In the middle of August this year, Libek had the honor of having 3 of it's representatives on the European Students For Liberty Local Coordinator training in Gummersbach, Germany – Aleskandar Kokotović, ESFL's Chairman and Libek's International Outreach Director, Milica Kostić, Libek's Comunications Manager and a newly chosen ESFL's Local Coordinator and Ratko Nikolić, another newly chosen ESFL's Local Coordinator and a Program Assistant in Libek.READ MORE
In the middle of August this year, Libek had the honor of having 3 of it's representatives on the European Students For Liberty Local Coordinator training in Gummersbach, Germany – Aleskandar Kokotović, ESFL's Chairman and Libek's International Outreach Director, Milica Kostić, Libek's Comunications Manager and a newly chosen ESFL's Local Coordinator and Ratko Nikolić, another newly chosen ESFL's Local Coordinator and a Program Assistant in Libek.
European Students For Liberty are a part of a widespread international student organization network Students For Liberty that was started in 2007 in the USA and has since then spread to Europe, Asia and Africa. Today it connects and supports over 1000 student groups worldwide with the tendency of spreading even further. ESFL's main purpose is helping young leaders and their student groups all around Europe spread liberty by providing them with free books and necessary materials, by organizing trainings and connecting them to notable academics, businessmen as well as to one another. That is also what the meeting in Gummersbach was all about, where the young pro-liberty activists debated their views on liberalism and its principles and developed new strategies for spreading the word of it
Our ESFL Local Coordinators, Milica, Ratko and Aleksandar will be the main organizers of a major ESFL event, Regional Conference that will take part on the Faculty of Political Sciences on the second of November this year in Belgrade. This will be the second Regional Conference in Belgrade.
Everyone interested in the work of this international student network are encouraged to contact Milica, Ratko or Aleksandar and to participate on the aforementioned ESFL Regional Conference in Belgrade. http://studentsforliberty.org/europe/event/belgrade-regional-conference/
Fiscal Coalition was created after several informal meetings with representatives of different organisations with similar goals. Libek is central organisation of the Fiscal Coalition which is also consists of: Network for Political Accountability, Citizens for Prosperity, Students for Liberty, NALED, Katalaksija, Global Book, Fiscal Monitor.
The first Taxpayers' Festival was organized in Belgrade, from Jun 5th to Jun 8th. The event consisted of a series of street actions on three locations in Belgrade, three panels with guests from Serbia and abroad, and the first ever Taxpayers' March to the Ministry of Finance, attended by around 400 citizens. The event was organized by the Fiscal coalition, a coalition of pro - freedom and transparency groups lead by the Libertarian Club - Libek and the Political Accountability Network.READ MORE
During the four days of the Festival, the citizens had chance to meet the activists of the organizations taking part in the Coalition and talk to the Coalition's economists about the current economic issues in the country at the "Taxpayers' Safehouse" - a tent set up on the central square in Belgrade. During the street events, the activists of the Coalition promoted the Taxpayers' Charter which was signed by thousands of citizens.
Over 360 people attended the three panels organized within the Festival. The attractive topics, such as "Young people and the Market", "Defend your Wallet" and "Brakes of the Economy" were discussed by activists, university professors, journalists and entrepreneurs. Special guests on these events were Mikulas Dzurinda, former Prime Minister of Slovakia and Matthew Elliott from the British Taxpayers' Alliance.
The Festival culminated with the Taxpayers' March to the Ministry of Finance, which was held on Saturday, Jun 8th. Around 400 people marched to the Ministry of Finance demanding responsible public spending and lower taxes. At the end of the protest, the leaders of the Coalition delivered the Taxpayers' Charter to the Ministry of Finance.
The Fiscal Coalition consists of the following organizations: Libertarian Club - Libek, Political Accountability Network, Club von Neumann blog, Citizens for Prosperity network, Students for Liberty groups in Serbia. Significant support came from the Liberal Center Katalaksija, Global Book Publishing Company, National Alliance for Local Economic Development and Fiscal Monitor.