„Im Visier der Geheimdienste“: Pegasus-Enthüllungen in Polen

„Im Visier der Geheimdienste“ Malwina Talik zu den Pegasus-Enthüllungen in Polen für den Eastblog und DerStandard

Pegasus, eine mächtige Spionagesoftware, wurde in autokratischen Ländern als politische Waffe missbraucht. Jedoch auch manche demokratischen Staaten nahmen Regierungskritikerinnen ins Visier, darunter Ungarn und Polen.

Im Gastbeitrag für den Eastblog – Universität Wien und DER STANDARD erklärt unsere Kollegin Malwina Talik, was die Pegasus-Enthüllungen über den Stand der Demokratie in Polen sagen.

Reinforcing the Role of Civil Society as a Watchdog of Democratic Principles in Belarus


The International High-Level Conference on Belarus took place (online) on 22 November 2021. The IDM in cooperation with GLOBSEC and Office of Sviatlana Tsihanouskaya organised a side-event on that occasion. B

elarus has undergone profound political changes in the past year. More than a year ago, the streets of Belarus were teaming with people protesting stolen presidential elections and asserting their voices matter. To stifle these voices, the government unleashed a war on civil society. The Belarusian government have arrested thousands of demonstrators and continues with repression against civil society, non-governmental organizations, and the independent media. With Belarus at a democratic crossroads, the international community needs to stand in solidarity with them, counter the government’s attempts to eviscerate civil society, provide unwavering, long-term support to Belarusian groups and activists.

Our experts:

– Pavol Demeš (German Marshall Fund of the United States)

– Mark A. Dietzen (International Republican Institute Vilnius, Lithuania)

– Vytis Jurkonis (Freedom House) – Aliaksandra Lohvinava (Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya)

– Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene (University of Warsaw)

– Andrei Stryzhak (BySol – Belarus Solidarity Foundation)

discussed the following questions:

– How can civil society organizations operate in the current mode?

– What method should be used for clear formulation of the policy priorities for the transition period in the country and future reform agenda?

– How to broaden the networks and advocacy channels available to Belarusian democratic civil society in Western democratic countries?

– How to enhance skills of Belarusian analysts to deliver impactful analysis and advocate for the implementation of their recommendations?

– What role can Western institutions play in helping Belarusian civil society to ensure a positive democratic change?


Moderation: Sebastian Schäffer (Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe – IDM)

Energy market Poland transition

Energy Conference Energy Market of Poland and Energy Transition

Energy Conference Energy Market of Poland and Energy Transition

The development and integration of Poland’s energy market is an essential part of EU’s Energy Acquis philosophy. EU’s drive for stronger coherency and convergence of the regulatory regimes and the energy markets of its Member Countries represents the main pillar for the further advancement of a liquid energy market in Poland. Moreover, Poland’s key geographical and sociopolitical position in the EU makes it an essential and indispensable element in the Union’s energy market strategy. In this context, the Wiener Euro-Asiatisches Forum (WEAF), together with the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) & Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies, aim to bring together renounced experts to elaborate on the various aspects and the interplay of EU’s and Poland’s energy markets.

Opening Remarks: Hristofor Boev Vice-President, Wiener Euro-Asiatische Forum (WEAF) Georg Krauchenberg Secretary General, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

Panelists: Walter Boltz Senior Advisor European Energy; former Chair ACER Gas Working Group; former Managing Director, E-Control Austria Maciej Ciszewski Policy Assistant to the Director-General for Energy, DG Energy, Brussels Adam Cwetsch Head, Climate Policy Unit, EU Economic Department, Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland Małgorzata Kozak Director, Markets Development and Consumer Issues, Polish Energy Regulator Piotr Kus Director, Brussles Office, Gaz System S.A. Pawel Lont European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), Poland Andrius Šimkus Founder and Managing Partner, Šimkus Energy Consulting, Vilnius Gregor Weinzettel Gas Expert Energy Community Secretariat (ECS), Vienna Arnold Weiss Head, EPEX Spot AT & CEE

Moderation: Predrag Grujicic Head of Gas Unit, Energy Community Secretariat (ECS), Vienna


IDM Short Insights 15: Update on the court ruling of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal

IDM Short Insights 15: Update on the court ruling of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal

In our IDM Short Insights 13, we looked at the implications of the judiciary feud between the European Court of Justice and Poland’s Constitutional #Tribunal. In an unprecedented new ruling, a decision was taken that Polish law can take supremacy over #EU law. What will this mean for the future of the country as well as European Integration and what can we do to prevent further escalation? Watch Malwina Talik (IDM) answering these questions during her participation at the #GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021.

IDM Short Insights 13: Can national law take primacy over EU law?

IDM Short Insights 13: Can national law take primacy over EU law?

The European Court of Justice ruled that the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme Court should be suspended because it is not compatible with the EU law. The same day Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal stated that the ruling of the Court is incompatible with the Polish Constitution and thus Poland does not have to comply. Watch Malwina Talik (IDM) explain, what may be the implications of this judiciary feud for the EU.