Poland’s recent legislative changes to its judiciary branch worries the EU, and a spokesperson from the European Commission has called it a ‘systemic threat to the rule of law in Poland’. The EU subsequently launched formal talks with Poland. Poland, on the other hand, says that the purpose of the legislation is to fix a broken justice system. The latest development is that the EU is now taking Poland to the European Court of Justice because of its judicial reform.
As tensions are rising between Poland and the EU, how does the diplomat navigate in these rocky waters? We are happy to be joined by H.E. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Poland’s Ambassador to Denmark, who will talk about the challenges facing an ambassador working in the field of friction between national policies and EU directions. The ambassador will also talk about how she navigates Polish domestic politics, in which the political line varies with changing governments.
H.E. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys has a Ph.D. in International Law. She joined the foreign service in 2002, spending most of her professional career on European policies and regional cooperation. She was i.a. director for Europe (2011-2013) and deputy foreign minister responsible for European, UN and parliamentary affairs from 2013 until her appointment as Ambassador to Denmark.
At this event, we are also joined by Peter Bugge, Associate Professor at Aarhus University, who will discuss the political situation in Poland with the ambassador. Peter Bugge is an expert on Central Europe at Central European Studies of Aarhus University and has published widely on the history of Central Europe in the 20th century.
Please be aware that the event is on Wednesday 10 October, 19.00-20.00 (earlier announced to 9 October)
19.00-19.05: Welcome by head of the board of DUS Aarhus, Kristian Mangor
19.05-19.30: Speech by H.E. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Poland’s Ambassador to Denmark
19.30-20.00: Discussion between H.E. Henryka Mościcka-Dendys and Associate Professor, Peter Bugge
20.00-20.30: Q&A with the audience
The event is open to all, but registration is required below. The event is in English.
Photo: The Polish Supreme Court.