Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Actually we should be happy with the European Union’s Summit devoted to the Eastern Partnership, which begins today in Warsaw. Polish-Swedish initiative started in 2009 in Prague, and by this time, we were able to introduce it permanently into European policy.

The reality of today, compared with the one from 8 years ago (when European Neighborhood Policy was launched) is completely different. East, though with an uneven pace, is marching towards Europe, and South has unexpectedly joined the “front of the struggle for democracy.” Both dimensions of the ENP, Eastern and Southern, complete and supplement each other. The goal is the same here and there: democracy, human rights and good economy.

The summit is taking place in Warsaw. The Hungarians gave us this honor not because they are generous, but they feared that many European leaders would boycott Orban. Warsaw is in a better position, but the absence of the Prime Minister of Great Britain and the French president will be certainly “visible”. Let me add to this two problems: confusion about Belarus and Yulia Tymoshenko in prison.

By their fruits you shall know them. So we will carefully read a message from the Summit, especially regarding two points: the perspective of the visa abolition and our partner’s hope for the membership.

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  1. Hopefully this summit will manage to become more of a discussion rather than a formality. Let’s not be discouraged by those absences.

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