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Leszek Balcerowicz

Honorary Chairman

Balcerowicz, former deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and recently President of the National Bank of Poland, is a Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics. He was the chairman of Bruegel board from 2008 until 2012 and was appointed Honorary Chairman on 29 November 2012.

An economist by training, he has been at the centre of Poland's economic and political life since the fall of communism in Poland in 1989 and has earned a strong reputation in Europe and beyond for his commitment to Poland‘s economic renewal.

In September 1989 Leszek Balcerowicz became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after II World War. He was also President of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers. In this vital period in Poland's transition he designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of Polish economy. He retained his positions in the government until December 1991. From April 1995 to December 2000 he was the president of the Freedom Union, a free market - oriented party. From 1997 to June 2000 he was Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and President of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers. In January 2001, he was appointed to the post of the President of the National Bank of Poland.

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Bruegel: a successful transition

Leszek Balcerowicz looks back at the time when he was a Chairman of Bruegel.

By: Leszek Balcerowicz and Bruegel Topic: Banking and capital markets, Digital economy and innovation, European governance, Global economy and trade, Green economy, Inclusive growth, Macroeconomic policy Date: September 9, 2015
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Eurozone I: Bail-outs are no substitute for reforms

The Eurozone’s fiscal problems are triggering memories of policies used to deal with similar crises in the past. In years past we have seen the IMF and comparable institutions acting as crisis lenders offering official bail-outs to distressed sovereign borrowers. We have witnessed the monetisation of public debt by central banks, and the outright reduction […]

By: Leszek Balcerowicz Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: April 5, 2012