September 29, 2018 Print

There are hundreds of international commemorative days (Wikipedia lists almost 800), varying from the International Beer Day through the Hobbit Day, up to more the serious world AIDS Day or Pneumonia Day.

Yet, there are some important things to commemorate still missing on the list. Moments in our lives, which influence us almost every day, which are sources of emotional disturbance and conflict, and which lead to lost value, time, and, nerves. Moments so abundant, that we almost do not contemplate them and take them as a natural and inseparable part of our society. But they are not inseparable and people should be reminded of them and search for ways how to fight them.

Bureaucracy: “a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation,” as Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it. Respect of entrepreneurs’ and all citizens’ valuable time should be commemorated. The Institute of Economic and Social Studies, based in Bratislava, Slovakia, conducts annual review of the size of Slovakia’s bureaucracy in its Bureaucracy Index and the celebration of International Bureaucracy Day.

“The fight against bureaucracy should be commemorated, as fight against diseases is commemorated,” said Richard Durana, director of INESS. “Respect of entrepreneurs’ and all citizens’ valuable time should be commemorated. Great ideas, which were brought down by bureaucracy in their young age and never stood up again, should be remembered!”

In 2016, INESS decided to establish and commemorate the International Bureaucracy Day. It chose the date of September 29, marked by the birthday of famous economist Ludwig von Mises, author of the analytical book Bureaucracy.

INESS annually commemorates the day with public stunts (see its 2016 Bureaucracy Folder public poll on streets, or its 2017 Bureaucracy Snake). It also publishes the results of the Bureaucracy Index on the same day, in 2017 joined by two partners from other countries and this year with three international partners.

Raising awareness is the first step in addressing and diminishing a problem. INESS invites partners to join in the commemoration of International Bureaucracy Day — on social media, among colleagues, and on the streets!