European Resource Bank Meeting 2017
We invite all Friends of Liberty and Europe to join us at the 14th European Resource Bank (ERB) Meeting in Podgorica (Montenegro), on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2017! This ERB-edition will be hosted in cooperation with the University Donja Gorica (UDG).
The European Resource Bank Meeting is the largest gathering of classical liberal and conservative intellectuals, entrepreneurs, institutes, foundations and free market think tanks from all around Europe. Friends of Liberty come along to exchange ideas to weaken centralized, bureaucratic powers, to enhance individual liberties and free enterprise, and thereby also enhancing pluralism, peace and prosperity.
The 2017 Podgorica ERB meeting will offer discussions with inspiring speakers and invaluable opportunities of networking with like-minded friends. Come and join us!
Dr. Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center
Dr. Pierre Garello, Institute of Economic Studies – Europe
Dr. Milica Vukotic, University Donja Gorica
What is the European Resource Bank?
The European Resource Bank is the largest annual conference of free market think-tanks in Europe and today gathers together representatives from dozens of European and American think tanks, scholars, policy experts, elected officials and other parties interested in the debate over strategies and problems posed to the European economies and the future of individual liberty in Europe. It was modelled after the Resource Bank meeting organised by the Heritage Foundation in the United States and the Liberty Forum organised by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
ERB meetings attempt to build a ‘bank’ of human capital – the ultimate resource in the enterprise of freedom – and to create and renew the ties between the participating organisations which themselves pool human capital in the fight for a free world.
The European Resource Bank project started fourteen years ago at the initiative of Prof. Pierre Garello, Prof. Barbara Kolm, Wolfgang Müller and Prof. Hardy Bouillon, when representatives from thirteen European classical liberal think tanks met in November 2003 in Gummersbach, Germany, to reflect on ways to improve inter-organisational cooperation. During this meeting a consensus was reached that work was still required both to improve organisational strategies and to bring into the debate all those involved in the promotion of individual liberty throughout Europe. This led Pierre Garello, Director of IES Europe, to establish the inaugural European Resource Bank meeting in Borovec, Bulgaria, spearheaded by Prof. Krassen Stanchev.
Now in its fourteenth year, each European Resource Bank Meeting is hosted by a different European institute. The program is designed by the organiser in close cooperation with historical members of the group.
While topics of the meeting are wide-ranging, from issues of European economic integration to the financial and monetary crisis, the primary mission of the European Resource Bank Meetings is to improve the organisational strategy for those promoting freedom througout Europe, and to serve as a meeting forum for organisations, experts, partners and friends to develop new ideas and share new experiences.
The European Resource Bank provides unparalleled networking opportunities for those within the European free-market and limited-government community.
The 14th European Resource Bank Meeting will be held in Podgorica on 21st – 23rd April, 2017.
13th European Resource Bank, Berlin, Germany, 2016
12th European Resource Bank, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015
11th European Resource Bank, Aix-en-Provence, France 2014
10th European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2013
9th European Resource Bank, Brussels, Belgium 2012
8th European Resource Bank, Yalta, Ukraine 2011
7th European Resource Bank, London, UK 2010
6th European Resource Bank, Marseille, France 2009
5th European Resource Bank, Tblisi, Georgia 2008
4th European Resource Bank, Bucharest, Romania 2007
3rd European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2006
2nd European Resource Bank, Vilnius, Lithuania 2005
1st European Rerource Bank, Borovets, Bulgaria 2004
What is this year’s ERB about?
The ERB has teamed up with the University Donja Gorica (UDG) in 2017. UDG magnificent facilities will help to organize working groups and workshops to debate pressing political, economic, and philosophical issues facing Europe.
All these activities have the goal of drafting “An Agenda for Europe.” This collaborative document will reflect perspectives on European values. We will focus on their meaning against the seismic political shifts of “Brexit,” and the implications of these shifts for the recent Dutch and upcoming French and German elections.
This manifesto will later be accompanied by an extensive social media campaign targeting major European countries.
by invitation only
|09:00 am – 05:30 pm||Taxpayers Advocacy Training Program|
|10:00 am – 01:00 pm||Taxpayer Leaders Forum|
|02:30 pm – 05:30 pm||Coalition Leaders Forum|
Please record your Coalition Meeting in a 3 mins video.
Day 1: Friday April 21st 2017
|08:30 am – 05:30 pm||Registration|
Main Hall @ UDG
|09:00 am – 01:00 pm||Free Market Road Show Podgorica @ UDG|
Started in 2008, the Free Market Road Show brings together renowned economists, leading politicians and prominent business leaders every year to discuss current economic problems and possible solutions at a variety of venues across Europe and the Caucuses. It also provides unparalleled networking opportunities for participants and those within the European free market movement.
More info: http://freemarket-rs.com/
|01:00 pm – 04:00 pm||Free Time|
|04:00 pm – 04:15 pm||Opening Remarks (Auditorium AS)|
|04:15 pm – 05:00 pm||Keynote Speech (Auditorium AS)|
Igor Lukšić (former Prime Minister of Montenegro)
|05:00 pm – 06:30 pm||Interactive workshop (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “The present state of European think tanks – where we failed, where we succeeded and if there is a common agenda”
|06:30 pm – 07:30 pm||Dragon’s Den Competition (Auditorium AS)|
|07:30 pm – 09:00 pm||Dinner, Networking, Get Together (Hotel Verde)|
Day 2: Saturday April 22nd 2017
|09:00 am – 10:00 am||Open Debate (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “A more social or a more individualistic view of Europe?”
Opening statements by:
|10:00 am – 12:00 pm||Open Interactive Workshop (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “Values 4 Europe: Which role for the European Libertarians and Conservatives?”
|12:00 pm – 01:30 pm||Lunch (Hotel Verde)|
Presentation of IPRI, International Propery Rights Index by Lorenzo Montanari (Americans for Tax Reform)
|01:30 pm – 03:00 pm||Panel (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “Regulatory Framework for the Sharing Economy”
|03:00 pm – 03:30 pm||Coffee Break (Students’ Club)|
|03:30 pm – 05:00 pm||Workshop (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “Learnings: CEI Workshop on Fundraising”Kent Lassman (President, Competitive Enterprise Institute)
|05:00 pm – 05:30 pm||Coffee Break (Students’ Club)|
|05:30 pm – 06:45 pm||Panel|
Topic: “Protection of IP – Outdated or More Important than ever?”
|06:45 pm – 08:00 pm||Free Time|
|07:30 pm|| Bus Transfer from Hotel to wine yard|
Dinner (Wine cellar Sipcanik)
|8:00 pm||Announcement of the Winner of the Dragon’s Den Competition|
Day 3: Sunday April 23rd 2017
|09:00 am – 10:30 am||Panel (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “International Taxation & Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives”
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Coffee Break (Students’ Club)|
|11:00 am – 12:30 pm||Panel (Auditorium AS)|
Topic: “Europe & Trump: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship?”
|12:30 pm – 12:45 pm||Closing Remarks (Auditorium AS) Barbara Kolm (Austrian Economics Center)|
|12:45 pm – 02:00 pm||Lunch (Hotel Verde)|
|from 02:00 pm||Departure|
Christopher Butler is Chief of Staff at Americans for Tax Reform, where he manages all of the organization’s day-to-day activities and sets priories and policy positions for the organization. His work particularly focuses on fundraising, coalition building, and political campaigns.
Mr. Butler has appeared in national media outlets such as FOX News, NPR, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. His prior background includes campaign work and polling. In recent years, he has taught seminars on communications at the Leadership Institute, and political organizing in Serbia, Boznia-Herzegovina and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe, a British think tank dedicated to EU reform and delivering a liberal Brexit. He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis.
One of the founding directors of the White House Writers Group, Joshua Gilder served President Reagan as a senior speechwriter from early 1985 until mid-1988. His first speech for the President won acclaim for the line “Go Ahead, Make My Day!” He co-authored two State of the Union addresses and contributed to many of the President’s televised speeches from the Oval Office.
In 1989, Mr. Gilder was appointed by President George Bush to be Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, leaving in 1991 to help David Rockefeller write his autobiography. Mr. Gilder has served as a consultant and advisor on numerous Presidential primary and general campaigns, including Reagan ’84; Bush ’88; Forbes ’96; Dole ’96; Forbes 2000 and Giuliani 2008. Mr. Gilder has edited and/or written for numerous periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The New York Post, The Washington Times, The American Spectator, Saturday Review and many others. His novel, Ghost Image, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2002 and his scientific history of the dramatic collaboration of Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe, Heavenly Intrigue, (co-authored with his wife, Anne-Lee Gilder) was published by Random House in 2004.
Mr. Gilder lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife Anne Lee and their young son, Max.
Kerry Halferty Hardy
Kerry Halferty Hardy consults and has extensive experience in both the healthcare and the nonprofit sectors, particularly in strategic planning and development. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Economic Studies Europe (IESE), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Institut de Formation Politique (IFP) and the American Club of Paris, among others.
She received her undergraduate degree from the UT Austin and obtained a Master of Science in Management, with an emphasis on Nonprofit and Association Management from UMUC. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, as well as Texan.
is an entrepreneur and researcher. He holds MSci degree from Entrepreneurial Economy Postgraduate Studies and is PhD candidate at the International Economy Postgraduate Studies at the UDG.
He has been working at the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses since 2005 (www.issp.me). During the time he has been involved in and led numerous projects. His fields of interest are entrepreneurship, EU, NATO, cyber defense, defense economy etc.
He is co-founder of MSI INVEST Ltd. through which he has been executing his own and his partners’ entrepreneurial ideas. This company has been involved in several business sectors. Since 2007 Ivan Jovetic has been working at the UDG – Faculty for International Economy, Finance and Business as a teaching assistant. He has also been acting since 2013 as manager and Vice-Dean at the UDG – Faculty for Sports Management.
is Director of the Southeast Europe office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that promotes liberal values, rule of law, and economic freedom. Providing policy consultations and educational programs, the Foundation is active in more than 60 countries.
He received degrees in Governmental Studies from the University of Erfurt, European Studies from the University of Hamburg, and International Studies from the University of Birmingham.
is the program director at Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (ISSP), first economic think tank in Montenegro. She is also assistant professor at Faculty for International Economics, Finance and Business of the University UDG, Podgorica, Montenegro. From 2010 she holds a doctorate in economics. She managed implementation of more then 50 projects in the area of macroeconomic, statistics, econometrics, economic and social policy analyses and sectorial policies.
is professor at University of Donja Gorica and President of the Board of Directors of the Societe Generale Montenegro Bank. After 4 years that he worked in first economic think thank in Montenegro – The Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses, he served as Deputy Minister of Finance (2004-2010), Minister of Finance (2010-2012), and Advisor of the Prime Minister for Economy and Finance (2012 – 2014).
Barbara Kolm holds degrees in business studies and economics, she serves as CEO in private enterprises as well as NGOs and is constantly doing academic research and lecturing at universities, also as Professor in Austrian Economics at the University Donja Gorica.
Barbara Kolm is founding director of the Austrian Economics Center and also serves as President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut, both think tanks with international outreach are dedicated to the Austrian School of Economics and the promotion of individual freedom, responsibility and prosperity.
Barbara is a frequent speaker at international conferences, national and international TV and board member of several economic and academic associations, as the Association of Private Enterprise Education, the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce and is the president of the board of advisors of CAMP for ZEDE in Honduras.
Andrew Kovalcin is Senior Director at Advocacy and External Affairs.
Mr. Kovalcin has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to promote the importance of IP to jobs, the economy, and American competitiveness.
Previously, Mr. Kovalcin established the North Carolina chapter of a national healthcare coalition promoting consumer protections, and managed a North Carolina State House of Representatives campaign.
Mr. Kovalcin, a graduate of North Carolina State University, has a bachelor’s degree in political science with an interdisciplinary concentration in international relations.
Kent Lassman is president and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he oversees strategy for the free market organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff.Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice president at a public affairs firm in Washington, DC, counseling clients on campaign approaches to issues ranging from telecommunications to privacy to biotechnology and state licensure.
Christopher LINGLE earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia in 1977. Since then, he has been employed at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA.
He is a passionate supporter of human creativity and volunteer actions that lead to social harmony.
Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Economics in the Escuela de Negocios at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala (since 1998), Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (Sydney), Research Scholar at the Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi), International Political Economic Advisor for the Asian Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA – Kathmandu) and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Globalization Institute (Brussels).
Previous academic positions include: Visiting Fellow in the Department of Management of City University in Hong Kong (February to March 2010); Visiting Professor at Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok (2008 to 2009); Adjunct Professor of Economics, Georgetown University (July 2004): Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University (1996 to 1998); Visiting Scholar—Emory University & Adjunct Professor of Economics—Georgia State University (January 1995 to August 1996); Senior Fellow, European Studies Program, National University of Singapore (September 1993 to November 1994); Associate Professor of Economics, Loyola University (New Orleans); Associate Professor of Economics, Miami University, European Center, Luxembourg and Oxford, Ohio (1981 to 1984 and 1989 to 1991), Adjunct Professor, Departement de Droit et des Sciences economiques, Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1989-91); Visiting Foreign Expert in Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (February to May 1987); Lecturer and Senior Lecturer—University of Natal, South Africa (1984-90); Assistant Professor of Economics, Auburn University (1978); Assistant Professor of Economics, West Georgia College (1977).
Dr. LINGLE’s research interests are in the areas of Political Economy and International Economics with a focus on emerging market economies and public policy reform in East and Central Europe, East Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa. His work has appeared as chapters in books, the international media, and scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Foreign Affairs, Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, Kyklos, and Pacific Review.
His book on the political economy of Singapore’s development was entitled, Singapore’s Authoritarian Capitalism: Asian Values, Free Market Illusions, and Political Dependency (1996). He is widely credited with anticipating the turmoil in the East Asian economies that began in 1997 (The Rise and Decline of the ‘Asian Century’: False Starts on the Road to the ‘Global Millennium’, May 1997).
Lorenzo Montanari is Director of the international advocacy & affairs at the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) an advocacy group affiliated with ATR for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Murray is Vice President for Strategy at CEI. He is the author of the best-selling books, “The Really Inconvenient Truths” and “Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You.” And he specializes in finance, labor, trade, energy, and science and technology policy. He is also an expert on the role of government, the EU and the UK, and the role of liberty in political thought.
Before coming to CEI, Mr. Murray was Senior Analyst and then Director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit that looked at how scientific and statistical information were used or misused by the media and policy-makers.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr. Murray immigrated to the US in 1997, after having worked at the British Department of Transport, advising Ministers on railroad privatization, the role of private finance in infrastructure investment and the role of transportation in the economic development of London.
Mr. Murray is also a Visiting Fellow of the British think tank The Adam Smith Institute. Mr. Murray holds a BA and MA from the University of Oxford, an MBA from the University of London and the Diploma of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
Henrique Schneider is the head of economic policy at the Swiss Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises. He publishes regularly on Austrian Economics, Asia and international politics. His latest book “Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy” is a book on Schumpeter, Sharing Economy, Uber, Innovation and Regulation. It applies Austrian School of Economics – without being militant – to the actual discussion on what the Sharing Economy is and how to deal with it.
Richard Teather is the leading British academic specialising in offshore tax jurisdictions.
His writings have been published in three continents, translated into over 10 foreign languages, and cited in over 20 countries, including being quoted in debates in several national parliaments.
As well as academic work he also acts as consultant to governmental and industry bodies, gives lectures and conference presentations internationally, and is an accomplished media performer.
His tax policy advice has been followed successfully in several jurisdictions. He advised the Jersey parliament on their biggest tax reforms in sixty years, including the abolition of corporation tax and the introduction of GST. The Teather Report for Cayman Finance showed why an income tax was not a solution to the Cayman Islands’ financial problems. He was described as providing the “intellectual clout” to the successful campaign to prevent an inappropriate VAT being introduced to the Turks & Caicos Islands.
He was one of the experts sent by the European Commission to help eastern European countries in their transition to European Union membership, and worked with the fledgling Tunisian democracy on tax reform.
He is also a chartered accountant, and before becoming an academic he practised as a tax adviser, first with Deloitte and then with top ten ‘City’ law firm Denton Wilde Sapte.
Industry insiders voted him one of the world’s most influential people in global finance, in the Finance Centres International 500 survey. His work on UK tax reform hit the headlines when the UK government tried to suppress its civil servants’ favourable comments on it, and the editor of The Business wrote “rarely has a think-tank publication been this influential so quickly.”
He is Senior Lecturer in Tax Law at Bournemouth University, a Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, a member of the editorial board of the journal Economic Affairs, and external examiner to the University of Gibraltar.
Prince Michael von Liechtenstein
HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein studied commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and consolidated his studies by assignments for the banking and industrial sectors in Belgium, Canada and the USA. From 1978 to 1987 he worked for Nestlé SA in the fields of controlling, management and marketing on various markets in Europe and Africa.
is Rector and Founder of University of Donja Gorica – UDG. He is also the Founder and the President of Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses – ISSP, Podgorica, first independent economic institute in Montenegro and senior research fellow at the Institute of Social Science in Belgrade, Serbia.
As one of the creators of first law on privatization in SFRY (Socialistic Federative Republic of Yugoslavia) he was Minister for privatization in the last Government of SFRY, which started economic reforms in the country in 1989. He is the author of the concept of economic reforms in Montenegro and actively took part in reforming processes in Montenegro.
He was one of the first members of Mont Pelerin Society from Eastern Europe and now he is a member of the Board of Mont Pelerin Society.
Richard Zundritsch is the grandnephew of F.A. von Hayek. He is currently assisting in research for a Hayek biography and collecting family papers and letters for publication. He is one the designers of the Austrian Economics Walk and the Hayek exhibition in the Hayek Institut in Vienna.
In his “day job” he has been an Independent Financial Adviser since 2000. Currently he is managing owner of Milan Added Value GmbH in Switzerland and specializes in Family Office Services, Succession Planning and Capital Markets Advisory. He also holds public and private seminars on valuation and „Austrian Investing“. Before founding his company he worked internationally for many years in Corporate Finance for a number of large global financial institutions.
Single Room: 45€ per night
Double Room: 70€ per night
These are special rates for ERB participants.
Dragon’s Den – Competition
This year’s European Resource Bank will also host the “Think Tank Dragons’ Den” competition.
Applicants will be selected to compete for funding for their think tank/campaign/taxpayer group. This session on Friday, April 21st will be modeled on a popular BBC television program called ‘Dragon’s Den’ (known as ‘Shark Tank’ in the United States), where entrepreneurs pitch business plans to five investors (the Dragons) in the hope of raising capital for their venture. Applications of the think tank/campaign/taxpayer group community will tell the ‘dragons’ about their groups and compete for up to $5,000 of funding thanks to the funding of the Global Philanthropic Trust.
If you wish to compete for up to $5,000 of funding for your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Dragon´s Den – NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION) with a maximum one page long description of your organisation and a page long description of your project by March 31st, 2017.
Applications are open to anyone. An International Committee will select the best proposals to compete at the “Dragon’s Den.” These selected think tanks/campaigns/taxpayer groups will receive a scholarship for the registration fee and accommodation of one representative to attend the 2017 European Resource Bank. They will only be required to cover their travelling costs to Podgorica.
We hope that this session will give representatives of the best young groups an opportunity to share with all the delegates a successful project they are working on and that all of us will be able to learn from the innovative ideas of other groups from across the world.
Participants will be able to use the multimedia facilities of the conference room before being quizzed by the Dragons.