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ATLAS NETWORK’S MATT WARNER HONORED WITH THE 2019 BUCKLEY AWARD

May 16, 2019

Atlas Network President and Senior Fellow Matt Warner has been named one of five recipients of America’s Future Foundation’s 2019 Buckley Award, which recognizes outstanding young conservatives and libertarians for their above-and-beyond professional service to advance freedom.

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EPICENTER EXPOSES EUROPEAN NANNY STATE

May 15, 2019

Sin taxes, which are levied on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco products, and have become increasingly popular worldwide. In their newly released Nanny State Index, European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER), an Atlas Network partner in Belgium, argues that sin taxes are frivolous and counterproductive, unfairly targeting the poor and ultimately leaving all citizens worse off. The bi-annual index highlights a European shift towards government attempts at control over personal health choices.

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HONOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, NOT THE CORPORATE STATE THAT PRODUCES MISERY, HUNGER, AND SCARCITY

May 14, 2019 | by Antonella Marty

Throughout Latin America, it is clear that the support base for home-grown populism lies in the state sector—state-owned companies created and maintained by successive governments. As a general rule, they have proved to be deficient and unproductive, and their final product is invariably a string of failures and poor economic results. By the same token, these companies are run by state bureaucrats who essentially fear competition and strongly reject anything related to innovation and progress. The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurs is fundamental to the growth of any country, provided an atmosphere of absolute labor freedom is assured. Those men who make a career out of overcoming state regulation are generators of competition and the engines of growth. They improve the lives of ordinary people. They are the real heroes, and plenty of them can be found all over the world.

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ECONOMIC LIBERALISM AND TAX REFORM FRONT AND CENTER AT EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM 2019

May 10, 2019

More than 200 champions of liberty from 44 countries met in Athens, Greece for Europe Liberty Forum, Atlas Network’s annual convention of think tank professionals and allies who meet to discuss the specific challenges facing European organizations and to engage each other on solutions that will promote free-market opportunities for all.

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NATALIYA MELNYK WINS 2019 THINK TANK SHARK TANK EUROPE COMPETITION

May 10, 2019

Nataliya Melnyk of Bendukidze Free Market Center has won the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank—Europe competition for her pitch to create an educational course for middle school students. Generously sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, the regional Think Tank Shark Tank competitions award $10,000 in seed funding to the winner.

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EASYBUSINESS WINS 2019 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD FOR WORK TOWARD AGRICULTURAL LAND REFORM IN UKRAINE

May 9, 2019

Kyiv-based EasyBusiness has won the 2019 Europe Liberty Award for its work to toward ending the ban on the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine. EasyBusiness developed a comprehensive land reform strategy that included strategic litigation, which is helping to end a moratorium of the sale of agricultural land. Its plans included a policy research program; an online platform to support landowners in filing applications to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the legality of the ban and to build bottom-up pressure for reform; and a broad communications strategy.

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ASSOCIATION MULTI WINS THE 2019 AWARD FOR STUDENT OUTREACH IN EUROPE

May 9, 2019

Association Multi (Multi) has been awarded the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Europe for “Education for Students and Young Leaders,” a lecture series on contemporary topics such as cryptocurrencies, behavioral economics, and marijuana legalization. As a result of Multi’s work, classical liberal ideas have been growing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while growing the network of like-minded individuals.

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FINALISTS FROM LITHUANIA, SERBIA, AND UKRAINE ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

May 3, 2019

Atlas Network is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Europe Liberty Award, which will be presented on May 9 at the Europe Liberty Forum in Athens, Greece. The four finalists are EasyBusiness (Ukraine), Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI, Lithuania), Libertarian Club—Libek (Serbia), and Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF, Ukraine). Each finalist will receive a $1,500 USD prize, and the winner will receive a $6,500 USD prize. The Regional Liberty Award program is generously sponsored by John Templeton Foundation.

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