The context: why is the moment important?
Poland's autumn parliamentary elections will be crucial for the direction of energy and climate policy in this part of Europe. The ongoing war in Ukraine still has a major impact on the country: it affects energy security, attitudes toward climate action, approaches to nuclear energy, and the sustainability of foreign relations and alliances. The results of the Polish elections will resonate throughout Europe and will not be unaffected by the upcoming European Parliament elections.
The study visit to Poland is an opportunity for 16-20 journalists based in Europe to experience the pre-election climate in Poland through an energy transition context.
The benefits: what will you gain?
You will embark on a tailor-made journey through Poland's pre-election landscape. During the visit you will:
• receive a general introduction to Poland's contemporary history and politics in order to equip you with context needed during the visit
• participate in in-person meetings with selected experts and politicians
• take part in authentic debate around energy and climate policy in Poland not only on the eve of the parliamentary elections, but also in the context of the 2024 European elections
• get the chance to establish direct contacts with politicians, experts and community leaders with different points of view and agendas
• participate in conversations exploring Polish-German relations on energy and climate issues.
The experts: who will you meet?
The preliminary programme features stops in Warsaw and Piastów, and includes meetings with representatives of ministries and government research institutes, as well as think tanks including Forum Energii (overview of Poland’s energy and climate situation), Instrat (RES market in Poland and its perspectives), political parties and local government (e.g. the capital city of Warsaw), business organisations, environmental NGOs and activists.
You can apply via our online form till Sunday, 3 September. This programme is open to changes. Names and positions of speakers (and probably additional events or speakers) will be added within the next few weeks.
The preliminary programme will be updated on this website before the deadline for applications.
Frequently asked questions on how to apply, costs and logistics
The research tour is open to journalists from all over Europe (country of primary residence).
To apply, please click on the red 'sign up' button above that will take you to the webform.
Please note that applications in any other language than English will not be accepted.
By submitting your application and upon its success, you agree that your name, associated media outlet, country of primary residence and email address will appear on the list shared with all participants if your application is successful. All data necessary to organise the tour will be shared with our partner Forum Energii.
All presentations during the workshop will be in English, or otherwise live translated into English.
Participation in the research tour is free of charge. Furthermore, all expenses incurred during the tour, including food, accommodation and local transportation will be covered by Clean Energy Wire.
Journalists or editorial staff who have made an internal commitment not to accept free services from third parties, or who do not wish to participate in the research trip free of charge for other reasons, may pay for their own travel and share of accommodation and meals. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected participants will organise their own travel to Warsaw and back independently, and will be reimbursed for their expenses after the event. Do not book anything before you get the confirmation that you can take part. When arranging travel, participants are kindly asked to consider climate-friendly modes of transportation where viable and reasonable. Please keep in mind the budgetary constraints of up to 400 euro return connection for economy class travel. Participants who would like to cover their expenses on their own (travel, food, accommodation) can get an invoice upon request after the tour.
The tour will start on 3 October at 5.30 p.m. and will end on 6 October around 2 p.m. Participants that cannot arrive on 3 October in time can start on 4 October at 9.a.m. at the latest.
All successful applicants will be notified on how to claim reimbursement ahead of the tour. It is generally not possible to reimburse travel expenses in cash.
Deadline for applications is 3 September, 2023.
Please make sure to have access to your email, and do check the spam folder. If your application has been successful you will receive a confirmation email from CLEW no later than 6 September. In this event, please confirm your participation by 12 pm CEST on 10 September. Otherwise your place will be offered to another applicant.
If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. Please make sure you have a visa appointment at your embassy or consulate well before the research tour begins to leave enough time for visa processing.
Note: we do not reimburse visa fees or insurance costs.
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Interviews and public debates between journalists and speakers follow different rules and practices in different parts of the world. To make the context of our media trip clear for all involved, we would like to set out the following framework guiding the interaction with participating journalists:
Quotes and interviews
- We work on the basis that statements made by participants can be quoted by the journalists present in their media reports. However, during this tour we will have more exceptions from this general rule, so please ask us or the speakers if you're are not sure.
- If speakers do not want to be quoted, we ask them to inform participating journalists where this is the case. Remarks may then be made "off the record" and will not be quoted.
- Outside Germany it is not common practice for journalists to seek authorisation for quotes before using them. If a speaker does require the participating journalists to check quotes with the speaker before publishing, we ask the speaker to advise journalists of this.
Photos, audio or video recordings
- We respect journalists’ fundamental right not to disclose the sources of their research. Some of the participants also come from countries where press freedom is under threat and where journalists are prosecuted. As a safeguard to participants’ rights and their well-being, we kindly ask the speakers not to take any photos or to make any film or audio recordings on which participants can be individually identified.
- If the speakers would like to take photos or record audio or video of our visit, they can approach a staff member for Clean Energy Wire so that we can agree on safe and workable solutions.
- If there are restrictions to taking photos or to making audio or video recordings on the premises, we will inform participants.