The festival of ideas is approaching, and our list of speakers continues to grow. The eleventh edition of Freedom Games will be held on October 18-20 at EC1 Lodz, under the theme “City. Europe. Future”! This year’s edition will take us on a journey toward a better tomorrow, exploring the importance of cities in the context of Europe’s future.

More and more people claim that liberalism has lost its power and influence over people. It has become entangled in futile discussions, whereas it should set the tone and provide solutions to our current challenges. As a result, it has betrayed the trust of people who see neither the courage of thought nor the consistency of action. How can this situation be changed?

Ukraine is experiencing an intense heat wave, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The situation is exacerbated by frequent power outages, lasting 15 to 18 hours a day, rendering air conditioners useless. These power shortages, the result of significant damage to Ukraine’s power infrastructure caused by Russian military actions in March and April 2024, are profoundly impacting the daily lives of Ukrainians daily lives and business operations.

On the eve of Taxpayers’ Day, the largest taxpayers were honored at a ceremony held at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The event, organized by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) in partnership with the law firm TGS Baltic, also saw the introduction of the Taxpayers’ Rights Charter, which aims to foster a relationship of trust and respect between taxpayers and government institutions.

Last October, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it was concluding the research phase of the Digital Europroject and moving on to its implementation. However, the questions of what impact the introduction of central bank digital currency (CBDC) will have on the financial market and whether it will benefit consumers still need to be answered. 

It is not hard to see why Universal Basic Income (UBI) is such a popular idea. It is an idea to pay everyone a fixed amount of money regularly, with no strings attached. According to its proponents, UBI would eradicate poverty, save people from burnout at work, stimulate new businesses, and unleash people’s creative powers. Ultimately, it would save the planet from destruction – less work means less production and less production means less pollution.

Paris will host one of the most important sporting events this year – the Summer Olympic Games. And the race is already on, with nearly half of all voters worldwide expected to go to the ballot box this year. Nine parliamentary elections will occur or already have occurred in European countries alone, with thousands of candidates competing for 720 seats in the European Parliament.

Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) presented “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership”. The publication discusses the problems of state governance and the economy and provides recommendations for a breakthrough. As the patron of the event, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, underscored the unique value of the “The Election Book. Mandate for Leadership” for political parties.

Ukrainian Students for Freedom, European and Czech Students For Liberty, and Operation “Kyseláč” at the Liberal Institute invite you to the second annual Ukrainian Renaissance conference, this time in Lviv! During this two-day international event, we will speak with Ukrainian and international experts and explore the topics of Ukrainian resilience, renewal, and reforms the country can undertake to strengthen its economy and its place in Europe.

Ostrava is an often overlooked region in the Czech Republic, facing a very difficult and uncertain future over the next decades. The region has historically been entirely dependent on coal mining, which is an unenviable position at present time, as the mines are being closed. Mining has historically made it the industrial backbone of the country, but heavy industry is currently in decline.