Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Yesterday Jerzy Buzek gave a speech at the end of his presidency in the European Parliament. Among his achievements he mentioned the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, numerous visits abroad as well as the new code of conduct for MEPs.

The outgoing president has left a good impression because he was the first representative of a new EU country and the first Pole at this position. His good manners, the title of professor and his recalled contribution to the “Solidarity” movement brought him followers. He fought for his party conscientiously and at every step. He did not hesitate to promise the Poles 300 billion zlotys, although his influence on the allocation of this amount is very small.

You can multiply minor contributions to the overall assessment, but without the policy it will not be complete. Jerzy Buzek did not practice any policy. He did not carry out any significant initiative that would be remembered after this term. He served as a negotiator but the tone was dictated by the leaders of political groups. In his office, he surrounded himself with Poles, and formally subordinate to him the Secretary Gereral Klaus Welle practiced his own policy. And the time was difficult and he could have left out something else than the good impression.

To sum it up, at the end of Jerzy Buzek’s term of office I have mixed feelings. It was nice, but it could have been much better.

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