Gala on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the economic changes in Poland.

The company Press-Glas is one of the fruits of the reforms conducted by Professor Leszek Balcerowicz; also due to the changes introduced it was able to achieve today’s position of leader in the panes for building sector in Europe. Therefore among others the owner of Press-Glas, Mr Arkadiusz Mu had pleasure in personally thanking Professor Leszek Balcerowicz for his contribution to the development of the Polish economy.

“We wish to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the regaining of independence and the transformation of ’89. It is a great success of all Poles, regardless of the assessment of particular facts, which are part of this history. In two decades we have changed the face of Poland. […]

The gala was enhanced by the presence of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Among the guests were representatives of science, culture, art, politics and community workers among others. A small representation of those persons, who through these 20 years have brought about the success of Poland. Interest in participation in the Gala was so great that during the first four days 1700 guests confirmed their participation, that is as many as may be accommodated in the Grand Theatre.

– RAZEM 89 was created, to celebrate the re-gaining of independence and the beginning of Polish reforms in 1989. The Balcerowicz Plan was a key element of the Polish transformation. Today Poland is a green island of growth against the background of a Europe plunged into crisis. It would not have been possible, were it not for the unprecedented boldness and consequentiality of the reforms of the economic team of Professor Leszek Balcerowicz. We wish to remember this fact. It is something to be glad about – says Szymon Gutkowski of Initiative RAZEM ’89.

During the Gala the premiere of the film “Balcerowicz. Gra o wszystko” was held. The film documents the challenges, which stood before Poland after 1989 and the people, who dared to play for everything. The game for the new shape of the Polish economy, the stake of which was the future of Poland and its capability to permanently tear itself away economically from the encompassing socialist bloc.

The main character in the film is Professor Leszek Balcerowicz. Joint creator of the reform plan, which became the basis of the free market system. The figure, who to this day causes controversy, but nobody, would deny him the enormous boldness in the undertaking of the economic-social evolutionary changes. The film shows not only the political dimensions of the changes, but also reveals the private sphere of the struggles of Leszek Balcerowicz – with time, stress and the attacks of opponents of reform. In the material appear among others Daniel Fred, advisers to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the U.S. Ambassador in Poland in the years 1997–2000, Jerzy Ko¼miñski – Polish Ambassador in Washington in the years 1994–2000, Robert Zoellick – President of the World Bank, Zbigniew Brzeziñski – National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter. […]”

Source: and own studies.

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