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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.

Previous Events

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.


Pre-Conference Program

by invitation only

April 20th
09:00 am – 05:30 pmTaxpayers Advocacy Training Program
April 21st
10:00 am – 01:00 pmTaxpayer Leaders Forum
02:30 pm – 05:30 pmCoalition Leaders Forum

Please record your Coalition Meeting in a 3 mins video.

Day 1: Friday April 21st 2017

08:30 am – 05:30 pmRegistration

Main Hall @ UDG

09:00 am – 01:00 pmFree 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 pmFree Time
04:00 pm – 04:15 pmOpening Remarks (Auditorium AS)

04:15 pm – 05:00 pmKeynote Speech (Auditorium AS)

Igor Lukšić (former Prime Minister of Montenegro)

05:00 pm – 06:30 pmInteractive workshop (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “The present state of European think tanks – where we failed, where we succeeded and if there is a common agenda”

Remarks by:

06:30 pm – 07:30 pmDragon’s Den Competition (Auditorium AS)
07:30 pm – 09:00 pmDinner, Networking, Get Together (Hotel Verde)

Day 2: Saturday April 22nd 2017

09:00 am – 10:00 amOpen Debate (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “A more social or a more individualistic view of Europe?”

Opening statements by:

  • Representative of „ever closer Union“
  • Daniel Kaddik (Friedrich Naumann Foundation)
10:00 am – 12:00 pmOpen Interactive Workshop (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “Values 4 Europe: Which role for the European Libertarians and Conservatives?”

12:00 pm – 01:30 pmLunch (Hotel Verde)

Presentation of IPRI, International Propery Rights Index by Lorenzo Montanari (Americans for Tax Reform)

01:30 pm – 03:00 pmPanel (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “Regulatory Framework for the Sharing Economy”

03:00 pm – 03:30 pmCoffee Break (Students’ Club)
03:30 pm – 05:00 pmWorkshop (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “Learnings: CEI Workshop on Fundraising”

Kent Lassman (President, Competitive Enterprise Institute)
05:00 pm – 05:30 pmCoffee Break (Students’ Club)
05:30 pm – 06:45 pmPanel

Topic: “Protection of IP – Outdated or More Important than ever?”

06:45 pm – 08:00 pmFree Time
07:30 pm Bus Transfer from Hotel to wine yard
Dinner (Wine cellar Sipcanik)
8:00 pmAnnouncement of the Winner of the Dragon’s Den Competition

Day 3: Sunday April 23rd 2017

09:00 am – 10:30 amPanel (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “International Taxation & Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives”

  • Pieter Cleppe (Open Europe Berlin)
  • David Williams (Taxpayers Protection Alliance)
  • Jadranka Kaludjerovic (Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses)
  • Stoyan Panchev (Chairman, Bulgarian Libertarian Society)
  • Anders Ydstedt (Chairman, Svensk Tidskrift)
10:30 am – 11:00 amCoffee Break (Students’ Club)
11:00 am – 12:30 pmPanel (Auditorium AS)

Topic: “Europe & Trump: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship?”

12:30 pm – 12:45 pmClosing Remarks (Auditorium AS)

Barbara Kolm (Austrian Economics Center)
12:45 pm – 02:00 pmLunch (Hotel Verde)
from 02:00 pmDeparture


Chris Butler

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.

Pieter Cleppe

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.

Joshua Gilder

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.

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.

Ivan Jovetic

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.

Daniel Kaddik

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.

Jadranka Kaludjerovic

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.

Milorad Katnic

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

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.

Andrew Kovalcin

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.

Kent Lassman

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

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.

Lorenzo Montanari

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.

Iain Murray

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.

Henrique Schneider

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

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.

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.

Veselin Vukotic

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.

Richard Zundritsch

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.


Verde Complex
Donja Gorica BB, Podgorica
Website: www.verdecomplex.com
Tel: +382 20 44 00 00

Book a room

In order to book, please email the hotel (reception@verdecomplex.com) and state that you will be participating at the “UDG Conference”.

Room Rates

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 office@austriancenter.com (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.

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