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Today, the Institute of Economic Affairs, alongside five other prominent think tanks, launches an exciting new European initiative at a conference in the European Parliament. At a Gala Dinner later this evening, Jyrki Kataninen, Vice President of the European Commission, will deliver a keynote speech to mark the launch of EPICENTER.

A free and competitive Europe is crucial for the region and all those interlinked with it to prosper. The Institute of Economic Affairs has partnered up with five of Europe’s leading free-market think tanks to form the European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER). The project aims to provide decision-makers with research and insight on a number of key economic issues.

Drawing expertise from across Europe, EPICENTER seeks to develop free-market solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by the EU. Think tanks also involved include, Istitut Economique Molinari (France), Instituto Bruno Leoni (Italy), the Lithuanian Free Market Institute, Civismo (Spain) and Timbro (Sweden).

Over the course of the next two days, various influential speakers will join EPICENTER to host a number of discussions, from fostering a digital sector in the EU, to promoting global trade.

If you are interested in attending the Gala Dinner, please contact [email protected] for more information. The dinner will provide a unique opportunity to discuss Europe’s future and the challenges it faces.

Notes to editors:

EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an independent network of six of the most prominent free-market think tanks in Europe. With members from France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK, EPICENTER brings together high-quality research on a wide variety of topics in economic policy. From November 2014 we will be producing regular briefings on pressing issues in the European debate. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

For more information on EPICENTER and its members, you can visit its website here.

To arrange an interview (live or pre-recorded) with an IEA spokesperson, please contact Camilla Goodwin, Communications Officer at [email protected] or call on 0207 799 8920/ 07821 971 443.

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.



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