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A time to stand to stand together #IstandwithCEU

After recent push of CEU from Hungary and continuous hateful attacks on its founder, 50 philanthropic leaders condemn the violence directed to civil society activists and declare to stand side by side ready to defend civil society peers. "Civil society is an essential pillar of democracy. Without it, our democracy is diminished. We are proud to support it. We stand ready to defend it" - say representatives in the statement. 

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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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More ambitious "Rights and Values Programme"?

To be an effective instrument for promoting European values, the "Rights and Values Programme" should have a broader scope and be open for civil society organizations working at the local, national and transnational level. Prof. Laurent Pech (Middlesex University London) confirms in a legal opinion written for the Stefan Batory Foundation that these goals are compatible with European law in general and the legal basis proposed by the European Commission in particular.

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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.

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