Non-governmental organisations are appealing to Mr. President

Organisations are appeaing to Mr. President to veto two acts changing the functioning of the National Council of the Judiciary in Poland and the Supreme Court.

A normative crisis: the need to protect democratic values in Europe

How to make the

EU financial mechanism support common values? A policy memo by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.

Open Europe

A normative empire in crisis – time for a politics of values

When it is easier to receive European funding for pro-democratic activities in Belarus than in any EU Member State, we ought to think of a coherent European values policy. Read our newest report A normative empire in crisis – time for a politics of values by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.

Open Europe

The Minsk (dis)agreement and Europe’s security order - report

The conflict in Donbass is part of a much bigger confrontation, namely Russia's attempt to challenge the security order in Europe. Therefore, sanctions against Moscow should be presented as a mechanism aimed at preserving peace and stability on the continent - claim Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz and Piotr Buras in our recent report The Minsk (dis)agreement and Europe’s security order.
[english version] [polish version]

Open Europe

Polish views of the EU: the illusion of consensus - report

In May 2016 the Stefan Batory Foundation published a report entitled Change in Poland, but what change? on the far-reaching changes in Poland’s foreign policy, particularly the European policy, that were introduced by the Law and Justice Party (PiS) government after winning the elections in October 2015.
In the new report, entitled Polish views of the EU: the illusion of consensus, the authors - Adam Balcer, Piotr Buras, Grzegorz Gromadzki and Eugeniusz Smolar evaluate the level of support for the European Project.
[english version] [polish version]

The debate - America’s Choice, Europe’s Predicament

Warsaw Office of ECFR has a pleasure of inviting you to the public debate: “America’s Choice, Europe’s Predicament: the EU and U.S. in the world after the Obama era”, to be held on 16th September on the premises of Batory Foundation. Speakers include: Jeremy Shapiro (ECFR’s Research Director), Sylke Tempel (Editor-in-Chief, Internationale Politik) and Marcin Zaborowski (Executive Vice-President, Center for European Policy Analysis).


Open letter by the Polish NGOs to Pope Francis on counteracting hate speech

40 Polish NGOs ask Pope Francis to consider addressing the problem of hate speech during the World Youth Day. Hate speech is currently one of the most challenging issues regarding the protection of human rights, in both offline and online environments, and in particular concerns young people, who are both authors of hateful comments and their primary recipients.

Open Europe

Polish Foreign Policy Monitoring

We present the first of a series of reports devoted to monitoring the Polish foreign policy. It explores the underlying ideology of the Law and Justice's foreign policy, mainly in the European context. more [PDF 163 KB]

Citizens for Democracy

Scoop: Refugees. - the contest

Together with an Institute of Reportage Foundation (Fundacja Instytut Reportażu), we have pleasure to invite journalists to the contest Scoop: Refugees. Awarded would be the best articles, TV and radio broadcasts, that were published in 2016, also on the internet.We want to award materials that answer on important questions like: Who the refugees are? Where do they come from and why? What did they experience in their homeland? What do they experience during their escape? How do we welcome them? Details of the contest are available at (materials in Polish).

Citizens for Democracy

Join us on the Platform on the Equality Parade

We have a great pleasure to invite non governmental organizations to take part in the Equality Parade on June 11. Let’s create together an NGO Platform! Join us! Equal rights – a common cause!
You can apply till noon, May 16.

Public Integrity

Legal Expert Team in its position paper on the amendment of the Constitutional Tribunal Law

"This is an attempt to change the constitutional system in Poland that is defined in the Polish constitution and the process of drafting Amendments stands in contradiction to due process of law making", says the Stefan Batory Foundation's Legal Expert Team in its position paper on the amendment of the Constitutional Tribunal Law.

Citizens for Democracy

Refugee projects. Results of the call

Seventeen organisations will get the grant to realize activities aimed at preparation for welcome and integration of new groups of refugees (mainly from Middle East countries). There were fifty organisations that submitted their applications.

Open Europe

Pedestrian border crossings: Diagnosis, arguments and recommendations

Our policy brief "Pedestrian border crossings", which contains analysis and recommendations for improvements on Polish borders with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine is now available online. [PDF 455 KB]

Open Europe

Workshop „Unborder Your Way” in Lithuania

Invited by our partner in the Visa-free Europe Coalition, Belarusian-Lithuanian organisation BY Watch, we conducted a workshop “Barriers for mobility: visas” in Jovariškes. We presented the topic of visa regimes, their functioning and visa facilitation/liberalisation processes. Among 25 participants of this Erasmus+ project were nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and France.

Open Europe

Eastern Partnership Revisited. Associated Countries in Focus

We've published an analysis of current and future relations of the European Union with three countries, which in 2014 signed Association Agreements and DCFTA: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Publication was prepared as a part of a common project of the Batory Foundation and Warsaw's office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. [PDF 654 KB]

Open Europe

Report: In a clinch - The European policy of the PiS government

The key problems in the PiS government’s European and foreign policy is an extremely ideological attitude combined with lack of cohesion. See our newest report: In a clinch - The European policy of the PiS government [PDF]

Public Integrity

Statement on the constitutionality of the provisions in the new law of the Supreme Court

The Group of Legal Expert at the Stefan Batory Foundation presented the statement on the constitutionality of the provisions in the new law of the Supreme Court.

Citizens for Democracy

Statement about the Citizens for Democracy programme

In connection with false information about the Citizens for Democracy programme disseminated in a position paper developed by the Confederation of Non-governmental Initiatives of the Republic of Poland established on February 19, 2017, and affiliating a dozen or so organisations that describe themselves as conservative right-wing, we are making the following statement

Open Europe

Prepare for a new Europe - policy paper

Angela Merkel’s visit to Poland comes at an unprecedented time for Poland and Europe. Our latest commentary Prepare for a new Europe by Piotr Buras, facilitates a view of Angela Merkel’s visit within the broader perspective of the problems of the new context of Polish-German relations in a changing Europe.
[english version] [polish version]

Open Europe

A farewell to Giedroyc - policy paper

We observe a fundamental turn-around in the eastern policy of Poland. Support for democracy in its eastern neighbourhood is ceasing to be a priority. At the forefront of this change is the issue of the promotion of Polishness - claims Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, the director of the Open Europe Programme.
[english version] [polish version] [russian version]

Public Integrity

Comments on documnet of European Committee on Democracy and Governance

In response to the invitation of the Secretariat of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance and the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations to participate in the consultations on the document called “Public consultation-Draft Guidelines on Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making” - members of the Civic  Legislative Forum prepared the comments. [PDF 148 KB]

Public Integrity

Statement on the draft Constitutional Tribunal Law

The Legal Expert Group at the Stefan Batory Foundation presents its opinion on the draft Constitutional Tribunal Law adopted on July 7th by the Sejm majority. According to the experts the bill further aggravates the constitutional crisis by pushing for evidently unconstitutional arrangements. It repeats the same provisions that the Constitutional Court and the Venice Commission found to be blatantly in violation of the principle of independence of constitutional court from other branches of government. More [PDF 234 KB]

Open Europe

EU Visa Code reform: Necessary but not easy

We've published a policy brief on a proposal made by the European Commission to liberalise European visa procedures in order to boost economic growth of the Schengen area. [PDF 216 KB]

Citizens for Democracy

Refugees and Migrants Forum – Conference materials

Presentations that were presented during the NGO Forum. Refugees and Migrants are available on web site. Thank you, for your presence and two wonderful days.

ECFR Warsaw

Refugee crisis: Options for the EU

We have the pleasure of inviting you on March 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm to the public debate on the refugee crisis with international experts: Angeliki Dimitriadi – Visiting Fellow, ECFR, Maciej Duszczyk – Expert on migration policy, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, David Kipp – Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Anna-Carin Öst - Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Republic of Poland.

Citizens for Democracy

You want to communicate effectively? Upcoming forum is for You!

“Smart communicating – promoting social initiatives” Forum is a two-day meeting (March 15-26) of NGOs engaged in the activities targeting young people. During the Forum we will cover various aspects regarding communicating social initiatives. We will discuss the core ideas standing behind communicating, visual identity and web pages. Special attention will be put on planning promotional events and cooperating with local partners.

Open Europe

Lecture on visas for Belarusian journalists

We gave a lecture on the EU visa policy and perspectives for visa facilitation for citizens of Belarus. Currently, due to lack of respective agreements between Minsk and Brussels, Belarusians pay the highest visa fee among EU Eastern neighbours.

Open Europe

The Visa-free Europe Coalition monthly newsletter

In the newest release of the Visa-free Europe Coalition monthly newsletter: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko determined to accomplish reforms required for visa liberalisation, Russian tourist industry plans to introduce visa-free regime for some EU Member States and results of the recent edition of the Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index.

Open Europe

Running Out of Patience? The relations of the EU with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

New video presents public discussion devoted to relations with the EU of these Eastern Partnership countries, which signed the Association Agreement in 2014. The discussion was co-organised by the Batory Foundation and Warsaw’s office of Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Open Europe

Running Out of Patience. The relations of the EU with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation we would like to invite you to our public discussion on increasing impatience towards Euro-integration in the Eastern Partnership countries and its possible effects. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 from 5pm to 7pm.