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We need to talk about Poland


18 Feb 2016 18:00

Organiser type

EU Institutions


Europe's East
Global Europe
Social Europe & Jobs

Event Location

Challenging European values and the respect for the rule of law

Event Description

Join the European Movement to debate the latest developments in Poland

The European Movement International is organising an event to discuss developments after the election victory of the Law and Justice Party in Poland. What should the European response be to efforts by the Polish government to control the media, the Constitutional Tribunal and the civil service? Are we witnessing the “Orbanisation” of Poland? Is democracy under siege and respect for the rule of law in retreat? What do these advancements mean for the EU Single Market?

This is the first public Brussels event following MEPs debate on rule of law issues with the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, which took place on 19 January at the European Parliament in Strasburg. Join us to talk about Poland with the stakeholders directly involved on the Polish groundIs there “Much Ado about Nothing” or is it the end of democracy in Europe as we know it?

The discussion, moderated by Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International, will feature:

  • Marcin Święcicki, Member of the Polish Parliament (Civic Platform), President of the European Movement in Poland;
  • Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR), Member of the European Parliament;
  • Annabelle Chapman, Warsaw-based Journalist writing for The Economist and POLITICO Europe;
  • Ivonne Julitta Bollow, Head of Eastern Europe & International Affairs, Corporate Public Policy Division, METRO GROUP.

Register HERE


This event is organised with the kind support of METRO GROUP.

Get ready for the discussion – read our briefing “Poland in the spotlight”.




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