September 23, 2014 Print

Copenhagen, Denmark-based CEPOS (Center for Political Studies) was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its Private Property Project. CEPOS President Martin Ågerup said, “It’s a great honor for us to receive this nomination. It will boost our effort to continue and expand the project. That’s important since no other research institutions pay much attention to property rights issues in Denmark.”

The project included a new website,, that, for the first time in Denmark’s history, made it easy to review government-led expropriation of private property, particularly for the benefit of private interests, in the country’s 98 municipalities. As a result of this exposure, and CEPOS’s effective nationwide media campaign, the incidence of expropriation of private property for the benefit of private interests has dramatically declined to only one such case in a single year, according to most recent data.

In addition, CEPOS published nearly a dozen research papers on the issue and engaged with key lawmakers to educate and advise on pending reform options.

Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation and human fulfillment via free competition. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and will be presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner gala dinner ceremony Nov. 13, 2014 in New York City. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize and the runners-up will receive $5,000.

The 2014 Templeton Freedom Award Finalists are:

Acton Institute: Acton University
CEPOS (Center For Political Studies): Private Property Project
Civismo: Low Taxes Campaign for Spain Campaign
Foundation For Government Accountability: Initiative to Limit Medicaid Expansion
Goldwater Institute: Education Savings Accounts
Illinois Policy Institute: Stopping an Unfair Progressive Income Tax
IPEA: One Million Youth for Mexico Campaign
Lithuanian Free Market Institute: Municipal Performance Index

The 2013 Templeton Freedom Award winner and finalists can be found here.

For media inquiries about the 2014 Templeton Freedom Award, contact Daniel Anthony.