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Public Integrity

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.

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.

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.

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]

Your Vote, Your Choice

Grass roots initiative now compulsory in Poland

Participatory budgets slowly growing in popularity in Poland since 2011, will now be compulsory in all major urban centres in the country. Our expert - Grzegorz Makowski is talking in Polish Radio about the concept of participatory budgets and how they are being implemented in Poland and why making them mandatory under the law is not a good idea.

Public Integrity

Call of 29 NGOs for Stopping the Amendment of the Public Fund-raising Law

We call for stopping the amendment of the Public Fund-raising Law. The Public Fund-raising Law is unique in that it offers a simple process to fund-raisers, ones that is clear for donors and, importantly, very safe for the regulator. This has encouraged citizens and civil society to engage in fund-raising to support good cause initiatives, especially ones that call for immediate action, e.g. natural disasters.

Better electoral law

Amendments to the Electoral Code may be inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and international standards

Piotr Uziębło, PhD, in an expert opinion drawn up for the Stefan Batory Foundation negatively assesses the modifications to the legislation proposed by the parliamentary majority.

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.

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