European Resource Bank Meeting 2019

Come and join the XVI European Resource Bank (ERB) Meeting – the largest gathering of free minds in Europe!

The ERB brings together classical liberal and conservative intellectuals, entrepreneurs, institutes, foundations, and think tanks from all parts of the Old Continent and the rest of the world. It’s been the Must-Attend event since 2002.

With the 2019 edition we want to facilitate a space in which the European Liberty Movement can learn the techniques and skills necessary to spread our message and to campaign in the most effective way. The program will put special emphasis on communication, social media, best practices, biggest challenges, and grassroots.

The ERB has teamed up with the Naumann Foundation for Freedom, who will co-organize the coming event.  The venue will be the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. It is the most prestigious university and also the traditional location of the Free Market Road Show in Chisinau.

Have a Good Project Idea? Get Funding for it at the Dragons’ 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).

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, it will be 10,000 US dollars to be divided in a first prize of 5,000, a second of 3,000, and a third of 2,000. The decision shall be final and not open to appeal.

Deadline for Reception is February 11th 2019 (No Exceptions Will Be Made). Those who are selected to compete will be announced by latest March 1st 2019.

The selected participants will be granted an automatic scholarship for the ERB fee and accommodation.

Sneak Peek at the 2019 Program

Dragons’ Den Competition Reloaded

Historically, the prize has been of 5,000 US dollars. However, in 2019 and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, it will be 10,000 US dollars to be divided in a first prize of 5,000, a second of 3,000, and a third of 2,000.

Taxpayers Networking & Training

The World Taxpayers Associations and the Americans for Tax Reform will hold their Coalition Meeting, Workshops, and Trainings is associations with the ERB 2019.

Effective Libertarian Communication

We’re bringing a team of experts from Spain to teach you how to communicate better and send a powerful message via your social networks, traditional media, etc. María Blanco, Luis Iglesias, and the Spanish Libertarian are already confirmed as part of our program.

Revisiting the Soviet Era

All attendees of ERB will take a tour to Transnistria – the breakaway region which still maintains the communist “charm” alive. During the trips (90 minutes approx.) we will hold bus lectures and in Transnistria we will have a fascinating guided visit.


The main venue of the ERB will be ASE Moldova. It is the most prestigious public university of the country and usual location of the Free Market Road Show in the country.

Dining at a Magnificent Wine Cellar

ERB participants will tour one of the best wineries in Moldova, take part in a tasting with a sommelier, and have dinner at the wine cellar.

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Rooms are allocated in the following three hotels.

Please mention that you are booking the room for the “European Resource Bank”!

Radisson Blu Hotel Chisinau
str. Mitropolit Varlaam 77, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Website: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-chisinau?facilitatorId=CSOSEO&csref=org_gmb_sk_en_sn_ho_KIVZL
Tel: +373 (22) 201201

Standard room, single use – 100,00€ per night
Standard room, double use – 115,00€ per night

The rates above are non-commissionable, including VAT and other applicable taxes. Also included are:

  • Super Breakfast
  • FREE of use wireless high speed internet in our guest rooms and all other areas of the hotel
  • Free of charge use of the Fitness Club and Aqua Zone (Jacuzzi and Saunas)
  • Complimentary tea & coffee provisions in the room
  • Free bottle of water (0,5 l/person)

Bristol Central Park
Pushkin Street 32, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Website: http://bristol.md/en_US/
Tel: +373 (22) 902222

Standard room, single use – 75,00€ per night
Standard room, double use – 85,00€ per night

The above-mentioned price includes the following free facilities:

  • Full English Breakfast; Complimentary tea/coffee/water in the Room.
  • Iron and ironing board; Free Wi- Fi internet connection.
  • Parking; Fitness Room; 24/7 Reception, 24/24 Guest Relation Department;
  • 11AM/10:30PM Room service.

City Park Hotel
Eugen Doga 2A, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Website: http://city-park.hotelschisinau.com/en/
Tel: +373 (22) 249249

Book here: http://citypark.md/?lang=en

Standard room, single use – European Resource Bank, offered price – 55,00€ per night
Standard room, double use – European Resource Bank, offered price – 65,00€ per night


  • Breakfast
  • WLAN
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • 24/7 reception
  • Secured parking
  • Ironing facilities

The map below shows the location of the hotels in relation to the venue (the venue is north of all three hotels).

Past Editions

What is the European Resource Bank?

The European Resource Bank is the largest annual conference of think tanks in Europe. Today it 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.

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 throughout Europe, and to serve as a meeting forum for organisations, experts, partners and friends to develop new ideas and share experiences.

Thus, the European Resource Bank provides unparalleled networking opportunities for all groups and individuals in Europe.


The European Resource Bank project started fifteen years ago at the initiative of Pierre Garello, Barbara Kolm, Wolfgang Müller and Hardy Bouillon, when representatives from thirteen European classical liberal think tanks came together in November 2003 in Gummersbach, Germany. They met to reflect on ways to improve inter-organisational cooperation. During this meeting a consensus was reached that work was still required when it comes to improve two things. First, organizational strategies and second, continuous invitation to all those involved in the promotion of individual liberty throughout Europe to join the debate. This led Pierre Garello, Director of IES Europe, to establish the inaugural European Resource Bank meeting in Borovec, Bulgaria, spearheaded by Krassen Stanchev.

Since then, each European Resource Bank Meeting has been hosted by a different European institute. The program is designed by the organizer in close cooperation with historical members of the group.

The next event

The 16th European Resource Bank Meeting will be held in Chisinau (Moldova) on 28th – 31st March, 2019.

Contact us

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