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.
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.