Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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The European Union’s diplomacy – European External Action Service was launched a year ago. Commentators state unanimously that its biggest, and unfortunately the only success, is that it was created at all. More than 1,500 officials from the European Commission and the Council were suddenly transferred to the new entity without structure, clear competences and… » read more

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First, let me cite two quotations: I Question: So, is this mythical sum of €80 billion for Poland within the cohesion policy real? Answer: (…) The estimates are correct, but we know that the atmosphere prior to this discussion is simply terrible. Therefore I would caution against promising any sums. II The greatest danger is… » read more

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Many journalists asked me about the assessment of the Polish Presidency. It was very unbalanced – a lot of promises, the total absence during the elections and a nice ending. It is difficult to give one grade to a student who came to the inauguration of the year wearing a nice school uniform, then played… » read more

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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… » read more

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Yesterday in Strasbourg Prime Minister Donald Tusk concluded the Polish Presidency saying more or less the same thing as for its inauguration. But in reality of December, those words sounded more dramatic. The text is well-known, so are the reactions. Among the speakers, the one who stuck most in my memory was Martin Schulz who… » read more

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Since this morning the European Parliament has been evaluating, in the urgent procedure, the last week’s summit. Herman Van Rompuy, President Barroso as well as several hundred MEPs were present during the main discussion. In general, the assessment of the summit is positive. In general – which means for the majority of the EPP and… » read more

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During the election campaign in Poland four musketeers – Polish Prime Minister Doland Tusk, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski and Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski – promised to Poles 300 billion zlotys from the EU budget. It seemed to me that at least one of them (Commissioner Lewandowski)… » read more

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