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|
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.