News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
1 December 2014
The Polish top diplomat emphasised that Poland is closing its 10 years of EU membership with a very positive net result, while our country's GDP has grown by almost half since 2004. "Today we have all the tools necessary to effectively impact EU processes. We are a country whose voice is being listened to," observed the minister. He went on to say that the 10th anniversary of our accession crowns the quarter century of Polish transformation.
"After the experiences of recent years Poland wants to and does participate in the discussion on EU future," pointed out Minister Schetyna. He admitted that the inauguration of yet another "institutional cycle" in the Union opens a new and uneasy membership stage. He announced that Poland will be lobbying for making EU institutions more effective, something that does not require treaty amendments.
The minister stressed that one of the key challenges facing the new Commission will be to defend the four freedoms and the integrity of the common market. "Poland will be keeping watch over an EU that's internally cohesive, based on four fundamental freedoms, and deepens integration processes," he remarked. Moreover, Minister Schetyna said that eurozone entry remains Poland' strategic goal. He added that developments to the east of our border make us consider eurozone integration also in political terms.
The event saw the presentation of "New Pact for Europe," a report describing challenged which united Europe will likely be confronted with by the decade's end. The document was drawn up by over a dozen of Europe's major foundations, including demosEUROPA of Poland. Among other things, the minister referred to the Energy Union concept. Dubbed a "new big project," the Energy Union could integrate governments of all the 28 Member States. "This is another Polish project - after the Eastern Partnership - that all the EU countries should intensely cooperate in," said the minister.
He recalled that ensuring security and stability along the southern and eastern borders - issues which are inextricably connected with each other - is an obligation and a huge challenges facing the European Union.
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