Shatter Barriers-Ignite Change – Free Market Road Show 2024

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024. 1-5 PM Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest


A joint event of the Austrian Economic Center, Vienna & The Danube Institute, Budapest

In an era of unprecedented challenges and shifting paradigms, the Free Market Road Show 2024 stands at the forefront of fostering critical discourse and innovation. As we navigate through a landscape marked by a post-pandemic world, escalating geopolitical tensions, and the quest for sustainable development, the Free Market Road Show offers a beacon of clarity and a platform for vibrant debate.

Our focus this year, “Shatter Barriers,” embodies a commitment to exploring uncharted territories in policy-making, economics, and social discourse. We aim to unravel the complexities of modern governance and economic systems, challenging the status quo and reimagining an EU and US that is free, dynamic, and thriving.

“Ignite Change,” our chosen subtitle, reflects our dedication to not only dissecting current issues but also forging ahead with innovative solutions. From the impacts of digital currencies on global finance to the role of artificial intelligence in shaping the future of work, we delve into topics that resonate with today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

In recent years, we’ve witnessed significant shifts in global dynamics – the rise of digital economies, changes in international trade patterns, and a renewed focus on climate change and sustainability. These developments, along with the ongoing debate over individual liberties and government intervention, form the core of our discussions.

We invite everybody interested in these topics to join this intellectual journey. Engage with leading thinkers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. Participate in discussions that transcend traditional academic boundaries. Explore subjects like:

  • Individual freedom and social responsibility in a digital age.
  • Economic strategies for a post-COVID world.
  • The evolving landscape of global security and its impact on Europe.

The Free Market Road Show 2024 is more than an event; it’s a movement towards enlightening, empowering, and equipping people with the tools to shape a brighter, freer future. Together, let’s shatter barriers and ignite change to achieve a prosperous and sustainable tomorrow. Join us, be part of the dialogue, and make your voice heard!


12:45 PM - 12:55 PM – Registration

12:55 PM - 1:00 PM Welcoming Remarks

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Panel I.: The Coming Digital Euro: A Double-Edged Sword?

  • Dr. Ádám Banai, Executive Director for Monetary Policy Instruments, Financial Stability and Foreign Reserve Management, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Hungary
  • Dr. Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economic Center founder and Director, Austria

Moderator: Mr. Philip Pilkington, Macroeconomist, author of The Reformation in Economics, Ireland

2:00 PM - 3:25 PM Panel II.: Curing Economic Malpractice

  • Dr. Richard Rahn, Economist & Entrepreneur; U. S. A.
    Is the U.S. Funding Its Welfare Programs On the Backs of Poorer Countries?

  • Mr. Stephen Klimczuk-Massion, Senior Advisor Member of the Advisory Board, CANZUK International, Canada
    Rebooting the free market in the Anglosphere - and the case of ‘Ozanada’

  • Dr. José Piñera, Founder and President of the International Center for Pension Reform, Chile
    Chilean Model of Pension Capitalization:  Hope for the Future

Moderator: Mr. Anton Bendarzsevszkij, Director, Oeconomus Economic Research Foundation, Hungary

3:25 PM - 3:50 PM – Break

3:50 PM - 5.05 PM – Panel III.: Utopian Quests vs. Shoals of Realities

  • Dr. Krassen Stanchev, Sofia University, Bulgaria
    Reflections on the ’68 Generation

  • Mr. Andrew StuttafordNational Review finance editor and fellow, NRI, U. K./ U.S.A.
    The Green Road to Serfdom

  • Dr. Alexander Tokarev, Northwood, America’s Free Enterprise University, Department of Economics, U.S.A.
    Open Borders and Free Trade:  The Clash

Moderator: Ms. Meg Hansen, Senior Fellow, Budapest Fellowship Program; Visiting Fellow, Danube Institute; U.S.A. 

5:05 PM - 5:10 PM – Closing Remarks

Language: English

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024.
Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest
(Entrance: Aranybástya Restaurant)

We reserve the right to make any changes related to event organization. Participation in the event is free, but registration is required, which can be done by email at events@danubeinstitute.hu or by clicking on the R.S.V.P. button:

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