23 May 2022 – in person

24 May 2022 – digital


Business France
77 Bd Saint-Jacques,
75014 Paris


At a time when the war in Ukraine is still raging and geopolitical issues are predominant in Central, Eastern and Baltic Europe, Business France invites you to come and take stock of the situation and opportunities in two countries in this area that are on the front line, Poland and Lithuania:

– What are the economic impacts of the current crisis?
– What are the perspectives and opportunities?
– What role for companies?
– What are the best solutions for the development of your activity?

In the estimation of economic experts, the Polish economy has great potential to cope with the shock of the war in Ukraine.

Largest market in Central and Eastern Europe and a member of the EU since 2004, Poland, with its highly resilient economy, is the region’s champion. The 2021 rebound has accelerated, marked by record industrial production at the end of the year.
It is also supported by its solid domestic demand, foreign investment boosted by global restructuring, and substantial European funds.

Despite the Ukrainian crisis, its demands remain the same, and some are even more urgent :
– Energy Transition needs in all its forms,
– Multiple infrastructure projects of all types,
– Modernisation of the production system to enter the Industry 4.0,
– The need for innovation at all levels for a population that is highly connected, concerned about its health and well-being and that of the planet, and that is absorbing an unprecedented migratory flow.

Analyse the situation and discover the economic potential of this large market of 38 million residents, which will benefit from the changes taking place in the area.
To expand your European exports, find out about consumer trends, major projects underway and meet your key contacts for exporting to Poland.

Bound to Poland by a common border and numerous economic interests, Lithuania also offers great opportunities and is seeking to strengthen its European foothold. It is currently looking for numerous suppliers to diversify its supply chain. There are major projects in infrastructure, particularly railways, energy and industry, but also in biotechnology (Lithuania is recognised as the most developed country in Central and Eastern Europe in this field), fintechs and tech in general.

In association with


Moderated by Arnaud FLEURY, economic journalist

Monday 23 May - Plenary session

8h30 :
Welcoming Particpants

9h00 :
Opening speeches

Christophe LECOURTIER, General Director of Business France
H.E. the French Ambassador to Poland, Frédéric BILLET

H.E. the Ambassador of Poland to France, Jan Emeryk ROSCISZEWSKI
H.E. the Ambassador of France to Lithuania, Alix EVERARD

H.E. the Ambassador of Lithuania to France, Nerijus ALEKSIEJŪNAS

9h30 – Economic impact of the Ukrainian crisis in Poland and Lithuania


What will be the consequences for the growth of these countries in 2022, what is their vulnerability to the disruption of commodity markets, what are the impacts for your Polish or Lithuanian partners, what measures have their governments put in place to respond to the crisis? Economists assess the resilience of these two countries for you.


Vincent FALCOZ, Head of Regional Economic Service Central Europe and the Baltics
Bertrand LE TALLEC, Head of the Baltic States Economic Department
Monika CONSTANT, General Director, France-Poland Chamber of Commerce
Aleksander SIEMASZKO, Deputy Director, Department of International Trade and Cooperation, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Poland

10h15 – Business environment


What is the business environment in Poland and Lithuania? What measures may have affected them after the COVID crisis and in the current crisis period? What opportunities or challenges can be anticipated? The experts in Business Development will give you the answers.


Laurent LE PAJOLEC, Managing Partner, EXCO A2A

11h00 – Consumption and the distribution channels

How is consumption, which has historically been dynamic in this area, evolving in a context of tension; what are consumers’ expectations, both for food and non-food products; how are distribution channels adapting? These themes are addressed by actors of the sector in close contact with the reality of these markets.


Anne MAGRE, General Manager E.Leclerc Warsaw Hypermarket
Nicolas CURTELIN, General Manager OpinionWay CEE
Olivier CRIOU, Owner distributor of MiamMiam delicatessen and wines, Klaipeda

11h30 – The challenges of the energetic transition

The geopolitical context makes decision-making even more urgent. The development of renewable energy, the use of nuclear power, energy storage, the development of alternative energy sources, electrification, the modernisation of buildings and heating systems: an overview of the current energy situation, trends, perspectives and needs is presented to you by the experts present on these markets.


Nathalie PATIN, Development Director – Nuclear Activity
, Chairman of the QAIR Group
Thierry DOUCERAIN, Energy expert, CCEF
Julien ROJO, Executive VP International Development , IDEX

12h00 – Majors Infrastructure Projects


There are many infrastructure projects, financed by European funds in particular, in the fields of railways, airports, urban mobility and digital development.
The biggest companies present on these markets will come and discuss them with you.


Chadi KHALED, Director in charge of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania subsidiaries – Eurovia
Nicolas CLERC – Business Manager EGIS
Marc Philippe EL BEZE, CTO, Management Board Member of RAIL BALTICA

12h30 – Poland and Lithuania in the Tech Age


Both countries have embraced technology, supported by a skilled workforce and highly connected consumers. The development of new technologies and innovative sectors is supported by significant public funds, mainly European. Tech specialists, companies and analysts come to explain it to you.


Michal POLANSKI, Director of the Business Cooperation Department, PARP
Rasa UŽDAVINYTĖ, Director of International Trade Development Department, Innovation Agency Lithuania
Philippe HOMSI, Export Sales Director – ADECHOTECH

13h00 – Conclusion of the plenary session


Sophie LE DUAULT, International Business Officer Bpifrance, Paris Regional Office
Laurence de TOUCHET, Area Manager Central and Eastern Europe, BUSINESS FRANCE

Monday 23 May - Face-to-face meetings with Experts
De 14h00 à 18h00

In-person meetings with Polish and Lithuanian experts


Limited to available places – Details to come


Tuesday 24 May - Business meetings with Experts by videoconference
By videoconference

Due to travel difficulties, not all Polish and Lithuanian market experts will be able to be physically present at the Poland Lithuania Business Conference.

You can meet them during digital meetings on Tuesday 24 May

Limited to available places – Details to come


Tuesday 24 May - Business meetings with targeted companies by videoconference
By videoconference

Benefit from free business meetings with Polish and Lithuanian companies identified by our experts


Limited to available places – Details to come


Tuesday 24 May - Business meetings with key accounts by videoconference
By videoconference

Meet Polish and Lithuanian key accounts and develop your commercial partnerships through targeted b2b meetings with identified partners


250€ / meeting

Limited to the available places and upon acceptance of the file by the Buyers


The plenary will be held in person and will not be broadcast digitally

This programme is given as an indication and may be modified

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