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State of the rule of law in Poland

2019-07-25

Lawyers of civil society group #FreeCourts Initiative comment of the current state of Rule of Law and recommend  further intensive action by the European Union to provide judical protection.

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Monitoring of the 2019 European Parliament election campaign in the main news programme of Polish public TV

2019-06-11

The monitoring measured the time of presentation in “Wiadomości” of six national party committees and their leading candidates and evaluated the tone of presentation (neutral, positive, negative). Instances of propaganda, picture and voice manipulation, false and fake news, hate speech and omissions of important news were tracked and recorded.

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Polands approach to Russia

2019-05-15

At a time when Polish politicians disagree about almost everything, one subject is hardly discussed at all: policy towards Russia. We present the analysys by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz from forumIdei.

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Rule of law in the EU beyond political divisions. Budgetary sanctions and a new programme for citizens

2019-04-18

We present the analysys by Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. The EU needs new instruments for enforcing compliance with the law. This is why the European Parliament’s decisions in January 2019 to link payments from the EU budget to the rule of law in member states and establish a Rights and Values Programme (RVP) supporting grassroots democratic efforts are so important.

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Under Siege. Why Polish courts matter for Europe

2019-03-21

We present a report made in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative about the current state of Polish judiciary. By successfully bringing the law on the Supreme Court in 2018 to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Commission showed that the EU is not helpless when its foundations areundermined. It proved that there is a powerful instrument to protect the rule of law.

Boosting civil society in Poland

2019-03-18

Civitates: consortium that we are a part of, has funded a projects of support for civil society organizations which have worked tirelessly in difficult conditions and keep democracy and public participation at the heart of society. One of those project is placed in Poland. Dorota Setniewska from the NGO Klon/Jawor Association, a leading partner in a new set up aimed at boosting the presence of civil society organizations in Poland, explains what has changed in recent years.

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The rule of law in Poland

2019-02-26

We publish a commentary by lawyers from the #FreeCourts initiative concerning the effectiveness of actions taken by EU institutions in order to restore the rule of law in Poland. Authors emphasize the importance of the ongoing proceedings related to the prejudicial questions filed by Polish courts and indicate the instruments that proved to be the most effective.

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Open letter about whistleblower protection directive

2019-02-14

Along with 75 organisations we sign an open letter to urge the EU Council to adopt the Parliament's position on reporting channels. The whistleblower protection directive is currently in trilogue. The signatories express serious concerns about the reporting channels regime in the Council and Commission positions in these negotiations.

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Position of the Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group on the amendment to the law on the Supreme Court adopted on 21 November 2018

2018-11-27

The Stefan Batory Foundation Legal Expert Group welcomes the direction of the normative changes resulting from the law of 21 November 2018 on amending the law on the Supreme Court (the Amendment Act). Efforts by civil society organisations, common courts, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and EU bodies to protect the rule of law in Poland are starting to bear fruit.

A time to stand to stand together #IstandwithCEU

2018-11-02

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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