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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.

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Analysis: "Why the Court of Justice of the European Union is competent to judge on infringement over the Law on the Supreme Court"

There is an ongoing discussion about the European Commission potentially launching an infringement procedure over the Polish Law on the Supreme Court. In this context a question concerns the competence of the Court of Justice of the EU to judge the case.

We present an analysis on this issue by two prominent legal experts, Dr. Piotr Bogdanowicz and Dr. Maciej Taborowski. The authors argue in ten short points that provisions of the Law on the Supreme Court might jeopardize the principle of irremovability of judges and thus violate Articles 2 and 19(1) of the Treaty on the EU as well as Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. On this basis they conclude that if the European Commission launched an infringement procedure over the Law on the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the EU would be competent to judge it.

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Report on the consequences of legislative initiatives on independence of judiciary in Poland

Legal Expert Group of the Stefan Batory Foundation presents a report on the consequences of legislative initiatives on independence of judiciary in Poland in 2015-2018. The report was prepared with regard to breach of the rule of law in Poland.

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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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.

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. 

The Poland-Ukraine Forum

A statement of the Polish members of the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue Group

The Polish members of the Polish-Ukrainian Dialogue Group (Grupa Polsko-Ukraińskiego Dialogu) warn against the possible fatal consequences of introducing the amendment to the act on the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) for the relationship between our nations and countries. The statement was sent also to Ukrainian media.

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