Information, players and opportunities at Central Europe Meeting Point 2008

After the success of the first two editions of Central Europe Meeting Point, set up by the organizers of Barcelona Meeting Point in 2006 to foster property businesses between Western professionals and the main local players from the Central and Eastern European countries, this first-class international event will take place again at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw on 22-24 April, 2008.

The 2007 CEMP's data confirmed the attractiveness of this event:

  • professional attendees: 702 (2006: 576)
  • participating companies: 420 (2006: 307)
  • exhibiting companies: 43 (2006: 32)
  • participating countries: 18 (2006: 18)

Highlights of the 2008 CEMP
International renowned associations such as the ULI, RICS and EPF have confirmed that they will, once again, participate at the Central Europe Meeting Point's Symposium. The ULI will present the session 'CEE vs Rest of the World', sponsored by Geoinvers-Scorpio, to take place on Wednesday, 23 April at 8:30 AM at the CEMP's Symposium Breakfast. Brien O'Brien, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, will be the keynote speaker of this session.

The RICS will examine how the construction industry affects property development in Poland in a session sponsored by Europe Real Estate, which will take place on Thursday, 24 April from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM. This session will be moderated by Jonathan Steer, FRICS, Managing Director, Europtima; and the speakers will be Oliver Gilmartin, Senior Economist, RICS, and Krzysztof Jankowski, Head of Projects Development, Hochtief Polska.

And the EPF will analyze how the EU Commission can affect real estate profitability in CEE at the Opening Session, to take place on Wednesday, 23 April at 10:00 AM. Michael MacBrien, Director General of the European Property Federation, will make professionals doing business in Central Europe better aware of the 'risks' they are facing if ignoring the 'power' of Brussels. Also, at the Official Opening, Poland's Under Secretary of Infrastructures, Olgierd Dziekonski will speak on how Poland is becoming investment-friendly.

Some other main features of this edition, unlike other years, will be the starring role which will have two Central European countries, Bulgaria and Hungary, as well as their capital cities, Budapest and Sofia.

As much important as the Bulgarian and Hungarian presentations at the CEMP Symposium, the analysis of residential markets throughout Central Europe will be a key issue on Thursday, 24 April, as the residential markets of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and, above all, Poland will be deeply analyzed. Finally, it is worthy to highlight the sessions that will analyze the business opportunities in the third tier Polish cities as well as the state of the commercial and industrial property markets in Poland.

Source: Barcelona Meeting Point

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