Conference: CEE – Germany’s strong partner

The economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have become a major and indispensable partner of German companies – as investment location, sourcing market and export destination.

Our conference will provide professional insight into the importance of the region to Germany and the challenges these countries face in order to further improve their competitiveness in a changing global economy.

Top-level CEOs from Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will share their views on future labour markets, technology trends and the economic policy framework in their countries.


May 29, 2018


10:30 Registration

11:00 Opening adress: Dale A. Martin

               Chairman of the Board, DUIHK

11:10 AHK Business climate survey CEE 2018

             Presentation of the key results

             - Dirk Wölfer, DUIHK

11:40 Keynote: Prof. Klaus Mangold

             Stuttgart, Germany

            The significance of CEE for the German economy


12:30-13:30 Lunch

13.30 Keynote: Levente Magyar

             Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

            Visegrad-4 and Germany

14:00 Panel discussions

              with CEOs from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary:          

           CEE: How can the region remain an attractive partner for
           German companies?

           Panel I: Labour market and Qualification

                           Chair: Éva Palócz, KOPINT-TÁRKI (HU)
                           - HU: Silke Janz, Penny Market
                           - HU: Ágnes Fábián, Henkel Magyarország
                           - PL: Dr. Ireneusz Zalewski, Lufthansa Systems
                           - SK: Ralf Singmann, Leoni

             Panel II: Technology and Digitalisation

                           Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dorner, TU Deggendorf (DE)
                           - CZ: Wolfgang Weissler, Siemens
                           - HU: Sávos András, Knorr Bremse
                           - HU: Alexandra Reich, Telenor Hungary
                           - PL: Artur Pollak, Apa Group

             Panel III: Economic policy framework for competitive companies

                           Chair: Dr. Marie-Theres Thiell, innogy/ELMÜ (HU)
                           - CZ: Niclas Pfüller, Brose
                           - PL: Renata Juszkiewicz, Chairwoman,
                                   Polish Association for Trade and Distribution
                           - SK: Wolfgang Heuchel, Lanxess
                           - HU: Jost Lammers, Budapest Airport

16:30 Closing adress and Wrap-up video

Co-organizers: German bilateral Chambers of Industry and Commerce in