And that's why I came here, because I found out this wonderful programme which is made for young Europeans like you and like all of them here. There are beautiful people, which have great ideas and I can learn so much from all of the different conversations we have during the breaks and even in the Forum itself. There are panel discussions, we have direct contact with really good experts and that's why you should take up the whole effort to come to Nowy Sącz.
Jennifer Hartl, Germany
It’s necessary to work and play as a team, and to build that team on a basis of mutual trust. It’s necessary to listen to one another and to not be afraid of making difficult and brave decisions. To be responsible, consistent and respect others. To talk and to seek compromise.
In Poland and Europe today there are vnumerous difficult matters that need resolving and for that purpose we need a dialogue and an attempt on compromise. I am very pleased that young people from various parts of Europe meet here in Nowy Sącz and have this conversation. You are taking a step in the right direction, towards building a community.
President of the Council of Ministers of Poland, honorary guest of the 2015 Forum
It wasn’t easy to get here but I’m glad I eventually made it. I also was a young leader. In 2003 I was elected as one of the ‘leaders of the future’ by the Forum in Davos. I must say that it was a good decision because my life became successful. This also shows that even you may become a president or a prime minister of your country and try to change a few things. Belief, responsibility, values and ideas, perseverance and rigor – they are all necessary to become a leader. The world needs true leaders, not actors. Needs people able to analyze, confront ideas and defend them. Relativism and lack of ideas pose a serious problem in contemporary world. But I strongly believe in Europe, in our values of democracy, freedom, tolerance, solidarity and equality. These values we must defend.
José María Aznar
Prime Minister of Spain 1996-2004, Forum's guest 2009
Young people who wish to get involved in politics should remember that politics is a service and should be practiced in a professional manner. Business experience is necessary, and academic experience is desirable in practice, but the third, very important truth is that politics must be based on some values. My message is simple. Do not wait for people older than you, don’t wait for the state, don’t expect anyone other than yourselves to solve your problems. Create new structures, arrive at your own solutions. Freedom, unrestricted competition and private property are the opportunities of your generation. You have to stick to those few simple recipes that have proven successful over the generations and lean on them.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education, honorary guest of the 2015 Forum
I am sending a word of support to the new generation that meets in the framework of the Economic Forum of Young Leaders. You are also working for Europe through and by offering new and fresh ideas. I wish you fruitful discussions and I look forward to seeing the results.
José Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission 2004 – 2014
It’s essential that young people like you, leaders representing so many European countries, who are meeting in Poland at the Economic Forum of Young Leaders to touch upon the issues relevant for Europe – that you are not afraid to take responsibility for your communities both local and national. A proof of the responsibility is this real involvement in the actions of various governmental and non-governmental organizations and local authorities. I started my political career at the age of 25 on the level of local authorities. Over the next years, I was gaining new experience and the trust of citizens. Eventually, at the age of 35 I became a president of my country. It could not happen earlier because the constitution did not allow for that. Make use of your dynamism and the strength young age gives you, don’t be afraid to take up political and social activity. Politics is becoming younger and more dynamic. Don’t hesitate.
President of Georgia, 2004-2013, Forum's guest 2011
Prime Minister, Poland
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Poland
EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Chief of Defence Generall Staff (2008-2011), Vice-President of Institute of International Affairs, Italy
Mayor of Tbilisi City, Georgia
Chairperson of the Committee for European Affairs Chamber of Deputies, Romania
President of the Polish People’s Party, former Minister of Labour, Pola
CEO, Nationale-Nederlanden PTE S.A., Poland
President of the Republic of Macedonia
Former President of the Republic of Slovenia
Former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom
You can only register online by filling in the online registration form. The registration process for participants from other countries than Poland consists of 2 steps:
In order to become a participant, please submit your online registration form by the 15th of July 2016.
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Selected participants will get the travel costs reimbursement.
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In addition, this year there is a possibility to buy regular ticket for participants who don’t need travel costs reimbursement. This option will be opened by the 20th of July 2016.
You will be provided with the WiFi password at the registration desk upon arrival to Nowy Sącz. There is a WiFi zone in the conference center, so you will be able to use it.
The organizers can cover travel cost for selected participants.
Please note that only cheapest means of transport and fares are subject to reimbursement (APEX airfare, 2nd class train ticket, etc.).
Travel costs reimbursement:
- United Kingdom
must contact the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme of their residence country to check travel reimbursement conditions.
Contacts to NAs: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/contact_en#tab-1-0.
Organizers can modify conditions of travel reimbursement what will be provided to participants in step II.
No, we provide and cover all expenses of accommodation. We will also organize lunches and dinners for you.
No, we only provide emergency/accident insurance. Participant has to take care of his health insurance on their own. As for EU country participants we advise you to have (EHIC) European Card of Health Insurance.
We do not cover visa costs. Selected participants get an invitation, which allowes them to get free visa to Poland for the participation in the Forum.
Your photo is required to print your special participant ID/badge which allows also entering the Economic Forum in Krynica.
Of course, it is really hard to predict that right now. The day temperature may vary from 15° C to 25° C. I recommend to check the weather forecast just before departure to Poland.
The nearest airport is Kraków – Balice (Krakow - Balice) http://www.lotnisko-balice.pl/ - , 124 km from Nowy Sacz.
There is also an airport in Katowice http://www.katowice-airport.com/index.html.
This is located at least 210 km away from Nowy Sacz.
Another one, much smaller airport, is Rzeszow-Jasionka - http://www.rzeszowairport.pl/, located 145 km from Nowy Sacz.
However, we suggest to use this airport only in special cases.
Please, check out this website of Polish National Railway (PKP): http://rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en. You will find all necessary information including ticket prices.
The dress code is Business Standard/ Business Attire/ formal.
Everyone will be informed about participation by receiving an email confirming acceptance of participation.
In the second stage of recruitment: after paying a participation fee and filling registration form, the applicant automatically receive a ticket and becomes a participant in the Forum.
After paying the participation fee, it is not possible to opt out of the Forum and receive back fee.
Yes, parking place will be provided by the organizers. But participants should inform organizers before the Event if they will need car park.
Yes, We will provide transport from the accommodation place to the conference center, where the Forum will take place.
All prospective participants need to speak English and be active in political, social and economic life in an NGO or other institution/organization. The organizers will also assess prospective participants experience in the Fields of social, economic and political affairs. Participation in courses, trainings, seminars, affiliation to NGOs will be an asset. The main aim of the Forum is to gather a diversified group of people from different backgrounds and countries, hence the organizers kindly ask to register only one person per organization. For underrepresented countries and regions we can accept more than one participant per organization.
We highly recommend you nominate only one candidate from your organisation even though you can send more than one application form. We will rather accept only one representative from each institution as the main objective of Forum is to create diverse group of people from different cultures, countries, languages to make this event a place to exchange different experiences and ideas. In case of significantly underrepresented countries and regions we can accept more than one participant per organization.
Yes, definitely. Forum's agenda is very broad. We will discuss political, social and global issues. Being only a student do not qualify you to the participation in the Forum. You should also prove you are active in the student's organization, NGO or civil society institution.
An applicant don’t have to be a leader or member of NGO. You can be leader of non-formal group, student's club or society, youth worker, entrepreneur . As institution you can give the name of your university or company.
Special guests and speakers of the Forum are Nobel Prize Winners (Reinhard Selten, Lech Wałęsa), Presidents (including Mikhail Saakashvili, Valdis Zatlers, Boris Tadic, Jorge Sampaio, George Vasiliou, Vaira Vike-Freiberga), Prime Ministers, Ministers, EU Commissioners, CEOs, Presidents of national banks, eminent economists. Forum program includes panel discussions, lectures, business presentations and workshops.
European Meeting Centre - Nowy Staw Foundation
Foundation for the Development of the Education System
Institute for Eastern Studies
The Economic Forum of Young Leaders is accompanying the 26th Economic Forum in Krynica.
The panel discussions, keynote speeches and lectures are translated simultanously into English, Polish and Russian. During the workshops and networking we do speak English.