Workshop on the Assessment Of The Impact Of The Percentage Tax Designations: Past, Present, Future

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Date(s) - 05.10.2015 - 06.10.2015
All Day

Friedrichstraße 10, Vienna

1) To share preliminary findings of the Tax Designation Research project
2) To discuss emerging policy issues and future agenda

Vienna Workshop on Tax Designation
Vienna Workshop on Tax Designation

Erste Stiftung team, lead research team and country research associates from Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Ukraine, public policy experts from the CEE.

DAY 1 (5, October):      Assessing the percentage mechanisms
13:00-14:00             Sandwiches, coffee and informal networking
14:00-14:30             Welcome (Erste Stiftung)
14:30 – 18:00            Preliminary results of the assessment on the percentage                         mechanisms in five countries
The experience of a region: Boris Strečanský, Marianna Török, PhD
The experience of individual countries:
Catalin Gheorghe (Romania)
Kuba Wygnański (Poland)
18:00 – 19:00            Free time
19:00 – Dinner (location to be announced)
DAY TWO (6, October): Tax designation-related policy making
9:00 – 11:30             Policy making today and yesterday
Policy making on the go: Poster presentation (10 minutes/country) Croatia (Igor Vidačak)
Macedonia (Nikica Kušinikova)
Moldova (Ilie Chirtoaca)
Serbia (Aleksandra Vesić)
Ukraine (Svitlana Kuts)
Policy making processes and the role of evaluation
          The experience of Estonia (Kristina Mänd) and
Poland (Kuba Wygnański)
Discussion, comments
12:00 – 13:00            Closing session
13:00 – 14:30            Lunch in a nearby restaurant, followed by departures


The Venue: 

ERSTE Stiftung
Friedrichstrasse 10, Vienna   Tel: +43 50 100 15100



Austria Trend Hotel Ananas
Rechte Wienzeile 93-95 / Sonnenhofgasse 8-10, 1050 Wien,                                                             Tel: +43 1 54620,


On October 5, upon arrival to the venue (ERSTE Stiftung) there will be snacks and sandwiches available from All participants of the workship are invited to the dinner on October 5  at 19:00 at Restaurant Motto at Schönbrunner str. 30, 1050 WIEN.

On October 6, there will be an express lunch arranged for  in a nearby restaurant to the venue after the workshop.

In case of any allergies or special dietary requirements, please contact the organizers before the event.


Arriving by plan to Vienna Airport Schwechat you may use:

a) the CAT train to Wien Mitte City Air Terminal takes 16 minutes with connections to metro. The departures from the airport are available here. The return ticket costs 17 EUR.

To the venue: Take green line Metro from Wien Mitte (Landstraße) to Karlsplatz.
To the hotel: Take the green line Metro from Wien Mitte (Landstraße) to Pilgramgasse.


b) Bus Vienna Airport Lines – Line 1185 to Vienna Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz with transfer to metro lines U1

c) taxis in the arrivals area. The price of the taxi service to Vienna downtown may range between 25 – 45 EUR. The taxi service in the city can be called up at following numbers: Taxi +43 (0) 1 / 40 100 or +43 (0) 1 / 60 160


The percentage tax designation concept (sometimes referred to as tax assignation or percentage tax giving) emerged in the policy debate in the late 1990s and materialised first in Hungary (1996), later in Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania and Poland, as an innovative mechanism that channeled public funds in a decentralized way to public benefit purposes. Today, in each country it has a slightly different form, but the core principle is the same: it grants a right to a taxpayer to designate 1% or 2% of paid income tax to public benefit entities.

Almost twenty years after the introduction of the mechanism, thanks to the support of the Erste Foundation, its value and its impact is to be assessed. The lessons to be learnt from such effort could be instrumental and useful to policy makers, donors and civil society actors not only in the countries that currently use the mechanism, but also in other countries that look for innovative ways of public funding towards civil society or otherwise strengthening the civil society.

The first results of the assessment will be presented in the afternoon of 5th October, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The event will be open to the registered public.  (The final results of the assessment will be available electronically from March 2016.) The workshop continues on the 6th October  with the group of researchers and associates of the research project.

To register or request further information regarding the event and the project, please contact Dr. Marianna Török and/or Mr. Boris Strečanský.

Useful Contacts:

Overall organization  +421 903 403 362 (Boris Strecansky)

Accommodation: Hotel Ananas Austria Trend +43 1 54620

Venue: ERSTE Stiftung (venue): +43 50 100 15100

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