Latest Newsletter [January 2024]

Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts: Trompe-l’oeil: Letter Rack with an Hourglass, a Razor and Scissors (ca. 1664) // Public domain

The January issue of the Newsletter provides an overview of the articles published on the website, serving as a starting point for further exploration.

Liberte!: SAVE THE DATE! Freedom Games 2024: City. Europe. Future

We are pleased to announce that the next edition of the event will be held on October 18-20, 2024, in Lodz, Poland, and the accompanying slogan will be “City. Europe. Future”!

Dirk Assmann & Maximilian Reinhardt (Liberales Institut):
The impacts of climate change are already noticeable. Cities are particularly affected by this trend. It is time to prepare cities for the consequences of climate change, focusing on the most effective measures. A new study by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation reveals how cities all around the world are tackling the challenge.
Projekt Polska:
Changing the currency evokes extreme emotions. However, currently the introduction of Poland into the Eurozone does not arouse as much public interest as in the past, probably due to the lack of meeting the convergence criteria and lack of a serious discussion. We believe, however, that it is still a crucial public debate that needs to be addressed.
Radovan Durana (INESS):
Slovakia’s new government has finally succumbed to the Sweet Tax Temptation, as we called it in our last publication. The Ministry of Finance has published a preliminary announcement describing its intention to introduce the tax.
Mate Hajba (Free Market Foundation):
The gluttony of the holidays marks not only the end of your capacity to feast more but also the end of the year. Your stocks I am sure are full of presents, and you want to catch up with your reading list. Lest you are too efficient and devour all your books here are a couple of recommendations for the next year.

Witold Gadomski (Economic Freedom Foundation):

Demography, marked by diminishing birth Donald Tusk outlined priorities for the Polish government for the next months. In his expose, he paid a lot of attention to entrepreneurs, promising to limit inspections of micro-entrepreneurs, introduce a cash-based personal income tax for entrepreneurs settling this tax with the tax authorities, and a vacation for entrepreneurs, i.e. one month a year free of social security contributions and a benefit of half the minimum wage.

Adrian Nikolov (IME):

Bulgaria’s New Minimum Wage Mechanism Needs Urgent Repair

At the end of last week, the current proposal for changing the minimum wage level was published. It is interesting for several reasons, mainly because, for the first time, the new mechanism for determining the minimum wage is applied, linking it to the dynamics of the average wage.

Monitoring Ukraine’s Accession to EU

The team from Liberte, the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and Bendukidze Free Market Center, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, continue to monitor Ukraine’s progress or regression on its path to the EU on a monthly basis.
With the help of leading experts, we conduct research in the following key areas: the rule of law, free movement of goods and the customs, digital transformation, social policy and the labor market, entrepreneurship and industrial policy, as well as transport policy.