EESP Webinar: Upholding OSCE Commitments in Hungary and Poland

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Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Upholding OSCE Commitments in Hungary and Poland

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:


Wednesday, November 3, 2021
2:30 p.m.

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Political leaders in Hungary and Poland—U.S. allies and members of the European Union—have for the past decade pursued policies that undermine democracy and the rule of law. In Hungary, the Fidesz government has weakened the country’s democratic institutions, especially the free media and independent judiciary. Instead of strengthening the transatlantic bond, Viktor Orbán has sought closer ties with Russia and China.

In Poland, the ruling coalition has taken steps to compromise judicial independence and limit free expression.

Witnesses will examine the erosion of democratic norms in Hungary and Poland and discuss the implications for U.S. foreign policy.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

  • Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Zselyke Csaky, Research Director, Europe & Eurasia, Freedom House
  • Dalibor Rohac, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent commission of the U.S. Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental, and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.