INESS, the Institute of Economic and Social Studies, began its activities in January 2006. As an independent think tank, INESS monitors the functioning and financing of the public sector, evaluates the effects of legislative changes on the economy and society and comments on current economic and social issues.
INESS’ goal is to broaden public awareness of the principles of market mechanisms’ functions and the effects of state interventions and their impact on society and everyday life. INESS’ priority areas include taxation and contributions to the state budget, social system (including pensions), the public healthcare system, monetary policy, EU membership issues, government regulation and property rights.
Since its inception in 2006, INESS has appeared almost 3,000 times in all major public and commercial Slovak print, broadcast and internet media. INESS has been the most frequently cited economic think tank in Slovakia for several consecutive years.