You are cordially invited to a Cato Institute conference cosponsored with Trend magazine

Slovakia at the Crossroads of Reform

Holiday Inn, Bratislava, Slovakia
Monday, May 17, 2010

Between 2002 and 2006, Slovakia implemented a number of important reforms, including a partially privatized pension system and a flat income tax. With the change of government in 2006, reforms stopped. As Slovakia prepares for a general election next month, it is confronting a number of challenges, including corruption, a deep mistrust of the judiciary, the runaway cost of health care, and an underperforming higher education system. International experts, Slovak officials, and representatives of the broad range of Slovakia’s political parties will discuss market‐​based solutions to the problems that beset these government‐​provided services in Slovakia and the rest of Central Europe.

Holiday Inn
Bajkalská 25/A
825 03 Bratislava, Slovakia

8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Marian L. Tupy, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, USA
Oliver Brunovský, Trend magazine

9:15 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Address: “Freedom in the 21st Century“

Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC, USA

9:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

How to Deal with Corruption

Richard Messick, World Bank, Washington DC, USA
Miloš Svrček, Movement for Democratic Slovakia
Daniel Lipšic, Christian Democratic Movement
Zuzana Wienk, Fair Play Alliance

11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Reform of Higher Education

Richard Vedder, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
František Schlosser, Ministry of Education
Ivan Mikloš, Slovak Christian Democratic Union
František Gahér, Commenius University

1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Health Care Reform

Peter Mihalyi, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Vilian Novotný, Slovak Christian Democratic Union
Peter Pažitný, Health Policy Institute

3:30 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.

Reform of the Welfare State

Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, USA
Emília Kršíková, Ministry of Work, Social Affairs and Family
Richard Sulík, Freedom and Solidarity
Radovan &Dacute;urana, Institute of Economic and Social Studies

8:00 p.m.

Cubes Restaurant, Hotel Aston

Keynote Address: “The Importance of Tax Competition“
Dan Mitchell, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, USA

To register for the event, or for more information please contact Marian L. Tupy at mtupy@​cato.​org