Med COIN-Bloggen kommenteres løbende på dagsaktuelle emner. Vi vil søge at præge debatten, sådan at de skjulte konsekvenser ved nye former for indgreb, afgifter, skatter, forbud bliver gjort mere synlige.
Adam Smith Centre Blog - Blog of the first independent research institute in Central and Eastern Europe, formed in the foundations of Polish independence in September 1989 (in Polish)
Blog CADI - Blog of the Center for Institutional Analysis and Development in Bucharest, which aims to build a community of free market and open society supporters (in Romanian)
BNE Blog - Blog of London- and Brussels-based Business for New Europe, a coalition of business leaders articulating a positive case for reform in Europe (in English)
Causa Liberal Blog - Blog of Portuguese think tank Causa Liberal, an association for the study, discussion and dissemination of Classical Liberalism (mostly in Portuguese)
Centre for European Reform - Blog of the London-based Centre for European Reform, a think-tank devoted to improving the quality of the debate on the European Union (in English)
Chicago Blog - Blog of the Istituto Bruno Leoni, an Italian think tank that aims to draw attention to all matters involving public policy and the role of the state in the economy (in Italian)
Civitas Blog - Blog of Civitas, a UK-based think tank that also provides primary education for children falling behind at school and unable to afford private alternatives (in English)
CLS Blog - Blog of the Centre for Liberal Strategies based in Sofia, which focuses on Bulgarian politics, economics and society within a global context (in Bulgarian)
COIN Blog - Blog of the Copenhagen Institute, Denmark’s first free market think tank that promotes individual liberty, a free market economy and the open society (in Danish)
CPS Blog - Blog of the Centre for Policy Studies, which promotes policies to limit the role of the state, to encourage enterprise and to enable the institutions of society to flourish
Economists' Blog - Blog of the New Social Market Economy Foundation, a Berlin-based think tank focused on market-based reform in Germany (in German)
El Calbot - Blog of Catalonia Open Foundation, which defends and promotes the values ??of open society, freedom, democracy and market economy. (in Spanish)
EVA Blog - Blog of Finnish Business and Policy Forum, based in Helsinki (in Finnish)
HPI Commentaries - Blog of the Health Policy Institute, a Slovakian think tank focused on health policy and health economics in Central and Eastern European countries (in Slovak)
Ideas for Tomorrow Blog - Blog of Institut Montaigne, which aims to help shape public policy with a view to improving both the economic and social environment in France (in French)
Institución Futuro Blog - Blog of Navarra think tank, which aims to collect opinions of experts and provide forum for discussion and debate on issues of concern to citizens (in Spanish)
Kristin Clemet's Blog - Blog of the Managing Director of Civita, which is committed to the core values of a free economy, civil society and strengthened personal responsibility (in Norwegian)
Libera! Blog - Blog of Finnish think tank focused on advancing and supporting the principles and values of individual liberty, free enterprise, free markets, and a free society (in English)
Liberté Chérie Blog - Blog of French federation Liberté Chérie, which aims to respond more quickly and dynamically to the news and promote debate (in French)
Ludwig von Mises Institute Blog - Blog of Romanian think tank, which aims to promote the ideas of Ludwig von Mises (mostly in Romanian)
Open Europe Blog - Blog of Open Europe, which is committed to European co-operation, but believes that the EU has reached a critical moment in its development (in English)
People's Capitalism - Blog of free market Swedish think tank Timbro, which is run by former journalist and political adviser Philip Lerulf (in Swedish)
Rothbard Instituut Blog - Blog of the Murray Rothbard Institute, which researches the Austrian school of economics and disseminate insights to students and the general public (in French and Dutch)
Too Free - Blog of the French Foundation for Political Innovation, which aims to promote a liberal, progressive and European perspective (in French)
Trade Matters - Blog of European Centre for International Political Economy dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe (in English)
Greenhouse gas emissions dropped during the economic crisis. European emissions were down 11% in 2009. However, emissions picked up again in 2010 as economic growth resumed. -Det skriver Stockholm Network.
Carbon Emissions Increase as Economy Grows
COIN has received the following invitation from The Stockholm Network:
As part of the celebrations of our 10 year anniversary, the Stockholm Network is delighted to announce the launch of the Golden Umbrella Think Tank Awards for 2007. This will be an annual event, taking place at the end of each year, and is the first pan European think tank awards ceremony.
The Golden Umbrella Think Tank Awards will take place on Wednesday 5 December. The event will bring together the Stockholm Network’s 130+ member think tanks from 40 countries ranging from Iceland to Azerbaijan, in addition to European politicians, journalists, policy makers and industry representatives. We are delighted that our keynote speaker for the evening will be Amb. C. Boyden Gray, the US Ambassador to the European Union.
There will be 9 awards (Golden Umbrellas) and all Golden Umbrellas will be awarded by luminaries from across the European political landscape.
Each member think tank is being asked to nominate themselves and others for any of the awards they consider themselves eligible to win. Please give a brief description of no more than 200 words of why you are making each nomination and any relevant links to your work. These nominations MUST be received by Friday 21st September to be eligible for consideration.
All nominations should be sent to the following e-mail address: awards[AT]stockholm-network.org
On July 1st the European Union took one of the last steps towards deregulating its internal energy market by requiring the “legal unbundling” of gas and electricity distributors from their parent supplier companies, thus giving all energy suppliers an equal chance of supplying their product to consumers.
According to the Commission, the freedom to choose energy supplier is now available to citizens of most EU States apart from those in the Baltic and Member States in which gas was only recently introduced. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs encouraged ‘European consumers to take advantage of their freedom to choose their energy suppliers’ but also warned that ‘some other obstacles to a truly competitive internal market remain’ and that the Commission would stay vigilant and also look to introduce new additional legislation.
The opening up of the internal European energy market is a welcome one, but doubts still remain about both national governments’ willingness to fully comply with deregulation and of the Commission’s own willingness to allow market forces to reign free.
Fra THE STOCKHOLM NETWORK (nyhedsbrev 4/7)
Helen Disney and Dr Meir P. Pugatch kommer med følgende forudsigelse af udfaldet i sagen EU vs. Microsoft.
We [...] predict that the Court will choose to focus on the technical issues, such as the level of documentation given to third parties under the obligation to disclose interoperability information. Such a ruling will not end with any meaningful results other than the clarification of some technical aspects. As such it will allow the European Commission to continue to pursue its agenda.
- Det kan man læse i The Stockholm Network’s Monthly IPR Journal, (pdf) hvor man forholdsvist kortfattet opsummerer det juridiske slagsmål, der nu har varet i otte år.
Med andre ord forventer man at sagen fortsætter.
Flere links her. (CNE.org)
Om EU's konkurrencepolitik henledes opmærksomheden på:
EU’s konkurrencepolitik: På vej mod katastrofen (rapport fra CNE)
Den 31. august annonceredes udgivelsen af en ny bog om de udfordringer, som mange europæiske velfærdsstater står overfor, forfattet af Wilfredo Prewo.
I "Fra velfærdsstat til socialstat” analyserer Prewo således de fælles problemer forbundet med den moderne europæiske velfærdsstat herunder de demografiske forandringer, der præger størstedelen af landene i Europa i form af en aldrende befolkning, men også tendensen til at ydelser og rettigheder til stadighed udvides, og som – i lighed med de demografiske forandringer - reducerer arbejdsstyrken.
Læs mere her.
Takket være Stockholm Network kan man læse mere om emnet i bogen Europe Needs Saving: Defusing the Pensions Time Bomb - med bidrag fra blandt andre forfatteren til ovenstående.
Problemet er forfalsket medicin som sendes i omløb i ulande. Denne gang fordi der blev fanget to kæmpe skibsfragter med forfalsket medicin på vej mod Afrika.
Som Politiken skriver:
I bedste fald har produkterne ingen konsekvenser for patienternes helbred, men i værste fald koster det menneskeliv, som da 2.500 syge i Niger for år tilbage omkom på grund af forfalsket meningitismedicin.
En del medicin fremstilles på beskidte værksteder i en primitiv cementblander, mens andet fremstilles i sterile laboratorier.
I nogle tilfælde tilsættes der direkte farlige stoffer - som f.eks. kølevæske - i produkterne. I andre tilfælde indeholder fupmedicinen en vis procentdel af de aktive stoffer, som også bruges i de originale medikamenter. Der findes også eksempler på falsk medicin, hvor der tilsættes forholdsvis uskadelige stoffer som f.eks. kalk.
»Alt kan og bliver forfalsket i dag. Vi kender for eksempel både til forfalsket medicin til hiv-, aids- og hjertepatienter. Det er virkelig skræmmende«, siger Christophe Zimmermann.
Men problemet med forfalsket medicin er ikke begrænset til det fattige syd.
Heri kan man blandt andet læse:
Recent decades have seen an astounding change in the way we view healthcare. Medical innovation has brought new treatments for all sorts of diseases. But there is a dark side to the growth in demand for medicines. Counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals is now a global trade.
Conducted by a former policeman, this investigation into the trade in fake medicines and its links with organised crime uncovers a horrifying story. Across Europe, counterfeiters have discovered a range of easy routes for selling fake and sub-standard products into the legitimate distribution chain. A Sick Business shows how, to the uninitiated eye, this crime is invisible. Most patients and consumers are unaware just how many public safety problems counterfeit medicines may cause. It argues that this illegal business is conducted by unscrupulous people whose actions have already cost thousands of lives and may even be linked to terrorist activity – yet almost nothing is being done to stop it.
Problemet skyldes blandt andet EU og nationalstaternes manglende respekt for intellektuel ejendomsret og deres konstante støtte til parallelimportører. Dette giver nemlig lettere adgang for de skruppelløse bagmænd!
"We are facing a demographic time bomb: by 2050, there will be 2 workers to every 1 retired person in most European countries. In some countries that ratio will be 1:1. The harsh reality is that current pay-as-you-go pension systems are simply financially, economically and socially unsustainable - without reform, pensioners will bankrupt the welfare state."
Sådan lyder introduktionen til en ny bog med titlen Europe Needs Saving: Defusing the Pensions Time Bomb, der handler om de europæiske pensionssystemer. Bogen kan downloades via Stockholm-Network.
En bog på dansk om emnet er på vej fra Copenhagen Institute. Orientering om præcist hvornår udgivelse finder sted, vil blandt andet ske via nyhedsbrevet, man kan tilmelde sig på forsiden.
"This book couldn’t be more timely. The flat tax is indeed an idea whose time is coming – and the global economy – including Britain’s – will enormously benefit from it. Allister Heath has done a superb job in explaining the concept, dealing with the arguments routinely used to oppose this radical, pro-liberty approach to taxation and surveying countries that have adopted variations of it". - Det skriver Steve Forbes i forordet til en britisk bog om flad skat, der kan downloades gratis her. (Bogen findes på stockholm-network.org. Henvisningen er fundet via civita.no).
Se også Copenhagen Institutes arrangement på fredag om skattekonkurrence.