The European Investment Bank will discuss new developments and trends for FDI in Poland on the occasion of its conference Changing markets for FDI - European Investment Bank financing of Foreign Direct Investment In Poland. The aim of this conference is to give those attending a clear picture of the emerging investment opportunities and trends in Poland. Delegates will be welcomed by Grazyna Gesicka, Minister for Regional Development; Andrzej Zdebski, President of the Polish Foreign Investment Agency PAIIZ and high-level members of the EIB. Through panel discussions and case studies, expert speakers representing the most important economic sectors - e.g. automotive, services, pharmaceutical, steel and banking - will address the role of the EIB and national incentives supporting investments in Poland.

After 16 years of the steady process of economic and political reforms Poland has secured its place among the most competitive and stable economies of Central and Eastern Europe. A new member of the European Union, Poland in 2004 and 2005 made significant progress in developing further improvements for foreign investors. Due to a healthy 5.4 % GDP growth, good infrastructure, low labour costs, skilled manpower and strategic geographical location the country has become a hot spot for FDI in 2004 and the inflow of foreign capital is maintaining high pace in 2005.

The highly topical conference provides maximum opportunities for interaction and networking between corporates, banks and public policy decision making bodies involved in Foreign Direct Investment.

The European Investment Bank, the long-term financing arm of the EU, has been active in Poland since the early 90s, assisting the smooth integration into the Union both pre and post accession by lending in total of EUR 10.4 bn to projects in the country, placing Poland No. 6 recipient country behind the big-five old Member States.