· The EU Constitutional Treaty: Pros and Cons
On March 15, 2005, the CI organized a conference The EU Constitutional Treaty: Pros and Cons in Bratislava.
Vladimír Palko, the Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic and Vice-Chairman of the Christian Democratic Movement, Pál Csáky, the Vice-Premier of the Slovak Republic and Vice-Chairman of the Hungarian Coalition Party, Viliam Karas, a lawyer and lecturer at Trnava University, Peter Osuský, the Vice-Chancellor of Comenius University, the Vice-Chairman of the Civic Conservative Party and leader of the Initiative Against the European Constitution and Ivan Štefunko, an editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper SLOVO, presented their views and contributions at the conference.
· Environmental Policy in the Slovak Republic
On April 19-20, 2005, the CI organized a conference Environmental Policy in the Slovak Republic in Ružomberok. The objective of the conference was to discuss the possibilities of deregulation in the area of environmental policy and how to make the execution of environmental policy more transparent. More than a dozen of experts on environmental policy from the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic presented their contributions at the conference. The conference was coordinated by CI analyst for agrarian and environmental policy Radovan Kazda.
· The Economic and Political Context of Central Europe - European Union Relations. Central Europe a Partner or an Appendix of European Union?
Conference entitled The Economic and Political Context of Central Europe - European Union Relations. Central Europe a Partner or an Appendix of European Union? was jointly organised by the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, Bratislava, and The Bratislava International Studies Institute at the City University - Vysoká škola manažmentu. The conference took place at Vysoká škola manažmentu – City University in Bratislava on June 14 2005.
Amongst the contributors at the conference, Peter Gonda, the CI macroeconomic analyst, presented The Risk of Continental European Social Model for Slovakia and Marian L. Tupy, Assistant Director, Project on Global Economic Liberty, CATO Institute, USA had a lecture on the issue of pdf/Tupy.pdfEuropean Union after the Enlargement: Perspective from Across the Atlantic.
· CEQLS - Impacts of Slovakia` s Accession to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
The first of the Conservative Economic Quaterly Lecture Series (CEQLS), targeted on Impacts of Slovakia` s Accession to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), was held by the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik in Bratislava on June 15, 2005. Marian L. Tupy, Assistant Director, Project on Global Economic Liberty at the CATO Institute, and Peter Gonda, an economic analyst for the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, presented the main risks of experiment with the Euro and the EMU on economic entities in Slovakia, and also in the Eurozone as a whole. Moreover, they introduced core recommendations for Slovakia how to react to this process.
· Michael Novak: Capitalism and Catholic Church – Concordate or Enemies?
The world-famous American philosopher, theologian, prolific publicist and promoter of the democratic capitalism with family roots in Slovakia - Professor Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research took floor of the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik with lecture Capitalism and Catholic Church – Concordate or Enemies?
Professor Novak focused on opposing tensions and meeting points between Catholicism and Capitalism in order to put more light to the public debate in Slovakia. Moreover, he tried to clarify argument why can majority of Catholics in Slovakia more trust to “invisible hand” of Capitalism and political, economic and moral order of the free society.
The public lecture took place in Bratislava on June 27, 2005.
· The Red Wall is Falling
On October 4, 2005, CI organized, together with internet daily newspaper The Epoch Times, a conference The Red Wall is Falling. The discussion was mostly on communism in China.
The lectures were given by Steve Ispas, Marketing Manager of The Epoch Times, Ján Čarnogurský, a lawyer, ex-dissident, who was Slovak Prime Minister in 1991-1992, Lord Thurlow, a diplomat, ex-deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of United Kingdom, František Mikloško, member of National Council of the Slovak Republic (KDH), ex-dissident and co-editor of the book “Crimes of Communism in Slovakia in 1948-1989“, Norbert Kmeť from Institute of Political Sciences in Slovak Academy of Sciences, Man-Yan Ng, Deputy Director of ABB and member of Board of Directors of IGFM in Germany and Peter Osuský, Vice-Rector of Comenius University in Bratislava and Deputy Chairman of Civic Conservative Party.
· CEQLS - Tax Harmonization vs. Competition in the EU
Conservative Institute held the autumn lecture within (CEQLS) on an issue of Tax Harmonization vs. Competition in the EU presented by Daniel J. Mitchell, chief expert on tax policy and tax reform for the Heritage Foundation who visited Slovakia on invitation by Conservative Institute.
The lecture and more information is available here.
· Forms of Conservatism
On November 10 to 12, 2005, CI organized, with Civic Institute, Prague and SKOI, the seminar called Forms of Conservatism in Piešťany.
The lectures were given by following contributors: Vojtech Belling, an analyst of Civic Institute in Prague, Jaroslav Daniška, fellow worker of CI and editor of Impulz magazine, Jiří Georgiev, expert of the Committee of Senate of Parliament of the Czech Republic for European integration, Peter Gonda, economist of CI, Roman Joch, the Director of Civic Institute in Prague, Peter Martinovič, a lawyer and Deputy Chairman of Young Conservatives, Vladimír Palko, the Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic and Deputy Chairman of Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Katarína Podracká, political scientist and CI fellow worker, Maciej Ruczaj, a journalist, Ulrich Wollner, special assistant in Department of Philosophic Sciences of the Faculty of Humanitarian Sciences of Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica and Peter Zajac, the President of CI.
· CEQLS - Alternative Political and Economic Futures for Europe
Conservative Institute held the winter lecture within (CEQLS) on an issue of Alternative Political and Economic Futures for Europe presented by excellent american economist William A. Niskanen who visited Slovakia on invitation by Conservative Institute.
William A. Niskanen has been chairman of the Cato Institute since 1985, following service as a member and acting chairman of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers.
The lecture and more information is available here.