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Talk: "Poland after Socialism: Economic Problems and Prospects in and Beyond the Eurozone," by Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz

Tue, November 19, 2013 | Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302

7:00 PM


"Poland after Socialism: Economic Problems and Prospects in and Beyond the Eurozone"
A talk by Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz

November 19, 2013, 7pm

Avaya Auditorium ACE 2.302, ACES Building 201 East 24th Street

Wine & Cheese Reception to Follow

Leszek Balcerowicz is considered the architect of Poland's economic reforms initiated after the fall of communism in 1989 - he designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of the Polish economy with a form of shock therapy, commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan.

In September 1989, Dr. Balcerowicz was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland since World War II. He retained these positions until December 1991. From April 1995 to December 2000, he was president of the Freedom Union, a free market-oriented political party, and from October 1997 to June 2000 he was again Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland. In 2001-2007, he was the governor of the Central Bank of Poland.

Balcerowicz is now a professor at the College of Europe, an institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, as well as a member of the Washington-based international advisory body, the Group of Thirty, and a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also a member of the Group of Trustees of the Institute of International Finance. In 2011, he was appointed a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee, providing advice and assistance on issues relevant to the work of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). Dr. Balcerowicz is also a chairman and founder of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR), based in Warsaw. He holds honorary doctorates from more than 20 universities around the world.

Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Center for European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence and UT's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

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