RESEARCH TOUR - Exploring energy and climate stories: Insights on Poland's pre-election discourse

We are inviting: Journalists based in Europe
03 Oct - 06 Oct 2023
Warsaw, Poland
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Polish voters will head to the polls on 15 October to elect a new parliament. What role do climate and energy play in the election campaigns of this key EU member state? What narratives dominate the political race? How has the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacted energy security and the society overall? What's the forecast for Poland's political landscape? What do Poles think of the energy transition and climate action? How could the election change the country’s climate and energy transition path and its role in Europe? In cooperation with the Polish think tank Forum Energii, Clean Energy Wire offers journalists based in Europe a chance to gain insights and background on events and developments in Central Europe’s largest country economy during a study trip between 3-6 October 2023.

Application deadline: 3 September 2023.

Demonstrations in Warsaw/Poland, Summer 2023. Credit: Grand-Warszawski, Shutterstock

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. The programme is open to changes. Names and positions of speakers (and probably additional events or speakers) will be added within the next few weeks.

Frequently asked questions on how to apply, costs and logistics

Who is eligible for the research tour? And how can I apply?

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 the Media Service Unit/Directorate-General for Communication of the European Parliament.

What languages will be spoken during the tour?

All presentations during the workshop will be in English, or otherwise live translated into English.

Are there any costs for tour participants?

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. The Directorate-General for Communication of the European Parliament will cover the costs one hotel night in Brussels and the transport from Brussels to the home destination of each participant.

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

What about travel arrangements?

Selected participants will organise their own travel to Amsterdam, and back from Brussels 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 most likely start on 3 March at 5.00 p.m. and will end on 6 March around 4 p.m. A more detailed programme will be published about one month prior to the start of the tour.

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.

What are the deadlines?

Deadline for applications is 31 January 2024. 

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 February. In this event, please confirm your participation by 12 pm CEST on 9 February. Otherwise your place will be offered to another applicant.

What if I need a visa?

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please let us know by sending an email to 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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You will then hear from CLEW regarding the outcome of your application no later than 6 February 2024.

What are the rules of citation during the tour?

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 without asking them beforehand.
  • 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.

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