Duration: to May 26th, 2010 and September 7th-16th, 2010

Location: Various locations across Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Please see details below.

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Bratislava     May 1th, 2010
  • Prague         May 19th, 2010
  • Vienna         May 20th, 2010
  • Belgrade      May 21st, 2010
  • Budapest     May 22nd, 2010
  • Podgorica    May 25th, 2010
  • Skopje         May 26th, 2010

Western Europe

  • Zürich       Sept. 7th, 2010
  • Paris         Sept. 8th, 2010
  • London     Sept. 9th, 2010
  • Brussels   Sept. 13th, 2010
  • Berlin       Sept. 14th, 2010
  • Frankfurt  Sept. 15th, 2010
  • Vienna     Sept. 16th, 2010


The Free Market Road Show deals with the global financial crisis we are currently facing. Although the full extent of the economic recession is not clear yet, the effects are already widely felt. Some say that the current financial and economic crisis marks the failure of markets, possibly the end of capitalism. It is not as simple as that. Of course, some institutions have behaved badly, remunerations structures for bankers and managers which have encouraged short-termism, need to be revised. The concept of “fairness”has to be brought back to the economy and to society as a whole – not only at a national or European level but also globally. Lessons must be learned by all of us – by politicians, regulators, and the market. The EU and the G20 have already shown that by cooperating closely it is possible to put the financial sector back on a sound basis, get credit flowing back to the real economy, and protect our citizens from the worst impacts of the crisis. We have to continue working and find solutions to fight the crisis efficiently – not only with the help of professionals but also with the input of the academic world of universities and think tanks.

The Free Market Road Show brings these fundamental issues to the attention of current and new generations of leadership in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region at this critical juncture in their and Western Europe’s development.