Ten years of ZEW – a success story written by the staff and researchers at ZEW. This is the conclusion drawn by the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel, in view of the research completed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); an opinion he was able to voice at the gala held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of ZEW. Teufel is particularly impressed by the fact that ZEW has managed, in a relatively short period of time, to achieve a unique position amongst leading research institutes on both a national and international scale. The Minister President accorded particular recognition to those responsible for the direction of ZEW. Through their particular engagement, the founding directors of ZEW, Dr Heinz König (Scientific Director) and Ernst-O. Schulze (Director of Business and Administration), as well as ZEW President, Dr Wolfgang Franz, who took on his position from König in 1997, have made a considerable contribution to the development of the institute and its current size and significance.