The Economic Ideas Forum (EIF), one of the biggest economic events in Slovakia this year, finished its first day with great success. The Forum, organised by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, was opened by Slovakian President Andrej Kiska. It was hosted by former Prime Minister of Slovakia Mikuláš Dzurinda. ‘It is fitting for Bratislava to host this important European economic forum because Slovakia can play a positive role in finding answers to Europe’s economic challenges’, President Kiska said.
‘The main reason for the economic growth of Slovakia has been decreasing economic regulation’, said Ivan Mikloš, Member of the Slovak Parliament and former Minister of Finance. He also stressed that EU member states should introduce entrepreneurship courses into their education systems in order to promote innovation amongst young people.
This year’s Forum, titled “Innovation and Reform: Setting the Growth Agenda”, aims to foster Europe’s return to economic growth. Through its seven panels, it brings the attention to four principles: reform, innovation, social justice and investment. A renewed commitment to these principles, along with more innovation and entrepreneurship, is the recipe of the centre-right to create jobs and a long-term growth of the economy. The Forum takes place in the Historical Building of the National Council in Bratislava.
The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies was established in 2007 as the political foundation and official think tank of the European People’s Party (EPP). The Martens Centre has four main goals: advancing centre-right thought, contributing to the formulation of EU and national policies, serving as a framework for national political foundations and academics and stimulating public debate about the EU. It promotes a pan-European mind-set based on centre-right, Christian Democrat, conservative and like-minded political values.