09:00-09:15       Registration of participants

Opening remarks

09:15-09:25       Welcome Speech – Prof.Dr. SinasiGunduz, Rector of IBU

09:25 – 09:30    Welcome Speech –Representative of the Austrian Embassy in Macedonia (tbc)

 Panel 1

09:30-10:00          Austrian School of Economics: What it Can Explain? – Dr. Barbara Kolm, Director of AEC

10:00-10:15          Discussion:  Q&A

10:15-10:30          Coffee Break

Panel 2

10:30-11:00          Tax, Economic Reforms, Economic Integration and meanings for the Balkans – MSc. GüntherFehlinger:

11:00-11:30          The process of Euroisation and its Impact on EconomicDevelopment of the Western Balkans countries – Assoc. Prof. Dr. VioletaMadzova

11:30-11:45         Discussion: Q&A

Panel 3

11:45-12:15         The case for an Open Society, -Mr. Federico Fernandez, Research Fellow

12:15-12:45         Democracy and Globalization a Struggle for the Western Balkan Societies – Asst. Prof. Dr. MevludinIbish

12:45-13:15         Discussion: Q&A

13:15-13:30       Closing Remarks, Asst. Prof. Dr. SnezanaBilicSotiroska,


13:30-14:00         Lunch Break


Guest Speakers

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Barbara Kolm

President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker she uses these abilities to promote free market policies; in addition she is a frequent speaker on public policy related issues, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the Future of Europe and Austrian Economics. Barbara Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of DonjaGorica, Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society. She is President of the European Center for Economic Growth.


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Federico N. Fernández

Federico N. Fernández is a Senior Fellow with the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Founder and President of FundaciónBases(Rosario, Argentina). He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century”, which has taken place every two years since 2006 in Rosario (Argentina). He has been actively engaged in work within the Liberty movement for more than a decade.

He is author of scholarly articles andhe is the co-editor of the book “La escuelaaustríaca de economíaen el siglo XXI”. Fernández writes also for the popular press and blogs on the “Free Market Diaries”.


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Gunther Fehlinger

Gunther Fehlinger born in Linz, Austria, Chairman of ETR, Europeans for Tax reform, a pro– Flat Tax Advocacy group, has studied international trade at WU Vienna, Gunther served as Chairman of EDS from 1996 to 1998 and worked 6 years in Brussels, 4 of them as Secretary General of SME UNION, the small business advocacy group of the EPP, Gunther is working in the Balkans since 2005 as development consultant with focus on economic development and strategy for public entities.