Monday, 4 April 2016, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
About the event:
The debate on the recent political developments in Poland is simmering down after nearing boiling point following the EU Commission’s decision to probe into the PiS government’s new laws. Some commentators fear that the country will follow the example of Victor Orbán’s Hungary; others blame Europe’s political elite for disillusionment among the Polish voters; again others brush off international criticism, stressing Poland’s national sovereignty.
Will the Poles accept the new political reality? What are opposition and civil society planning to do to counter the reforms of the current government?
Which steps need to be taken after the first round of consultations between the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, the EU Commission and the Polish government? How strongly should European partners react, what is the appropriate response?
Prof. Jean-Claude Scholsem
Faculty of Law, University of Liège, Venice Commission, Council of Europe
Member of the Polish Parliament, Nowoczesna
International Coordinator, Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD)
European Affairs Manager, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Kindly register for this event by 1 April 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/which-way-forward-poland
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