Public policies across the EU - objectives, efficiency and implications
The 2nd conference of the FISCAL DIALOG cycle was held on 23 November 2018 at Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in Prague
On Friday November 23th 2018, representatives of the professional and non-public audience were gathered at the second year of the Fiscal Dialogue conference organized by the College of Regional Development and Banking Institute - Ambis, a.s. in cooperation with the European Movement in the Czech Republic and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. This year's theme was Public Policies across the EU - goals, effectiveness and impacts.
The participans of konference were welcomed by rector of Ambis University Martina Mannová, the chief of the European Movement in the Czech Republic Vladimír Špidla and by the Deputy Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Leonie Liemich. First contribution was made by Hrvoj Šimović croatian economist from University in Zagreb, who offered a comparsion of Central and Eastern European countries in terms of tax policy and tax burden. The contribution of the research team composed of Juraj Nemec, Marta Orviska and Marketa Šumpíková looked closely at the situation of the public health insurance system in Central and Eastern Europe, their sustainability, especially in the light of the international obligations of the states and the financial resources spent on this sector.
The contribution of Eva Zamrazilová, Chief of the National Budget Council, on debt sustainability has sparked a debate on the state of Czech public finances, a current issue in light of the high share of mandatory spending on the state budget. Sustainablity was also the topic of Martin Potůček's contribution, which introduced the area of pension reform and possible impacts to the auditorium.
Agreement was not reached on whether it is appropriate to support the introduction of an unconditional pension. For the question of the need to change the current state, the consensus was across the panel. The second afternoon block was completed by Michal Plaček, who talked about how to compare the effectiveness of the funds spent in cultural institutions with the degree of decentralization of the management in these institutions at the local and central level.
The afternoon block brought not only the view of the efficiency of expenditure in the research and development sector from Croatian expert Dalibor Greganic, but also the issue of protecting democracy against extremism and many moral and philosophical pitfalls, that brought the application of militant democracy policy in practice from Štefan Danicse.
The breadth of presented topics underlines the belief that public policies penetrates many sectors, highlighting the aim of the conference to provide a forum for discussion of the different aspects of this broad field.
Scientific committee 2018
Bojka Hamerníková,College of Regional Development and Banking Institute - Ambis
Agniezska Alinska, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Klára Major, HETFA, Research Institute and Center for Economic and Social Analysis in Budapest, Hungary
Juraj Nemec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Marta Orviská, Matej Bel University, Slovak Republic
Lucie Sedmihradská, University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic
Romana Provazníková, University of Pardubice, Czech republic
Michal Plaček, College of Regional Development and Banking Institute - Ambis