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 CERGE-EI Foundation, who will host year’s event at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute in Prague. CERGE-EI’s magnificent ceremonial rooms will form the backdrop for the working groups and workshops to debate the pressing political, economic and philosophical issues that Europe is facing today.


Thursday, April 12th 2018

02:30 pm – 03:00 pmRegistration
04:30 pm – 08:00 pmFree Market Road Show Prague

Venue: Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka

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/

Friday, April 13th 2018

02:00 pm – 02:15 pmEuropean Resource Bank Meeting

Opening Remarks

02:15 pm – 03:45 pmPanel

Topic: Brand Protection for Economic Freedom: How IP and Trademarks contribute to the economic growth.

Moderator: Christopher Butler

03:45 pm – 04:30 pmKeynote speech

Topic: Are planned economies our destiny?

04:30 pm – 05:00 pmCoffee Break
05:00 pm – 06:15 pmPanel

Topic: Central planning out of Brussels vs. a Reformed Europe

Moderator: Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center

06:15 pm – 07:30 pmDragon’s Den Competition
07:30 pm – 09:00 pmDinner
Venue: U Sumavy, Stepanska 3, Prague 2

Saturday, April 14th 2018

09:00 am – 10:20 amOpen workshop

Topic: Values4Europe

  • Moderator: Daniel Kaddik, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
10:20 am – 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am – 12:00 pmPanel

Topic: How Think Tanks can promote their ideas

Moderator: Christopher Lingle, Universidad Francisco Marroquín

12:00 pm – 01:30 pmLunch
01:30 pm – 02:30 pmBest Practice

Topic: Fundraising

02:30 pm – 04:00 pmPanel

Topic: Intellectual Property

Moderator: Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center

04:00 pm – 04:20 pmCoffee Break
04:20 pm – 05:20 pmBest Practice

Topic: Social media

Ignasi will talk about the Communication Strategy he has used on his Facebook Page SpanishLibertarian. He will explain to us the history of this channel, the strategy that he has used to have a 10x increasing of followers in just one year and he will also talk about what we can learn from military strategy if we want to win the battle of ideas.

05:20 pm – 06:45 pmPanel

Topic: Is it legitimate to influence peoples’ behavior through taxes?

Moderator: Christopher Lingle, Universidad Francisco Marroquín

06:45 pm – 08:00 pmFree time
8:00 pmDinner & Announcement of the Winner of the Dragon’s Den Competition

Venue: Vila Lanna, V Sadech 1, Prague 6

Sunday, April 15th 2018

09:00 am – 9:45 amKeynote speech

Topic: Bitcoin Shaping Our Future

Alena will present three examples of how we can benefit from Satoshi Nakamoto’s legacy: digital security, financing and public governance.
09:45 am – 11:00 amPanel

Topic: Cyber Security and Data Protection

 11:00 am – 11:30 amCoffee Break
11:30 am – 12:45 pmPanel

Topic: Multilateral relations between East and West

Moderator: Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center

12:45 pm – 1:00 pmClosing Remarks

Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center


H.E. Ahmet Necati Bigali

H.E. Ahmet Necati Bigalı

H. E. is the Turkish Ambassador to Prague since July 2014.

Ignasi Bolto

Ignasi Boltó

Ignasi Boltó is a filmmaker and entrepreneur from Barcelona. He gives communication services to entrepreneurs and organizations. He has used his filming and editing skills to professionalize the libertarian movement in Spain.

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.

Dan Denning

Dan Denning

Dan Denning is the Executive Publisher at Southbank Investment Research in London and the co-author of The Bill Bonner Letter. His belief in free markets, sound money, personal liberty and limited government have underpinned twenty years of writing and research in the financial publishing industry.

Efthymios Efthymiades

H.E. Efthymios Efthymiades

His Excellency Efthymios Efthymiades is the Ambassador of Greece to the Czech Republic.

Sebastian Giraud

Sebastian Giraud

Working across a range of diverse sectors from media and politics to finance and the environment Sebastian has designed, developed and implemented digital strategies and products that are used by millions of users each month.

Graham Henderson

Graham Henderson

A successful arts leader and cultural entrepreneur, Graham has successfully founded two new arts organisations in the UK over the last 15 years.

Scott Hodge

Scott Hodge

Scott A. Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., one of the most influential organizations on tax policy in Washington and in state capitals.

Michael Jaeger

Michael Jäger

Michael Jaeger is the Secretary General of the European Taxpayers’ movement Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE) since 1996, and since 2011 also Chief Executive Manager (CEO) of the European Economic Senate, the network of leading corporates in Europe. 

Keith A Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston is a cultural critic and columnist for Reaction and Quillette.

Keith has been active in the field of classical liberal philosophy, supporting individualism, diversity of thought and equality of opportunity. 

Octavian Jora

Octavian-Dragomir Jora

Economist, scholar, writer, and editor, Octavian-Dragomir Jora is a settled presence in the Romanian (as well as abroad) marketplace of academic and journalistic debates.

Peter Jungen

Peter Jungen

is Chairman of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, and investor in numerous start-ups in Europe and in the US like Idealo GmbH, the leading German comparison shopping platform.  

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.

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.

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.

Ross Marchand

Ross Marchand

Ross Marchand is the Director of Policy for TPA.  Ross is an alumnus of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University. He has interned for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council, analyzing and blogging on a variety of public policy issues ranging from higher education to fiscal policy.

Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell is a public policy economist in Washington, DC.  His major research interests include tax reform, international tax competition, the economic burden of government spending, and other fiscal policy issues.

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.

Tanja Porcnik

Tanja Porčnik

Tanja Porčnik is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Porčnik is president and co-founder of the Visio Institute, a think tank in Slovenia, and co-author of The Human Freedom Index.

Richard Rahn

Richard W. Rahn is an economist, syndicated columnist, and entrepreneur. Currently he is Chairman of Improbable Success Productions and the Institute for Global Economic Growth.

Henrique Schneider

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 books are “Uber: Innovation in Society”, “Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy”, and “Introducing the Political Philosophy of Hanfei”. Henrique also teaches economics at the NORDAKADEMIE in Elmshorn, Germany.

Paata Sheshelidze

Paata Sheshelidze

Paata Sheshelidze is an economist, graduated Tbilisi State University in 1992 with Master Degree.

Hi is co-founder and board member of Association of Young Economists (April, 1988-1994), co-founder and president of Young Georgian Federalists (1994-1999), member of Club of Youth Scientists of Georgia (1994-2004).

Christopher Snowdon

Christopher Snowdon

Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on social freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence.

Krassen Stanchev

Krassen Stanchev

Dr. Krassen Stanchev teaches Public Choice and Macroeconomic Analysis of Politics at Sofia University, plus history of economic ideas to humanitarian post-graduates; he is also CEO of KC 2 Ltd and Board Chairman, founder and former Executive Director of IME (www.ime.bg) – the first Bulgaria’s independent and free market think thank (1993), former member and committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers.

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.

Alena Vranova

Alena Vranova

develops early stage ideas into successful products and services. She is skilled in business development and planning, identifying and creating meaningful business partnerships. Her track record includes several successful startups in finance and technology.

Susan Walton

Susan Walton

is Senior finance and media executive with over 20 years of experience in global top-tier Investment banks. Susan serves as a board member and senior advisor to leading think thanks, universities, cultural institutes, and social enterprises with a focus on economic education and civil liberties.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is founder & president of ALTIUS Financial, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor/wealth management firm in Denver, Colorado. He brings over 30 years’ experience in financial planning and investment results. He speaks frequently to radio audiences, community & campus groups, and corporations on investment and economic themes as well as the historical and moral foundations of capitalism.

Anders Ydstedt

Anders Ydstedt

Anders Ydstedt is an advisor at Scantech Strategy Advisors to Major Swedish industry and business organizations.

He is also an entrepreneur, author and chairman of Svensk Tidskrift, a weekly journal of politics, economics and culture, founded in 1911.


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

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)

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.

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.

Contact us

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