Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

As part of the 2023 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on October 6th, 2023, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) organised a side event on “Integrating civil society in the work of national parliaments”. Our Supervisory Board Chair, Bartosz Kramek, was invited to provide input based […]

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

Between March and July 2023, the EU AML/CFT Global Facility co-hosted and sponsored a series of regional consultations for nonprofit organisations (NPOs), FATF Regional Style Bodies, and Financial Intelligence Units with the aim of collecting, documenting, and analysing practices of meaningful engagement between the NPO sector and relevant (inter)governmental stakeholders. On 26-27 September 2023 in […]

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

The EU has become one of the first jurisdictions to introduce comprehensive regulations on crypto-assets. Ukraine has announced its ambition to become a “pioneer” in implementing the European version of the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, MiCA. As the third country in the world in terms of cryptocurrency usage, Ukraine has been working on the regulation […]

ODF secures 4 PACE documents in defence the rule of law and human rights

ODF secures 4 PACE documents in defence the rule of law and human rights

During the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that concluded last Friday, our representation (Martin Mycielski and Katarzyna Szczypska) together with Judge Maciej Ferek (reinstated after 522 days of suspension for applying the primacy of European law), discussed the rule of law and political persecution in Poland and the Palestinian […]

New cryptocurrency regulations will hurt NGOs and whistleblowers

New cryptocurrency regulations will hurt NGOs and whistleblowers

Members of the European Parliament have voted on the first regulatory framework that will directly affect cryptocurrencies. The Czech Pirate Party opposed the proposal, claiming that it would lead to mandatory registration or identification of cryptocurrency owners. This will pose a problem, for example, for the funding of dissidents such as Russian opposition figure Alexei […]

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

On Wednesday 22 March 2023, the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, held a hearing regarding the activities of the Bank of Italy.  Among others, Governor Ignazio Visco talked about the recent development regarding AML/CFT regulation. In 2022, for example, the Anti-Money Laundering Supervision and Regulation Unit was established to monitor AML compliance of financial intermediaries […]

Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators?

Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators?

Joint submission of the civil society coalition regarding the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing Can the EU’s anti-money laundering reform help dictators? As the European Union gets closer to adopting […]

Statement re. P. A. Panzeri and The Spectator’s article by M. Hollingsworth

Statement re. P. A. Panzeri and The Spectator’s article by M. Hollingsworth

Following the article by Mark Hollingsworth, published by The Spectator on 14 January 2023, we would like to highlight the fact that the Open Dialogue Foundation has little to no history of cooperation with former MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri, one of the main suspects in the so-called Qatargate affair. It is necessary to note that […]

Changes to the Helpline for refugees. Our help is even more effective now

Changes to the Helpline for refugees. Our help is even more effective now

Since 10 April, our colleague Magda Janczewska has been the coordinator of the Helpline for refugees. Every day, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (i.e. 14 hours a day), our wonderful volunteers help the people who are in the process of relocating from Ukraine and have asked for help from the Foundation. Currently, seven volunteers […]

Discussing the rule of law in Poland with OSCE PA rights leaders

Discussing the rule of law in Poland with OSCE PA rights leaders

On February 1st, in the Warsaw headquarters of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR), the three leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s (OSCE PA) human rights committee met with Polish civil society representatives at the forefront of defending the rule of law in the country. The purpose of the meeting was […]

10 MEPs address the European Commission in support of ODF’s Bartosz Kramek

10 MEPs address the European Commission in support of ODF’s Bartosz Kramek

In a letter sent on 2 August to Věra Jourová, Vice-president of the European Commission responsible for Values and Transparency, 10 MEPs have expressed their support for Bartosz Kramek and their opposition to the outrageous, politically motivated persecution carried out by the Polish government against him and the Open Dialogue Foundation, as well as other […]

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