The first American-style, English language, liberal arts educational institution in Eastern Europe, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is a unique cooperative venture established with the support of the U.S. and Bulgarian governments, the Open Society Institute, and the University of Maine.
AUBG is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution. Tuition and private donations, as well as grants, finance its educational activities. It opened its doors in September 1991, with a first-year class of 208 students and 16 full-time faculty members.
Since then, the lively town of Blagoevgrad in southwest Bulgaria has become a cradle of academic excellence, creativity and cultural diversity. Nowadays, around 1100 curious, committed and talented students from over 40 countries come together to live and study in a supportive and secure community and immerse themselves in our first-rate American liberal arts education.
World-class faculty members come from top schools in five continents to create an innovative and real-world learning environment that’s unique in Europe.
Bendukidze Free Market Center
Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC) is an independent Ukrainian think tank created in 2015 by friends and supporters of the prominent reformer Kakha Bendukidze to promote the ideas of liberty, limited open government and free market. The mission of BFMC is to unleash Ukraine’s economic potential through policy recommendations, research, and educational programs that promote self-reliance, responsibility and equal rules for everyone.
BFMC was founded by Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia, Yuliya Tychkivska, the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, and Volodymyr Fedoryn, the former Editor of Forbes Ukraine.
Centre for Free Economic Thought
The Centre for Free Economic Thought is the Estonian Business School’s think tank devoted to the study of free markets in the classical liberal and Austrian Economics traditions.
The Estonian Business School has a strong focus on entrepreneurship in a digital world, and therefore the Centre focuses on the theoretical and practical approaches to the creation of value and the wealth of nations through entrepreneurship and innovation.
Additionally, we cannot forget our history, as Estonia suffered the ravages of socialism for so many years, to later choose liberalism and finally develop into a leading entrepreneurial and digital society. On year 2021 we remember and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the independence of Estonia from the socialist Soviet Union.
At the Centre for Free Economic Thought we endeavour to foster a free society of free individuals through education and open discussion of ideas.
Circulo Liberal Bastiat
Liberal group based in Sevilla (Spain), founded in 2011 which aims to contribute to generate a real liberal alternative to the European mainstream economic thought. This group has the clear objective of making a significant contribution in changing people’s perception of the intervention of the state in economy and in our lives in general. To achieve this objective, the main activity of the organization is the divulgation and defence of the ideas of liberty, directly and by helping other individuals and groups spreading the ideas of liberty in social and conventional media.
Civil Development Forum
Civil Development Forum (FOR) is a non-profit free-market think tank based in Poland promoting and, if needed, defending economic freedom, rule of law, individual liberties, private property, entrepreneurial activities, and ideas of limited government. FOR contributes to policy-making and public debate through fact-based research and regular media presence.
Competere – Policies for a Sustainable Development
At Competere we want to understand the present in order to imagine and design a smarter future by developing policies and business models that foster innovation. By enhancing the public debate on what will be relevant issues we aim to promote prosperity, increasing freedoms and improving the coexistence of citizens. We rely on science and the experimental method to produce facts and pursue evidence that support smart and sustainable solutions for a broader open society. We are a community of curious, creative and entrepreneurial citizens.
The Danube Institute exists to provide an independent center of intellectual debate for conservatives and classical liberals and their democratic opponents in Central Europe.
Based in Budapest and Washington it seeks to engage with centre-right institutions, scholars, political parties and individuals of achievement across the region to discuss problems of mutual interest.
The Institute also seeks to establish a two-way transmission belt for centre-right ideas, policies and people between Central Europe, Western Europe, and the English speaking world, and to provide an authoritative source of rational and common sense reporting and commentary for those covering Central Europe for the world outside the region.
Danube institute was founded by the Batthyány Lajos Foundation in 2013 and enjoys a close working relationship with the bi-monthly journal Hungarian Review.
The Institute promotes its aims through two main programmes: the publication of studies on issues of public controversy and through seminars, debates, and public lectures. However, our activities go beyond a purely economic or political agenda to address the cultural and moral topics which increasingly shape attitudes to public policy issues.
Accordingly, it hosts film screenings and reviews plays and other works of particular social, historical, and cultural interest. Our internship and scholarship programmes are intended to advance the intellectual development and career prospects of young people in Central Europe.
Friedrich von Hayek Institute Romania
FHI is a Romanian libertarian think-tank, that aims to disseminate the ideas and the work of Austrian economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek, in order to cultivate the idea of individual freedom, to defend free society, democracy and market economy.
Among others, its activities include publication of books, conferences and public debates in order to spread and defend libertarian values.
FHI Romania has proudly been part of FMRS since 2015.
The Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute is a Vienna-based think tank dedicated to the work of Hayek and the theories of the "Austrian School of Economics". The aim of its activities is to disseminate knowledge about this school of thought to the public, to answer current questions based on its teachings, and to promote liberal thinking and action.
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.
Institut Ostrom Catalunya
The Ostrom Institute is a grassroots nonpartisan think tank and policy advocacy organization founded in 2016 in Barcelona to promote civil liberties, open societies, free markets, inclusive institutions and evidence-based policy. Our platform is devised as a conduit for participation and influence in social debate. We serve as a bridge between the academic world, civil society and public agents for uniting efforts and contributing to social progress.
Instituto Juan de Mariana
Our mission is to spread the liberty network through the spanish speaking countries and become a key actor in the configuration of public policies. We want to involve even more people in the defense of liberty values (freedom network), through the study and understanding of its philosophic tenets, of human nature and society, and of the principles and values of free societies (knowledge network). In addition, we work to communicate effectively to a wide and varied audience (broadcast network).
Ludwig von Mises Institute – Europe
Exchanging and promoting the principal ideas and merits of Classical Liberalism with a particular focus on the ideas of the Austrian School;
Bridging the gap between “Brussels” and the European citizens and between Eurocrats and Eurosceptics;
Acting as an interface between top academics, senior business leaders; respected media commentators, and leading politicians across the EU and in Brussels;
Teaching young professionals and students from all over the world to learn about the workings of the European Institutions;
Connecting world-wide liberals and organizations at national and international levels.
LWS Finance and Life School
Liberal group based in Spain, founded in 2021, with presence in Castellón, Málaga, Madrid and Santander which aims to spread libertarian values and finance knowledge through Spain and Latino America. By enhancing public debates in social media and Spanish universities, LWS Finance and Life School organizes events every week with thousands of participants from all around the world. We teach economics, finance and libertarian values aiming to demonstrate that the best way to proper is through capitalism, financial markets development and hard work.
“Multi” was established in 2011 in Tuzla by graduate students of the University of Tuzla. In the period from that to 2017, “Multi” has successfully implemented more than 20 projects, attended by more than 15,000 participants. We distributed more than 7,000 libertarian books throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. All these activities, “Multi” implemented with the support of 180 volunteers, mainly from Tuzla Canton.
Among our major projects, we include OPEN Festival, „Catalaxy“ seminars, Documentary movie „Economy“, Night of Ideas debate competition, IdeaPlus entrepreneurial education, „Islam and Free Market“ book and many other more.
Our mission is to improve the economic and all other freedoms of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mission of „Multi“ is realized through education, advocacy, research, publications and promotion of libertarian thought.
Association “Multi” is the winner of the Smith Student Outreach Award for 2019 and 2014, Atlas Network Think Tank Shark Tank Award for 2015 and the Students For Liberty Best Event Award for 2017.
New Economic School – Georgia (NESG)
New Economic School – Georgia (NESG), established in 2001, is a non-profit policy and economic education organization. During 18 years active work NESG has been a leading intellectual force for transforming Georgia into a country with wider economic freedoms and involved in international cooperation. The NESG has organized more than 700 activities and events – public lectures, training, seminars, workshops, local or international educational events, etc. More than 38000 people have personally attended NESG’s events and more than 8100 followed it on Facebook.
NESG has actively promoted ideas of economic freedom in the region of Southern Caucasus and beyond, played the role of the regional hub for free-minded people.
NESG is a member of several free-market-oriented networks such as Atlas Network, Economic Freedom Network, International Property Rights Alliance, European Resource Bank, 4Liberty Network, European Coalition for Economic Growth, etc. as well as closely cooperates with their member organizations. NESG regularly hosts International Free Market Road Show conferences, Summer/Winter Schools, prominent speakers, activists, etc. and attends international activities of the liberty movement.
NESG translated and published (or co-published) 28 free market books; it has a very nice library of free market economics books.
For advocating Liberty ideas NESG has awarded “Freda Utley Prize” for Advancing Liberty in 2006 and “The Templeton Freedom Award” in 2008 for excellence in promoting liberty.
Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
SSST is the only university in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region offering its undergraduate and postgraduate students an internationally recognized degree. Its students learn two foreign languages and receive two degrees: one from SSST and another one from the University of Buckingham (UK), SSST’s international partner since its founding in 2004.
SSST is meeting not only the national, but also the British and the European academic and quality standards, making excellence an imperative. The SSST curriculum, taught entirely in English, is built to create confident and globally-minded graduates with practical knowledge and valuable personal and professional skills the global market demands.
SSST’s graduates get accepted into the best postgraduate programmes around the world (Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Stony Brook, etc.) and are consistently employed by leading companies in the region and beyond.
Svensk Tidskrift is a magazine with a touch of think tank. Established 1911 we cover politics, economy and culture in Sweden and abroad in a weekly online magazine, arrange seminars, publish books and participate in the public debate.
Svensk Tidskrift is liberal-conservative, but has no formal party connections. We work to enable the politically interested and ideologically sound to express their views and participate in the debate on free market issues such as protection of private ownership, lower taxes and freedom of speech. We also take part as educators in a yearly course for Swedens future liberal-conservative writers and opinion makers.
Today, when many put their hope in populist politicians, the need for advocacy for free markets, private property and strong institutions that protect these human rights is perhaps more important than ever. That is why Svensk Tidskrift is happy to be a partner to FMRS 2017.
Taxpayers Association of Europe
The taxpayers’ movement grew out of the desire of citizens to protect themselves from the increasing tax demands of the state. The Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE) is a federation of 29 national taxpayer organizations and has over one million members. TAE works to create a society with less taxation and more personal freedom. TAE seeks to achieve greater economic efficiency in the public sector. TAE influences legislation to limit the tax burden. It tries to prevent unjust abuses by tax officials and to provide clear information about taxation.
The Center for Renewal of Culture (COK)
The main mission of The Center for Renewal of Culture (COK) is to educate people in the fundamental principles which underpin a free and democratic society. COK promotes the doctrine of limited government based on individual freedom and a free economy. We believe that institutions (political parties, judiciary, parliament etc.) alone are no guarantee for a well-ordered society. Citizens must take responsibility themselves for the common good. Much of our work is focused on educating a new generation of leaders in Croatia which will be able to confront the contemporary challenges facing all of Europe.
The Welfare State is considered by many to be highest moral achievement of Western society, but what is often overlooked is the corrupting effect big government policies have on citizens. We believe in low taxes, fair competition and the ability of people to responsibly order their lives for themselves. This philosophy has sustained our mission and it is the reason why COK hosts the Free-Market Roadshow every year in Croatia.
University of Belgrade–Faculty of Economics & Faculty of Law
University of Belgrade was founded in 1808. Today, with more than 100 thousand students, 31 schools and 12 research institutes it is one of the largest and the top-ranking universities in the Central and Eastern Europe. Faculty of Economicsand Faculty of Law, are member schools of the University of Belgrade, renowned for providing cutting edge education and research in economics/business/statistics and law.
University of Donja Gorica
UDG’s mission is to develop the spirit of freedom, individualism, entrepreneurship and economic liberalism; to develop research methodology and promote innovation; to equip our students with knowledge and skills needed for the success on global markets; to develop and strengthen the network of UDG students worldwide.