The dramatic upsurge of CHF/PLN exchange rate in mid-January 2015 triggered in Poland a wave of discussion on the situation of people with mortgages in Swiss currency and who should be deemed responsible for such a state of affairs.
On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Civil Development Forum (FOR) together with many international partners such as the Austrian Economics Center, Liberty Fund, 4liberty.eu, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and European Students for Liberty with the assistance of Polish organizations and media partners, held the Warsaw edition of the Free Market Road Show 2015.
During the Free Market Road Show 2015 in Warsaw, organized in cooperation with Civil Development Forum (FOR), we asked Mrs. Barbara Kolm, President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center which is responsible for organizing of this extraordinary international conference tour, what all the fuss is about?
The new Greek government of the leftist party SYRIZA wanted to take back austerity reforms in order to, for example, “gradually restore salaries and pensions so as to increase consumption and demand”. But it seems that the only thing accepted by the European Commission and eurozone finance ministers is 4-month extension of the bailout in return for presenting a list of reforms that Greece had committed to undertake.
Bieńkowska stressed that Europe should “get back to work”. Such determined, thought-provoking statements are rarely heard in Brussels.
The Austrian Economics Center (AEC), in cooperation with Civil Development Forum (FOR) and Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) held the 2nd edition of Free Market Road Show® in Warsaw on April 28, 2014.
Introduction of the new directive can be dangerous not only because of extending the state’s and EU’s powers onto a new area of people’s activity. It will be harmful for the CSR itself.
In 2013, Civil Development Forum added estimates of implicit public debt to the Public Debt Clock, which was launched three years ago.
The coalition of many non-governmental and students organizations including members of 4liberty.eu network: Civil Development Forum, Liberté! and Project: Poland has launched the campaign against the nationalization of Polish pensions funds.
The changes proposed by the government have met with a fierce resistance from economists and other experts, because the campaign against the funds is clearly demagogic, and the nationalization threat conflicts with Poland’s successful transformation from communism, which has been based on privatization since 1989.