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Star EU won 70 out of 70 tenders it applied for
[02.09.2014, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Cronyism practices connected with the ruling party revealed in the recent Conservative Institute study on EU funds drawing at municipal level.
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Two Fishy Companies Thriving in Drawing EU Funds
[07.05.2014, TASR, NEWS]
External project management in 50 projects financed from European funds was carried out by a company called Star EU under suspicious circumstances, M. R. Stefanik Conservative Institute analyst Ivan Kuhn said on Tuesday.
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Free Market Road Show 2013: To Save or Not to Save:
Will austerity programs alone save Europe?

[13.06.2013, NEWS]
The Austrian Economics Center (AEC), in cooperation with the Conservative Institute, and in association with international partners organized a conference within the Free Market Road Show 2013 in Bratislava on June 7, 2013. More information and video is available here...
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Human rights addressed at Slovak–Chinese talks
[25.02.2013, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Human rights made it onto the agenda of issues discussed between Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák and a Chinese delegation visiting Slovakia on February 15.
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Corpse show sparks controversy
[23.10.2012, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The origin of the bodies on display has provoked controversy at similar shows elsewhere, and some Slovak human rights activists have expressed concerns about this too.
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fraud. why the great recession?
[27.09.2012, NEWS]
ree markets are not to be blamed for the Great Recession. On the contrary, its origins rest upon the deep government and central bank intervention in the economy. Through fraudulent mechanisms, this causes recurrent boom and bust cycles: bad policies create phases of irrational exuberance, which are then followed by economic recessions, a result that every citizen ends up suffering from.
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Reform Forum:
Combating The Deficit: Taxes vs. Austerity

[11.06.2012, NEWS]
Conservative Institute held a discussion organized within Reform Forum cycle focused on Combating The Deficit: Taxes vs. Austerity on June 4, 2012 in Bratislava. Our speakers were: Daniel Hannan, Vazil Hudák, Dušan Chrenek, Jozef Kollár, Igor Vida, Jozef Špirko, Ronald Ižip, Vladimír Dvořáček, Radovan Ďurana and Peter Gonda. Videopresentations (in English) are available here....
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Free Market Road Show 2012:
Europe at a Turning Point. Europe on the Road to Serfdom?

[08.05.2012, NEWS]
Conservative Institute and INESS in partnership with European Coalition for Economic Growth, Austrian Economics Center and Friedrich August von Hayek Institut organized an international conference within Free Market Road Show in Bratislava on April 27, 2012. Video and more information is available here...
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Slovakia risks fine over enviro-laws
[03.04.2012, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Slovak law contains some provisions that restrict competition in relation to packaging and packaging waste. Radovan Kazda, an analyst with the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, wrote in an article for the Trend weekly that this objection pertains to the fact that Slovakia prefers domestic companies for evaluation of dangerous waste.
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Initiative for a Free and Prospering Europe
[30.01.2012, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
The Initiative for a Free and Prospering Europe (IFPE) is an informal and non-political group of European think tanks and other non-governmental organizations, personalities from economic and other sectors, and citizens...
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"The EU wants to solve the problems caused by centralisation by further centralisation"
[20.09.2011, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
If you think that Europe's toughest economic hawks sit in Frankfurt or dwell within Ifo - the flagship German econmic institute - think again. In fact, the German hawks have nothing on some economists and politicians in Slovakia - the tiger of Central Europe.
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Free Market Road Show 2011:
The Future of Europe

[23.05.2011, NEWS]
Conservative Institute in partnership with European Coalition for Economic Growth, Austrian Economics Center and Friedrich August von Hayek Institut organized an international conference within Free Market Road Show in Bratislava on May 13, 2011. Video is available here...
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Coalition's beer-induced stumble
[06.12.2010, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Peter Gonda of the Conservative Institute of M.R Štefánik, a think tank, said that from the point of view of solving the serious public finance problems and their causes, the cabinet’s draft budget is “too cautious, not ambitious enough, politically scared, and does not thoroughly address the root causes of the budget problems”.
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Slovakia stalls on euro bailout
[06.07.2010, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Eyebrows are being raised in Europe over a tug of war taking place in Slovakia over whether to agree to participate in the European Union’s financial safety-net programme to support the eurozone.
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Conservative Institute proposes a reform programme for the new Slovak government
[15.06.2010, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, a think-tank, has outlined core pillars of a programme statement for any new government of Slovakia to follow so that the country does embark on the same path as Greece, the SITA newswire reported.
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Free Market Road Show 2010:
Enough is enough - consolidation of public budgets a priority

[21.05.2010, NEWS]
CEBSI and Conservative Institute in partnership with NFAH organized international conference within Free Market Road Show in Bratislava on May 18, 2010. Video is available here...
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Another ministerial head rolls; SNS fumes
[17.03.2010, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Prime Minister Robert Fico called on Minister Štefanov to resign on March 9 in response to the findings of a Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) audit of the bulletin-board tender...
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A story of unanswered questions
[16.03.2010, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Ondrej Dostál, the director of the Conservative Institute of Milan Rastislav Štefánik, known also as a human rights activist, has been following the Cervanová case for many years and believes there are numerous controversial, unanswered aspects.
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NGO examines costs of websites developed by Slovak ministries
[07.12.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Analysts of the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, an NGO, made a survey concerning procurement costs of websites of Slovak ministries. As much as €73,058 is the difference between the most expensive and the cheapest websites, which departments of the Slovak government produced for EU co-financed operational programmes.
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The Open Letter to Attendees COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009
[30.11.2009, NEWS]
We call attendees of UN Climate Change in Copenhagen not to introduce imprudent decisions. Their consequences could be more destructive than the greenhouse effect...
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New law to allow state takeover of large firms
[09.11.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
According to Peter Gonda of the Conservative Institute, a conservative think tank, the systemic and original causes of the crisis are governmental regulation and extensive monetary expansion by central banks.
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Conservative Institute to Take Over the 2009 Templeton Freedom Award
[20.10.2009, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation has published the results of the Templeton Freedom Awards. One of the laureates of this prestigious prize for 2009 is the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, awarded for the implementation of the Conservative Economic Quarterly Lecture Series (CEQLS)...
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‘Not our problem’
[19.10.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Ruling coalition dismisses complaints by 105 judges...
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Support Václav Klaus! Stop the Lisbon treaty!
[04.10.2009, NEWS]
The Lisbon treaty effectively takes away the member states' sovereignity and independence, making them provinces in the EU-state. Both the EU Constitution itself and how it came about, shows the utter disregard that EU and the Eurocrats have for democracy and the people of Europe.
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Tearing Down The Wall
[13.09.2009, NEWS]
In 1989, the Wall was destroyed. Free markets and representative government were triumphant. Encourage others to raise funds for Atlas's Live Free Fund...
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Ondrej Dostál: New Language Law is bad not only for Hungarians
[02.09.2009, Péter Visnovitz, NEWS]
"My point of view is not from the perspective of minority rights only, but mainly from the perspective of freedom of speech, freedom of information, private sphere and private business, and I am against all state or government attacks targeting this freedom," Ondrej Dostál said...
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Conference:
Transparency, Effectiveness and Efficiency of utilisation of the EU funds in Slovakia

[23.07.2009, NEWS]
Conservative Institute with the support of Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe organized a conference on June 15, 2009 in Bratislava. Video from the conference is available here...
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Lesy SR saga continues
[20.07.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Radovan Kazda of the Conservative Institute think-tank said that an effective restructuring of the company has actually never happened...
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Employee revolt ousts state firm management
[06.07.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Radovan Kazda of the Conservative Institute think-tank said that problems with the state-run forestry company have been dragging on for several years.
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Conflict over Hu's visit
[29.06.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Four groups, Amnesty International, Falun Gong, People in Peril and the Conservative Institute, have officially asked the police to apologise to the detained citizens whose peaceful demonstration was disrupted by people believed to have been acting on behalf of the Chinese president.
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Quotas were sold cheaply
[22.06.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
“It seems like the ministry had nothing to lose by publishing the contract anymore, since the media with their investigative work managed to deduce the undisclosed parts of the contract quite exactly,” Radovan Kazda, an analyst from the non-governmental think-tank, the Conservative Institute, told The Slovak Spectator.
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Bargain-basement price?
[01.06.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
“Countries have different approaches to publishing their purchase-sale contracts, depending on how much they care about the transparency of the sale, which will bring the state the highest possible income,” Radovan Kazda, an analyst from the non-governmental Conservative Institute think tank told The Slovak Spectator.
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Financial crisis: State failure vs. Market failure
[21.05.2009, NEWS]
CEBSI and NFAH in partnership with Conservative Institute organized international conference within Free Market Road Show in Bratislava on May 15, 2009. Video is available here...
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Another SNS minister bites the dust
[21.05.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Radovan Kazda of the Conservative Institute, a think tank which is frequently critical of the government, said that there are some serious questions emerging over lack of transparency.
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Another SNS minister, another dodgy deal
[04.05.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Slovakia’s environment minister has agreed to disclose details of a contract which appears to have come as a stroke of genius – or something else – for a newly-formed company that was able to buy excess emission quotas from Slovakia for only two-thirds of the price the firm would have been charged by the Czech Republic or Ukraine...
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Fico above-face after EC launches contract probe
[27.04.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Štefanov’s nomination to his ministerial post by the SNS has attracted wide criticism from Slovakia’s political ethics watchdogs, think-tank observers and also the opposition...
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Conservative Institute calls for transparency over funds from Brussels
[15.04.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Without a change in the process of redistributing European Union (EU) funds, the replacement of Construction and Regional Development Minister Marian Janušek will be merely a belated gesture...
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Sign the Petition: Free Trade Is the Best Policy
[30.03.2009, NEWS]
The specter of protectionism is rising. It is always a dangerous and foolish policy, but it is especially dangerous at a time of economic crisis, when it threatens to damage the world economy...
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Teachers could end up being prosecuted says observer
[25.03.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Teachers - who should, according to new legislation, become public officials as of September 2009 - could end up being prosecuted for giving students grades that are considered inappropriate...
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EC demands answers over tender
[24.03.2009, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The Conservative Institute has been monitoring the use of EU funds by Slovak ministries and institutions. It found that ministries are not publishing enough information on how they handle EU funds...
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Study into Hate Education since Annapolis
[19.03.2009, NEWS]
We would like to inform you that A Study into Hate Education since Annapolis has already been launched in Brussels on Wednesday 18th March 2009...
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The ‘rocking chair’ under the construction minister
[16.02.2009, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
“Corruption and cronyism in the use of EU funds are covered up and permitted by laws which are still too benevolent towards these phenomena; their legal framework does not push the public administration to act transparently enough,” Dušan Sloboda, an analyst of the Conservative Institute, said for The Slovak Spectator...
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Marcel Guarnizo: Stealing from the Rich Is a Sin
[24.12.2008, František Múčka a Ján Záborský, NEWS]
TREND - Týždenník o ekonomike a podnikaníRead an extract from an interview with Marcel Guarnizo, Catholic priest and a Chairman of The Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe, who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Government Made the Financial Crisis. Let Us Not Make It Worse
[10.10.2008, NEWS]
Representatives of economic policy organizations throughout Europe released the following recommendations to deal with the global financial crisis...
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Piñera considers the first pension pillar a pyramid system
[29.09.2008, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
José Piñera, creator of the Chilean pension reform that served as a model for the Slovak pension reform, thinks that the first pay-as-you go pillar is a pyramid system based on political promises...
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New year brings uncertainty in schools
[15.09.2008, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
The Education Ministry might be talking optimistically about the launch of its new education reform, which is now coming into force with the arrival of the new academic year, but non-governmental organisations and the opposition say it has left schools in chaos...
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President won't address rights in China
[18.08.2008, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
President Ivan Gašparovič has decided not to bring up human rights with Chinese officials during his visit to the Summer Olympics in Beijing...
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Please support the democratic Czechs
[22.06.2008, Daniel Hannan, NEWS]
Only Mirek Topolánek, the leader of the Czech ODS, is standing up for the rule of law and for democratic legitimacy. “The Irish ‘No’ is not of a lesser impact for us than the French and Dutch ‘No’,” he says. “It signifies that no matter whether the ratification process continues or not, the Lisbon Treaty will not enter into force.”
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Conference:
Values in the Foreign Policy of the Slovak Republic

[18.06.2008, NEWS]
Conservative Institute organized on June 17, 2008 in Bratislava conference entitled Values in the Foreign Policy of the Slovak Republic...
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Crucial reform, or just cosmetics?
[09.06.2008, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
Slovakia has long been in urgent need of a new education law: that much both experts and politicians can agree on. However, they still differ on the form the new legislation should take...
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Low marks for school reform
[25.03.2008, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
Zuzana Humajová, Conservative Institute analyst for the Slovak Spectator: "Our education system is burned out, and the central administration fails when coordinating individual segments."
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Ľuboš Pástor: Public education requires much more money
[20.01.2008, Ján Záborský and Martin Jaroš, NEWS]
TREND - Týždenník o ekonomike a podnikaníRead an extract from an interview with Ľuboš Pástor, professor of finance at the University of Chicago, who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Conference: Kosovo and Its Independence
[15.01.2008, NEWS]
The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies, The Chronicles Magazine, Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik and Impulz Revue organized international conference in Bratislava on January, 14...
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Report spurs calls for education reforms
[24.12.2007, Beata Balogová, NEWS]
A recent international survey measuring the skills of 15-year-olds has both analysts and state officials agreeing that the education system in Slovakia needs to change...
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Lecture: John O’Sullivan: Values and Foreign Policy
[17.11.2007, NEWS]
Conservative Institute organized a lecture presented by John O’Sullivan - journalist, former special adviser to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the author of the book The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister...
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PM attacks retail chains over rising prices
[29.10.2007, Ľuba Lesná, NEWS]
"Attempts to regulate food prices in any way would mean a regression to the status quo before the November 1989 and the Velvet Revolution," Ondrej Dostál, head of the M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute said...
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Institute to set up diversity council
[22.10.2007, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute of is going to establish a Non-governmental Council for Natural Diversity (MRPR). The move is in reaction to the October 11 cabinet session, which was expected to approve a Cabinet Council for Gender Equality...
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Debate over school reform swells
[20.09.2007, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The Conservative Institute has been highly critical of the ministry's reform plans. According to Zuzana Humajová, an analyst from the CI, the ministerial bill is not reform-minded in spirit...
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Declaration of Support for Freedom in Thailand
[17.09.2007, NEWS]
We call on the government of Thailand to restore democracy and economic freedom. The government must proceed with free and fair elections, restore freedom of speech and protect private property rights...
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Land-owners are in the way
[10.09.2007, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The Transportation Ministry has submitted a draft on one-time special measures for expropriating the land needed to complete the unfinished road sections for the motorway linking the eastern and western parts of the country...
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Michael Novak: Socialists Need a Culprit
[04.09.2007, Ján Záborský and Martin Jaroš, NEWS]
Read an extract from an interview with Michael Novak, American philosopher, who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS Summer lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Information could become less free: NGOs
[03.09.2007, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Justice Ministry proposes changes to Freedom of Information Act...
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Lecture - James Bartholomew: The Damage Done by the Welfare State
[19.04.2007, NEWS]
Permanent Conference of Civic Institute and Conservative Institute organized lecture entitled The Damage Done by the Welfare State given by James Bartholomew in Bratislava on April 18, 2007...
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Pascal Salin: Capitalism Is the Only Moral System
[02.04.2007, Ján Záborský and Martin Jaroš, NEWS]
Read an extract from an interview with Pascal Salin, professor of economics at Université Paris-Dauphine and former President of the Mont Pelerin Society, who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS Spring lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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View our events /Video/
[22.03.2007, NEWS]
infoNET.tv - Spravodajská internetová televíziaView lectures given by Richard W. Rahn, Michael Novak, Johnny Munkhammar and Pascal Salin in Bratislava as guests of the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik...
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2007 Templeton Freedom Awards: Honorable Mention for Conservative Institute
[13.03.2007, NEWS]
Conservative Institute has received Honorable Mention from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, which manages 2007 Templeton Freedom Awards...
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Conservative Institute critical of euro-zone
[26.02.2007, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
The M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute says that Slovakia's adoption of the euro under current conditions could bring more disadvantages than advantages to the country...
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Slovaks defend tax reform
[05.02.2007, Tom Nicholson, NEWS]
If the EU's tax harmonization idea were introduced in Slovakia, it would mean higher taxes and fewer foreign investments, said Ondrej Dostál from the euro-sceptic M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute...
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Disrespect for Ownership Leads to Degeneration
[02.02.2007, Kristian Slovák and Ján Záborský, NEWS]
TREND - Týždenník o ekonomike a podnikaníRead an extract from an interview with Josef Šíma from the Czech Liberal Institute, who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS winter lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Swedish Failure and Slovakian Success
[21.12.2006, Johnny Munkhammar, NEWS]
My main message is that the so-called social model of big government in Western Europe is the main cause of many problems. High taxes will lead to low economic growth, a regulated labour market will lead to unemployment, vast social security systems will lead to many people living off the state. The solution is radical market-oriented reform, such as lower taxes, privatisations and de-regulations...
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Lecture on Free Market Environmentalism
[10.11.2006, NEWS]
Conservative Institute organized a lecture on free market environmentalism presented by Marko Mäki Hakola, Resarch Manager for Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, Helsinki, Finland. Lecture was presented within the Conference on Alternatives of Forest Business Development in the Slovak Republic...
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Free Europe: Vote Yes!
[13.10.2006, Carl-Johan Westholm, NEWS]
The Constitution for Free Europe is, with its ten points, not an answer or an alternative to all aspects in the rejected official proposal. But it underlines the decisive factors for a development in Europe with more of an atmosphere of freedom, and less of political dirigism...
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Study by Conservative Institute: Slovakia awash in local politicians
[02.10.2006, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
A study by the Conservative Institute think-tank based in Bratislava has exposed Slovakia as "a land of politicians". Four years ago, Slovak citizens elected a total of 2,926 mayors and 21,644 local councilors to local governments, giving the country 5 local council members per 1,000 inhabitants...
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Tax plan favours government voters
[28.08.2006, Tom Nicholson, NEWS]
Municipalities at higher altitudes to get greater share of public money. According to Dušan Sloboda, a regional geographer and an analyst with the M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute in Bratislava, the problem with the law is not merely that some municipalities will lose out...
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Lecture of Richard W. Rahn published in Connection
[09.08.2006, NEWS]
On June 27, the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic and Europe&Democracy Foundation was proud to host the former Vice President and Chief Economist of the US Chamber of Commerce, currently General Director of the Center for Global Economic Growth, Richard W. Rahn...
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Governments Can Destroy Wealth But Cannot Create It
[20.07.2006, Kristian Slovák and Ján Záborský, NEWS]
TREND - Týždenník o ekonomike a podnikaníRead an extract from an interview with Richard W. Rahn, Director General of the Center for Global Economic Growth (USA), who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS summer lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Draft of Welfare Reform in Slovakia
[13.07.2006, Peter Gonda, Michal Novota and Ondrej Dostál, NEWS]
This publication introduces, first of all, our concept for the solution of the long-term distortions enduring in the social system. Download our latest publication Draft of Welfare Reform in Slovakia in English...


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Statement of Concern for Freedom in Russia
[02.07.2006, NEWS]
We, representatives of pro-freedom think-tanks and movements from many nations, united by common principles and values, declare our steadfast support for the individual rights of the people of Russia to associate without harassment by the authorities, and to exercise the rights of freedom of expression to which all human beings are by nature entitled...
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Not just an obligation
[26.06.2006, Marta Ďurianová, NEWS]
Ivan Kuhn, who is associated with the Conservative Institute, believes Slovakia still looks at official development aid as an obligation rather than a legitimate tool for providing needed assistance...
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The Government Programs are Doomed to Fail
[02.05.2006, Michal Novota, NEWS]
Read an interview with Ted Abram, Executive Director of the American Institute for Full Employment (USA), who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS spring lecture held by the Conservative Institute...


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Petition against creating a common consolidated corporate tax base in the EU
[21.04.2006, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
On 11 April 2006, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute initiated a petition against the efforts of the European Commission to create a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), which was signed and disseminated by 23 European economic research institutes and individuals (including the Conservative Institute). The Petition was submitted to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe as well as national governments and mass media of the member states...
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The petition on the excise policy in the EU
[03.04.2006, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
The Conservative Institute is one of the signatories of the Petition on the excise policy in the EU, which is coordinated by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. Find the text of the petition here...
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Slovakia and the United States: So Distant, So Different and So Close
[15.03.2006, Peter Gonda, NEWS]
Zdroj: www.allineed.comAlthough Slovakia is more than 3,000 miles far and so different from the U.S., it is also well close. There are really a lot of differences. It is important to understand that Slovakia’s geopolitical weight is just one single drop in comparison with that of the U.S. Slovakia has passed throughout absolutely different historical experience and there are many differences in the attitudes of the citizens in both countries, while false myths are often the reason for these differences. Despite that, Slovakia and the United States are much closer to each other than ever before...
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Americans Value the Diversity of Europe
[13.02.2006, Michal Novota, NEWS]
Read an interview with William A. Niskanen, Chairman of the Cato Institute (USA), who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS winter lecture held by the Conservative Institute...


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Citizens challenge EU treaty
[25.01.2006, Martina Jurinová, NEWS]
We argue that if the European Constitutional Treaty is ratified and takes effect, the EU would be a state formation and therefore Slovaks should have decided on the treaty in a referendum...
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European Monetary Union will collapse within 10 years
[02.01.2006, Kristian Slovák and Ján Záborský, NEWS]
TREND - Týždenník o ekonomike a podnikaníRead an extract from an interview with William A. Niskanen, Chairman of the Cato Institute (USA), who was a guest speaker at the CEQLS winter lecture held by the Conservative Institute...
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Brussels Declaration
[14.12.2005, NEWS]
Europe's rightwing politicians, led by members of the Conservative party, launched in Brussels on December 6, 2005 a transnational movement in favour of reducing the European Union to a loose economic area...
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Conservative Institute in Eye on Europe
[08.11.2005, NEWS]
Find Conservative Institute presentation in the Autumn issue of Eye on Europe, the Stockholm Network newsletter...
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The return of the prodigal sons
[31.10.2005, Beata Balogová, NEWS]
Radovan Kazda, an analyst of the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, wrote in the daily SME that the greatest risk of corruption in Slovakia does not pertain to state subsidies that state servants can access...
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Slapping the helping hand
[26.09.2005, Marta Ďurianová, NEWS]
Ondrej Dostál, the director of the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik, told The Slovak Spectator that an average worker with two children would have to earn a gross salary of at least Sk19,211 (€500) to participate in the 2 percent assignate...
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Slovakia holds its own in EU arena
[08.08.2005, Branislav Lichardus and Bill Bagatelas, NEWS]
The conference, which took place on June 14 in Bratislava, was hosted by Vysoká škola manažmentu/City University and the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik...
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Initiative aims to halt treaty
[25.07.2005, Martina Jurinová, NEWS]
Read an interview with Ondrej Dostál, Conservative Institute Director, who drafted a complaint to the Constitutional Court, arguing that rather than approval in parliament, Slovakia should have adopted the EU Constitutional Treaty through passing a constitutional law on the issue, then held a national referendum to confirm the law...
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EU Constitution ratification halted
[14.07.2005, Martina Jurinová, NEWS]
The Slovak Constitutional Court issued a preliminary measure banning President Ivan Gašparovič from signing the European Constitutional Treaty, which parliament overwhelmingly approved earlier this year. The court accepted a complaint by the M. R. Štefánik Conservative Institute, which argued that there should be a referendum on the issue...
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The Culture War in Slovakia: A Battle for Conscience
[09.04.2005, Jaroslav Daniška, NEWS]
Conscience is the place where evil is separated from good—individually and universally. To defend conscience is to defend individual freedom and limited government, both of which the leftists hate...
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Europe's Centralising Dynamic Must Be Checked
[24.03.2005, NEWS]
Conservative Institute analysts are the signatories to the Letter to the Editor of The Financial Times, London published in The Financial Times on 23 March 2005. More than 100 signatories from universities and think-tanks in Europe unite in rejecting the agreement reached by heads of state or government on the proposed Constitution for the European Union...
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Peter Gonda, CI analyst, on a study visit in USA
[13.02.2005, NEWS]
All the results of this stay will be used by CI. Experience from this visit study will be aimed at facilitating introduction and discussion of US social programs principles in the public debate and to influence the decision makers and policy influencers in Slovakia...
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Initiative against the European Constitution
[17.08.2004, NEWS]
Our goal is to prevent the Slovak approval of the European Constitution. To achieve it, we shall proceed in joint action. We call for a public discussion on the European Constitution. We urge the Slovak political representatives, particularly the designed Prime Minister, to review their stances and to allow the citizens of this country to cast their vote on the EU Constitution...
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New rules define NGOs
[26.07.2004, Marta Ďurianová, NEWS]
Ondrej Dostál from the Conservative Institute of M. R. Štefánik NGO told the daily SME recently that the need to create a law on the third sector was not justified and that the law would only weaken the position of NGOs...
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Fines for farmers a contentious issue
[20.10.2003, The Slovak Spectator, NEWS]
Radovan Kazda from the Conservative Institute think tank criticizes the law's provisions for lacking safeguards that would ensure the fines are issued fairly...
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