Free Market Road Show in Warsaw, Poland

The Austrian Economics Center (AEC), in cooperation with over 100 leading think-tanks and universities across Europe and the Caucasus, and in association with international partners are proud to present the 11th Annual Free Market Road Show, which tours 40 capitals during April and May in Europe and the Caucasus.

The 2018 Free Market Road Show will bring together leading business people, outstanding scholars and students, opinion leaders, policy experts, elected officials, diplomats and other interested parties from across Europe to discuss openly core European values – a topic which has been missing in the recent political debates within Europe which have focused almost exclusively on the migration crisis. Recent political developments in Europe have seen a rise in the popularity and the parliamentary representation of political parties advocating the politics of populism, government largesse, nationalization of sectors of the economy, and the funding of unrealistically extravagant expansions of existing safety nets.

In order to engage with an even wider audience and further inspire the exchange of ideas the format of the 2018 Free Market Road Show slightly changes – including a new interactive talk format for the FMRS discussions to draw more participation from all sides of the political spectrum and a greater emphasis of the ‘millennials’ and younger people.

Venue: SWPS University, Warsaw

Date: 19.04.2018

Time: 10:00-13:45

The event will be held in English, no translation would be provided.

The participation is free of charge and the prior registration is obligatory. You can register via this link:

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9:30 Opening of the registration

10:00 Introductory remarks

Piotr Voelkel (Founder of the SWPS University)

Agata Stremecka (President at the Civil Development Forum – FOR)

Barbara Kolm (Director at the Austrian Economics Center, Executive Director of the Free Market Road Show)

10:15-11:30 PANEL I: Which values can stop the rise of populism in Europe and elsewhere?

Moderator: Marek Tatała (Vice-President at the Civil Development Forum – FOR)

Cris Lingle (Visiting Professor of Economics at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala)

Andrzej Kondratowicz (Professor at the SWPS University in Warsaw)

Marcin Matczak (Professor at the University of Warsaw)

Richard Rahn (Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, former Vice President and Chief Economist of the United States Chamber of Commerce)

11:30-12:00 KEYNOTE: Good and bad transitions

Leszek Balcerowicz (Chairman of the Civil Development Forum’s Board)

12:00-12:15 Coffee break

12:15-13:45 PANEL II: Which European values matter for our well-being?

Moderator: Agata Stremecka (President at the Civil Development Forum – FOR)

Dan Denning (Founder of Southbank Investment Research)

John Fund (National Affairs Columnist for the National Review Online)

Andrzej Rzońca (Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics) TBC

Łukasz Pawłowski (Kultura Liberalna)

Michael Williams (Founder & President of the ALTIUS Financial, Inc., Founder of The Defender of Capitalism Project)