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Beata Pawlak Fund

Award winner in the Beata Pawlak Fund

Ewa Wanat is this year award winner in the Beata Pawlak Fund for the book "Deutsche nasz. Reportaże berlińskie", An award is presented annually to the author(s) of books or series of articles dealing with other cultures, religions and civilizations, published in Poland.

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Position of the Stefan Batory Foundation’s Legal Expert Group on the procedure for selecting Supreme Court judges

The Stefan Batory Foundation’s Legal Expert Group highlights that the selection procedure for Supreme Court (SN) judges currently underway is invalid because the Polish President’s notice of 24 May 2018 on judges’ vacancies at the SN initiating it was not signed (countersigned) by the Prime Minister.

Analytical Reports: Poland in an Open Europe

Where the law ends | The collapse of the rule of law in Poland – and what to do

Piotr Buras (head of the Warsaw Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations) and Gerald Knaus (chairman of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin) show how serious consequences for Poland and the European Union the politicization of courts in Poland will have. They argue that appealing against the Law on the Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the EU by the European Commission is necessary. 

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European Civil Society Organisations call for a more ambitious Rights and Values Programme

The "Rights and Values Programme", currently negotiated by EU institutions, could become an effective measure to promote European values. However, in its current form it would have a very limited impact. Therefore a group of 154 Civil Society Organizations from 19 EU Member States calls on EU decision-makers to make the "Rights and Values Programme" more ambitious by increasing its budget, broadening the scope and simplifying accessibilty to funds.

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Reset and continuation. The PiS government’s policy towards Belarus

Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) government’s policy of normalisation with Belarus has brought tangible effects. Economic exchange has grown and progress has been achieved in the field of memory policy and education of pupils from the Polish minority. However, Warsaw’s focus on economy along with silencing narrative on democratisation raise concerns among Belarusian opposition. “The normalisation of relations with Belarus should not mean that basic values are forgotten” – claims Krzysztof Mrozek in the policy paper by ideaForum of the Batory Foundation.

Public Integrity

Major challenges regarding the draft law on 'transparency' in public life

The new legislation on public transparency makes deep incursions into citizens' rights. Drafted by secret services, the bill intends to address issues regarding public transparency. It is not clear what issues it wants to address since no needs analysis has been presented.

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