Member Organizations

  • Asociación Galega para a Liberdade e a Democracia (GALIDEM)

    Spain

    The Galician Society for Freedom and Democracy, GALIDEM, is the Galician liberal think-tank. GALIDEM is the concretion of an old idea of a group of young liberal economists, who nowadays have academic positions at the Galician Universities.

    GALIDEM has two main purposes: First, to pose a serious debate on Galician public policy issues, by proposing ideas grounded on academic research. Second, education: by organizing seminars and publishing non-technical reports and articles, as well as publishing teaching materials on liberalism and economics to be used at classrooms for young students.

    Our idea of liberalism is based on our confidence on individuals, each freely pursuing his or her own interest as the way to promote that of the whole society, is based on a long academic tradition in Economics.

    This view is also found in British liberals such as Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill.

    Asociación Galega para a Liberdade e a Democracia (GALIDEM)

    Asociación Galega para a Liberdade e a Democracia (GALIDEM)

    Rua do Bispo Lago 33
    36700 Tui
    Spain

    galidem@galidem.eu
    http://www.galidem.eu

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  • Atvira visvomenė ir jos draugai/Open Society and its Friends

    Lithuania

    VšĮ „Atvira visuomenė ir jos draugai" (Open Society and its Friends)

    Who we are

    Founded in 2005, Open Society and its Friends is a non-profit organization which aims to spread liberal ideas and values, stimulate the growth of the open civil society, extend and deepen democratic traditions, promote citizenship, and strive for more private sector involvement in the public administration.

    Apart from the implementation of various projects and initiatives, we mainly aim to provide an opportunity for other people and organizations to reach their mutual goals together. Therefore, our organization is often a supporter of ideas and initiatives' as well as a partner in projects. However, we always hold on to to our goals and before we consider participating in any initiative, we ask ourselves the following questions:

    • Will it spread the liberal ideas and values?
    • Will it promote citizenship?
    • Will it strengthen a culture and consciousness of democracy?
    • Will it encourage public and political activity?
    • Will it build up political intelligence?
    What we do

    The organization is continuously involved in dispersing liberal ideas and their implementation. With our goals in mind, we initiate research on important social, political and public issues, create concepts for liberal reforms, organize conferences, discussions and public lectures for society, carry out opinion polls, and finance the publication of academic literature.

    Atvira visvomenė ir jos draugai/Open Society and its Friends

    Atvira visvomenė ir jos draugai/Open Society and its Friends

    Danes g. 9
    92191 Klaipėda
    Lithuania

    info@atviravisuomene.lt
    http://www.atviravisuomene.lt/

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  • Bertil Ohlin Institute

    Sweden

    The purpose of the Bertil Ohlin Institute is to initiate research and debate in critical areas of public policy in the tradition of liberal thinking. The institute is namned after Bertil Ohlin, who was leader of the Liberal party of Sweden (Folkpartiet) between 1944 and 1967. In 1977 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics thus combining a successful career as a political leader and as an eminent scholar.

    A liberal think tank

    By building networks of scholars, participants in the public debate and persons from private and public working life the institute - as a think tank - contributes to broadening the basis for liberal opinion formation and renewal of liberal thinking.

    Independent

    The institute is independent of political parties and interest groups, organizationally as well as financially. Its activities are financed through private and corporate contributions as well as project grants from foundations.

    International cooperation

    The institute seeks international cooperation in order to better approach policy issues of importance for our time. The institute is active in the international network of liberal think tanks and became member of (European Liberal Forum) in 2008.

    Grounded in research

    The institute projects should be applied and practically oriented. They should build on scientific approaches which implies close contact with high quality university departments. Four out of the nine seats of the board are reserverd for scholars from relevant fields, mainly the social sciences.

    Organisation

    The Institute is a foundation, Stiftelsen Bertil Ohlin-Institutet, founded in 1993.

    Public events

    Debates and seminars wich are open to the public are held regularly. We also publish papers and books on different topics. Most of our activities are held in Swedish, but some of the papers are written in English. They can be found at –or ordered from – our web site.

    Bertil Ohlin Institute

    Bertil Ohlin Institute

    Bellmansgatan 10
    118 20 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: +46 707 59 26 39

    sofia.nerbrand@ohlininstitutet.se
    http://www.ohlininstitutet.org

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  • Centre Jean Gol

    Belgium

    Opened in December 2004, the Centre Jean Gol is simultaneously the guardian of the archival memory of the Reformist Movement and some of its directors, an interdisciplinary library boasting over 4,000 volumes (liberalism’s “seminal” writings but also less well-known works), a design office, a think tank and research unit, a publisher of numerous collections, a proactive political force, a centre for training the RM’s representatives, and the organiser of events, seminars, conferences and symposiums. The Centre Jean Gol’s remit is to generate discussions on important social issues, thereby enabling the RM to promote new ideas as part of a message that’s accessible to all. In other words, the Centre Jean Gol allows the Reformist Movement to express itself as a vital creative force.

    Apart from reference works on liberalism, the CJG publishes “Cahiers”, the fruit of an interdisciplinary discussion process involving political authorities and experts from academic & socioeconomic spheres, or from “civil society”. It possesses a databank of the various electoral results since the early 1990s, on the basis of which it produces in-depth analyses. It also places itself at the disposal of the RM’s elected representatives for the carrying out of surveys and specific electoral projects.

    Lastly, the Centre Jean Gol offers a website, designed to serve a communication tool for the activities and publications of the Centre. It offers online access to our library’s catalogue and to the inventory of our archives, the option to download certain parts of our publications free of charge, a “liberal portal” providing several hundred links to other sites (liberal or otherwise) of possible interest, plus a section entitled “La Pensée libérale” that gives access to analyses of important liberal works, bibliographical references, etc.

    Centre Jean Gol

    Centre Jean Gol

    Avenue de la Toison d'Or 84-86
    1060 Bruxelles
    Belgium

    Phone: 0032 (0)2 500 50 40
    Fax: 0032 (0)2 500 50 41

    corentin.desalle@cjg.be
    http://www.cjg.be

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  • CentreForum

    United Kingdom

    CentreForum is an independent, liberal think-tank seeking to develop evidence-based policy solutions to the problems facing Britain. Since our launch in 2005 we have established ourselves in the top tier of UK think-tanks, being named runner-up in Prospect magazine's 2007 ‘think-tank of the year’ awards.

    We aim to provide a progressive forum for innovation and debate. Alongside our research we run seminars, conferences and fringe meetings, aiming to engage policy makers, academics, the media and voters in debate.

    CentreForum is determined to begin with reference to data, not dogma. But we do have certain key values at our core. These are progressive, rooted in the same quest for justice that has motivated all British liberals for more than 300 years. In the social sphere, justice has never, for liberals, been about equality of outcomes, but has instead focused on equality of opportunity – the belief that everyone should enjoy an equal chance in life, regardless of background, wealth or connections. CentreForum's research focuses upon four broad themes: the politics of aspiration, empowerment, globalisation and liberalism.

    A belief in the politics of aspiration has focused our social policy work on expanding life chances, spreading opportunities and boosting social mobility. Already much of our work, particularly on education and welfare, has been guided by a desire to help people ‘get on’, make the most of their talents, fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions.

    Liberals have long been committed to decentralising power to the local level in the name of individual and community empowerment. At CentreForum we want to explore ways of spreading decision making and purchasing powers among those directly affected by the consequences, rather than concentrating them in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats. Our belief in supply side liberalisation of public services is coupled with the vision of an enabling, rather than a minimal, state. We advocate a progressive approach to public spending and a redistributive approach to taxation, to ensure that all are able to realise their ambitions and their goals, regardless of earnings or wealth.

    As well as devolving power downwards, we also advocate the pooling of power at the international level. This is based on a commitment to the ‘internationalist’ tradition in liberalism – the commitment to establishing a rules-based global order, governed by international law and, where possible, maintained through multilateral institutions. We intend to set out a confident, forward looking agenda that champions the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. We believe that migration, trade, development and ‘green capitalism’ can all make Britain richer – financially, ecologically and culturally.

    CentreForum

    CentreForum

    6th Floor, 27 Queen Anne’s Gate
    SW1H 9BU London
    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 20 7340 1160
    Fax: +44 20 7222 3316

    anthony.rowlands@centreforum.org
    http://www.centreforum.org

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  • CentreParty International Foundation

    Sweden

    The Centre Party International Foundation, CPIF, is a Swedish Party Affiliated Organization (PAO) established in 1995 by the Swedish Centre Party. It shares the same core values as the Centre Party, a social liberal, green party with a strong emphasis on sustainability and decentralization.

     

    Our mission

    “The mission of the Centre Party International Foundation is to strengthen democracy and human rights, with a focus on gender and environmental issues, in collaboration with political parties and organizations working to strengthen liberal values and local democracy, also outside large population centres”.

    The overall objective for our activities is to support democratic development and increased respect for human rights in developing countries.

    To achieve the overall objective our activities are to focus on two areas:

    1. Support for sister parties and affiliated political movements and organizations, with the goal of ensuring well-functioning democratic political parties.
    2. Support for multiparty systems, with the goal of ensuring well-functioning, democratically based multiparty systems.

     

    The work of the Centre Party International Foundation

    In terms of the first area, support for sister parties and affiliated political movements and organizations, the Centre Party International Foundation currently supports sister parties in Burkina Faso - ADF/RDA, Malawi – NARC, and Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nasa Stranka. The aim of our support is capacity building. To achieve it, we implement a three step program for political party capacity building. Its objectives are to increase

     1. the institutional capacity,

    2. the organizational capacity and

    3. the political and ideological capacity of our partners.

     

    In this area CPIF also supports two civil rights organizations, one in Belarus and one in Burkina Faso.

    In terms of the second area, support for multiparty systems, the Centre Party International Foundation is one of the implementers of the Program for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA). PYPA is a ground breaking capacity building program aimed at young politicians in eleven African countries. It is a true multiparty initiative since both implementers and beneficiaries of the program come from political parties with different ideologies. It is the fruit of collaboration between four of the seven Swedish PAOs, two from the government and two from the opposition. Specifically, the Centre Party International Foundation implements the program in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Niger.

    Beyond the actual activities, one of the added values for our partner organizations is the insight and access they get into the Centre Party and its affiliated organizations, such as the Centre Women, the Centre Students and the Centre Youth. Over time, we have built a platform of mutual collaboration which supports the exchange of knowledge and experiences. It gives both sides the possibility to network and create mutual understanding for each other’s political contexts. We strongly believe that increasing knowledge and understanding is crucial when working with politics over country borders.

    CentreParty International Foundation

    CentreParty International Foundation

    Box 2200
    103 15 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: +46 705 319131

    catherine.isaksson@centerpartiet.se
    http://www3.centerpartiet.se/Lokal/cis/

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  • Centrum Liberálních Studií / Centre for Liberal Studies

    Czech Republic

    Centre for Liberal Studies (CLS) was established in 1994 as foundation and then reestablished in 1999 as civic society organisation. It is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit think tank.

    The main objective is to develop contacts between exponents of liberal thoughts, to contribute to clarifying the definition of liberalism, to define its place in contemporary society, and to apply liberal approach in political, economic, social transition of the Czech Republic.

    Due to a long-term absence of any stable liberal political party in Czech landscape is CLS along with Liberal Institute the only promoter of liberal ideas in the Czech society. CLS is open to cooperation with all interested institutions, organizations and individual.

    Activities of CLS consist of three main pillars:

    1. Research and publishing on topical issues: (tax system reform, social insurance, rent-deregulation, healthcare system reforms etc.)
    2. Educational: panel discussions, round tables, conferences, awarding grants to undergraduates and graduates, sponsoring degree papers, translations
    3. Cooperation: with established experts (university teachers, scholars, government officers etc.) and with other think-tanks (Liberal Institute, Friedrich Naumann Foundation)
    Centrum Liberálních Studií / Centre for Liberal Studies

    Centrum Liberálních Studií / Centre for Liberal Studies

    Na Safrance 43
    101 00 Prague
    Czech Republic

    Phone: +420 267 312 227
    Fax: +420 267 312 557

    vbacovsky@mediatrust.cz
    http://www.libnet.cz

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  • Edistysmielisen tutkimuksen yhdistys r.y. e2/Think tank e2

    Finland

    The Society for Progressive Research (Edistysmielisen tutkimuksen yhdistys ry.) was established in 2006 in order to oversee the management of Think Tank e2. The director of the organization, which is based on progressive values and Liberal ideals, is Dr Karina Jutila, D.S.Sc.

    Think Tank e2:

    • Provides a forum for debate by bringing together experts from different disciplines for innovative social discussions;
    • Initiates conversation on current issues and introduces new themes for open debate;
    • Aims to foresee social phenomena outside the field of daily politics;
    • Contributes to the strengthening of think tank activities in Finland and improving contacts with think tanks in other countries

    Think Tank e2 emphasizes on two subjects:

    • The future of democracy
    • Environmental sustainability (including for example bio economy in Baltic Sea)
    Edistysmielisen tutkimuksen yhdistys r.y. e2/Think tank e2

    Edistysmielisen tutkimuksen yhdistys r.y. e2/Think tank e2

    Eerikinkatu 28, 5th floor
    00180 Helsinki
    Finland

    Phone: +358 44 5181 251
    Fax: +358 9 7512 0211

    info@e2.fi
    http://www.e2.fi

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  • European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)

    Belgium

    Lymec - the European Liberal Youth - was established in 1976 in The Hague (The Netherlands) as the 'Liberal and Radical Youth Movement of the European Community'. Lymec supports the development of political and educational understanding of young people throughout Europe. Moreover, it plays a political role within Europe by acting as the youth organisation of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) and its parliamentary group in the European Parliament (ALDE, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe). With 59 member organisations in 37 countries and around 210,000 members, Lymec aims to create a liberal and federal Europe, promote tolerance between cultures and individuals and increase the level of political awareness and involvement of young people in politics. Lymec's annual Congress gathers young people from all over Europe and is the highest decision-making body of the organization where its members come to discuss policies and determine future actions of the organisations. Lymec's Executive Committee meetings, on the other hand, take place twice a year and deal mostly with organisational matters. LYMEC also organizes many seminars throughout the year on various topics, such as human rights, migration policies, agriculture, regionalism, environment and liberalism. Lymec offers memberships not only to organizations, but also to individuals who want play a part in Europe's construction.

    European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)

    European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)

    Rue d’Idalie 11, 6th floor, PO box2
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium

    Mobile: +32 48 46 44 068

    office@lymec.eu
    http://www.lymec.eu

  • Fondazione Critica Liberale

    Italy

    The Fondazione Critica Liberale was established in January 1994. The Foundation aim is to promote liberalism through the organization of conferences, seminars, research and study activities, workshops and meetings.

    The Foundation is actively involved in publishing of contributions and in the promotion of research studies and debates. The Foundation publishes the monthly review "Critica Liberale" and its quarterly supplement "Gli Stati Uniti d’Europa". The Foundation is also editor of the collection "Libelli vecchi e nuovi”, published by Dedalo Editore, and of several books and publications.

    The Foundation collaborates with Consulta Laica of Rome and with Coordinamento Nazionale delle Consulte Laiche of Italy. The Foundation has created, together with “Ufficio Nuovi diritti” of CGIL association, the 'Observatory on secularization", that realizes a yearly research on secularization in Italy and organizes the meetings "Conversazioni laiche".

    Critica Liberale Foundation is member of CRIC, Coordination of Italian culture magazines.

    The Foundation is co-founder of the European Liberal Forum asbl.

    Fondazione Critica Liberale

    Fondazione Critica Liberale

    Via delle Carrozze 19
    00187 Roma
    Italy

    Phone: +39 06 6796011
    Fax: +39 06 6796011

    international@criticaliberale.it
    http://www.criticaliberale.it

  • Forum för reformer och entreprenörskap/Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES)

    Sweden

    FORES (Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability) is an independent research foundation dedicated to furthering entrepreneurship and sustainable development through market solutions.
    The goal is to adapt the microeconomic incentive structures for the twin challenges of accelerated globalization and global warming.

    FORES was founded in 2007 when the Swedish Centre Party, the Bertil Ohlin Institute and Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan took the initiative by contacting Martin Ådahl, founder and previous editor-in-chief of the Swedish news magazine Fokus and former senior economist at the Swedish Central Bank.

    FORES' main activities is to initiate research projects that will result in concrete reform proposals in relevant policy areas such as:

    • Market solutions to environmental issues
    • Harnessing the positive potential of immigration
    • The role of civil society in entrepreneurship
    • The flexibility of labour markets
    • The protection of the integrity of the individual
    • Modernising public services

    In so doing FORES is relying heavily on a vast network of academics. The business model is that of modern network organisation with a small core of research managers and communication officers supporting and coordinating a vast network of researchers and experts. Papers and books from the Institute are subjected to peer review processes.

    FORES is calling upon researchers at universities and research institutions in Sweden (and some abroad), not least the regional universities, notably those prominent in empirical social sciences. The institute is also making full use of new media, with the homepage being it's most important communication tool, supplementing written reports and books with audiovisual material and interactive forums.

    To ensure the independence of the institute it has been constituted as a foundation with a board of directors composed of academics, experienced former politicians, business people and opinion leaders.

    Forum för reformer och entreprenörskap/Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES)

    Forum för reformer och entreprenörskap/Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES)

    Bellmansgatan 10
    11820 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: +46 (0)8 452 26 60
    Fax: +46 (0)8 428 645 62

    andreas.bergstrom@fores.se
    http://www.fores.se

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  • Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit/Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

    Germany

    The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom – established in 1958 by the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Theodor Heuss, and a group of committed Liberals – is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is committed to promoting Liberal policy and politics in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Based in Potsdam, Germany, the foundation has nine regional offices in Germany and is active in over 60 countries worldwide through which it promotes its core concepts, such as the protection of human rights, civil society, market economy, free trade and rule of law.

    Over the last 56 years, the activities of the foundation have expanded beyond their original civic educational tasks in Germany. A scholarship programme, a think tank (the Liberal Institute), a press and media department and its engagement in international liberalism have become important parts of the foundation’s assignments.

    Together with our partners – which include Liberal political parties as well as think tanks – we support the development of constitutional and democratic institutions as well as civil society. We do so not only with our dialogue programmes in Brussels but with local FNF offices and joint events in various member states of the European Union as well.

    The Foundation’s key focus areas for the 2012-15 periods are:

    • Freedom and progress: Progress means the unhindered realisation of the innovative potential to improve living conditions and to enhance the understanding of the world in the wake of advances in scientific knowledge;
    • Freedom and religion: The right to freedom of religious and ideological belief is considered a human right for all faiths in equal measure;
    • Freedom and participation: Liberal civic education must take up this subject. “Only when the individual interferes, can a liberal society grow” (Friedrich Naumann). Freedom and democracy thrive on participation.

    The main objectives of our work are:

    • To disseminate Liberal ideas and concepts in all political areas;
    • To strengthen civil society, particularly Liberal organisations and parties;
    • To bring Liberal approaches and solutions from abroad into German political discussion.

    Our activities are as varied as our cooperation partners or the regions in which we work. They are based on long-standing experience and are constantly evolving.

    Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit/Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

    Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit/Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

    Karl-Marx-Straße 2
    14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
    Germany

    Phone: +49 331 70 19 0
    Fax: +49 331 70 19 188

    info@freiheit.org
    http://www.fnf-europe.org

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  • Fundació Catalanista i Demòcrata (CatDem)

    Spain

    The Catalanist and Democrat Foundation (CatDem) has assumed the challenge of impelling the restructuration process of Catalanism. The contemporary world as it is, raises a whole new set of important challenges, to which the Catalanist thought has to be capable of giving adequate answers; for example, to the consequences of globalisation; to the increasing and unceasable diversity and pluralism that describe developed societies from a social, cultural, linguistic and religious point of view; to the emergence of new technologies and the impact of those in areas such as education or economy; the demand for new policies to face emerging needs; to the new geopolitical coordinates; to the new economic interdependency; to the regeneration of democracy; to the role of States and the distribution of sovereignty and political power in this new context. To sum up, Catalanism has to be competent enough so to provide some answers to anything that conditions economic development and the wellbeing of the citizenship.

    What does the Catalanist thought has to offer to those new scenarios? Although from the end of the XIX century throughout the whole XX century the Catalanist thought has been capable of configurating a framework of reference for the Catalan society and has brought a space for coexistence, dialogue and identity along with a solid set of values; the old theories are no longer effective in the context of self-governance in a global world and are unable to impel the social and economic modernisation of our country without fractures; in this wanting to make it compatible with the need of preserving “Catalanhood”. For this reason, this new context of fast transformations requires a profound rethinking of the Catalanist thought as to assure that it will continue to be the framework of reference for Catalan citizenship in the XXI century.

    The CatDem Foundation wants to make its contribution to this process by driving ideas to debates and propositions. This is open to the whole Catalan society with an acquired compromise with the essential values of catalanism and democracy; a debate that goes beyond the strictly political and partisan fragmentations. Basically, the Foundation offers a broader space – what we call Casa Gran – which opens to dialogue, participation and creativity; counting with professionals, intellectuals and technicians coming from different traditions of catalanism.

    In order to structure the debates in an efficient way, the Foundation constituted three big areas of reflection and six work commissions. The objective is, from now on, to focus on the participation and contribution of more than a hundred people coming from the social, intellectual and academic world of Catalonia. The reflection areas have the objective of rethinking catalanism from the point of view of ideas. The work commissions offer the adequate framework to define concrete propositions and projects on more specific questions.

    Fundació Catalanista i Demòcrata (CatDem)

    Fundació Catalanista i Demòcrata (CatDem)

    Carrer Casp 80
    08010 Barcelona
    Spain

    Phone: +34 932 155 848
    Fax: +34 934 880 025

    inter@catdem.org
    http://www.catdem.org

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  • Fundacja Industrial

    Poland

    Industrial Foundaton’s mission is to promote an open society, liberal economic ideas and liberal culture and to organize a social movement around these ideas. Our partners are well-known institutions such as The Stefan Batory Foundation, The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, National Center of Culture, The Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan. At the same time we are the partner of the biggest public events in Poland concerning business and politics, such as Economic Forum in Krynica, Wrocław Global Forum or the European Forum of New Ideas.

    The focus of all our activities is publishing expert, ideological social-political magazine Liberté!. We are publishing on-line webportal: www.liberte.pl and quarterly magazine in printed version. Liberté!’s patrons council includes among others professor Marek Safjan (Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities), Jerzy Pomianowski, Janusz Lewandowski (Member of European Commission), professor Zbigniew Pełczyński, professor Wojciech Sadurski, professor Jan Winiecki, Henryka Bochniarz, professor Paweł Śpiewak, professor Ireneusz Krzemiński and many other outstanding people from the Polish public life. Magazine is directed at the public opinion’s leaders, NGO representatives, academic world, politicians, media, entrepreneurs and young people involved in building civil society in the country.

    Foundation also implements the others think tank projects like: “The creation of vision of liberal social policy”, “Elite and modern education”, “The series of philosophical and political science debates”. What is more we are coordinating in cooperation with Fredrich Naumann Foundation platform 4liberty.eu. This is a joint project of 11 think tanks from Central Europe and Baltic States –, where think tanks (from Poland– Foundation Industrial, FOR, Projekt: Polska, Slovakia - INESS, Hayek Foundation, Hungary - Republikon Institute, Czech Republic - Liberalni Institut, Lithuania - LFMI, Estonia - Academy of Liberalism, Germany - Liberales Institut and Bulgaria - IME) that regularly publish analysis and comments, focusing mainly on free market oriented economics.

    Industrial Foundation is coordinating the conference and ideas center Six District in Lodz.

    Fundacja Industrial

    Fundacja Industrial

    ul. Piotrkowska 102
    90-004 Lodz
    Poland

    fundacja@findustrial.pl
    http://www.findustrial.pl

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  • Fundacja Projekt: Polska

    Poland

    Our mission is to bring together experts and young leaders to promote public policy solutions for Poland based on free market, free society, European values and the rule of law.

    Foundation Project: Poland is the common initiative of two different groups of people. The first group consists of business and media people who were in their adolescence after the collapse of Communism and the second group consists of young people from liberal youth and student associations.

    We think that public life in Poland needs more “project” and constructive ways of thinking. Why projects? Each project has precise aims, costs and profits. Every project has a timetable and therefore it is possible to value its success. A project can only be successful when it is created and implemented by competent persons.

    We want to act as a platform to give young people the chance to professionalize and to prepare – in a non-partial way – for participation in public life. We also want to give young professionals and business people, which entered the market in 1989, the chance to get involved in public issues and civil society and to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation. We support and advocate changes in Poland by establishing unique, independent think tanks. The main goal of our foundation is to initiate changes in Poland with the help of professionals, think tanks and projects which are promoted by civic actions of our partners.

    Our main target group are young people. We cooperate with them through:

    • Research, publications and conferences
    • The power of Internet: www.napiszmydoeuropy.onet.pl
    • Cooperation with NGOs as for example: www.21pazdziernika.pl, www.7czerwca.org.pl, www.razem89.pl
    • Student and education programs. For example, we have started to campaign for reforms in the Polish higher education system: www.wyborcza.pl/student
    Fundacja Projekt: Polska

    Fundacja Projekt: Polska

    ul. Andersa 29
    00159 Warsaw
    Poland

    Phone: +48 224 048 131

    biuro@projektpolska.pl
    http://www.projektpolska.pl

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  • Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD International

    Netherlands

    Haya van Someren Foundation/VVD International aims to develop international relations with liberal parties in democratic transition areas. The main objective is to maintain and reinforce relations with the liberal parties and to contribute to democratization in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the MENA region.

    The Haya van Somerenstichting/VVD International focuses on five policy areas:

    • World-wide bilateral contacts with like-minded parties and organizations;
    • International networks (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Liberal International);
    • Public support activities on international cooperation and Haya van Someren Foundation /VVD International;
    • The Matra programme;
    • The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).

    Since 1994 the VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie or People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) participates in the Matra programme, which is facilitated by the Political Parties Programme of the Matra Programme of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.  The Matra programme concentrates on supporting activities that strengthen liberal-minded political parties and groupings in Central and Eastern Europe and the MENA region. The Matra programme aims at supporting the transition to a multiform, constitutional society in the European Neighborhood countries.

    The International Secretary, who also is a member of the VVD National Executive Committee, heads the Haya van Somerenstichting/VVD International. Currently Jock Geselschap holds the position of International secretary. Our international programme officers, Wouter Schröer and Friso Rip run the daily office.

    Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD International

    Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD International

    P.O. Box 30836
    2500 The Hague
    Netherlands

    Phone: +31 70 361 3061
    Fax: +31 70 360 8276

    internationaal@vvd.nl
    http://opleidingen.vvd.nl/info/1/de-haya/1/over-ons

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  • Institut pro politiku a společnost / Institute for Politics and Society

    Czech Republic

    The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion and to create a living platform which defines problems, analyses them and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts and politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to political and social problems.

    The main themes are social change, foreign and security policy, defence, European matters, sustainable development and adaptation to the coming climate change, education, schooling, digitization, energy policy and its new forms, urbanism, life in a city and in a public environment and last but not least, matters of values in politics and human rights in our country and abroad

    Institut pro politiku a společnost / Institute for Politics and Society

    Institut pro politiku a společnost / Institute for Politics and Society

    Martinská 2
    110 00 Praha 1 Prague
    Czech Republic

    Phone: +420 602 502 685

    office@politikaspolecnost.cz
    http://www.politikaspolecnost.cz/en/

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  • Institute for Liberal Studies

    Romania

    The Association "Institute for Liberal Studies" was created by a group of high ranking liberals, such as Ministers, Members of Parliament and even the Prime-Minister, in order to promote liberal values in Romanian society.

    The Institute organizes public debates and conferences on actual topics. At the same time, it organizes seminars on liberalism and the EU Institutions throughout the country.

    In the future, the Institute aims to develop its library of basic texts on liberalism and even to publish its own studies and books.

    The Institute of Liberal Studies is a founding member of ELF and is closely cooperating with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and VVD International/Haya van Someren Stichting.

    In 2007, the Institute for Liberal Studies was declared Association of public utility.

    Institute for Liberal Studies

    Institute for Liberal Studies

    35 Armeneasca street, sector 2
    021 043 Bucharest
    Romania

    madalina.gavrila@isl.ro
    http://isl.ro/

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  • Laisvės studijų centras/Centre for Liberty Studies

    Lithuania

    Laisvės studijų centras (LSC) is a liberal think tank aiming to promote individual freedom and responsibility as the most important values in a democratic society.

    LSC is committed to the following goals of fostering the emergence of young leaders, popularizing liberal values, promoting civil liberties and providing platform for every citizen to engage in democratic process.

    LSC has its primary interest on strengthening civil society by organising educational activities: visits and open lectures for high-school students, leadership and political communication trainings for youngsters and for liberal community in Lithuania.

    The most notable recent projects, among the others, are the constantly ongoing discussions in regions of Lithuania about freedom, liberalism and the future of the European Union.

    LSC aims to establish itself as a profound institution of public policy analysis and proposals. Having a wide network of the reform-makers in Lithuania, we seek to contribute in various public policy spheres, education, health and public administration issues in particular.

    One of the key objectives for LSC is to build a long-lasting platform of training for public sphere leaders not only from Lithuania, but also from other countries in Europe.

    In doing our activities we cooperate closely with the Liberal Movement of Lithuania and other liberal organisations in Lithuania and abroad.

    Laisvės studijų centras/Centre for Liberty Studies

    Laisvės studijų centras/Centre for Liberty Studies


    Lithuania

    vytautas.mitalas@lrs.lt
    http://laisvesstudijos.lt

  • Liberaal Kennis Centrum

    Belgium

    Liberaal Kennis Centrum is the knowledge centre of the Flemish Liberal Party (Open Vld). It is a Liberal think tank that aims to define Liberalism in the 21st century and to put its important topics high on the political agenda.

    Liberaal Kennis Centrum seeks to respond proactively to different challenges in the near future. In this way, we want to lay the foundations for political Liberalism in Flanders, Belgium and Europe.

    Liberaal Kennis Centrum aims to formulate a clear vision of today’s Liberalism in an era marked by great challenges such as globalisation, ageing of the population, migration and climate change. It does so by means of progressive research, study sessions, meetings and lectures. By taking an innovative interpretation of contemporary Liberalism, Liberaal Kennis Centrumhas found a place among the international think tanks in Brussels.

    Liberaal Kennis Centrum

    Liberaal Kennis Centrum

    Melsensstraat 34
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium

    Phone: +32 (0) 2 549 00 20
    Fax: +32 (0) 2 512 60 25

    thomas.leys@openvldstudiedienst.be
    http://www.liberaalkenniscentrum.be

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  • Liberal Institute for Political Analyses (LIPA)

    Bulgaria

    The Liberal Institute for Political Analysis (LIPA) is a Bulgarian non-governmental non-profit organization. The Institute was founded on 15 January 2010 in Sofia.

    LIPA is a think tank committed to nurturing the political ideas and activities of the liberal and reformist centre in Bulgaria. At the service of Bulgaria and all its citizens, LIPA seeks to reinforce the values of freedom, democracy and humanism. Its aim is to create, promote and spread ideas which are based on political, intellectual and economic freedom. Ideas capable of offering political alternatives to socialism and populism and to show ways of thinking that are different. The other very important mission of LIPA is to support strategically and assist NMSP (The National Movement for Stability and Prosperity) as a liberal party in its effort to advocate the values of liberalism in Bulgarian society.

    The instruments LIPA uses to achieve these aims include discussion groups, seminars, lectures, and training courses. We issue electronic publications, reports called LIPA Papers, and books published by LIPA.

    LIPA is shaped as a think tank with a very reduced structure, merely comprising by the directors of the different areas and a small supporting staff.

    LIPA has chosen a flexible model based on collaborators. Several experts collaborate regularly with the Institute in its various activities. These collaborators are invited to meetings and seminars and are asked to prepare specific reports and other material which the Institute wishes to create and distribute.

    What does LIPA do:

    I. Generate ideas:

    • Debate and analyze current socio-political issues and propose alternatives for the development of society
    • Research specific social processes with the assistance of independent specialists.

    For this purpose we have created a Group for Analyses, composed by public figures, journalists, politicians, sociologists and experts. The Group discusses topical issues related to the economic, political and social progress of the country through the prism of liberal values. The main objective or the Group is to support NMSP in its party activities and public statements.

    II. We spread our ideas:

    • Organize workshops, conferences and public forums aimed at the dissemination of liberal ideas
    • Publish brochures, flyers and other materials on topics studied by our team.

    III. We provide training:

    • Leadership and public communication for young politicians
    • Election campaigns, internal party development and communication

    IV. Publishing:

    • The Liberal Library series including original Bulgarian or translated texts on liberal topics, as well as current works of the Group for Analysis
    Liberal Institute for Political Analyses (LIPA)

    Liberal Institute for Political Analyses (LIPA)

    Vrabtcha str. 23
    1000 Sofia
    Bulgaria

    Phone: +359 29218 210

    mia.morero@gmail.com
    http://www.lipa.bg

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  • Liberalismi Akadeemia / Academy of Liberalism

    Estonia

    The Academy of Liberalism is an independent Liberal think tank founded by the Estonian Reform Party in 2006. It has a 12-person board, including Ministers, Members of Parliament and entrepreneurs.

    The purpose of the Academy is to promote a Liberal world view to oppose the emergence of socialist ideas in society. The Academy of Liberalism is focused on civic education and research projects to promote Liberalism in Estonia and EU neighbourhood countries.

    The activities of the Academy include three main types:

    • Publishing: Translations of acknowledged works in Estonian (L. Mises, Liberalism, J. Munkhammar, The Guide to Reform, etc.) and publications on topical issues;
    • Events:
      • A sophisticated training programme for Reform Party Youth,
      • Academy of Liberal Future – seminars for young liberal political leaders from Netherlands, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Findland and Lithuania from age 20 to 30.
      • The Day of Liberalism,
      • Liberal of The Year Award,
      • Think Thanks in Estonia
      • Round tables, conferences, training series on Liberalism (Liberal economics, government spending and economic growth, state intervention in economic crisis, etc.);
    • Cooperation: Various joint projects with other think tanks (Institute for Market Economics – IME, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, ELF, 4liberty.eu etc.).
    Liberalismi Akadeemia / Academy of Liberalism

    Liberalismi Akadeemia / Academy of Liberalism

    Tõnismagi 9
    10119 Tallinn
    Estonia

    Phone: +372 518 37 93

    priit@liberalism.ee
    http://www.liberalism.ee

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  • Liberty Forum of Greece - Markos Dragoumis (KEFIM)

    Greece
    VISION
    Our vision is for Greece to become a country where liberty is embraced and understood, individual rights are protected, rule of law is upheld, economy is free and society is tolerant and open to new ideas.
     
    MISSION
    The mission of the Liberty Forum of Greece (KEFIM) is to introduce, advance and clarify the ideas of laissez‐faire capitalism, classical liberalism, individual liberty, limited government and open society in Greece and increase popular demand and understanding for policies that promote its vision.
     
    The Liberty Forum of Greece will carry out this mission by:
    - organising events;
    - publishing books and studies both in translation and original Greek composition;
    - maintaining a Liberal Library;
    - producing multimedia content to deliver a direct message for liberty;
    - engaging and maintaining an active liberal on-line community.
     
    Liberty Forum of Greece - Markos Dragoumis (KEFIM)

    Liberty Forum of Greece - Markos Dragoumis (KEFIM)

    Panepistimiou 64, 7th Floor
    10677 Athens
    Greece

    Phone: 211 800 4880
    Fax: 211 2686 747

    info@libertyforum.gr
    www.libertyforum.gr

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  • LibMov

    Italy

    LibMov is a new think tank, formed by Italian ALDE associate members, with the aim of promoting liberalism in Italy and of reassembling all the Italian liberals who believe it is high time for a renewed presence of liberals in the Italian public debate and in the Italian political system. LibMov was not born in contrast or in opposition to any existing liberal organizations.

    In order to achieve our mission, we think that the preliminary step should be the elaboration of a set of political principles and reform proposals capable of reassembling the diverse traditions and cultural sensitivities existing within the Italian liberal family, that has been scattered for years across many different political organizations, and is therefore much weaker today than it could be.

    Given that European integration has been – one could really say: in the last one and a half century – a common ground for almost all Italian liberals, we think that in Italy, and given that our target are mostly educated liberal-minded citizens and electors, making a direct reference to our European common family could be very effective.

    In addition to this, we have set four basic principles more directly related to the present Italian public debate: the resumption of the traditional role of Italy in pushing forward European integration (a role miserably neglected in the last two decades); turning the page of the two muddy decades marked by populism by Italian parties, continuous breaches to the rule of law and new indecent public ethical standards; a resolute modernization and liberalization of the Italian economy also as a way to curb corruption, patronage and vested interests; separation of state and religion and related individual freedom issues.

    LibMov

    LibMov

    via Bezzecca 10
    Parma
    Italy

    Phone: +39 348 82 00 548

    associazionelibmov@gmail.com
    http://www.libmov.it

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  • Magma

    Finland

    Magma is a Finnish think tank that was founded in 2008. It supports liberal values and is independent of party politics. Since the beginning Magma has focused on issues such as integration, minorities, media, and structural and economic change.  Magma’s activities are based on the fact that Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish, and on the understanding that multilingualism and ethnic diversity is an important feature of Finland and of Europe.

    Magma performs an analytical function and serves as an arena for discussion. Our studies, as well as our impact and risk analyses, provide a basis for decision-making. Magma also organises conferences and seminars. The results are presented on our website, in our own publications, in articles and at public events. Magma also undertakes comparative studies within a European context and cooperates with both Finnish and other European think tanks.

    Magma

    Magma

    Annegatan 16 B 29
    00120 Helsinki
    Finland

    magma@magma.fi
    http://www.magma.fi

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  • Međunarodni edukacijski centar (MEC) / International Educational Center (IEC)

    Croatia

    International Educational Center (IEC) is a civil society organization dedicated to the promotion of liberal ideas and values in the Croatian society. It was founded by members of the Croatian People’s Party, who wanted to expand on the program of its Political academy in order to promote public advocacy of liberalism and contribute to the political education of Croatian citizens. The IEC was established as an independent organization to facilitate international cooperation with likeminded political foundations and think-tanks, while the Political Academy of the Croatian People’s Party became its core department.

    The IEC is of firm belief that the very survival of liberal democracies depends on the political engagement as well as education of its citizens. Both formal and informal education must equip citizens with the ability to critically think of political and social ideas, thus producing autonomous individuals capable of deciding for themselves what is their definition of “good life” and how to successfully achieve it. Engaged and autonomous individuals who enjoy and exercise their personal liberty are ever more likely to stand by the principles of liberal democracies in both times of prosperity and times of crisis.

    It is the primary goal of the IEC to promote liberal ideas in Croatia and the region by organizing public events as well as provide training assistance to liberal political parties. Secondly, the IEC shall strive to provide Croatian citizens with opportunities for informal political education by holding roundtables and conferences on major issues on the political agenda. In time, the IEC hopes to crown its political education program with a comprehensive study course that will enable citizens to learn more on politics, the political system of liberal democracies and the values that underpin it. Thirdly, the IEC shall attempt to establish itself as a liberal think-tank in the region, bringing together theorists and practitioners to discuss and formulate solutions to critically important public policy issues.

    Međunarodni edukacijski centar (MEC) / International Educational Center (IEC)

    Međunarodni edukacijski centar (MEC) / International Educational Center (IEC)

    Tomićeva 2/II
    10 000 Zagreb
    Croatia

    Phone: +385 1 4877 002

    international.edu.centre@gmail.com
    http://akademija.hns.hr/index.php/en/

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  • Movimento Liberal Social

    Portugal

    MLS, which was officially founded in 2005, aims at promoting social-liberalism in Portugal. The movement is a platform for individuals who believe that the old left-right dogma makes little sense today and that it is possible to secure a different and more constructive type of politics in Portugal.

    In summary, MLS stands for:

    • The sovereignty of the individual: the inalienable right to live one’s life and to seek happiness;
    • A fairer society, based on merit, where everyone can freely exercise their talents and develop their potential, free from any control or pressure, in an environment of solidarity and respect between individuals;
    • Equality before the law, always with respect for the right to differ;
    • A state that focuses on the essential things, but ensures (in a sustainable way and following the subsidiary principle) the defence of the individual and of society, private property, justice, the existence of basic healthcare and social security services, high quality education and the protection of cultural and environmental heritage;
    • Market economy, but always with state control as a corrective mechanism to counter the inevitable disequilibria.
    Movimento Liberal Social

    Movimento Liberal Social

    Rua Ramalho Ortigão, 31, Cave Direita
    1070-228 Lisboa
    Portugal

    Phone: +351 96 6075 978
    Fax: +351 211531507

    direccao.mls@liberal-social.org
    http://www.liberal-social.org

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  • Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting

    Netherlands

    The Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting works as a broker of knowledge, expertise and ideas for the Dutch Liberal Democratic Party D66 (Democraten 66).

    With three staff members, the main focus of our work is to deepen and develop our liberal-democratic (also often called social-liberal) thinking.

    Our foundation was originally founded in the 1970s, when it served as a traditional research centre. At the turn of the 20th century, our approach changed to that of a broker, but our aim has remained the same: to generate concepts and ideas that strengthen the intellectual profile of D66 and to be a place where political thinkers can look at societal developments in a more considered manner.

    Nowadays, the organisation employs dozens of volunteers, working on projects varying from very concrete policy advice to fundamental studies of the basic social-liberal principals of D66. We also publish a magazine, called Idee.

    Furthermore, we act as secretary to D66’s permanent programme committee, which is charged with writing the party programmes for both national and European elections. It is in this arena that the link is forged between ideological awareness and everyday practice.

    Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting

    Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting

    PO Box 660
    2501 CR The Hague
    Netherlands

    Phone: +31 70 3566 066
    Fax: +31 70 3641917

    f.vanmil@d66.nl
    http://site.d66.nl/kennis/

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  • NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    Austria

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    NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    Neu­bau­gas­se 64-66
    1070 Vienna
    Austria

    Phone: +43 1 343 95 99

    lab@neos.eu
    http://lab.neos.eu/

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  • NOVUM – Institute for strategic and applicable research

    Slovenia

    The NOVUM Institute is a non-profit, educational and policy research organization established in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its aims include support to political decision-making, democracy promotion, to foster public dialogue, communicating new policy ideas and developing new methods and approaches in political advertising.

    The Institute pursues high standard of research and discourse. Through its activities which range from conceptual studies, public education, to administrative and technical assistance, the Institute contributes to the stock of knowledge available to political parties, policy-makers and the interested public in Slovenia and abroad.

    We promote and protect liberal values which include democracy, the rule of law, good governance, respect for and protection of human rights, economic and social development, and sustainable development.

    The Institute disseminates its research findings through its web site, the media, publications, seminars, round tables, workshops, forums and conferences.

    The Institute is registered as an NGO under the Slovenian law. Its board consists of 13 members with economic, political, public and scientific background, which makes Novum a powerful advocacy group.

    NOVUM – Institute for strategic and applicable research

    NOVUM – Institute for strategic and applicable research

    Dunajska cesta 106
    1000 Ljubljana
    Slovenia

    Phone: +386 (0)31 619 305

    spikl@inovum.si
    http://www.inovum.si/

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  • Prof.mr. B.M. Teldersstichting

    Netherlands

    political party. The foundation is named after Benjamin Telders, a lawyer and philosopher, who was chair of the Liberal State Party (a predecessor of the VVD Party) and who, during World War II, was arrested by German (Nazi) occupiers. He died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly before The Netherlands were liberated. The Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting was founded in 1954 as a completely independent liberal think tank by a board under the chairmanship of Johan Witteveen, a Professor in economics who was to become vice-prime minister of The Netherlands in the 1960s and director of the International Monetary Fund in the 1970s. In 1972, the Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting established a link with the VVD, but, as an organisation and in its policy formulation, the think tank remained independent. The current president of the board is Frans Engering, who earlier was Director-General Foreign Economic Relations at the ministry of Economic Affairs and Dutch ambassador to South Africa. The director of the Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting is Patrick van Schie, a historian who wrote his dissertation on the history of Dutch liberalism from 1901 until 1940.

    The Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting publishes policy papers and books on all kind of political and societal topics, from the market economy to environmental issues and from crime fighting to defence policy. In addition, together with a commercial book publisher, the foundation publishes books for a wide audience on the history of liberalism and its leaders, on the political philosophy of liberalism and on the leading minds in liberal (political and economic) theory. Each year, several conferences and seminars on various topics are held. An annual Telders Lecture is held, in which we invite an influential scholar or politician from abroad to stimulate debate in The Netherlands with original liberal thoughts and insights. Talented, promising students of Dutch (and Belgian) universities are selected to take part in the liberal summer school of the Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting. The quarterly journal of the Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting is ‘Liberaal Reveil’, which is edited by researcher Charlotte Maas. Most of our publications and debates are in Dutch, although some are available in English.

    The Prof.mr. B.M. TeldersStichting does not adhere to one exclusive variant of liberalism, although liberalism’s classical thinkers always appear to be an important source of inspiration. For us, the freedom of the individual is the most fundamental point. We therefore consider it essential that a free and democratic society, in which there is no accumulation of power and public power is always democratically controlled and legitimised (via checks and balances), survives. It is not the US type of liberalism as it has developed in recent decades that we embrace, but a liberalism that is vigorously opposed to socialism, religion-based politics and other kinds of communitarianism.

    Prof.mr. B.M. Teldersstichting

    Prof.mr. B.M. Teldersstichting

    Mauritskade 21
    2514 HD Den Haag
    Netherlands

    Phone: +31 (0)703 63 19 48
    Fax: +31 (0)703 63 19 51

    vanschie@teldersstichting.nl
    http://www.teldersstichting.nl/

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  • Republikon Scientific, Educational and Research Foundation

    Hungary

    Republikon Scientific, Educational and Research Foundation (Republikon Foundation) is a liberal think tank organisation based in Budapest, focusing on analysing Hungarian and international politics, formulating policy recommendations and initiating projects that contribute to a more open, democratic and free society. The goal of the Foundation is to promote discussion and implementation of liberal ideas, approaches and policies.

    Republikon believes that Hungarian politics can take a turn to the better only if liberal ideas and opinions are formulated in the policy area and the public discourse. Although there is no significant liberal party as of this moment, liberal ideas and approaches can still enter public discourse through think tank institutions. This is exactly the role Republikon Foundation has been playing: independent from any political party but committed to liberal values, Republikon has been endeavouring to shape policy thinking and public debate with its innovative approach to politics and policy. It is the mission of Republikon to articulate new ideas and to find ways of making the values of liberal democracy, human rights and tolerance more popular.

    Republikon Scientific, Educational and Research Foundation

    Republikon Scientific, Educational and Research Foundation

    Harangvirág u. 7
    1026 Budapest
    Hungary

    Phone: +36 1 391 0394
    Fax: +36 1 391 0395

    republikon@republikon.hu
    http://www.republikon.hu

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  • Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (IDI)

    Netherlands

    The International Democratic Initiative Foundation D66 (IDI) is an important pillar in the work of D66 across borders. In 1989, IVSOM, the Central and Eastern Europe Foundation of Democrats 66 (D66), was founded to support democratisation and economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. In October 1997 IVSOM was renamed International Democratic Initiative Foundation D66 (IDI).

    With this renaming, the organisation's field of operation expanded to include countries outside Central and Eastern Europe. Nowadays IDI is mainly active in Eastern Europe, the Balkan, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Furthermore IDI maintains and develops relationships with like-minded political organisations in almost every country in the world. IDI co-operates with democratic parties and organisations that respect human rights and the right of ethnic minorities.

    Democratic movements and progressive or social liberal political parties are natural partners for IDI. The relationships are mutually beneficial. On the one hand, IDI offers practical knowledge for political partners in the project countries. On the other hand, D66 benefits by gaining new ideas and experiences concerning democratisation and international cooperation. Projects of IDI are financially supported by the Matra Political Party Programme of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (IDI)

    Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (IDI)

    P.O. Box 660
    2501 CR The Hague
    Netherlands

    Phone: +31 70 356 60 66
    Fax: +31 70 364 19 17

    international@d66.nl
    https://internationaal.d66.nl/

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  • Svenska bildningsförbundet r.f.

    Finland

    Svenska bildningsförbundet was formed in 1973 by the Swedish People’s Party together with its women’s and youth league. The initial goal of SBF was to organize local workshops and provide training for candidates and campaign staff in fields relating to the mission of the party. Today the role of Svenska bildningsförbundet has grown and matured to an organization that provides political support in a wider sense. SBF wants to drive the conversation in society by creating spaces where political and societal matters are being discussed from a liberal point of view.

    As a strong advocate of liberal solutions to today's societal challenges Svenska bildningsförbundet hosts seminars, both short weekday-evening-seminars and full day more comprehensive seminars on a wide range of topics. SBF also commissions opinion polls and surveys to gain a better understanding of how society views different topics.

    Svenska bildningsförbundet r.f.

    Svenska bildningsförbundet r.f.

    Simonsgatan 8A, 6th floor
    Helsinki
    Finland

    Phone: +358 9 693 070
    Fax: +358 9 693 1968

    info@bildningsforbundet.fi
    http://www.bildningsforbundet.fi

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  • Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)

    Sweden

    The Swedish International Liberal Centre, SILC, is a liberal foundation that promotes democracy. SILC supports activism, by organisations and individuals, for democracy. Silc works primarily with political parties and youth, women's and human rights' organizations as well as indipendent journalists.

    The bulk of SILC's work is in totalitarian and post-totalitarian states, for instance Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, Russia, Serbia and the Ukraine.

    Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)

    Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)

    Bastugatan 41
    11825 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: +46 70 77 69 650

    martin.angeby@silc.se
    http://www.silc.se

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  • Szabadságért Alapítvány/For Freedom, for Liberal Thinking Foundation

    Hungary
    The "For Freedom" Foundation was brought to life on 23 January 2012 with the primary goal of promoting and facilitating the dissemination of liberal thinking in Hungary. Its main objective is to strengthen liberal values, so that the fundamental human rights and liberties can become part of the everyday life of all members of society. In the course of its activity, the foundation fights against segregation and for the strengthening of an open, tolerant and receptive society. The foundation gives special attention to minorities, including primarily the problems of the Roma society and its goal is to facilitate equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups. The foundation is committed to the cause environment protection. It seeks to reinforce the right to the pursuit of individual happiness. It cooperates with and supports every organisation whose objectives correspond to its own. In order to reach its goals, the foundation makes full use of publicity and the means of the media.

    The foundation carries out the following activities:
    - educational programmes, trainings and lectures;
    - exhibitions and cultural events;
    - publications;
    - scholarships for organisations and individuals;
    - promotional campaigns in public areas;
    - awarding individual support or grants.
    Szabadságért Alapítvány/For Freedom, for Liberal Thinking Foundation

    Szabadságért Alapítvány/For Freedom, for Liberal Thinking Foundation

    Visegrádi utca 3. V/5
    1132 Budapest
    Hungary

    Phone: +36 30 35 00 475

    kapcsolat@szabadsagert.hu

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