Next decade the focus as 10th CEE Summit opens in Warsaw

Varso Tower, the European Union’s tallest building, dominates the ever changing Warsaw skyline.

A New Decade of Opportunity is the title and theme of the CEE Summit, organised by Real Asset Media and the Poland Observer, currently getting underway in Warsaw. The summit, which is celebrating its tenth edition, aims to bring the international real estate and business communities together with decision makers on the ground.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary joining the European Union, the 25th anniversary of joining Nato and the 35th anniversary of the end of communism and the first free elections.

“The CEE Summit has established itself in the market as the leading event in the regional calendar,” said Richard Stephens, founder and editor, The Poland Observer. “It is a chance to keep up with the market and meet the people shaping it now and in the future.”

The first day of the summit focused on Warsaw, showcasing new developments and the opportunities the market still offers. The city’s ever-changing skyline, which includes Varso Tower, the European Union’s tallest building, is a visible sign of the dynamism of the market.

Elektrownia Powiśle: Once a power plant, now a mixed-use asset that includes retail space.

Significant projects underway include Towarowa, a 6.5-hectare mixed-use scheme in the centre of Warsaw’s Wola district, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects underway in the world, being developed by Echo Investment & AFI Europe Poland.

Another is Skanska’s new Studio office project, the company’s latest scheme in Warsaw. Studio B, a 17,600 sq m office space that was fully leased before completion, has just been sold to Stena Real Estate.

The second day of the Summit, on Wednesday, will bring together international investors and local decision makers to catch up with the latest developments in the region and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

Skanska’s Businesslink, part of the Studio development.

Plenary conference sessions will look at how the real estate markets have changed in the region, will look back at some of the transformational deals and projects that have shaped the market in the last ten years and, most importantly, will look forward to what the next decade can bring to CEE markets, focusing on global trends and regional dynamics and on the best investment opportunities in real estate.

Special break-out sessions will allow a deep dive into subjects like upcoming REIT legislation in Poland and its potential impact, how ESG is changing the market, the prospects for mixed-use, the warehouse and logistics sector, the residential sector and all its segments and why rebuilding Ukraine matters for the CEE market.