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Under Siege. Why Polish courts matter for Europe

We present a report made in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative about the current state of Polish judiciary. By successfully bringing the law on the Supreme Court in 2018 to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission showed that the EU is not helpless when its foundations areundermined. It proved that there is a powerful instrument to protect the rule of law.

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The rule of law in Poland

We publish a commentary by lawyers from the #FreeCourts initiative concerning the effectiveness of actions taken by EU institutions in order to restore the rule of law in Poland. Authors emphasize the importance of the ongoing proceedings related to the prejudicial questions filed by Polish courts and indicate the instruments that proved to be the most effective.

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Position of the Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group on the amendment to the law on the Supreme Court adopted on 21 November 2018

The Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group welcomes the direction of the normative changes resulting from the law of 21 November 2018 on amending the law on the Supreme Court (the Amendment Act). Efforts by civil society organisations, common courts, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and EU bodies to protect the rule of law in Poland are starting to bear fruit.

Boosting civil society in Poland

Civitates: consortium that we are a part of, has funded a projects of support for civil society organizations which have worked tirelessly in difficult conditions and keep democracy and public participation at the heart of society. One of those project is placed in Poland. Dorota Setniewska from the NGO Klon/Jawor Association, a leading partner in a new set up aimed at boosting the presence of civil society organizations in Poland, explains what has changed in recent years.

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Open letter about whistleblower protection directive

Along with 75 organisations we sign an open letter to urge the EU Council to adopt the Parliament's position on reporting channels. The whistleblower protection directive is currently in trilogue. The signatories express serious concerns about the reporting channels regime in the Council and Commission positions in these negotiations.

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