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January 22, 2024

ATHENS VOICE REPORT ON KEFIM’S EVIDENCE-BASED PENSIONS PAPER

Member think tank KEFIM’s comments about the worrying state of pension capitalisation have been widely covered in Greek press. They find that the loss of income from the lack of a funded pension system in Greece is estimated at €770 per year per capita. If Greece had an equivalent system to the rest of the OECD, its annual return would correspond to a boost of around 3-4% of GDP.
January 22, 2024

IEM’S EVIDENCE-BASED REPORT FINDINGS PRESENTED IN ATLANTICO

The article discusses budgetary errors in key French sectors like education, police, and healthcare over the past 50 years, challenging the notion of insufficient funding often cited in debates. IEM members Pierre Bentata and Nicolas Marques analyse public spending curves, revealing a different narrative about resource allocation in these domains, suggesting a misalignment between budgetary increases and actual effectiveness.
January 19, 2024

LES ECHOS SHOWCASE FRANCE’S EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING ENERGY PAPER

Cécile Philippe, President of the IEM and columnist for Echos described how after years of decreasing investment, an explosion in energy prices and detrimental tariffs has forced nuclear energy to begin a resurgence. Despite Germany still resisting, nuclear reactors are currently being built in 20 countries.
January 19, 2024

FUNDALIB’S EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING PAPER SHOWCASED IN EL MUNDO

Fundalib (The Foundation for the Advancement of Freedom) were featured in an El Mundo Financiero article last month covering their new book proposing five proposals to recover economic freedom in Spain. The book discusses essential reforms for the agricultural and energy sectors, lifestyle regulations, taxes and the pension system. They offer holistic approaches and specific policies drawing on lessons learned from other sectors and countries.
January 18, 2024

IBL’S ITALIAN EVIDENCE-BASED ENERGY PAPER SHOWCASED IN INFORMAZIONE

The article delves into the shift from regulated to free-market energy supply in Italy, focusing on gas and electricity. It highlights that from January for gas and July for electricity in 2024, the regulated market will only remain applicable to domestic customers deemed ‘vulnerable,’.
January 16, 2024

GREECE’S KATHIMERINI FEATURES KEFIM’S EVIDENCE-BASED EDUCATION PAPER

The article discusses the significant lag in Greek schools concerning their digital equipment, internet connectivity, and digital culture compared to the European average. The main conclusion of a policy brief by the Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM) highlights the challenges, including limited Information and Communication Technologies usage and opportunities for educators to develop relevant skills.
January 12, 2024

KEFIM’S PAPER ON GREECE’S ‘ANCIENT’ DRUGS POLICY SHOWCASED BY ELEFTHERI

The article addresses the problematic drug policy framework in Greece, as indicated by a policy brief from the Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM). It highlights issues such as the overburdening of the judicial system due to the criminalization of light narcotics and proposes reforms, including a clear definition of such narcotics and legal sales to control supply networks and fund health initiatives.
January 11, 2024

KEFIM’S DRUG POLICY PAPER PRESENTED IN KATHIMERINI

The study by the Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM) underscores the potential benefits of decriminalising light narcotics in Greece. The lack of a clear distinction between light and hard drugs burdens the judicial and correctional system, with over one in five detainees in Greece held for drug-related offences, emphasising the need for alternative approaches, from mild criminal penalties to complete decriminalisation.
January 9, 2024

Free Trade Vs National Security: Insights From Adam Smith

Classical liberals are rightly known for their fierce defence of free trade. Free trade makes us richer, fosters efficiency and technological innovation, and as David Hume pointed out in his essay Of the Jealousy of Trade (1758), it also promotes worthwhile cultural exchange.

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EPICENTER publications and contributions from our member think tanks are designed to promote the discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. As with all EPICENTER publications, the views expressed here are those of the author and not EPICENTER or its member think tanks (which have no corporate view).

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EPICENTER publications and contributions from our member think tanks are designed to promote the discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. As with all EPICENTER publications, the views expressed here are those of the author and not EPICENTER or its member think tanks (which have no corporate view).