ITAR-TASS, Russia
April 28 2004

European economic summit opening in Warsaw


WARSAW, April 28 (Itar-Tass) - A European economic summit, organized
by the World Economic Forum, opens here later Wednesday.

The conference entitled Europe's Enlargement and Future Prospects
will take three days and is organized under the patronage of Polish
President Alexander Kwasniewski.

It is expected to bring together 700 people representing the economic
and political elite of 45 nations, including the presidents, prime
ministers and ministers from 31 countries.

Expansion of the European Union coming May 1 and its impact on the
future economic and political activity of the EU, as well as the
pressing issues of competition, demography, public health, and
pensions make up the core of the agenda.

Russia has delegated to the conference President Vladimir Putin's
special spokesman on the EU expansion, Sergei Yastrzhembski, and a
group of businessmen.

Some other high-rank participants are Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev, Malta's Prime Minister Tonio Berg, Lithuanian Prime Minister
Algirdas Brazauskas, Romanian President Ion Iliescu, Armenian
President Robert Kocharian, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma,
President Svetozar Marovic of Serbia and Montenegro, German President
Johannes Rau, Georgian President Mikhai Saakashvil, Slovak President
Rudolf Schuster, and Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin.

Alexander Kwasniewski, Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller, Foreign
Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, and Labor Minister Erzy Hausner
will play host to the participants.