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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION

  • 8 May 2019

    On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the EU the Embassy of Poland in Copenhagen, the Representation of the European Commission and the Romanian EU Council Presidency joined forces convening a debate about the future of Europe, regional cooperation and the new institutional cycle, which is to begin after the elections to the European Parliament in May.

    The seminar took place on 25 April 2019. The Danish perspective on further development of the EU and the priorities of the European cooperation – ranging from climate protection and energy policy to the Banking Union – was presented by director Søren Jacobsen, head of the European Policy Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr Piotr Arak, director of the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), focused on new formats of regional cooperation, gaining importance as a consequence of Brexit. He also presented the PIE’s recent report about the so-called new Hansa coalition, which brings together the North of Europe with countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Estonia,  focusing strongly on the new reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union (Hansa 2.0. A return to the Golden Age of trade?”).

     

    The point of departure for the debate was EU’s “big enlargement” with Central and East European countries as well as Cyprus and Malta of 1 May 2004, but it also focused on the consequences of Brexit and the growing importance of the so-called “variable geometry” within the EU, both in the field of macroeconomic and commercial policy, and in external relations and security policy. Ambassador Henryka Mościcka-Dendys in her opening speech outlined the context of events leading to the accession of 10 new countries to the EU, pointing out to the positive results of the big enlargement as well as the current challenges facing the European integration project, including Brexit, the new architecture of the Economic and Monetary Union, followed by the emergence of changing regional alliances (ad hoc coalitions). Stina Soewarta, head of the Representation of the European Commission in Copenhagen  focused on the Commission’s perspective pointing out the thematic priorities of the EU throughout the last five years. She noted that 15 years after the 2004 enlargement, cooperation within the EU “does not follow specific dividing lines, but alliances are formed depending on interests and sectoral policies. The Commission treats all member states equally, regardless of their size or affiliation with specific coalitions.” In turn, the ambassador of Romania, Alexandru Gradinar, summarized the achievements and points of view of the Romanian EU Council presidency. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session with the audience, which gathered representatives of Danish administration, European Commission, diplomatic corps, think tanks and analytical institutions.

     

    The panellists dwelled upon the economic and political costs of Brexit, especially in the context of the creation of a new balance of power in the EU (strengthening the role of the Franco-German “engine”) and the increasing “force of gravity” of the euro zone.

     

    The seminar was the first of a series of events planned by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen as part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the EU.

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