Values, What Values?
The Free Market Road Show is a series of conferences and panel discussions that tours all over Europe - from Scandinavia to Montenegro, from Spain to the Ukraine. More than 400 experts participate, presenting aspects of key economic questions in 40 cities, involving the audience into a vital discussion of economic and public policy questions. Worrying trends are replicating across Europe. Whole groups of the population, younger people in particular, are disengaged and misinformed. The core values upon which our modern society in Europe was built seem to have been forgotten. At the same time, the only choice being offered to the electorate appears to be maintaining the established political elites – a continuation of the current status quo that is becoming increasingly unappealing to young voters. This is why the 2018 Free Market Road Show needs to become part of an engagement with these younger people to identify a realistic and attractive third way, working hand in hand with the recently-launched Values 4 Europe project which seeks to discuss the common shared values in Europe and how young people can unite in this important discussion. Click here for more information about the 2018 Tour
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The 2018 Free Market Road Show will present two main panels focusing on:
1. Values, more values!
Topics like fairness, the environment, equality, freedom, innovation, solidarity or inclusion are often covered too quickly, a self-evident positive point of view is taken without considering the full consequences. By challenging all participants with controversial arguments, the 2018 Free Market Road Show will prepare the ground for a third way.
2. Agriculture as a political prisoner
Agriculture is among the top priorities of European Union. Agricultural subsidies in Slovakia reach hundreds of million euro each year. Yet, results are questionable - Slovak farmers produce low added value, Slovak food products are struggling to compete not only on European markets, but even on the national market. Slovak fertile land is covered by monocultures and woods are quickly disappearing. The panel with look at the problem not with a weeping eye, but with an entrepreneur's eye.
The 2018 Edition Gallery
The conference working languages are Slovak and English, simultaneous interpreting will be available the whole time.
Institute of Economic and Social Studies is a non-governmental and apolitical independent think tank in Bratislava, Slovakia. INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society, conducts in-depth analyses and drafts reform proposals, and comments on current economic and social issues. It is the most frequently quoted Slovak economic think tank in broadcast and print media.
The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) is a politically independent research institute committed to disseminating the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics. The AEC considers public policies, identifies economic alternatives, and attempts to realize them based on rigorous analysis and academic research. The AEC’s basic goal is the promotion of a free, responsible and prosperous society. To achieve this goal, it considers economic and socio-political questions, prepares studies, and recommends solutions.