Wednesday, Sept. 20 - Budapest Day Tour (tickets purchased separately)

Join Atlas Network for a day tour of Budapest on Wednesday, September 20 – the day before the official start of Europe Liberty Forum.

Our tour begins in the lobby of the Hotel Sofitel at 9:30 a.m.  We’ll board a bus toward Heroes’ Square.  On our way, we will stop at the House of Terror Museum for a tour through some of Hungary’s political past.  After the tour, we will make our way down to Heroes Square where we will take in the largest and most impressive square in the city.  We’ll then make our way to a gastronomical lunch at Gundel’s.  After lunch, we will take a peek inside of the Hungarian Parliament and learn about Hungary’s current politics and then finish our day at the Buda Castle where we will take in the fantastic vistas and enjoy the grounds before heading back to the hotel. We will arrive back at the hotel by 5:30 p.m.

Cost per person: $70

Tour includes:  Bus transport to and from hotel, museum fees, lunch and all tax and gratuities.

To learn more click here. 


Thursday, September 21 - Europe Liberty Forum Day 1

8:00 am - Registration Opens

9:00 am - Welcome Coffee Break

10:00 am - Speed Networking
A great Liberty Forum tradition! In a “speed dating” format, you will quickly meet new freedom champions and hear new perspectives. A great way to expand your contacts and experience the diversity of Atlas Network's worldwide partners.      

11:00 am - Breakout Sessions

A) The Impact of Reforms Big and Small
It may not feel like the Berlin Wall coming down, but incremental changes can add up to have a real impact on the lives of Europeans. Learn how think tanks have contributed to positive reforms.
Moderator: Matt Warner, Atlas Network (United States)
Speakers: Maryan Zablotskyy, Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (Ukraine) • Cecile Philippe, Molinari Economic Institute (Belgium) • John O’Connell, Taxpayers' Alliance (United Kingdom) • Žilvinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania)  

B) Brain Science & the Economics of Emotion
Changing the climate of ideas requires more than ideas. Learn how think tanks can up their game in marketing and communications and stop simply preaching to the converted.
Speakers: Glynn Brailsford, Instiute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom) • Daniel Anthony, Atlas Network (USA)

12:30 - Lunch featuring Zoltán Kész and Introduction to Crowdsource Liberty    

2:00 pm - Crowdsource Liberty
Too often, conferences ask you to sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas in the Foyer where graduates of Atlas Network’s recent regional think tank training are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!

2:00 pm - Plenary Session: How to Defend European Liberty from Hybrid Warfare
One of the most insidious threats to liberal democracy today arrives in the form of information warfare, a significant portion of which is organized and financed by the Kremlin. Learn how to counter the challenges faced by liberty in the new media landscape. 
Moderator: Tom Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
Speakers: Peter Kreko, Political Capital (Hungary) • Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius (Lithuania) 

3:15 pm - Break

3:45 pm - Breakout Sessions

A) Europe Liberty Award Winner
This session will feature the winner of the 2017 Europe Liberty Award.  Learn about the impact of their project and how their success might be replicated by other partners in other environments.
Speaker: Maryan Zablotskyy, UEFF (Ukraine)
Moderator: Casey Pifer, Atlas Network (United States)

B) A Viennese Waltz: Why Austrian Economics Matters in Your Business, Investments, and Politics
Celebrated economist, author, investment expert and founder of FreedomFest will entertain and educate during this special lecture on the implications of Austrian economics. 
Speaker: Mark Skousen, FreedomFest (United States)

6:00 pm - Europe Liberty Awards Dinner Reception

6:30 pm - Europe Liberty Awards Dinner, sponsored by Friedrich Naumann Foundation
At our gala dinner, Atlas Network will recognize excellence among the European think tank community by announcing the winners of the 2017 Europe Liberty Awards. The evening will feature a keynote presentation on the damage inflicted over 100 years of Marxist-Leninism and how the lessons of the past can inform our approach to the challenges Europe confronts today.  
Keynote Speaker: Leszek Balcerowicz
Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips
Sponsored By: Friedrich Naumann Foundation


Friday, September 22 - Europe Liberty Forum Day 2

8:00 am - Registration Open and Welcome Coffee break

9:00 am - Plenary Session: Winning New Audiences for Liberty
Winning the battle of ideas requires going beyond preaching to the converted. Learn from Atlas Network partners who are engaging non-traditional audiences for think tank work.
Moderator: János Széky, Free Market Foundation (Hungary)
Speakers: Admir Cavalic, Multi (Udruzenje Gradana) (Bosnia and Herzegovina) • Matt Kibbe, Free the People (United States) • Christiana Stewart-Lockhart, Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom) • Pavol Lupták, Nethemba (Slovakia)

10:15 am - Break

10:45 am - Breakout Sessions

A) Fighting Back Against Illiberalism
Liberty is now threatened not just by the progressive left, but by a reactionary populist right.  Learn how think tanks are working to counter illiberalism in all its forms.
Moderator: Federico N. Fernández, Austrian Economics Center / Fundación Internacional Bases (Argentina)
Speakers: Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, Timbro (Sweden) • Richard Durana, Institute of Economic and Social Studies, Slovakia

B) Beyond Efficiency: Making the Moral Case for Reform
Championing liberty is not just about what works. It’s about what’s just and fair. Learn how think tanks are strengthening their research findings with powerful and persuasive messages that speak to the heart. 
Moderator: Žilvinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania)
Speakers: Tom Palmer, Atlas Network (United States) • Vytautas Žukauskas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania)

12:00 pm - Lunch & Think Tank Shark Tank
Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank Competition adapts the model of the TV programs, Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank, so that think tank entrepreneurs pitch new projects to a panel of judges for funding.
Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips, Atlas Network (United States)
Special Announcement: Gabriel Calzada (Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala)

2:00 pm - Breakout Sessions

A) Cultivating a Philanthropic Constituency for Liberty
Fundraising success often requires innovative thinking. Learn how these think tank leaders are working to nurture and sustain a philanthropic community that invests in the principles of the free society. 
Active Moderator: Mark Littlewood, Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom) 
Speakers: Lawson Bader, DonorsTrust (United States) • Michael Carnuccio, E Foundation for Oklahoma (United States) • Alexander Skouras, Center for Liberal Studies (Greece)

B) Hungary's Place in Europe
Hungary is on the boarder of East and West. There is an eternal debate of where to lean. The panel will discuss actualities, the future and Hungary's image. Is Hungary helping or hindering Atlanticist values?
Moderator:  Máté Hajba, Free Market Foundation (Hungary) 
Speakers:  János Széky, Free Market Foundation (Hungary) • István Gyarmati, International Centre for Democratic Transition (Hungary) • David J. Kostelancik, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy (Hungary)

3:30 pm - Europe Liberty Forum Ends

September 24 - October 1Global Financial Summit Cruise
We are delighted to inform participants at Europe Liberty Forum of a remarkable opportunity to cruise the Danube River and explore the history and principles of Austrian Economics.  Hosted by Mark & Jo Ann Skousen, the producers of FreedomFest, the Global Financial Summit Cruise will sail from Budapest to Passau, Germany, just following our Europe Liberty Forum, during September 24 to October 1, 2017. 
To learn more and plan your trip on this separately-run Danube River Cruise, visit the Global Financial Summit Cruise website here.