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Open Letter to the President of the European Commission


As representatives of non-governmental organisations and scholars specialising in matters relating to the rule of law and the protection of human rights, we write this open letter so as to urge you to take immediate steps to stop the rapidly increasing legal chaos in Poland.

Call for signatures to ensure funding for civil society in the EU


Ahead of negotiations of multiannual EU budget, the Batory Foundation initiates an advocacy campaign to increase EU funding for civil society organisations which promote and protect European values within the EU.


State of the rule of law in Poland


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.


Polands approach to Russia


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.


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


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.

Boosting civil society in Poland


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.


Under Siege. Why Polish courts matter for Europe


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.


The rule of law in Poland


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.

Your Vote, Your Choice

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


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.


Open letter about whistleblower protection directive


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.