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


María Blanco

Profesor at San Pablo CEU- University and Member of Juan de Mariana Insitute, Spain Maria Blanco holds a PhD in economics from Madrid Complutense University. She teaches History of Economic Thought and Public Policy at San Pablo CEU University. Her main research areas in History of Economic Thought are related to neuroeconomics and literature.

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.

Federico N. Fernández

Federico N. Fernández is President of Fundación Internacional Bases (Rosario, Argentina) and a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria). He is also the president of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century,” which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.

Luis Alberto Iglesias

Luis Alberto Iglesias holds a B.A. in Business Administration from ICADE (Madrid, Spain), a master’s degree in Austrian School Economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain), and a Ph.D. in Translation from Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). He speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English and has translated over 25 books on subjects ranging from economics and finance to magic and the performing arts.

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.

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.