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European Resource Bank Meeting 2018

We invite all Friends of Freedom, Peace, and Europe to join us at the 15th European Resource Bank (ERB) Meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), on April 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2018! This ERB-edition will be hosted in cooperation with the CERGE-EI Foundation and will take place at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute in the city center.

The European Resource Bank Meeting is the largest gathering of classical liberal and conservative intellectuals, entrepreneurs, institutes, foundations, and think tanks from all around Europe. ERB Meetings enhance individual liberties and free enterprise, and thereby also further pluralism, peace and prosperity.

The 2018 Prague ERB meeting will offer discussions with inspiring speakers and invaluable opportunities of networking with like-minded friends. Come and join us!

Eleanor Hammond, CERGE-EI Foundation
Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center
Pierre Garello, Institute of Economic Studies – Europe

What is the European Resource Bank?

The European Resource Bank is the largest annual conference of think-tanks in Europe and today gathers representatives from dozens of European 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 organized by the Heritage Foundation in the United States and the Liberty Forum organized 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 organizations.

The European Resource Bank project started fourteen years ago at the initiative of Pierre Garello, Barbara Kolm, Wolfgang Müller and 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 organizational 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 Krassen Stanchev.

Now in its fifteenth year, each European Resource Bank Meeting is hosted by a different European institute. The program is designed by the organizer 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 questions, the primary mission of the European Resource Bank Meetings is to improve the organizational 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 experiences.

The European Resource Bank provides unparalleled networking opportunities for all groups and individuals in Europe.

The 15th European Resource Bank Meeting will be held in Prague on 13th – 15th April, 2018.

Previous Events

14th European Resource Bank, Podgorica, Montenegro 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 Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI Foundation) in 2018. CERGE-EI Foundations magnificent facilities will help to organize working groups and workshops to debate pressing political, economic, and philosophical issues that Europe is facing today.


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:

  • Richard Teather (Bournemouth University)
  • Guillaume Périgois (Contrepoints)
  • Paata Sheshelidze (New Economic School – Georgia)
  • Pieter Cleppe (Open Europe Brussels)
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:

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)
  • 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.

Jared Parks

Jared Parks is the senior director of advocacy and external affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies to promote the importance of intellectual property (IP) both at the state level and inside the Beltway.

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.


Hotel Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square
Kateřinská 38, 120 00 Prague-Nové Město, Czech Republic
Website: http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3194-novotel-praha-wenceslas-square/index.shtml
Tel: (+420)2/21104999

Villa Lanna
V sadech 1, 160 00 Prague 6 – Bubeneč, Czech Republic
Website: http://www.vila-lanna.cz
Tel: (+420)224321278

Book a room

Please make sure you book as soon as possible as Prague is a popular travel destination in April and therefore, it could be hard to get a room near the venue.

Room Rates

Single Room: 125 € per night (Hotel Novotel) | 1300 CZK (about 50 €) per night (Villa Lanna)

Double Room: 2000 CZK (about 80 €) per night (Villa Lanna)

Hotel Novotel: This is a special rate for ERB participants. When booking, please make sure to mention that you participate at the ERB, as there are rooms reserved.

Villa Lanna: To make a reservation, please email foundation@cerge-ei.cz no later than February 28 2018.

Of course, you can also choose to find a room yourself using Airb’n’b.

Dragon’s Den – Competition

This year’s European Resource Bank will also host the “Think Tank Dragons’ Den” competition.

The competition is modeled after a popular BBC Show where entrepreneurs pitch business plans to five investors in the hope of raising capital for their venture.

If you wish to compete for extra funding for your project, please send an email to office[at]austriancenter.com (subject:Dragons’ Den – NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION). Apply with a description of your organization (max. one page long) and a description of your project (again one page). Please send it until March 19th 2018.

An international committee will select the best proposals to be presented at the Dragons’ Den in Prague.

More information will be announced soon.

Contact us

You can also call us at +43 1 505 13 49-32.