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“Emergency Exit” for Poland

In 2018, a book by prof. Rafał Matyja, conservative political scientist, entitled “Emergency Exit”, brought a new outlook on the events in the political life. The author of the book recommends generational change in political life and rejection of the main divisions connected with two strong parties – Civil Platform and Law and Justice. However,…

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Appeals of Polish NGOs for releasing political prisoners in Russia

38 Polish NGOs called upon prof. Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Minister of Public Affairs and Zbigniew Boniek, the President of Polish Football Association (PZPN) to undertake urgent actions leading to releasing persons arrested or convicted for political reasons by the Russian Federation. Organizations present alarming facts and figures: Lists of the Memorial Human Rights Defence Centre…

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Young people will change Poland? – debate in Radom

Being concerned with the future of our country and influenced by the Rafał Matyja’s book entitled “Emergency Exit”, we decided to listen how the youth see Poland. Matyja writes on the need of the generational change and improving governance and transparency, as the current political elites are unable to stop harmful destruction of state. While…

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Watchdog Poland in January 2018 – activities overview

 Interventions On June 12, 2017, a law came into force in Poland, according to which institutions should correspond with each other exclusively by electronic means. We have noticed, as an association, that the public institutions with whom we correspond often reflexively respond with a traditional letter. It’s the power of habit, which costs taxpayers a…

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Watchdog Poland in December 2017 – activities overview

The passing year has been marked by the preparation of the act on transparency in public life and changes in the judiciary limiting its independence. For us, it was also the time to reach new playing fields – we appeared on a popular social news website and youth festivals, and we also released the first…

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Watchdog Poland’s Program for 2018-2020

Where is Poland today? The most important challenges for 2018: local government elections and the change of the law on access to public information, and in the years to come – elections to the parliament as well as presidential elections. These make natural opportunities to take actions directed to politicians. Elections to local governments –…

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Watchdog Poland in November 2017 – activities overview

   Interventions In October, our organization was electrified by the news about the draft of a new act, which is to replace the three existing ones, including the law on access to public information that has been in force for 15 years. Although in the course of the consultations the government withdrew from the provision…

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Rebels visit Poland

They came from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus to discuss how citizens can influence the decision making. They were curious how Poles use their rights, how the rights are guaranteed in laws and how citizens take stands on public issues. Why do we call them “Rebels”? After all, they wanted to know how…

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Law-making must be accountable

In violation of Article 61 of the Constitution, the judgments of the courts create the possibility of avoiding transparency and create restrictions that have neither a constitutional nor a statutory basis. Courts have allowed for great discretionary power, so the sense of responsibility for the way the law is created has not been generated in…

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Watchdog Poland in October 2017 – activities overview

 Interventions On October 23, the Minister – Special Services Coordinator presented a draft of the act on transparency in public life, which is to replace the act on limiting business activity by persons performing public functions, the act on lobbying and the act on access to public information. The presented draft would introduce, among other…