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Original_LogoModelled after the Resource Bank organized every year by the Heritage Foundation in the United States and the Liberty Forum organized by Atlas Economic Research Foundation, The European Resource Bank Meeting- the largest annual congress of free market think-tanks in Europe - gathers today representatives from over 100 European and American think tanks, academics, policy experts, elected officials and other parties interested in the debate over strategies and problems posed to the European free economies and interested in the future of individual liberty in Europe.

The Resource Bank Meetings attempt to build a "Bank" of human capital - the ultimate resource in the enterprise of freedom; create and renew the ties between the participating   organizations which themselves coagulate human capital in the fight for a free world.


     Gummersbach's Meeting, November 2003


The European Resource Bank started at the initiative of Prof. Hardy Bouillon and Prof. Pierre Garello, ten years ago, when about 30 logoRBrepresentatives from 13 European classical liberal think tanks met in November 2003 in Gummersbach (Germany) to reflect on ways to improve cooperation between them. During this meeting a clear consensus appeared that a lot is still to be done to improve our strategies and to enlarge the debate to all the people involved in expanding the debate about individual liberty in Europe. This led Pierre Garello, President of IES Europe, to design the 1st Resource Bank Europe project.

Now in its tenth year, each European Resource Bank is hosted by a different European institute. The program is designed by the organiser in close cooperation with historical members of the group including IES-Europe (Paris), Hayek Instiut (Vienna), Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Vilnius), International Policy Network (London), Institute for Market Economics (Sofia), New Economic School of Georgia, Institute for Free Enterprise (Berlin), Atlas Foundation for Economic Research (Washington), Cato Institute (Washington), Heritage Foundation (Washington), Fredrich Neumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (Berlin), and the Liberales Institut (Zurich).

While topics of the meeting are wide-ranging, from issues of European economic integration, to national educational outreach and student programs, the mission of the European Resource Bank Meetings is to steer the debate about freedom and to enhance democratic and free market values. The European Resource Bank Editions are meeting forums for organizations, experts, partners and friends, forums for the developing of new ideas and the sharing of new experiences. The Resource Bank Europe provides unparalleled networking opportunities for those within the European free-market and limited-government community. 


1st European Rerource Bank, Borovets, Bulgaria 2004

Upcoming ERB Meeting 

11th European Resource Bank, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 27-29, 2014 

Hosted by: The Institute for Economics Studies - Europe

Previous ERB Meetings

10th European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2013

9th European Resource Bank, Brussels, Belgium 2012

8th European Resource Bank, Yalta, Ukraine 2011

7th European Resource Bank, London, UK 2010

6th European Resource Bank, Marseille, France 2009

5th European Resource Bank, Tblisi, Georgia 2008

4th European Resource Bank, Bucharest, Romania 2007

3rd European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2006

2nd European Resource Bank, Vilnius, Lithuania 2005

1st European Rerource Bank, Borovets, Bulgaria 2004