Fiatalok tudósítanak önkéntesen a magyar EU-elnökség óta – Youngsters report voluntary since the Hungarian EU Presidency

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Another successful Presidency

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2012. február 1.
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We had a successful Presidency” – said Roman Kowalski, the Polish Ambassador in Hungary in his speech in the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. He talked about the priorities of Poland and what this country could reach during the Presidency. This period was a hard time because of the euro crisis; however Poland could manage its tasks and could show other countries that cooperation and the values of the European Union are really important today.

Poland had three main priorities, which were the following: European integration, open Europe and safety in Europe. In the first area the most crucial step forward was the acceptance of the sixth-pac agreement, which is about the economic governance in the European Union. The agreement on the 2012 EU budget was also important. Poland started the negotiations on regulations for Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 as well.

The aim of an open Europe was really crucial for Poland. The Eastern Partnership Summit was one of the greatest events of the Presidency. 32 delegations from European Union and also partnership countries took part in the Summit. They summarized the past two years of the Partnership and also made a decision about the future. The joint declaration shows that the EU is ready to strengthen the Eastern Partnership and to discuss the forms of closer integration with the partner countries. They increased the amount of the budget to €2 billion and will provide a visa-free travel as well. Enlargement is also essential, so it was a great achievement, that they signed the Association Treaty with Croatia, which can motivate the other countries in the West-Balkan to enforce the necessary reforms.

The aim of safe Europe meant safety in the field of energy, economy and social life. The biggest achievements in the energy policy were the adoption of conclusions on energy cooperation between the Member States of the European Union and the external dimension of the energy policy. Poland also started negotiations with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan about a gas agreement. The European Parliament adopted the European Protection Orders in December 2011, which will help the victims of domestic violence. The Polish Presidency also proposed an agreement, which would guarantee common rules in the EU for the protection of the inventions. Due to Poland, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopted an agreement, which is about a food distribution program for the most deprived persons.

Kowalski said that Poland got many congratulations for the cultural events. There were more than 4000 concerts, exhibitions in Poland and also in Brussels. The cultural programs were a great opportunity to make Poland and its culture more popular and to show that Poles are joyful, open and creative. They also managed to introduce five of the biggest cities (Warsaw, Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw and Sopot) in Poland, where the meetings and conferences took place.

Kowalski admitted that in some cases, like the six-pack agreement or the signature of the Accession Treaty with Croatia, Poland continued the work of the Hungarian Presidency. It could occur, as the six months long presidencies are about the continuity. Because of the time, if a country starts to work on a field, it can happen that the next president country will close that field with an agreement or with a treaty. As the common Europe has common goals and aims, the results count the most.

Viktor Szabados, the coordinator of the Young Reporters on the Presidency project also shared his view about the Polish Presidency, since the group also reported about the Polish Presidency and now reports about the Danish Presidency. Viktor thinks that signing the Association Treaty with Croatia was a great momentum, as it was the finish of a long process. The question is not that a Presidency was successful or not, rather if they could promote some cases and priorities. Presidencies are more about the continuity, which we could experience during our Spanish-Belgian-Hungarian trio and also between Hungary and Poland.

Most of the Hungarian newspapers and websites published that the Polish Presidency was really successful. The most significant achievements of the Presidency were the acceptance of the six-pac agreement and the signing of the Association Treaty with Croatia. They underlined as well, what Poland did in the field of energy policy. Edit Herczog, member of the Hungarian Socialist Party and the European Parliament made the following statement in her website: “The Polish Presidency chose progress instead of remaining, openness instead of rejection, effectiveness instead of noise and union instead of separation”. She rewrote the popular saying: “Pole, Hungarian, two good friends…” to the following: “Pole, Europe, two good friends”.

The article appeared in the online newspaper of the Center for Citizenship Education:
http://redakcja.mam.media.pl/m%C5%82odzi-aktywi%C5%9Bci-prezydencji/12/2/5/

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