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“Freedom and innovation go hand in hand with consumer protection” – prof. Mariusz Golecki at the Forum in Karpacz

10 September 2021

“The European Union was created by prominent conservative politicians such as Robert Schuman, Alcide de Gasperi and Konrad Adenauer. It is worth reminding that it is the conservative values and ideas that constitute the foundation of the united Europe”, said prof. Mariusz Golecki during the Economic Forum in Krynica.

Prof. Mariusz Golecki, Financial Ombudsman, took part in the panel “Does liberal capitalism need conservative values?” which was held on the last day of the Forum. The discussion moderated by MP Paweł Poncyliusz, was also attended by Rev. prof. Stanisław Dziekoński, Bartłomiej Wróblewski and Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

According to Golecki, the creators of the united Europe, such as Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Alcide de Gasperi, were strictly conservative politicians, for whom freedom was as important as the norms of social coexistence and timeless principles that should guide the European community.

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“Economic freedom and innovation often go hand in hand with far-reaching consumer protection, including on the financial market. It is in highly developed, liberal markets, such as the UK or the US, that the institution of Financial Ombudsman enjoys great independence and plays an important role in the entire system, especially after the so-called Lehman Brothers crisis in 2008” – said Golecki.

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“It was in the very free, after all, conducive to creativity American market, where Tesla, for example, comes from, that we had the disclosure of the so-called dieselgate, a scandal in which Volkswagen cheated its own customers on a massive scale. This information was provided by the EPA, which is the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal service whose purpose is to advocate for the environment and the health of U.S. citizens” – he added.


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