The best policy is prosperity
19 August 1993 – 20 June 2013, Europe, Slovak Republic, Bratislava
Informal Economic Forum –...
The initiative meeting took place on 19 August 1993.
At this forum, P. Kasalovský announced that he intended to
associate ...
Golden Biatec since 1993
Prominent of the Economy since 1995
The Most Popular Member of the Slovak
Government since 1998
T...
Support to the club’s goals was expressed,
among international personalities, by
Pope Benedict XVI, the French
President J...
1994 Prof. K. Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum
1994 M. Kučan, President of the Republic of Sloven...
For more than a year and a half, we have thought it honest and essential to
openly talk about the future of Europe, the Eu...
How well do we in the EU know each other? Are we closer to each other?
How many of us feel that they belong to their own n...
dynamics. Nevertheless, the task of reducing our indebtedness and, above all,
coping with the historical challenge of spen...
Our association has been established eight months later than the nationally
sovereign Slovak Republic. Since August 1993, ...
the Slovakia National Council election in past. Today, seventeen days before
the parliamentary elections, we have the club...
Years ago we provided the political leaders with our outline of what they
should speak about in regards with the nearest a...
Declaration to the integration attempts of the SR, 23. 5. 1997
Declaration to the designation of the Prime Minister of the...
Informal Economic Forum – Economic Club Association
Founder and Administrator - Chairman
Peter Kasalovský
Chairman of the ...
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Informal Economic Forum - Economic Club Association: The Best Policy Is Prosperity

Informational deck of the IEF-Economic Club, presenters of the annual Golden Biatec Award, given for international excellence in economics since 1993.
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  • 1. The best policy is prosperity 19 August 1993 – 20 June 2013, Europe, Slovak Republic, Bratislava Informal Economic Forum – Economic Club Association
  • 2. The initiative meeting took place on 19 August 1993. At this forum, P. Kasalovský announced that he intended to associate economic and political leaders and to be independent of political parties. He declared the main objectives: 1 – challenge both government and opposition economic policy, 2 – assist the development of international relations, 3 – contribute to the reputation of the Slovak Republic. Until 20 June 2013, 96 club meetings took place, of which nine were general meetings, and 236 events were organised in total. As at 21 May 2013: Number of regular members: 222 Number of honorary members from Slovakia: 3 Number of honorary members from abroad: 71 PresidentoftheSlovakRepublicI.Gašparovič withtheclubrepresentationafterthediscussionon15March2006onwhatwouldbenefit therepublicanditscitizensonthepartofbusinesspersons.
  • 3. Golden Biatec since 1993 Prominent of the Economy since 1995 The Most Popular Member of the Slovak Government since 1998 The Most Popular Parliament Deputy since 1998 Best Bank since 1999 World Politician since 2003 These traditional prizes and honours are granted on the basis of a secret vote by club members and other personalities, but usually including votes from the public at www.hospodarskyklub.sk. Silver plaque for the winner of the World Politician 2006 enquiry, Russian President V. Putin. PresidentoftheCzechRepublicprof.V.Klausshowsthecertificatetocamerasevidencing hisvictoryintheenquiry“WorldPolitician2005”onthePragueCastleon8March2006. Totheright,Co-ChairmanoftheClubCommitteeR.Y.MosnyfromtheUSA. Association’s PrestiGioUs PriZes Silver plaque for the winner of the Best Bank 2006, Slovenská sporiteľna, a. s.. 27 January 2006: Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic, L. Miklós, received a certificate from S. Hatina on the granting of the prestigious title “Prominent of the Economy”. ThefirstlaureateofGoldenBiatec,thefirstPresidentoftheSlovakRepublic,M.Kováč, handedoverthenewprizetoPh.ZepterofMonaco(firstfromtheleft,V.Veteška, DeputySpeakeroftheParliamentbehindhim).
  • 4. Support to the club’s goals was expressed, among international personalities, by Pope Benedict XVI, the French President J. Chirac, the Czech President prof. V. Klaus, the WEF President prof. K. Schwab, and, from Slovakia, by the Slovak President I. Gašparovič, Ján Chryzostom Cardinal Korec, Speaker of the Parliament P. Paška, Prime Minister R. Fico, and former Foreign Minister E. Kukan. The Main topic of the MeetinGs in the 14th and 15th year of activity Was: NeW thinKinG in the NeW World and in NeW EUrope A week before his inauguration as the third President of the Slovak Republic, I. Gašparovič met the representation of the club (second from the left; on the right, V. Masár, former Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia; on the left, S. Hatina, and behind him, the owner of the Kalea company, K. Štefankovičová At the end of summer 2002, leader of SMER, R. Fico, in an exchange of opinions with the Chairman of the Committee, S. Hatina, and Executive Deputy Chairman, P. Kasalovský. In autumn 1996, T. Bata came to Bratislava to collect the first prize from former Czecho-Slovakia.
  • 5. 1994 Prof. K. Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum 1994 M. Kučan, President of the Republic of Slovenia 1994 V. Masol, Ukrainian Prime Minister 1995 Prof. V. Klaus, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 1996 J. Santer, President of the European Commission 1996 T. Bata, businessman, Canada 1997 sir L. Brittan, Vice-President of the European Commission 1997 H. Kohl, German chancellor 1997 A. Kvasniewski, Polish President 1998 D. Johnston, OECD Secretary-General 1998 R. Johnson, US Ambassador to Slovakia 1998 J. Naisbitt, political scientist, USA 1998 Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, economist, USA 1998 Voice of America 1998 F. Mayor, UNESCO Secretary-General 1999 H. Maucher, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé, AS, Switzerland, and WEF Vice-President 1999 G. W. Bush, Governor of Texas, USA 2000 Z. Niemczycki, entrepreneur, representative of Polish industry and trade 2000 F. Piech, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen, AG, Germany 2001 V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation 2001 J. Chirac, French President 2001 G. Mueller, ISI President, USA 2002 Ph. Zepter, businessman, Monaco 2003 A. Hochleitner, main representative of Siemens for Central and Eastern Europe, Austria 2008 N. Nazarbayev, President of Kazachstan 2009 Prof. M. Yunus, the founder and the President of Grameen Bank, Bangladesh, Nobel Piece Prize Laureate for 1996 2010 Prof. J. Keller, the Czech sociologist, environmentalist, university pedagogue and a writer 2011 J. D. Wolfensohn, the former President of the World Bank 2012 J. Androsch, the former Austrian Vice-chancellor and Minister of Finances The first laureate of the prestigious prize of Golden Biatec was the first President of the Slovak Republic, M. Kováč. This honour was also given to Presidents R. Schuster and I. Gašparovič. In 2001, Golden Biatec and honorary club rights were granted to Ján Chryzostom Cardinal Korec. The prestigious award the “Prominent of the Economy” went exceptionally to foreign personalities – R. Chazbulatov, economist and scientist, I. Melenec, French physician, and Jevgenij M. Primakov, the former Russian Prime Minister. ProMinent international laUreates of the Golden Biatec annUal priZe: Letter of WEF President, prof. K. Schwab, on club’s actions before opening its discussion on the several-months’ topic No. 1, New Thinking in the New World and in New Europe. J. Naisbitt (to the right) speaks in 1998 what world they wanted and wished together with the co-author of the bestseller Megatrends 2000, P. Aburden. Next to him, the initiator of club’s activity, P. Kasalovský.
  • 6. For more than a year and a half, we have thought it honest and essential to openly talk about the future of Europe, the European Union, and its relations with the US. Since autumn 2005, the meetings of our association – the Informal Economic Forum Economic Club – have paid attention to these issues, which are not only a matter of political leaders, but also the non-governmental and civil sectors. The halting of EU institutional reform and, almost equally, the overall state of the EU were the strongest impetus for our discussion on these issues under the title “New Thinking in the New World and the New Europe”. We are of the opinion that the new home for European nations and their states, which was made attractive by many political legends of the 20th century, in particular French President F. Mitterrand and German Chancellor H. Kohl, is not being completed thoroughly and unreservedly. The process of European- wide integration appears to lack the necessary support and energy in the quality of the new relations within the EU organism. The EU should be a new home for European nations and their states and its appeal has and will continue to be given by the most precious values of our civilisation’s development. These are equality, brotherhood and freedom, which always require proper attention, in particular because they are always a necessary condition for a new quality of traditional and generally known human ideals. The real reasons why the process of approval of the European Constitution has been blocked still have not been clearly expressed. How many leading politicians from individual Member States, not to mention their citizens, know, or at least guess, where the EU is going institutionally?! Why shouldn’t we demand that political leaders finally give a statement on their particular idea of the future of Europe and the EU?! We should ask what is being done for the sake of the declared efforts and make an attempt at self-reflection – have we done too little, just enough or more than enough? And this includes the issues of peace, freedom, solidarity and joint management of affairs. We have tried to do this in our discussions and many of us are of the opinion that politicians too often tend to present the desired as the already accomplished. Declaration of the IEF Economic Club of 18 April 2007 on the Future of the EU and its Relations with the United States to the National Council, the Government and the President of the Slovak Republic, the European Parliament and the European Commission
  • 7. How well do we in the EU know each other? Are we closer to each other? How many of us feel that they belong to their own nation and country, to Europe and the EU, and to the part of mankind, which is democratically – out of the will of the majority – changing the world for the better, eliminating evil and its causes? Is the EU’s model of economic success actually realistic and functional? How is it guaranteed? To what extent are the efforts centred on people? On what basis do we believe that in terms of knowledge and culture, we are wealthier than other parts of the world? We feel that the responsibility for global developments lies not only with individual Member States, but also with the community of EU Member States as a whole. Are we united in our views on conflict situations or do we behave like the select few who have the right to judge others? Are we dealing with them according to the degree of danger they pose or according to our free will? Are the issues of climate change and consequences of globalism really a priority in the actions of our leaders? Poor efficiency of the executive power in confrontation with terrorism and the world of crime have resulted in unacceptable interventions in human rights, civil rights and even privacy. The failure of specific security solutions is ever more frequently unreasonably ascribed to our inexperience. Regrettably, military action continues to have a greater weight and power than cultural diplomacy. Are we, in our conscience, helping to create a world that is economically and socially better? How have we really mitigated the risk of international and regional military conflicts? Are we really contributing to the eradication of hunger, poverty, illiteracy and diseases, to which we committed ourselves almost 40 years ago? Already a decade ago, we called on the Slovak Parliament and Government, and in particular the representatives abroad, to increase information about our obligations, our rights and the developments in European institutions, and we have to repeat this appeal again. The lack of information causes lack of interest in public affairs and leads to doubts, mistakes and wrong stances. Our friends, partners and even competitors see us as a society with successful, well-targeted reforms based on responsibility of the individual and overall exemplary economic Beforethebeginningofthe196thclubevent,SpeakeroftheParliamentP.Paška,clubleaderP.Kasalovský,andCo-ChairmanoftheClubCommittee,S.Hatina.
  • 8. dynamics. Nevertheless, the task of reducing our indebtedness and, above all, coping with the historical challenge of spending only what we can produce, will not be an easy thing to do. The concept, the project and then the construction of the new home for European nations and their states, have indeed been one of the wonders of our civilisation. Its organisation and overall success is not only an important factor of stability, but also an example of economic and social progress, multinational civil society and peaceful development both in Europe and the world over. Still, it needs better order and more self-discipline. Today, we can also see the needs of the nearest future, when, as it seems, the need will arise to create a new quality of relations and even harmonise the policy in the EU and its Member States with that of the United States. Without such a strategy, finding solutions to global priorities, in particular the environment and global security will be increasingly more complex and problematic. Ten years ago, on 23 May 1997, we unanimously adopted a declaration on Slovakia’s membership of the EU and NATO. We reaffirmed the validity of its content on 20 January 2003, when a section of the domestic and foreign public seemed to underestimate their importance. Today, we reiterate that they are a far-sighted solution to the development of relations between nations and their states in Europe and the world. Still, we believe that substantial improvement of the provision of information about the activities and intentions of European institutions is a basic prerequisite for their viability. The urgent need to initiate maximum support for comprehensive mutual convergence of the populations of the Member States appears to be no less important. Institutional reform also needs the opinions of the broadest possible layers of civil society and responsible Europeans to be heard. Before the beginning of the 196th club event, Speaker of the Parliament P. Paška, club leader P. Kasalovský, and Co-chairman of the Club Committee, S. Hatina.
  • 9. Our association has been established eight months later than the nationally sovereign Slovak Republic. Since August 1993, we annually award the feats and unique work results in its favour on the basis of non-public selection and voting. For almost eighteen years of our existence we have praised the domestic brain and unique work results with the Golden Biatec altogether one hundred and fifty times, thereof three times the President of the republic and Prime Minister. There were also the personalities from internal political scene and from seven political parties in total (SMER SD and SDĽ, ĽS HZDS, SDKÚ- DS and SDK, KDH, SNS and SMK) amongst the laureates every year. Despite the mutual respect, and in many cases also despite membership, our permanent independence upon political parties have become a problem for many of them. To sense and tolerate other opinions and even to use them in a real life is rather exceptional in our domestic politics. We used to prepare discussion forums with the presence of the most distinguished political forces or of the individual political parties and their leaders for several times before the important internal political events and always before Memorandum of Political and Human Responsibility to Parliamentary Elections 2010 Telebridgeontopic„TheCivilResponsibilityoftheLeaders“withprof.M.Yunus,Bratislava-Dhaka,4June2010
  • 10. the Slovakia National Council election in past. Today, seventeen days before the parliamentary elections, we have the club meeting, however we turn to the hitherto Golden Biatec laureates, the Prominent of Economy and winners of our club internal polls with this Memorandum instead of the traditional discussion. We are persuaded they can help the new government to immediately and in particularly meaningfully approach the dealing with the nationwide problems. We reckon that this is already the time for utilisation of the intellectual potential of our citizens and proving we have the ability and will not to be only in a ruck, but to be in the lead. Several attempts from the side of the governmental establishments, political parties and scientific workplaces to designate our economical and social orientation has proven to be non-feasible. We always came to the conclusion that when comparing our results with abroad, it is undoubtful we are noway special. It is rather necessary to diversify the economics with other branches, in particular food industry, tourism and the cutting-edge technologies than to enthuse over the forecast of our leadership in economic growth this year and the next year within the European Union. This shall allow us to prevent great economic fluctuations against which the Slovakia has no protection for the time being. The support of domestic production would be using „three Ps“. Stagnation on the positions of positive forecasts, even if with the bay, would revenge the quality of life that is far away from the desired condition. It is essential to create tens of thousand new and permanent job opportunities with totally new character. Furthermore, we may not postpone the complex dealing with the problem of Slovak waters and in particular we should resolve the saturation of our environment with rain water and its revaluation. We must primarily manage the enforcement of law and to provide all citizens without exception with the legal sureness and protection. We assume, however, it is impossible without radical, prompt and efficient dealing with the problems with the Roma ethnic community. Telebridgeontopic„TheCivilResponsibilityoftheLeaders“withprof.M.Yunus,Bratislava-Dhaka,4June2010
  • 11. Years ago we provided the political leaders with our outline of what they should speak about in regards with the nearest and far-away future: the flats – the roof over the head, health and physical fitness, morality and moral power, erudition and cultured manners, safety and dignity of every citizen. What was fulfilled till now out of what the politicians outlined or promised is just we are not down on the luck more than the other ones in the EU. Our objective is the wisdom of our people would become the counsellor or even the closest colleague of the new governmental establishment. The slush in the world economy and even some euro-zone countries and its persistence provide us with no other possibility for now. We must help ourselves using the existing domestic raw materials and sources, and also the traditions, in particular by engaging the citizens to invest their money in the domestic projects. We are before the parliamentary elections and the electoral campaign makes us anxious in some ways. The new governmental establishment should start sensing there are enough and to spare people wishing we move forward when dealing with the generally outlined problems. Why the work in dealing with them could put together the people and thus commence the real metamorphosis of Slovakia at last? We have the concepts, even the procedures how to do that, but we are, so to speak, more Slovak, than we think. We need to focus on our intention to be better and the best ones once and for all. Wave good by the mediocrity at long last, and in particular it is crucial to put the kibosh on the devastation of interpersonal relations. Even today third follow-up of club-wide discussion whether the economic and civilisation crisis ends or its another restart is here has proven that when looking forward the forthcoming days we have the entitlement to just one drop of optimism, if any. Bratislava, 27 May 2010 For the association member group: P. Kasalovský, J. Gabriel, E. Drobný, M. Kravčík, J. Šály, prof. M. Novák, prof. J. Hinšt, J. Dlhopolček, prof. P. Krištufek, R. Y. Mosny, J. Dolník
  • 12. Declaration to the integration attempts of the SR, 23. 5. 1997 Declaration to the designation of the Prime Minister of the SR, 7. 10. 2002 Declaration on the membership of the SR in the EU and NATO, 20. 1. 2003 Declaration of the three, 27. 9. 2004 Declaration on the future of the EU and its relations with the USA, 18. 4. 2007 The greatest wealth is water, 28. 2. 2008 About the Slovak and Hungarian relations in the 21st century, 30. 10. 2008 Slovak waters for people, 24. 2. 2009 Message for the participants in the UN Climatic Change Conference in Copenhagen, 29. 10. 2009 Memorandum to the parliamentary elections in 2010 About the Hamlet questions in Slovak space in the 21st century, 8. 10. 2010 About the responsibility of political and social leaders, 21. 5. 2013 Declarations and incentives of the association in 1997-2013
  • 13. Informal Economic Forum – Economic Club Association Founder and Administrator - Chairman Peter Kasalovský Chairman of the Committee Ján Gabriel Vice-chairmen of the Committee Peter Kasalovský Peter Hrinko Terézia Lovíšková Members Zdeněk Dokulil (Czech Republic) Juraj Dlhopolček Rudolf Young Mosny (USA) Ladislav Vaškovič Štefan Boháček Viktor Fjodorovič Dračinskij (Russian Federation) Auditor Ing. Lumír Ondrušek (Czech Republic) INFO: www.hospodarskyklub.sk Mail address: pkasalovsky@hospodarskyklub.sk Post address: NEF Hospodársky klub, Topoľčianska 5 854 04 Bratislava Slovak Republic Mobile phone: 00421 903 711890 Partners: Prvá stavebná sporitelňa, a.s., Bratislava Compel Rail, a.s., Martin Merci, s.r.o., Prešov CK HYDROTOUR, a.s., Bratislava KÁVOMATY, s.r.o., Kežmarok Polleo Partners, s.r.o., Bratislava

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