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Short History of the Forum

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Short History of the Forum

he political and economic transformations which started in 1989 changed the geography of the whole Europe. New times and new circumstances created new challenges. New countries were established and democratic systems were born in them. Civic institutions and organisations were formed. The East was opening up. A forum for dialogue, exchange of experience and contact proved to be a highly necessary initiative. This is how the Poland- East Economic Forum came into exi- stence. The beginnings of the forum date back to 1992 and a meeting of about 100 people interested in promoting political relations and, primarily, economic exchange with the East. Krynica Zdrój became the place for organisation of subsequent meetings. T

ver since the beginning of the Economic Fo- rum in Krynica several key persons in Polish politics and representatives of the Polish eco- nomy have been connected with it, including Jerzy Buzek, LechWałęsa, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Marek Belka, Leszek Miller, Józef Oleksy, Hanna Gronkiewi- cz-Walz, Leszek Balcerowicz, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Marian Krzaklewski, Stanisław Ciosek, Jacek Kuroń, Grzegorz Kołodko, Paweł Olechnowicz, Jerzy Toma- szewski, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Bronisław Gere- mek, and Maciej Płażyński. E

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