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://egimenez.webs.uvigo.es/egimenez/cousas/persoal/galidem/indice.htm

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  • Bertil Ohlin Institute

    Sweden

    The Bertil Ohlin Institutet is a foundation founded in 1993 and named after Bertil Ohlin. Ohlin led the Liberal Party of Sweden (Folkpartiet) between 1944 and 1967. In 1977, Bertil Ohlin was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics, in recognition of his academic achievements. The Institute maintains close contact with high quality university departments, with four out of nine seats on our board reserved for scholars from relevant fields, mainly the social sciences.

    The purpose of the institute is to initiate research and debate on important social and political issues. It regularly organise lectures, debates and conferences open to the public. The Bertil Ohlin Institutet also commission research reports and other publications. Most of our activities are in Swedish, but some of the papers are written in English. They can be found or ordered on our website.

    Although the Institute’s founders are affiliated with the Liberal Party of Sweden we operate independently of political parties and interest groups, organisationally as well as financially. Our activities are mainly financed through grants from Liberal foundations.

    Bertil Ohlin Institute

    Bertil Ohlin Institute

    c/o Digital Ekonomi Box 6188
    102 33 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: 802018-3086

    sofia.nerbrand@gmail.com
    http://ohlininstitutet.se/

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  • Centre for Liberal Studies

    Czech Republic

    The Centre for Liberal Studies (CLS) was established in 1994 as a foundation and then re-established in 1999 as a civil society organisation. It is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit think tank. The main objectives of the CLS is to develop contacts between exponents of liberal thought, to contribute to clarifying the definition of liberalism and to define its place in contemporary society, and to apply this liberal approach to the political, economic and social transition of the Czech Republic.


    Due to a historical absence of any stable liberal political party in the Czech political landscape, the CLS, along with the Liberal Institute, long remained the only promoters of liberal ideas in Czech society. The CLS is open to cooperation with all interested institutions, organisations and individuals.
    The CLS mainly works in the three following areas: • Policy advocacy in areas such as tax system reform, social insurance, rent deregulation, healthcare system reforms etc. • Education: Panel discussions, roundtables, conferences, awarding grants to undergraduates and graduates, sponsoring degree papers and translations • Cooperation with established experts (university teachers, scholars, government officers etc.) and with other think tanks such as Liberal Institute and FNF.


    In 2011, the CLS was actively involved in designing the website www.4liberty.eu, which serves as a platform for liberal-oriented think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe to communicate with media and decision-makers.

    Centre for Liberal Studies

    Centre for Liberal Studies

    Na Safrance, 43
    10100 Prague
    Czech Republic

    Phone: +420 26 73 12 22 7

    bsevera@mediatrust.cz
    http://www.libcentrum.cz/

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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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  • Centre Party International Foundation

    Sweden

    Centre Party International Foundation (CPIF)/ Centerpartiets Internationella Stiftelse (Sweden)

    The Centre Party International Foundation, CPIF, is a Swedish Party-Affiliated Organisation 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 decentralisation.

     

    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 centers.

     

    The Centre party International Foundation is one of seven Party-Affiliated Organisations (PAOs) in Sweden. The specific objective of PAO development assistance is to promote human rights, democracy and good governance.

    To achieve the overall objective of this strategy, PAO activities focus on two interdependent 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 multi-party systems, with the goal of ensuring well-functioning, democratically based multi-party systems.

     

    In terms of the first area, Support for sister parties, CPIF currently supports one liberal sister party in Bosnia and Hercegovina, one civil rights organization in Palestine, Belarus and Burkina Faso respectively as well as seven liberal parties in the western Balkans through a regional project. 

     

    The aim of the support which is provided to our sister party in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Nasa Stranka, is capacity-building. To achieve it, CPIF implement a three-step program for political party capacity-building. Its objectives are to increase partners:

    1. Institutional capacity;

    2. Organizational capacity; and

    3. Political and ideological capacity.

     

    In Palestine, the objective is to see an increase in political participation and influence by women. To achieve this in a society where women are severely discriminated as result of patriarchal society structures and Israeli occupation is extremely challenging. CIS supports capacity building activities including workshops, trainings, discussion panels and opportunities from women to shadow local councilors and prepare their candidacy for local elections. CIS also supports the civil rights organization in its advocacy activities which is primarily intended to challenge the attitudes and perceptions that politicians and decision makers have regarding women in politics.

     

    In Belarus, CIS is supporting its partner organization which is aspiring to become a political party, with advocacy and networking activities. This includes social media campaigns, newsletters and digital online learning and information tools as well as participation in regional and international events. 

     

    In Burkina Faso, the abrupt and inadequately planned government decentralisation in 2010 lead to poor local governance structures. Therefore, CIS is supporting a civil rights organisation which seeks to strengthen the coordination and linkages between local councillors and the population in one specific region. This is done mainly by supporting the coordination groups consisting of various community based stakeholders and local councillors with the objective to achieve a participatory and accountable political structure.

     

    Through RLPA - Regional Liberal Political Academy, CIS’ aim is to supports young politicians’ increase in political participation and influence. Each year, 25 young liberal politicians from seven parties in Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia participate in a political training program which consists of three training modules, one mini-project implemented by each country team, and one annual alumni follow up event for two years after the completed training program. 

     

    In terms of the second area, Support for multi-party systems, CPIF 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 sixteen African countries. It is a true multi-party 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, CPIF implements the program in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali, Niger Togo, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal.

    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 organisations, such as Centre Women, Centre Students and 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 across national borders.

     

    Centre Party International Foundation

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

    Finland

    The Society for Progressive research (Edistysmielisen tutkimuksen yhdistys ry) was established in 2006 to oversee the management of Think Tank e2. The director of the organisation is Dr Karina Jutila.

    About Think tank e2:
    · Is based on progressive values and liberal ideals
    · Generates research-based knowledge for the needs of organizations, businesses, media and politicians
    · Provides a forum for debate by bringing together experts from different disciplines for innovative social discussions
    · Initiates dialogue on current issues and introduces new themes for open debate
    · Contributes to the strengthening of think tank activities in Finland and improving contacts with think tanks in other countries
    Think tank e2 focuses on two primary subjects:
    · The future of democracy
    · Environmental sustainability (including for example the bio economy in the Baltics 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 40 777 0869
    Fax: +358 40 777 0869

    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 Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party and the ALDE parliamentary group in the European Parliament. With over 50 member organisations in 36 countries and around 150,000 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 Congresses take place twice a year and gather young people from all over Europe. The Congress is the highest decision-making body of the organization where its members come to discuss policies and determine future actions of the organisation, as well as to deal with organisational matters. LYMEC also organises 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 organisations, 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

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  • Fondacija Boris Divković / Boris Divković Foundation

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Boris Divković Foundation (BDF) is founded in 2013 with the aim of improving political situation and practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Foundation promotes responsible policy, which will serve all citizens and act on the principles of equality, coexistence and solidarity.

    The founder of the BDF was Dino Mustafic, long-time friend of deceased Boris Divkovic. He suggested starting the Foundation in a memory of Boris’s work and dedication to serve as support, education and capacity building of young politicians. Boris Divkovic was first Vice President of Nasa Stranka, and he practiced a different approach in politics - he preferred to combine morality and responsibility to political engagement.  He graduated from Franciscan Monastery, therefore he often combined religion with politics in his work. Even nowadays, the main goals of the BDF work are still:

    ·       Improvement of political practice in BiH

    ·       Research

    ·       Education of socially active young people, regardless of their membership in the party

    ·       Responsible policy (politics as a responsible act)

    Until now, the Foundation has successfully implemented the following projects:

    -       Academy of Political Responsibility

    -       Capacity Building of Liberal Political Party in B&H

    -       Regional Academy for Young Liberals from Western Balkan

    -       Initiative 50%

    -       Schools in Connections

    -       We Grow Together

    The vision of Boris Divkovic Foundation has been marked with the desire to have the political activity align with the moral principles, and Boris Divkovic has advocated this idea throughout his entire engagement. The wide dispersal of the opinion that the connection of the moral and politics is impossible is nothing but the consequence of the perennial rule of the irresponsible politics. Boris Divkovic Foundation relies on the assumption that it is possible and necessary to practice and keep ideological decontamination of the term politics publicly, and thus establish the grounds for the involvement of the honest and responsible people in the BH political processes. 

    Fondacija Boris Divković / Boris Divković Foundation

    Fondacija Boris Divković / Boris Divković Foundation

    Branilaca Sarajeva 5/1
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Phone: +387 33 408 887

    office@bdf.ba
    http://bdf.ba/en/

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  • 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

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

    Sweden

    Fores – Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability – is the green and liberal think tank. We are a foundation and non-profit NGO and we want to renew the debate in Sweden with a belief in entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for people to shape their own lives.

     

    Market-based solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, the long-term benefits of migration and a welcoming society, the gains of increased levels of entrepreneurship, the need for a modernization of the welfare sector and the challenges of the rapidly changing digital society – these are some of the issues we focus on.

     

    We arrange seminars and roundtable discussions in town halls, parliaments and board rooms, we publish reports, books and policy papers, we put together and chair reference groups around policy issues, we participate in the media debates, and we support policy makers with relevant facts. We act as a link between curious citizens, opinion makers, entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers, always striving for an open-minded, inclusive and thought provoking dialogue

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

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

    Kungsbroplan 2
    11227 Stockholm
    Sweden

    Phone: +46 (0)8 452 26 60

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

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  • Freedom Research Association / Özgürlük Araştırmaları Derneği

    Turkey

    Freedom Research Association is a public policy research organization based in Ankara, Turkey. Founded in August 2014, FRA is strongly committed to human rights, liberty, rule of law, good governance, peace and free markets. FRA is strictly independent from and impartial towards active political actors in Turkey via certain clauses in its internal regulations. It doesn’t accept public funding or contributions from political parties or the government.


    Public policy has long been regarded as a technical term by the observers and participants of politics in Turkey. Secondly, country’s major problems about democracy, rule of law and civil liberties occupy too much of the time and energy of public opinion and intellectuals. These two factors create a gap between the policies that affect the lives of millions and the content of the public debate. As a famous example, most Turks know better the US’ Middle East policy than the current problems in the judicial system in Turkey. As the country’s first and only self-acclaimed classical liberal public policy think-tank, FRA has been established by a group of academics, businessmen, human rights defenders, journalists and legal experts in August 2014 to address this gap.

    Another important contribution of FRA can be characterized as promoting an evidence-based public policy making approach and public debate in Turkey. FRA relies heavily on analytical tools, good methodology, sound analysis and independent research when creating its public persona. A good example is that, while may be critical in nature, FRA publications don’t address particular persons or institutions, instead they target policies and stances. FRA aims to have a balanced language and tone in its communication, provide fact-based insights to policy makers without involving itself to the heat of everyday political quarrels between actors.


    FRA’s approach to change can be summarized into two pillars: short-term institutional development and long-term investment into culture. On one hand, FRA designs and executes programs, seminars, trainings, research, recommendations to make a certain institution/policy better function today. However, we recognize that bad policy or bad implementation is not always rooted in the current structures, but in the overall culture or the lack of capacity. That’s why, as a second trail, FRA invests in educating future liberal experts on various policy issues. One of its recent initiatives, titled Rule of Law Academy, for instance, is an investment into a new cadre of rule of law defenders among future legal experts and practitioners.

    FRA operates via its three centers: Center for Civil Liberties, Center for Rule of Law and Democracy, Center for Economic Freedom. These three centers provide timely commentaries, analysis and reports on burning problems of Turkeys with the approach provided above. They also organize conferences, seminars, research roundtables to bring together seasoned politicians, diplomats, lawyers, bureaucrats.


    FRA frequently engages in international cooperation and its national/international active partners include – but not limited to – Atlas Network, International Republican Institute, National Democratic Institute, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Fraser Institute, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Open Society Institute, Property Rights Alliance and Poverty Cure, Checks & Balances Network and 3H Movement.

    Freedom Research Association / Özgürlük Araştırmaları Derneği

    Freedom Research Association / Özgürlük Araştırmaları Derneği

    06570 Turgut Reis Cad. No: 15/4, Mebusevleri
    06570 Ankara
    Turkey

    Phone: +90 312 213 24 00

    info@ozgurlukarastirmalari.com
    http://ozgurlukarastirmalari.com/home

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

    Germany

    The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the principles of freedom and dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. Through civic education and dialogue programmes, sponsorship of the talented, research and political consultation and archive-work, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation contributes to shaping the future in a liberal way.

    In Germany the Foundation offers diverse forums, especially for young people, to exchange information and experience and discuss current and future political and societal developments. Its main focus is to promote a greater understanding of politics and to inspire citizens to take part in the political process.

    Abroad, the support of human rights, rule of law and democracy in more than 60 countries form the core of our work. Furthermore, we assist in the sustainable development of democratic and constitutional structures by supporting liberal parties and groups. A strong network of associations of democratic parties, human rights organisations and academic institutions offers a strong basis of our activities abroad. The Foundation’s central idea, both at home and abroad, is the promotion of freedom and responsibility. 

    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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  • Fundacja Liberté!

    Poland

    Fundacja Liberté!

    Fundacja Liberté! (Liberté! Foundation) is a think tank and a civil society organization founded in 2007 in Poland. The mission of the Foundation is to promote an open society, liberal economic ideas and European integration, and to organize a social movement around these ideas in Poland. The main focus of our activities is publishing expert, ideological, socio-political magazine Liberté! – a quarterly magazine in print and an online magazine www.liberte.pl. The Foundation is an experienced organizer of events,workshops, and conferences (eg. Freedom Games), as well as social campaigns (eg.Secular School).

    The Foundation’s main objective is to create in Poland a viable liberal alternative to the mainstream conservative attitudes in the form of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary institution capable of efficient influencing Polish citizens in a bid to bring about a liberal change in the country and the society as a whole.

    Furthermore, together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Foundation coordinates the 4liberty.eu network – a joint project of over a dozen of think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States (including Fundacja Liberté!, FOR, Projekt: Polska, INESS, F.A. Hayek Foundation, Svetilnik,  Republikon Institute, Liberalni Institut, LFMI, Academy of Liberalism, Liberales Institut, and IME), which by regularly publishing expert analyses and commentaries makes a liberal perspective from the region more accessible and available both in Europe, and the world.  

    Fundacja Liberté!

    Fundacja Liberté!

    ul. Piotrkowska 102
    90-004 Lodz
    Poland

    fundacja@findustrial.pl
    http://www.liberte.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 50 85 47 06 7

    biuro@projektpolska.pl
    https://www.facebook.com/projektpolska/

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  • Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD International

    Netherlands

    Haya van Someren Stichting is responsible for the international activities of the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) and is based at the headquarters of the VVD in The Hague, The Netherlands.

    The Haya van Someren Stichting concentrates on supporting non-profit activities that strengthen Liberal-minded political parties and groupings in Central and Eastern Europe and the MENA region. This is facilitated by the Politicial Parties funding of the Matra Programme set up by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Matra Programme aims to support the transition to a multiform, constitutional society in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa and the Middle East. Haya van Someren Stichting/VVD Internationaal has nearly twenty years’ experience in the field of capacity building of political parties in Eastern and Southeast Europe.

    The parties and/or political groups we support should emphasise Liberal principles and ideas. Preferably they are, or intend to be, a member of Liberal International, and/or the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party. Certain other conditions also apply. The political party or group should aim to strengthen the rule of law, guaranteeing the individual rights of man and promoting peaceful relations with neighbouring countries.

     The Haya van Someren Stichting works on a demand-driven basis and organises and facilitates several training programmes:

    • Training on various party-related subjects
    • Regional seminars, providing keynote speakers
    • Visitors programmes in The Netherlands
    • Regional and national discussions

    Projects have been successfully implemented in Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

    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
    www.internationaal.vvd.nl

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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
    https://www.facebook.com/institutuldestudiiliberale/

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  • Latvijas Nakotnes Forums/Forum for Latvia's Future

    Latvia

    FLF was founded as a non-governmental non-profit organization in March 2012 in Riga. The foundation was created by a group of high-ranking liberals, well-known politicians and entrepreneurs, in order to promote liberalism and bring together experts and young leaders to promote public policy solutions for Latvia based on free market, free society, European values, and the rule of law. The other very important aim of FLF is to support and assist its mother party Latvijas Attīstībai in its effort to advocate for the values of liberalism in Latvian society.


    The aim of the foundation “Forum for Latvia’s Future,” previously known as the foundation “For Latvia’s Development,” is to create a wide, authoritative, classical liberalism platform for ideas and discussions to develop proposals for purposeful, sustainable, and dynamic Latvian development.


    The beginning of 2017 was marked by an essay competition on open society. It was our first experience in organizing open call competitions for all interested parties. The first place was given to an analytical work on participatory budgeting, a topic that we will focus more on this year. Another innovation that we carried out in 2017 – free public excursions through Riga called “Freethinkers’Riga. Walking through the city center and discussing the history of our society with the help of a professional guide we tried to highlight the fact that many topics and ideas that are now trying to be portrayed as foreign to us in fact had been already discussed by our forefathers.

    The aim of excursion is both to raise awareness of the history of Liberal thought in Latvia and strengthen our own brand and recognition. Excursions were really successful and we plan to continue organizing them in Spring 2018.

    Latvijas Nakotnes Forums/Forum for Latvia's Future

    Latvijas Nakotnes Forums/Forum for Latvia's Future

    Blaumana 5a-31
    1011 Riga
    Latvia

    Phone: +371 26888222

    info@nakotnesforums.lv
    http://nakotnesforums.lv/

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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)

    61 Todor Kableshkov blvd., entrance B, 4 floor
    1680 Sofia
    Bulgaria

    Phone: +359 29218 210

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

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  • Liberal Integration Foundation

    Bulgaria

    The Liberal Integration Foundation was established in 2003. LIF is a political foundation of Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party (MRF), which embellishes Bulgarian ethnic model, being a successful development of multi-ethnic policy in Bulgaria, resulting in tolerant, peaceful co-operation of different ethnic and religious communities. It can give best examples of functioning of this model, which is characterized by stability, equality and common responsibility and contribute to the Liberal values as equality and human rights. We will present the development of the multiethnic policy in the context of the Bulgarian society transformation to democracy and reveal its positive effects on creating favorable conditions for preserving stability in the Balkans.

    Representing Bulgarian ethnic model we can faithfully participate and contribute to common European discussion on integration of minority groups and migrants with different cultural and religion background.  

    The main objectives of the Foundation are:

    -         Dissemination and consolidation of the basic values of modern liberalism, such as freedom, responsibility, tolerance, social justice and equality in the possibilities for realization.

    -        Assisting minority integration, ethnic minorities including, with the liberal values and ideas of modern society.

    -          Increasing the awareness and education level of the citizens and the public with respect to the ides and values of modern liberalism.

    -          Assisting the development of ethnic relationships and tolerance based on modern liberal values.

    -        Consolidation of the public mechanisms for accomplishment of modern liberal values and liberal integration of minority communities.

    Working directly with Bulgarian citizens, as well as partnering with European organizations and EU Neighborhood countries, we will contribute to raise their awareness of Liberal values, with view to building an open, Liberal Europe.

    We will further work on projects advocating liberal solutions to today’s societal challenges and important political issues nowadays through exchange of views with other Members of the European Liberal Forum, organizing conferences, discussions, political consultations, round tables, diverse events, publishing positions and papers, etc. 

    Liberal Integration Foundation

    Liberal Integration Foundation

    45A, Al. Stamboliyski Blvd.
    1301 Sofia
    Bulgaria

    Phone: +359 2 811 44 33

    office@lif.bg
    https://www.lif.bg/en/

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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: Ttranslations of acknowledged works into Estonian (Editors, Claudia Aebersold Szalay, Gerd Habermann & Gerhard Schwarz, Vabaduse raamat. 111 teost liberaalsest vaimuloost) and publishing books in Estonian (A. Ansip, Pühendumus) and publications on topical issues.

      In 2017, one of the liberal landmark books Milton Friedman "Capitalism and freedom" was re-published,
      which defined aims for market reforms in Estonia 23 years ago;

    • 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 (2017 presented to mr Paul-Eerik Rummo, former minister and founder of the Estonian Liberal Democratic Party),
      • 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 5131265

    peep.lillemagi@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/LiberalismiAkadeemia/

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  • Liberas / Liberaal Archief

    Belgium

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief is the central archive of the liberal movement and liberal ideas in Belgium/Flanders. It focusses on individuals, organisations and groups that want to help shape this goal. It wants to be the solid and independent custodian of the rich cultural, social and political heritage of liberalism as expressed in the Oxford Charter. As the only Flemish archive and documentation centre for liberalism, it wants to save the past and map the present of all those organisations, associations, companies, schools, discussion groups, research centres and socially active people who are inspired by the freedom ideal, by free thinking and who champion free trade.

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief operates as the heritage centre for the history of the freedom ideal in all its facets. This ideal is translated into the quest for freedom, emancipation, self-development and democracy. All these aspects fall into the focus of our operation. Furthermore Liberas/Liberaal Archief functions as a research institute and a place for cultural heritage.

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief: the heritage centre for the history of the freedom ideal in all its facets

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief stores archives of the Belgian Liberal Party throughout the 19th, 20th and most recently the 21st century. But it’s not only about politics, we have a far broader scope. Liberas/Liberaal Archief collects material on various cultural and social aspects of daily life. For instance: we document the history of liberal sport organizations, liberal brass bands, liberal health care groups, liberal theatre groups, and so on.

    In addition to all this, Liberas/Liberaal Archief has a fine book collection. Our library holds approximately 40.000 volumes, focussing on the history and the ideas of liberalism, secularization, freedom of expression, human rights, freemasonry, recent Belgian and European political history. Furthermore, you will find hundreds of journals dealing with the same themes.

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief: a research institute

    It’s our ambition to organize and participate in international historical workshops and conferences, to publish in academic journals and book series, to launch new initiatives, concentrated on the themes of liberalism, secularization, press freedom, etc.

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief has a nice infrastructure in which meetings can be organized, ideas can be discussed and anyone can come together.

    Liberas/Liberaal Archief: a place for cultural heritage

    We invite the public to come and see our expositions or to attend our historical lectures. We organize book presentations and give a forum to all kinds of groups who share the ideas included in the mission statement of our institute. The public learns to cherish our collection, contribute new archives or materials and has perhaps some inspiring suggestions for the future. The Flemish Government insists on social commitment, bringing on history and heritage in actual discussions and asks the public to participate in the broadest sense. The Board and the Staff of the Liberas/Liberaal Archief work hard day by day to fulfil this engagement.

    Liberas / Liberaal Archief

    Liberas / Liberaal Archief

    Kramersplein, 23
    9000 Gent
    Belgium

    Phone: +32 9 221 75 05

    info@liberaalarchief.be
    https://www.liberas.eu/en/

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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)

    Maizonos 38, 10438
    10677 Athens
    Greece

    Phone: +30 2105238373

    info@kefim.org
    https://www.kefim.org/en/

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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
    https://www.facebook.com/Libmov-166038260243392/

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  • Magma

    Finland

    Magma is a Finnish think tank founded in 2008. It supports liberal values and is independent of party politics. Since its inception Magma has focused on issues such as integration, minorities, media, and the consequences of 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 are important features of today’s Finland and Europe.
    Magma performs an analytical function and serves as an arena for discussion, organising conferences, seminars and roundtables.

    Our studies, as well as our impact and risk analyses, provide a basis for decision-making. 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 think tanks both in Finland and abroad.

    Once a year Magma organises a bilingual youth academy for Finnish- and Swedish-speaking youth in Finland (Magma-akademin). In addition, Magma in cooperation with ELF occasionally organises shorter events for young liberals across Europe in the form of a Liberal Academy.

    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

    direcao.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 progressive liberal Party D66 (Democrats66). With four staff members, the main focus of our work is to deepen and develop our liberal democratic thought.

    Our Foundation was originally founded in 1974 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 spur debate and develop ideas that strengthen the intellectual profile of D66. In doing so, the Foundation tries to maintain a long term view, placing political issues in a broader (ideological) perspective.

    Nowadays, the organisation employs dozens of volunteers, working on projects varying from policy advice to fundamental studies of the basic social liberal principles. We also publish a quarterly magazine called ‘Idee’ (Idea).

    Furthermore, we act as secretary to D66’s permanent programme commission, which is responsible for drafting (preliminary studies for) the party manifestos for both national and European elections.

    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

    vanmierlostichting@d66.nl
    http://site.d66.nl/kennis/

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  • NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    Austria

    NEOS Lab - Das liberale Forum/NEOS Lab – The Liberal Forum

    NEOS Lab is the political academy of the liberal grass-roots movement, NEOS and an Open Laboratory for New Politics. NEOS Lab’s main objective is to contribute to enhancing political education in Austria by providing a platform for knowledge exchange and liberal political thinking on the key challenges to and pathways for democracies and welfare states in the 21st century. Particular emphasis is placed on the core topics of education, a more entrepreneurial Austria, sustainable welfare systems and democratic innovation.

    NEOS Lab views itself as a participatory interface between politics and society, insofar as it mediates between experts with scientific and practical knowledge on diverse policy issues and interested citizens.

    Additionally, NEOS Lab provides several services, such as political education and training, workshops and conferences and a rich portfolio of inter- and trans-disciplinary research at the interface between science, politics, economy and society.

    NEOS Lab is the successor of the Liberal Future Forum, which was also a member of ELF.

    NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    NEOS Lab - The Liberal Forum

    Neu­bau­gas­se 64-66
    1070 Vienna
    Austria

    Phone: +43 664 8878 2448

    sonja.lazansky@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

    Stichting IDI is an important pillar in D66’s international work. In 1989, IVSOM, the Central and Eastern Europe Foundation of the D66 party was founded to support democratisation and economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. In October 1997, IVSOM was renamed the Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (Stichting IDI). The Foundation is independent but also forms an integral part of the political party D66. Its office is located at the D66 Party Bureau.

    Over the years IDI’s field of operation was expanded to include countries outside Central and Eastern Europe. Nowadays, the IDI Foundation is mainly active in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Furthermore, the IDI Foundation maintains and develops relationships with likeminded political organisations in many countries around the world. IDI cooperates with liberal democratic parties and organisations that respect human rights and the rights of minorities.

    Democratic movements and progressive or social liberal political parties are natural partners for the IDI Foundation. The relationships are mutually beneficial. On the one hand, IDI offers practical knowledge for political partners in the project countries. On the other hand, ideas and experiences from abroad deepen and strengthen the liberal concept D66 adheres to while at the same time D66 learns from the tactics and strategy employed by likeminded parties. The Matra and Shiraka Political Party Programmes of the Dutch Ministries of Foreign and Home Affairs financially support most IDI projects. 

    Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (IDI)

    Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (IDI)

    Hoge Nieuwstraat 30
    2514 EL 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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  • Studiecentrum Albert Maertens

    Belgium

    Studiecentrum Albert Maertens (SAM, in English: Research Centre Albert Maertens) is the policy institute of Open Vld, the Flemish liberal democrats in Belgium.

    SAM offers day-to-day policy advice to the party leaders and members of parliament of Open Vld and prepares briefings and papers on important themes on the regional, national and European level.

    It also researches long-term issues that will affect society in the future.

    Studiecentrum Albert Maertens

    Studiecentrum Albert Maertens

    Melsensstraat 34
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium

    Phone: +32 (0) 2 549 82 91

    studiecentrum@openvld.be
    https://www2.openvld.be/onze-partij/onze-studiedienst/

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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
    PO Box 432, 00101 Helsinki
    Finland

    Phone: +358 50 5572725
    Fax: +358 9 693 1968

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

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  • Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC)

    Sweden

    SILC supports activism for democracy and human rights. Current programmes are focused on Post-Soviet Eastern Europe, Egypt, Tunisia, Cuba and Venezuela.

    SILC has its own publishing house, Silc förlag, which publishes two books a year on democracy activism in challenging environments.

    SILC takes a visible part in the Swedish debate on development aid and foreign policy.
    Headquartered in Stockholm, SILC currently has a staff of ten, of which four are working from the programme office in Vilnius, Lithuania. SILC’s annual turnover is approximately €2 million (2016).

    SILC is organisationally associated with the Swedish Liberal party (Liberalerna).

    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

    Hercegprímás utca 18
    1051 Budapest
    Hungary

    Phone: +36 30 35 00 475

    szabadsagert@liberalisok.hu

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  • Zavod14

    Slovenia

    Zavod 14, zavod za sožitje in napredek is a non-profit organization established in October 2013 and has its headquarters in Ljubljana.

    Zavod 14 promotes social liberal ideas (balancing between individual liberty and social justice) and protect liberal values (eg. democracy, the rule of law, social development, good governance etc.) Zavod 14`s mission is strengthening the civil society initiative, integration and cooperation of the interested public, transmission of perspectives of interested stakeholders to state and other institutions, cooperation in the preparation and implementation of politics, and contribution in joining the civil society initiative into international integrations.

    Zavod 14's mission is strengthening the civil society initiative, integration and cooperation of the interested public, transmission of perspectives of interested stakeholders to state and other institutions, cooperation in the preparation and implementation of politics, and contribution in joining the civil society initiative into international integrations.

    Values that are one of the primary objectives of Zavod 14 are the development of civil society, freedom and democracy, intra-sectoral integration and cooperation of individuals and organizations, solidarity and knowledge. A guiding principle in the Zavod 14`s operation is social responsibility, rule of law, innovation, and sustainable development.

    Within the framework of its registered activities, Zavod 14 shall above all:

    • strengthen the civil initiative in the preparation and implementation of politics on local, regional, national and European level;
    • analyze and contribute to the discussion on local, regional, national and European public affairs, e.g. economy, social services, environmental protection, ethics, politics, law and the process of European integration;
    • set the basis and framework for the participation of national experts, associations, politics, and academic Governing Council on local, regional, national and European level;
    • deliver and support seminars, conferences, discussions and periodicals in the fields mentioned above, on local, regional and national level;
    • publish periodicals.
    Zavod14

    Zavod14

    Cankarjeva cesta 4
    1000 Ljubljana
    Slovenia

    Phone: +386 41 735 673

    info@zavod14.si
    https://zavod14.si/en/

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