Poland and Central Europe: black sheep or unicorn?

December 8th, 2021 at 12:00 GMT, 13:00 CET, 07:00 EST

Tom White, Director, Global Counsel will be joined by Stanisław Pietrzak, CEC Group’s Director, Intelligence; and Anikó Zsebik, Senior Associate for Central and Eastern Europe, Global Counsel, to look into the root causes of the current challenges, better understand the domestic debate in CEE countries and discuss possible scenarios for the short and medium-term.


  • How realistic are fears for ‘Polexit’? What factors define Poland’s EU membership? Where is the room for possible compromises as both sides understand their mutual dependence and interconnection?
  • What are the prospects for blocking the EU recovery funds for Poland and Hungary through triggering the “rule of law” conditionality? How could this impact future economic growth and business attractiveness? Where could Warsaw and Budapest source alternative funds to finance their recovery plans and at what cost?
  • What are the main risks and opportunities for international investors in Central Europe? Is the political and economic nationalism of populist governments necessarily damaging for foreign businesses? Are there sectors that remain immune to political headwinds and still present a competitive advantage?
  • How strong and pro-European are the anti-establishment movements in the region? Will the new Czech government signal major policy changes? Will opposition in Hungary and Poland be able to consolidate sufficiently to win over the populist incumbents in the elections of 2022 and 2023?

About Stanisław Pietrzak 

Director, Intelligence, CEC Group
Stanislaw leads the Intelligence practice in the CEC Group's Warsaw office, overseeing CEC Briefs and Analyses services, and also generating CEC Daily newsletter. He updates clients on day-to-day political developments and provides analytical support for Regulatory Impact Assessment projects and stakeholder engagement strategies.
He is a graduate of the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London, and gained his professional experience at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several NGOs. His areas of expertise include foreign policy, media studies and energy.

About CEC Group

CEC Group is the leading independent public affairs agency and network in Central Europe, offering integrated public affairs, strategic communications, analytical and intelligence services to multinational clients across a full range of industrial and commercial sectors. We advise on your political operating environment in the region, and work to protect your investment and business models from legislative, regulatory and reputational disruption.

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