14:00-14:15 WELCOME: Mag. Tanja Štumberger Porčnik, President, Svetilnik, Slovenia
14:15-15:30 PANEL 1: More Europe vs. Less Europe: How much Europe can we really afford?
Some argue that the solution to the European crisis is more government involvement. Others argue that a smaller more local state is best. How much more Europe can we afford, given the current fiscal problems? Will a bigger and stronger European state help — or should we put more emphasis on local economies
and decentralized structures?
Chair: Mag. Bernard Brščič, President of the Council, Institute Jože Pučnik, Slovenia
Key note: Dr. Ben Powell, Associate Professor, Suffolk University, USA
Podium: Dr. Anže Burger, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences Ljubljana, Slovenia
Gordon Kerr, Cobden Partners, UK
Marko Pavlišič, Member of the Parliament, Slovenia
COFFEE BREAK (Sponsored by the Carantania Institute)
16:00-17:15 PANEL 2: Deregulation vs. Regulation: What brings an economy back on track?
The current Euro-zone crisis and recent financial turmoil have prompted many people to urge for greater banking and financial supervision in order to prevent future crises. Others have argued that deregulation is the best approach to unleash the powers of free enterprise. Who is right? Will more regulation help turn around an economy and its financial system? Or can we rely on the ‘invisible hand’ of the market to self-regulate? What is the best policy to help get Europe’s economies back on track?
Chair: Dr. Katarina Zajc, Senior Fellow, Svetilnik, Slovenia
Podium: Dr. Igor Masten, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mag. Simon Mastnak, Director, Alta Group, Slovenia
Dr. Marko Malović, Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Sciences Belgrade, Serbia
COFFE BREAK (Sponsored by the Carantania Institute)
17:45-19:00 PANEL 3: Welfare vs. Opportunities: Can youth unemployment be solved with more state intervention — or more freedom?
Youth unemployment is today affecting many European economies. How can governments tackle youth unemployment given current budgetary constraints? What can European leaders do to create new employment opportunities without expanding the welfare state? What can be done for young people can be more
Chair: Mag. Tanja Štumberger Porčnik, President, Svetilnik
Key note: Dr. Edward P. Stringham, Professor, Fayetteville State University, USA
Podium: Dr. Žiga Turk, Former Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Slovenia
Dr. Tanja Kosi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia
John Chisholm, Member, Development Committee of the MIT Corporation, USA
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