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Join us at the Polish-Dutch Business Forum in the Netherlands.
It will be an exclusive event where C-level executives and top experts will share their experience and knowledge on how to establish, expand and successfully position a company in Poland or in the Netherlands. You will have an opportunity to meet with key Polish and Dutch representatives of governmental institutions, regions, NGO’s and companies supporting business activities in both countries.


09:15 - 10:00 Registration and networking coffee
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome addresses
10:10 - 10:25 Opening address

Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development of the Republic of Poland
10:25 - 10:40 Opening address

Representative of Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (TBC)
10:40 - 11:15 PANEL DISCUSSION FOLLOWED BY Q&A session with Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki and representative of Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (TBC)

Why Poland & why the Netherlands – how to create WIN-WIN situation for Polish companies expanding abroad & Dutch enterprises investing in Poland
11:15 - 11:45 Networking / coffee break
11:45 - 12:00 Intercultural ‘warming-up’ for the participants
12:00 - 12:20 PRESENTATIONS

Case studies of successful Dutch enterprises in Poland

Key success factors of business development in Poland: Dutch success stories „Made in Poland“

Investment opportunities in Poland for Dutch enterprises: Why and where to do business in Poland?
13:50 - 14:50 Networking Lunch (buffet)
14:50 - 15:00 Opening presentation
15:00 - 15:20 PRESENTATIONS

The Netherlands: small country, big business opportunities - case studies of successful Polish enterprises in the Netherlands

Sky is the limit: Poland goes global - Polish large, medium and small enterprises share their experiences

Why top companies and multinationals choose the Netherlands: key benefits of the Dutch market for international investors
Part IV Business connector & seminars
17:00 - 18:30 Several simultaneously held sessions For Dutch and Polish companies and investors
19:00 - 21:00 Evening reception (TBC)
updated: 15.09.2016
The program is regulary updated subject to changes.

Did You know?

  • Poland has 38,5 million citizens, which is double of the population of the Netherlands
  • Poland with its territory of 312,679 km2; which is more than seven times bigger than the Netherlands’ territory of 41,543 km2 is the eighth largest country in Europe (excluding the European territory of Russia)
  • Poland is the eight-largest economy in the EU in real GDP terms
  • Poland was the only EU country that avoided the recession that struck Europe in the late 2000s
  • Poland has a great potential for sustainable long-term growth
  • It is believed by many economists that Poland will join ranks of the top 20 economies in the world, perhaps by as early as 2030
  • Poland offers talented, educated and ambitious human capital with a high percentage of well-trained university graduates
  • Poland is a crucial business partner for the Netherlands – the value of goods exported to Poland amounts to EUR 10 billion and is higher than the value of goods exported from the Netherlands to China or to Russia
  • Several large Dutch multinationals, including Unilever, ING Bank Śląski, Philips, Shell, Heineken, Raben have a strong position on the Polish market
  • Poland is perceived as an attractive investment destination in view of high ratio of quality to price of goods, services and labour
  • In a global perspective, the Netherlands is the fifth most important exporter, the seventh most important importer, and the seventh most important investor in Poland
  • The Netherlands is ranked fourth on the Global Innovation Index
  • The Netherlands is ranked number one on the Startup Nation Scoreboard and Amsterdam is known as the Capital of Innovation of Europe


Krzysztof Bolesta
Between 2012 and 2015 he served as an advisor for energy and climate in the cabinet of the Minister of Environment. Prior to that, he worked in the European Commission. From 2008, he worked at the Directorate-General for Competition, where he was responsible for assessing state aid programs in the fields of energy and environmental protection. Afterwards, he moved to the Directorate- General for Energy, where he was in charge of coal and oil markets, CSS technology, emissions trading systems and energy infrastructure. He started his professional career in 2000 as an expert for energy markets in the Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE), assisting with the negotiations on Poland’s accession to the EU. Krzysztof co-operated with the International Energy Agency assisting with the review of the energy policies in Poland, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg. An expert of the Energy Strategy Centre, he is also the author of numerous publications in the field of, amongst others, state aid for coal mining sector. He translated into Polish “Machiavelli in Brussels”, a book on lobbying in Brussels-based institutions.
Wawrzyniec Smoczyński
a founder and initiator of the analytical centre and knowledge communication company Polityka Insight, which is a premier source of political and economic analysis in Poland. He is the head of Polityka Insight and the leader of its analytical team. A journalist and an editor who, for a number of years, was the head of the foreign department of the leading Polish weekly Polityka. The winner of the Kwiatowski Award for economical writing (2010), the Polish Grand Press Award (2011) and the Woyciechowski Prize for outstanding journalism (2012). Open Society Fellow 2008, Marshall Memorial Fellow 2009, Munich Young Leader 2010, IMF Journalism Fellow 2011. A graduate in Egyptology at the University of Warsaw, he also studied General Linguistics and Coptology at the Georg August University in Göttingen.
Bogusław Chrabota
Editor-in-Chief, ‘Rzeczpospolita’
Graduate and PhD of the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian University. Since 1993, he co-founded Polsat TV. A longtime commentator of Tok FM and Radio PiN. A blogger. An author of books, screenplays, a press journalist and a columnist. A university lecturer. A member of the Polish Blues Society.



Poland Today is the media interface bringing Poland to the world and the world to Poland. Through print, digital and event platforms it provides information and networking opportunities to integrate both Poles and foreigners interested in Poland. Poland Today is business-focused, but understands that doing business well requires a broader political, cultural and societal context.By providing a common platform for both Poles and foreigners, Poland Today connects businesspeople to the contacts and knowledge they need to succeed in Poland and internationally.

Rzeczpospolita daily is Financial Times equivalent in Poland. With almost 560,000 readers Rzeczpospolita is a leading daily business newspaper and one of the most opinion-forming media in Poland.
It combines topics related to society and politics with those connected to economy and law reaching Polish business leaders & decision makers. Available both in paper and electronic edition, as well as via mobile application and website.
Polityka Insight is an analytical centre and knowledge communication company covering politics, economy and European affairs.
It offers premier analysis of Polish politics, economy and European affairs. Every weekday Polityka Insight subscribers receive a morning briefing, a set of five one-page analyses and occasional in-depth publications.
It also organises exclusive Q&A sessions with decision-makers, as well as expert seminars and open debates


The engagement of our sponsoring firms is a key to running a successful event. Join an elite group of companies supporting the conference. Choose from a variety of levels and selected sponsorship opportunities outlined in this brochure to better enhance your presence at the Polish-Dutch Business Forum in the Netherlands.

  • Gain or increase your brand exposure through the marketing & content channels of Polish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Development in Poland, Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Kingdom of the Netherlands , Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw, Rzeczpospolita and Polityka Insight.
  • Connect with 200+ business professionals from the Netherlands & Poland
  • Engage in high level discussions about economic & business cooperation between Poland & the Netherlands
  • Find a business partner(s)
  • Boost expert positionning of your company
  • Promote your presence and development plans


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