The Art of Economic Reforms

We were pleased to welcome over 150 participants during our conference “The Art of Economic Reforms” with Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz and the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, organised by the Embassy of Poland in Luxembourg, the Chamber of Commerce and the Luxembourg-Poland Business Club. The event took place on May 23rd, at the Chamber of Commerce.

On Wednesday, the 22nd of May, Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Poland, has been honored with Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, by Cato Institute in New York.

Currently, main professional activities of professor Balcerowicz focus on the Civil Development Forum think tank established by him in 2007. The main focus of the organization is “Protecting liberty, promoting truth and common sense in public discourse.”

Civil Development Forum (FOR) is a free-market think tank based in Poland promoting economic freedom, rules of law and ideas of limited government i.e. a government whose activities do not harm economic liberty and personal freedom. FOR seeks to contribute to policy-making through factbased research and public debate.
FOR research activities revolve around six pillars: fiscal policy, labor market, competition and regulations, EU and Polish economic development, justice system, transparency of law and lawmaking
(including the right to public information).

FOR presents its findings in the form of reports, policy briefs and educational papers. Other FOR projects and activities include, among others, the Public Debt Clock, social and educational campaigns, economic comic books, public debates, lectures, spring and autumn seminars for students and civil society mobilization.
All FOR activities are of public, non-political and non-profit nature as set forth in detail in the Code of Ethics. FOR activities are privately-funded.


  • 18:15 – Registration
  • 18:30 – Introduction and welcome by Mr. Carlo Thelen, director-general, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Commerce
  • 18:40 – Lecture by Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, founder and council chairman of Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR), former deputy prime minister, former minister of finance and former chairman of Poland’s central bank – NBP
  • 19:15 – Remarks by Mr. Pierre Gramegna, minister of finance of Luxembourg
  • 19:30 – Discussion
  • 20:00 – End of conference

Prof. Balcerowicz – speaker’s biography


Photos by Malgorzata Skwara
Press release by Zuzanna Reda


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