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    16-17 December 2010 European Council in Brussels

    Heads of states and governments meet in Brussels on December 16th and 17th at the European Council. The main point on their agenda is agreement on the limited amendment to the Treaty in order for a permanent mechanism to be established by the Member States of the euro area to safeguard the financial stability of the euro area as a whole. Over dinner the Council will have an exchange of views on economic developments in the presence of the President of the European Central Bank. On Friday December 17th the High Representative will brief the Council on recent work on strategic partners.

       

    14 December 2010 General Affairs Council in Brussels

    General Affairs Council takes place in Brussels on December 14th. The first task of ministers for the European affairs will be preparation of the European Council which will take place on December 16th and 17th in Brussels and will be focused on the establishment of a crisis mechanism to safeguard the financial stability of the Euro area. Ministers will also discuss the EU’s strategy of enlargement. The European citizens' initiative, the strengthening of European disaster response and the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth are the other items on the agenda.

       

    13 December 2010 Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

    Ministers for foreign affairs gather in Brussels on December 13th. The main items on thir agenda are as follows: relations with Western Balkans, situation in Sudan, the Middle East Peace Process and Gaza, Somalia and Horn of Africa, the situation in Côte d'Ivoire, in Afghanistan and Iran, strategic partners of the EU and priorities for 2011.

       

    13 December 2010 Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels

    Fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and Black Sea waters, future of Common Agricultural Policy and the situation on the dairy market are the main topics of the Agriculture and Fisheries Conuncil that takes place on December 13th and 14th in Brussels. Ministers will start with the session devoted to fisheries: they will try to find a political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks for 2011 in the waters of the Atlantic, the Channel and the North Sea and on fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in the Black Sea. The second part of the meeting will be devoted to agricultural issues: ministers will hold discussions on future of the Common Agricultural Policy and will be briefed on the situation on the dairy market and on agricultural product quality policy.

       

    9 December 2010 Defence ministers and ministers for development in Brussels

    The Foreign Affairs Council in the format of defence ministers and ministers for development takes place on December 9th in Brussels. The first session is devoted to defence: ministers are due to hold an informal meeting with the NATO Secretary General, discuss the military capabilities issues and recent initiatives by the member states (i.a. France-UK Defence Cooperation Agreement). Over the lunch, ministers are to discuss current EU military operations. The afternoon’s session is devoted to developnment issues. Ministers are due to exchange views on Commission paper on EU development policy, review the development situation in Afghanistan and Haiti and discuss possible ways of improving aid effectiveness.

       

    7 December 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Brussels

    Ministers for finance gather in Brussels on December 7th on the Economic and Financial Council. The Council is due to take a formal decision on financial assistance to Ireland, as agreed at the informal meeting of ministers on November 28th. Other items on the agenda include the accounting of pension reforms, bank levy schemes, a draft directive aimed strengthening administrative cooperation between the member states in the field of taxation and taking note of progress on legislative proposals on economic governance. The Council is also expected to adapt conclusions on financial crisis management. The French delegation is will present the programme for its country's presidency of the G-20.

       

    6 December 2010 Employment and Social Affairs Council in Brussels

    Ministers for employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs meet in Brussels on 6th and 7th December on the Employment and Social Affairs Council. On Monday, December 6th, the Council works with employment and social issues, i.a. policy debate on a draft directive concerning maternity leave, employment initiatives under the Europe 2020 Strategy, the future of pension systems. On Tuesday, December 7th, ministers for health and consumer affairs meet. The main points on their agenda are as follows: exchange of views on the follow up to the lessons learnt from the A/H1N1 pandemic and exchange of views on health care systems in Europe.

       

    2 December 2010 Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council in Brussels

    On the first day (Thursday, December 2) – transport issues. On the second day (Friday, December 3 – energy and telecommunication issues. The Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council meet on Thursday and Friday – December 2nd and 3rd - in Brussels. The most important issue on the agenda of transport ministers is a political agreement on a directive facilitating cross-border exchange of information on traffic offences. The Council also will discuss work progress towards establishing a single European railway area and strenghtening air cargo security. During the energy session on Friday, ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on energy policy for consumers and on safety of offshore oil and gas activities. They will also exchange views on a new energy strategy for Europe 2011-2020. Telecommunication session will be devoted to future of the roaming, works on new regulations regarding the European Network and Information Security Agency and flagship initiatives: Digital Agenda for Europe, Innovation Union and European Broadband.

       

    2 December 2010 Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussles

    Ministers for justice and home affairs meet in Brussels on December 2 and 3 (Thursday and Friday). On Thursday they will hear a report by the Belgian Presidency on asylum and migration and look at different aspects of current EU migration and asylum policies. Thursday’s meeting will be also devoted to fight against crime and terrorism (i.a. negotiation directives for PNR agreements with Australia, Canada and United States), the Commission will also present its new communication on Internal Security Strategy. On Friday, justice ministers are expected to adopt harmonised rules on the law applicable to divorce and legal separation (first ‘enhanced cooperation’ in the history of the EU). The Council is then due to confirm the agreement reached on EU wide minimum rules concerning the fight against trafficking in human beings. The Council will continue discussions on the creation of a European Investigation Order (EIO) in criminal matters and on a negotiation mandate for a EU-US agreement on protection of personal data. In this context, the Commission will present its communication on data protection.

       

    28-29 October 2010 European Council in Brussels

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    Economic and climate policy and summits with international partners are on the top of the agenda of the European Council meeting that takes place on October 28 and 29. EU heads of state and government meet in Brussels to discuss the report of the Task Force on Economic Governance, chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. The task force has presented several proposals to increase fiscal discipline and strengthen economic surveillance.
    The other points on the agenda are the preparations for the upcoming international meetings: G20 meeting in November in Seoul, the Cancún conference on climate change in November and summits with the United States, Russia and Ukraine.

       

    25 October 2010 General Affairs Council and Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg

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    Ministers for european affairs and ministers for foreign affairs gather in Brussels at the General Affairs Council and Foreign Affairs Council. The main issues on the agenda of the General Affairs Council are as follows: summaru of the European Council on September 16th and 17th, preparation of the upcoming European Council on October 28th and 29th, Serbian application for the EU membership, European External Action Service. Ministers for foreign affairs are to discuss the upcoming external relations summits: EU – USA, EU – Ukraine and Union for the Mediterranean. The other points on their agenda are as follows: relations with Cuba, situation in Georgia and the Sahel Region, Middle East peace process, European Neighbourhood Policy and sanctions on Iran and Belarus.

       

    16 September 2010 European Council in Brussels

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    Leaders of the European Union countries meet in Brussels on September 16 at the European Council. The first point on their agenda is the exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. And the next points are as follows: relations with strategic partners of the European Union, Task Force on economic governance, approval of the conclusions. The Poland’s delegation is headed by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

       

    3 September 2010 Visit of the president Bronisław Komorowski in Brussels

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    Brussels was the first foreign capital visited by the new Polish president Bronisław Komorowski. On September 1 and 2, president Komorowski met the three heads of the european institutions: President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. He also met the Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the King of Belgians Albert II. President Komorowski then attended a meeting with Polish functionaires of the EU institutions organised by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU and took part in opening of the exhibition „Solidarity of Nations”.

       

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    President Bronisław Komorowski with Ambasador of the Permanent Representation of Poland Jan Tombiński.

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    President Komorowski at the meeting with Poles working in European Union Institutions.

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    President Bronisław Komorowski.


    2 September 2010 Days of the Małopolska Region in Brussels

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    On September 5-16 there will be Days of the Małopolska Region in Brussels. The event starts with an outdoor interactive exhibition of XL toys for both children and adults in the Parc du Cinquantenaire. The exhibition will be open to September 16. Moreover on September 15 there will be conference “Digital future of the European cinemas – enhancing regional competitiveness” in the European Parliament (more information at the website: www.malopolskie.pl/digitalcinema) For the evening Maria Pomianowska’s Zespół Polski prepared concert “At the roots of Fryderyk Chopin’s Music”. Tickets (16-25 €) are available at the Flagey centre; booking at: 02 641 10 20. More information at www.malopolskadays.eu

       

    6 August 2010 Bronisław Komorowski sworn in
    as the President of Poland

    Bronisław Komorowski has been sworn in as the President of Poland on August 6th. The ceremony took place in front of the Poland’s Narional Assembly (members of both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament) in Warsaw.
    Bronisław Komorowski is the fifth President of Poland since the fall of communism, the former were: Wojciech Jaruzelski (1989-1990), Lech Wałęsa (1990-1995), Aleksander Kwaśniewski (1995-2005) and Lech Kaczyński (2005-2010).

       

    26 July 2010 Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council in Brussels

    Ministers for foreign affairs and ministers for European affairs meet on July 26 in Brussels on the Foreign Affairs Council and general Affairs Council. The General Affairs Council is expected to adopt a formal decision esteblishing the European External Action Service. The other items on the agenda are as follows: preparation of the European Council in September, approving a framework for negotiations with Iceland on its accession to the EU, presentation of Belgian Presidency’s work programme. The Foreign Affairs Council is to be focused on the situation in Western Balkans, Gaza and the Middle East Peace Process, sanctions imposed on Iran and Sudan.

       

    13 July 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    Ministers for finance gather in Brussels on July 13th on the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The first point on their agenda is stocktaking of negotiations with the European Parliament on the financial supervision reform. Then the Council is due to open excessive deficit procedures for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark and Finland and evaluate the measures taken to correct excessive deficits by other member states. Ministers are also to authorise Estonia to adopt euro as its currency from January 1st, 2011. The Belgian Presidency is to present to the Council its work programme on economic and financial matters. The Council is also to adopt a recommendation setting out the economic-policy guidelines under the „Europe 2020” strategy.

       

    17 June 2010 European Council in Brussels

    Eu leaders meet in Brussels on June 17th at the European Council. The main points on their agenda are as follows: adopting the Europe 2020 Strategy (the new strategy for growth and jobs), preparation for the G20 summit in Canada later this month (with focus on financial supervision and regulation), economic governance and post-Copenhagen climate strategy.

       

    14 June 2010 Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council in Luxembourg

    On June 14 External Relations Council and General Relations Council take place in Luxembourg. Ministers for foreign affairs are to discuss a number of issues, focusing on situation in Gaza, Iran and the Western Balkans. They are also to discuss piracy off the Somalian coast. Other issues on the agenda are i.a. Sudan, Cuba and Georgia. Ministers for european affairs are to prepare the European Council meeting on June 17th in Brussels (i.a. EU 2020 strategy, G-20 summit preparation) and are expected to reach a general approach on the European citizens’ initiative. The Presidency is to deliver its report concerning the European External Action Service and the Council is to discuss cohesion policy and outermost regions of the EU.

       

    9 June 2010 Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his
    cabinet in Brussels

    Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the majority of his cabinet members visited European Commission in Brussels on June 10th. It was a first „working” visit of such format ever received by the European Commission. The talks were focused on the priorities of the Poland’s Presidency, EU budget 2014-2020, Common Agricultural Policy, Coherence Policy and reform of the economic management. Prime Minister Donald Tusk met the President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Prime Minister and ministers met with the College of Commissioners, and then ministers held individual meetings with their counterparts from the European Commission in the so-called „thematic clusters” format.

       

    8 June 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs Council
    in Luxembourg

    Ministers for finance meet in Luxembourg on June 8 at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. They are to review implementation of the stability and growth pact (opinion on Cyprus’ stability programme) and follow up on budgetary consolidation measures announced by Spain and Portugal. The Council is also to prepare the European Council Meeting on June 17, the items on the agenda are as follows: the Europe 2020 strategy, report on new economic policy guidelines, strengthening of financial regulation, report on budgetary exit strategies preparation for the G-20 summit in Toronto. Over the lunch ministers are to discuss the current economic situation.

       

    3 June 2010 Justice and Home affairs Council in Luxembourg

    The Justice and Home Affairs Council is to meet on a two-day session on Thursday and Friday, June 3rd and 4th in Luxembourg. The main issues on Thursday’s meeting are, among others, adoption of European Pact to combat international drug trafficking, Council conclusions on uncompanied minors from third countries and implementation of the EU strategy and action plan to combat terrorism and EU-US declaration on counter-terrorism. On Friday’s meeting the Council is likely to take the next steps on the first enhanced cooperation in the history of EU legislation – the law applicable to divorce and legal separation.

       

    31 May 2010 Telecommunication and Energy Council in Brussels

    Ministers for telecommunication and energy issues are to gather in Brussels on Monday, May 31st at the Telecommunications and Energy Council. The first session will be devoted to telecommunication issues. Ministers are to take note of the presentation by the Commission of its communication „A Digital Agenda for Europe” and to adopt the conclusions in this matter. Ministers are to exchangle views on the European Code of rights of users of electronic communication services and to discuss the issue of the seat of the BEREC (Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications) Office. Ministers for energy are to gather in the afternoon. They are to take note of a progress report on the regulation concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply and exchange views on Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020.

       

    18 May 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    Ministers for finance meet on May 18th in Brussels at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. In the morning ministers meet their counterparts from candidate countries (Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey) to review their pre-accession economic programmes. After that the Council is expected to approve draft EU rules for entities engaged in the management of alternative investment funds. The Commission will present a communication on enhanced economic policy coordination in the euro area, and the Council will discuss the follow-up to package of measures to preserve financial stability in Europe. The other items on the agenda are as follows: economic and employment policy guidelines, EU budget for 2011 and preparation of the G-20 meeting in Korea.

       

    17 May 2010 Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels

    Ministers for agriculture meet on May 17th in Brussels on the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which is exclusively dedicated to agriculture. Ministers are to hold an exchange of views on international competitiveness of the European agri-food model and on gender equality in rural areas.

       

    10 May 2010 General Affairs Council, Foreign Relations and Development Council in Brussels

    General Affairs Council and Foreign Relations and Development Council in Brussels Ministers for European affairs, external relations and development meet on May 10th in Brussels at the General Affairs Council and Foreign Relations and Development Council. The most important issue on the agenda of General Affairs Council is preparation of the European Council on June 17th 2010. Ministers are to hold discussion on the economic and financial situation in Europe in the context of EU 2010 Strategy. The most important points on the agenda of the External Relations Council are: preparation of the EU-Russia summit on May 31st in Rostov (the main issue is the visa liberalisation dialogue) and the European External Action Service – the High Representative Catherine Ashton is to present her vision of the development policy under the EEAS.

       

    10 May 2010 Education, Youth and Culture Council in Brussels

    The Education, Youth and Culture Council takes place on May 10th and 11th in Brussels. The Council begins with a session on culture and audiovisual issues – the Council, among others, is to officially designate the European Capitals of Culture 2014 and adopt conclusions on the next steps for the European digital library Europeana and on the contribution of culture to regional and local development. In the afternoon the first meeting of ministers for sport is to take place. They are to debate priorities for this new area of EU cooperation. On Tuesday morning, May 11th, the Education Council is to take place. Ministers are to adopt conclusions on the social dimension of education, competences related to the new skills and jobs initiative and on higher education.

       

    7 May 2010 Polish designer wins ‘Design a poster for Europe 2010’ competition

    22-year old Maria Mileńko from Poznań received yesterday in Brussels the prize for winning the ‘Design a poster for Europe 2010’ competition. Young Polish designer is the best of 1702 artists who participated in the contest. Her design is now the official poster for Europe Day 2010 on May 9th.

       

     

     


    4 May 2010 Extraordinary Council of transport ministers in Brussels

    Ministers for transport are havein exchange of view on the consequences of the air traffic disruptions caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption. They are to agree on the measures to be taken in response, including the following topics: economic impact on the airline industry, passengers’ rights, improving data collection and risk management, accelerating of the Single European Sky system.

       

    26 April 2010 Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council in Luxembourg

    Ministers for foreign affairs and ministers for defence gather on Monday, April 26th in Luxembourg for the Foreign Affairs Council, which includes a substantial security and defence component. Defence ministers’ discussion is focused on EU capabilities, including European Defence Agency activities and maritime security. Ministers for defence together with ministers for foreign affairs are to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and adopt conclusions on Common Security and Defence Policy. The most important issues on the agenda of foreign affairs ministers are: debate on EU resources in the area of external relations and situation in Sudan, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. Ministers for european affairs gather on Monday afternoon to discuss on the establishment of the European External Action Service and to hold an orientation debate on the European Citizen’s Initiative.

      Agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council
    Agenda of the General Affairs Council

    13 April 2010 Mourning in Brussels

     

       

    29 March 2010 Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    in Brussels

    Ministers for agriculture and fisheries meet in Brussels on March 29th at Agriculture and Fisheries Council. The items on their agenda are as follows: adoption of conclusions on the Commission communication “A better functioning food supply chain in Europe”, presentation of conclusions from the trio-presidency on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013, exchange of views on agriculture and the CAP in the perspective of the EU 2020 strategy, presentation of the report on the dairy market.

      Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

    25-26 March 2010 European Council in Brussels

    The new strategy for growth and jobs is the main subject of the European Council in Brussels on March 25 and 26. For the first time a formal summit is chaired by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy. The heads of states and governments are expected to agree on the general framework of the European Union’s new strategy for growth and jobs – UE 2020. The other issue on the agenda is the follow-up to the United Nations’ Conference on climate change in Copenhagen. Poland is represented at the summit by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

      European Council Agenda

    22 March 2010 Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council in Brussels

    On Monday March 22nd Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council take place in Brussels. The main points on the Foreign Affairs Council are as follows: situation in Haiti and Chile after the earthquakes, peace process in the Middle East, situation in Iran and in Afghanistan. The main issue on the General Affairs Council’s agenda is preparation of the European Council which will take place on March 25 and 26th in Brussels. Ministers will also debate on current issues regarding establishment of the European External Action Service.

      Foreign Affairs Council Agenda
    General Affairs Council Agenda

    16 March 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs
    Council in Brussels

    Ministers for finance gather in Brussels on March 16 at Ecofin Council. On the agenda of the meeting are as follows: economic and financial situation in Greece, general approach on a draft directive aimed at introducing harmonised EU rules on entities engaged in the management of hedge funds and other alternative investment funds, preparation of upcoming spring European Council. The Council is also expected to set priorities for the EU's general budget for 2011. At lunch, ministers will meet Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.

      Agenda - Ecofin Council

    12 March 2010 Nikiforos Diamandouros decorated
    with the Order of Merit

    The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, today received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
    Ambassador Jan Tombinski, the Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union, hosted the ceremony at the office of the Polish Representation to the EU in Brussels. Dr Janusz Kochanowski, Poland's Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection, had nominated Mr Diamandouros for this high decoration.
    The Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland was awarded to Mr Diamandouros for his efforts in promoting human rights in the European Union and beyond. The Cross is granted by the President of the Republic of Poland to non-Polish personalities or to Poles residing outside Poland for their outstanding contributions.

       

    8 March 2010 Employment, Social Policy, Heath and Consumer Affairs Council in Brussels

    The meeting of EPSCO Council, exclusively dedicated to employment and social policy issues is taking place on March 8th in Brussels. On the agenda are, among others: directive intended to protect healthcare workers against injuries caused by sharp instruments, preparation of the Spring European Council (EU 2020 Strategy), adoption of joint reports on employment, social protection and social inclusion (2009 and 2010), information on Commission’s report on equality between women and men for 2010.

      Agenda  of the EPSCO Council

    5 March 2010 Next phase of construction works in the future seat of Permanent Representation

    The contract for the second phase of construction works in the future seat of Poland’s Permanent Representation to the EU was signed on March 5th.
    The winner of the public tender on renovation and instalation works and delivery of equipment is the Belgian-Polish consortium Jacques Delens and Qumak-Sekom. The value of the tender is 19 mln euro.
    The contract was signed: on behalf of contractor - by managing director Marc Joway and Michel Fumiere, on behalf of Permanent Representation – by Deputy Head of the Permanent Representation, minister Jerzy Drożdż. The scheduled conclusion of works is March 2011.
    The new headquarter, purchased in 2008 with a view of upcoming Poland’s Presidency in the EU (second half of 2011), is located in the heart of the European District in Brussels, in the immediate vicinity of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

       

    25-26 February 2010 Justice and Home Affairs Council
     in Brussels

    Ministers for internal affairs gather on February 25th and ministers for justice on February 26th on two-day meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels. The main points on the agenda are as follow: on Thursday - public debate and adoption of an Internal Security Strategy for the European Union, setting up the Standing Committee on operational cooperation on internal security, examining the state of play of the development of the SISII. The Commission is to present a draft regulation amending the rules on the Frontex Agency. On Friday, the Spanish presidency will present the state of play regarding the initiative for a directive on a European Protection Order.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council Agenda

    22 February 2010 Foreign Affairs Council
    and General Affairs Council in Brussels

    Ministers for foreign affairs meet on February 22nd in Brussels on the Foreign Affairs Council. The main points on the agenda are as follow: situation in Haiti and in Iran, situation in Ukraine after the presidential elections, and actions of police on Polish minority in Belarus. The General Affairs Council also meet on February 22nd in Brussels. The main point of the agenda is preparation of the European Council on March 25-26.

      Foreign Affairs Council Agenda
    General Affairs Council Agenda

    16 February 2010 Economic and Financial Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    Ministers for finance gather on February 16th in Brussels at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The main issue on their agenda is the situation in Greece – the Council is expected to give a notice to correcting excessive deficit within a specified timeframe and opinion on the stability programme. The Council is also expected to give a recommendation on the appointment of a new vice-president of the European Central Bank. The other important point on the agenda is adopting conclusions on the implementation of the directive on services.

      Agenda of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council in on February 16th

    15 February 2010 Education Council in Brussels

    Minister for education meet in Brussels on February 15th on the Education Council. The only point on the agenda is the preparation for a new ‘EU 2020’ Strategy. The Council is to hold a public debate on the role of education and training in Europe’s effort to promote growth and jobs. Over the lunch, ministers are to discuss social inclusion and social responsibility through education and training.

      Agenda of the Education Council on February 15th

    11 February 2010 Informal European Council in Brussels

    The economic strategy EU 2020 aimed at securing recovery, creating jobs and boosting competitveness, climate change (in particular ways of taking forward international negotiations after Copenhagen summit) and situation in Haiti are the three main topics of an informal meeting of Heads of State or Government in Brussels on Thursday, February 11. For the first time the summit is convened by the permanent President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy.

       

    8 February 2010 Farewell to Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski

    It is with a great sense of loss that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU bid farewell to Krzysztof Skubiszewski - the first Foreign Minister of the free Poland.

       Minister Radosław Sikorski's words about Krzysztof Skubiszewski

    25 January 2010 General Affairs Council and Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

    The General Affairs Council (GAC) and Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) gather in Brussels on January 25. The only point on the agenda of GAC is presentation of the Spanish Presidency programme by Miguel Angel Moratinos, minister of foreign affairs of Spain. The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the High Representative Catherine Ashton, and will continue the discussion on the EU’s response to the earthquake on Haiti (begun at the extraordinary meeting of development ministers on January 18). The other topics on the agenda are as follow: Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Yemen, Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      Agenda: General Affairs Council
    Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council

    19 January 2010 Economic and Financial Council
    in Brussels

    The Economic and Financial Affair Council (ECOFIN) gathers for the first time this year in Brussels on Tuesday, January 19. The legislative acts on the ministers’ agenda are to improve governance in tax matters (amendments to EU directives on the taxation of savings interest, on cooperation between tax administrators and on tax recovery). Minister are also to focus on a draft anti-fraud agreement with Liechtenstein and on mandate for the negotiations of anti-fraud agreements with Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the current economic situation in Greece. During the meeting Spanish presidency is to present its working programme for economic and financial affairs.

      Agenda: ECOFIN Council

    18 January 2010 Extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels

    The Foreign Affairs Council gather on extraordinary meeting in Brussels on January 18 in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12. The meeting will be chaired by Ms. Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The situation and the EU’s response will be discussed by EU development ministers.

      Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council

    18 January 2010

    Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    in Brussels

    EU ministers for agriculture and fisheries gather on January 18 in Brussels at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which is the first one chaired by the Presidency of Spain. Two main points on the agenda of the meeting are: presentation of Presidency’s working programme for the next six months in the area of agriculture and fisheries, and exchange of views on key elements of the Commission communication „A better functioning food supply chain in Europe”. The communication reports on food prices in Europe and sets forth a number of policy initiatives with a view to overcoming the major challenges identified for improving the functioning of the supply chain.

      Agenda: AgriFish Council

    Some of the photos used are the property of the European Union
    Credit © European Union, 2011


    2009

     NEWS FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATION

    17-18 December 2009

    Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in Brussels

    Ministers for transport and telecommunications meet on December 17 and 18 in Brussels for the TTE Council. The main point on their agenda is a regulation on the rights of bus and coach passengers – ministers will try to reach a political agreement on this issue. On the Transport session (December 17) agenda are also other points, i.e.: general approach on a regulation on the European Global Satellite System (GNSS) agency, state of play on a directive on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (in the field of road transport) and conclusions on the priorities for the future European transport policy. As regards the aviation, the Council will take note of a progress report regarding a proposal for a directive on aviation security charges, and will be informed on the progress of the air services negotiations with the United States. On the telecommmunications session (December 18) agenda the Council will hold a debate on the future strategy for information society and media policies.

      Agenda: TTE Council


    14-16 December 2009

    Agriculture and Fisheries
    Council  in Brussels

    Ministers for agriculture and fisheries meet on December 14-16 in Brussels for this year’s last Agriculture and Fisheries Council. On Monday the Council is expected to reach a political agreement on a Regulation fixing for 2010 the fishing opportunities for Community vessels, by fishing zone and species. On Tuesday the Council holds an exchange of views concerning animal welfare labelling and will receive information on the development of the veterinary negotiation with Russia. On Tuesday afternoon the Council will focus on protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Ministers are also expected to reach an agreement on obligations for operators placing timber products on the market. On Wednesday the Council will deal with agriculture issues only, i.e. Common Agriculture Policy simplification and situation on dairy market (the Council will be briefed on the quarterly dairy market report).

      Agenda: Agricultural and Fisheries Council

    10-11 December 2009 European Council  in Brussels

    Climate change and economic issues are the main points on the agenda of the European Council in Brussels on December 10 and 11. Heads of State and Government are to discuss the state of negotiations at the Copenhagen climate conference and economic, financial and employment situation in the EU (in particular supervision of financial markets and crisis exit strategies). The European Council is also expected to adopt the Stockholm Programme - multiannual programme in the field of freedom, security and justice. For the first time European Council meets under the Lisbon Treaty rules.

       

    8 December 2009 Foreign Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    Situation in the Western Balkans, Middle East and Iran are the three main points on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council, which meets on December 8 in Brussels. On the Western Balkans, ministers are to discuss the future of the EU's operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On Middle East, Council is expected to call for an urgent resumption of negotiations that would lead to a two-state solution. The Council is also to discuss Iran's nuclear dossier and situation regarding human rights.In the margins of the Council ministerial meeting with the countries of the EU's Eastern Partnership is planned.

      Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council

    7 December 2009 General Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    For the first time under the Lisbon Treaty rules, the General Affairs Council meets on Monday, December 7, to prepare the ground for the European Council due three days later. Ministers are expected to focus on institutional issues, economic performance, "the Stockholm Programme" within justice and home affairs, and climate change. Beside that, the Council is to go over a work programme for the trio presidencies: Spain, Belgium and Hungary, and prospects for further EU enlargement.

      Agenda: General Affairs Council

    7 December 2009 Energy Council in Brussels

    EU ministers for energy meet in Brussels on December 7 to discuss three legislation proposals with regard to supply security. Other key points on the agenda are as follow: consultation on where to locate the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and review of the state of play on the "energy efficiency package". Over the lunch ministers are to have discussion on Russia-Ukraine gas relations.

      Agenda: Energy Council

    3 December 2009 Competitiveness Council
    in Brussels

    The Competitiveness Council meets in Brussels on December 3 and 4. The Council is to adopt a set of conclusions dealing with ways to transform Europe into a competitive, innovative and eco-efficient economy. On research area, the Council is to adopt conclusions in the field of information and communication technologies and launch a pilot project on combating neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer's, as the first initiative for joint programming in research between EU countries The council will also have a debates on the proposal for a directive on consumers rights, patent system for Europe and is to reach a political agreement on a draft regulation aimed at establishing the statue for a future European private company (the jey element of the "Small Business Act" package).

      Agenda: Competetiveness Council

    30 November 2009 Employment, Social Policy and Health Council in Brussels

    A meeting of the Employment, Social Policy and Health Council takes place on November 30 and December 1 in Brussels. The main points on the agenda are as follow: public debates on how to recover from the crisis and prepare for the post-2010 Lisbon Strategy, and on gender equality - strengthening growth and employment. The Council is expected to reach political agreement on, among others, a directive giving legal effect to a revised framework agreement on parental leave concluded by the social partners on European level and on draft directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. Ministers for health are going to have an exchange of views on pandemic A(H1N1) on the basis of information from the Presidency.

      Agenda: Employment, Social Policy and Health Council

    30 November 2009 Justice and Home Affairs Council
    in Brussels

    The Justice and Home Affairs Council holds a two-day meeting on November 30 and December 1 in Brussels. On Monday the Council is expected to adopt two legislative acts: an agreement between EU and Japan on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, and an legislative act granting visa free travel to the Schengen area for citizens of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. On the second day justice affairs ministers hold an orientation debates on common rules facilitating the transfer of criminal proceedings, and strengthening the fight against trafficking in human beings and protection of the victims.

      Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council

    20 November 2009 Piano concert of Paweł Kowalski
    on the occasion of the Independence Day

    A few hundred people gahtered in the Brussels Royal Conservatory on November 20 to listen to a piano concert of Paweł Kowalski, together with Brussels Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Guttman. The concert, organised by the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union, was a part of the Poland's Independence Day celebrations of November 11.

       

     

     20 November 2009 Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    in Brussels

    A meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council takes place on November 20 in Brussels. The most important issues on the agenda are as follow: adoption of measures intended to improve the situation on the dairy market, possible adoption of a decision authorising Poland to grant state aids for the purchase of agricultural land, decision authorising placing on the market of products containing genetically modified maize, exchange of view on fisheries agreement with Norway and possible political agreement on the conservation of fisheries resources.

       Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council on November 20

    19 November 2009 Informal meeting of EU Heads of State
    or government in Brussels

     (c) European Communities

    A meeting of EU Heads of State or government takes place on 19 November in Brussels, in the form of a working dinner. At the meeting, organised ahead of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December, EU Heads of State or Government are expected to agree on the appointment of the President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Poland is represented at the summit by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

       

    18 November 2009 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (budget) in Brussels

    EU finance ministers meet on Wednesday, November 18, in Brussels at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council for a budget session. The major issues on the agenda are as follow: second reading of the EU's draft general budget for 2010, further financing of the European Economic Recovery Plan (here, a decision to amend the multiannual financial framework is expected), and approval of preliminary draft amending budget for 2009.

      Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council on November 18

     

    16 November 2009 General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels, 16-17 November

    The so called "Jumbo" council of the GAERC formation meets on 16-17th of November. The meeting will engage several different Ministers: general affairs, external relations, defence and development issues.

    Session on general affairs:

    -     the 2009 review of the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development
    -     first discussion on the new post 2010 Lisbon strategy which will prepare the decisions to be taken during the Spanish Presidency.
    -     Presentation of the draft Annotated Agenda for the European Council on 10-11 December 2009.

    Session on external relations:

    -     Meeting with NATO SG Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    -     Afghanistan (in the presence of The Head of UNAMA, SRSG Kai Eide)
    -     EU-Russia relations ahead of the forthcoming EU-Russia Summit in Stockholm on 18 November.
    -     Iran
    -     Middle East with a focus on the situation in the region and the state of play of the Peace Process.
    -     Ukraine i.a. on energy issues, Ukraine's domestic political and financial situation in view of the EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev, on 4 December and the upcoming Presidential election in Ukraine, scheduled for 17 January.

    Defence policy:

    -     ESDP - Civilian Capabilities - information about the current state and work towards the stock taking in 2010 of the Civilian Headline Goal.
    -     Belarus - adoption of the Council conclusions i.a. on the sanctions.
    -     Bosnia Herzegovina/Althea the discussion on political developments in BiH, including the Butmir-process; The SG/HR's Six-Monthly Report on Operation Althea will be approved.
    -     Council Conclusions on ESDP and endorsement of the Ministerial Declaration "ESDP Ten Years - Challenges and Opportunities"
    -     EDA Steering Board will receive a presentation of the Report by the Head of the Agency to the Council describing the activities for 2009.
    -     update on the EU Navfor Atalanta by Operation Commander, Hudson.  The Ministers will also consider EU's wider engagement in Somalia, including taking forward planning work for a possible ESDP action.
    -     an initial discussion on the Defence Related aspects of the Lisbon Treaty i.a., the EEAS, the permanent structured cooperation, Article 42.7 of the Treaty and the Solidarity Clause

    Development agenda:

    -     ODA levels
    -     The Commission is expected to present the report "Aid Effectiveness Agenda: Benefits of a European Approach".
    -     an orientation debate on Climate Change and Development. With the focus on how EU Development Cooperation can integrate the issues of Climate Change
    -     Council Conclusions on Policy Coherence for Development

      Agenda: General Affairs
    Agenda: External Relations

    10 November 2009 Concert of Leszek Możdżer on
    the occasion of the Independence Day

    Some 800 people had gathered in the Flagey Center of Brussels on November 10 to listen to a concert of Leszek Możdżer, the most popular Polish jazz pianist. The recital was a part of the Poland's Independence Day celebrations of November 11. It was organised by the city of Gdańsk, the Pomerania Region, the Embassy of Poland to the Kindom of Belgium and the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union.

       

    29 October 2009 European Council in Brussels,
    29-30 October

    Reaching the climate financing agreement ahead of the Copenhagen UN summit and ratification of the Lisbon Treaty are two main issues to be discussed by the European Council on October 29 and 30 in Brussels.
    During the first working session, which is to start on Thursday's afternoon, the focus will be on climate change. The most important talks will be on the deal on the climate financing. The Presidency hopes to agree on EU mandate ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
    At the dinner on Thursday evening, the leaders will move on to the Treaty of Lisbon. The discussion will focus on two issues: ratification of the Treaty by the Czech Republic (the last country to ratify the document) and on implementation of the Treaty. The leaders are to conclude the majority of the preparations required for its entry into force, such as new working procedures for the European Council and future European External Relations Service.
    During the meeting on Friday, the leaders will discuss the agreement on financial supervision and the future of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, which was adopted by ministers for EU affairs on October 26.
    Poland will be represented at the summit by the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the President Lech Kaczyński.

      Invitation Letter from the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

    29 October 2009 Meeting of Prime Ministers of the extended Visegrad Group in Brussels

    On Thursday, October 29, meeting of Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), together with the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia will take place. The meeting is organised on the initiative of Hungary and its aim is to coordinate actions concerning the agenda of the upcoming European Council.

       

    26 October 2009 General Affairs and External Relations Council

    The EU General Affairs and External  Relations Council is to meet in Luxembourg on October 26 and 27. The first, general affairs session is to start on October 26 and focus mainly on preparations to the European Council on October 29 and 30. Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on establishing of the Baltic Sea Strategy. The objective of this macro-regional program is to address the deterioration of the environment in the Baltic Sea. The strategy also aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the region by improving communications and making energy supply more efficient.
    The external relations session is to start on October 27. On the table are: situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan (the Council is expected to adopt an action plan for strengthening EU's engagement in the region), situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Middle East, Guinea and Sri Lanka.

      General Affairs and External Relations Council on 26-27 October - Agenda (English)

    23 October 2009 Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg

    On October 23 ministers for justice and home affairs will meet in Luxembourg. The first, morning session of the Council will be preceeded by a meeting of a Mixed Committee (EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), devoted to examination of state of play of the development of the VIS and SISII systems. On the agenda of the Council are issues concerning visa reciprocity - ministers will discuss two reports prepared by the Commission. Ministers are also expected to reach a general approach on a draft decision concerning accreditation of forensic laboratory activities and setting up the European Crime Prevention Network. The justice part of the Council will start in the afternoon. The Council is expected to reach agreement on three documents concerning the strenghtening of rights of suspected and accused persons in criminal proceedings.

      Justice and Home Affairs Council on 23 October - Agenda (English)

    21 October 2009 Environment Council in Luxembourg

    EU environment ministers meet in Luxembourg on October 21. The main issue on their agenda is the Copenhagen climate conference in December (which is to decide on the post-2012 global climate regime). The  Council is expected to adopt conclusions on this topic. Other points on the agenda are with regard to an eco-efficient economy, one of the priorities for the Swedish presidency, and ship dismentling process. Ministers will also debate recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic waste.

       Environment Council on 21 October - Agenda (English)

     20 October 2009 Economic and Financial Affairs
    Council in Luxembourg

    The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council is to meet in Luxebourg on October 20. On their table are i.a.: international financing of climate change (ahead of the UN's conference in Copenhagen planned for December) and the further handling of the financial crisis. With regard to the latter, the Council is expected to adopt an exit strategy from bailout programmes and emergency measures. These issues will be referred to the European Council of October 29-30. The ministers will also discuss the financial supervision and stability arrangements to ensure financial stability and crisis management in the case of future economic and financial troubles.

     

    Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 20 October - Agenda (English)


     19 October 2009 Meeting of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission
    Jose Manuel Barroso

    Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso met in Brussels on October 19. During their meeting, Mr Tusk presented the candidacy of Janusz Lewandowski, chairman of the European Parliament's budgets committee and former minister of privatization, for the post of EU commissioner. Talking to the press after the meeting, Mr Tusk pointed out that he and Mr Barroso have "similar view" on Mr Lewandowski's competences.

       

    19 October 2009 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Luxembourg, 19-20 October

    The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will meet in Luxembourg on October 19-20. On farming matters, the Council is to debate on how to improve the situation for milk-processing farmers. It will also get acquianted with a quarterly report by the Commission on the dairy market. On fisheries issues, ministers will endeavour to reach a political agreement on a Community control system needed to ensure compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy. The Council will also make an attempt to set up the issue of 2010 overfishing levels for Baltic fish species such as cod, herring, and salmon.

     

    Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 19-20 October - Agenda (English)


    5 October 2009

    Permanent Representation hosts inaugural meeting for Lubelskie Region's Club

    Some 100 people gathered in premises of Permanent Representation to witness the launch of "Lubelski Region's Club", a new association to advance the region's interests in Brussels. They were welcomed by Ambassador Jan Tombiński and Deputy Governor for the Lubelskie Province Marek Flasiński. Among guests, mostly employees of the EU institutions and diplomats, were MEPs Lena Kolarska-Bobińska and Mirosław Piotrowski. The event was accompanied by the performance of a young local klezmer band "Neoklez".

       

    22 September 2009

    The lecture by former president
    of Poland Lech Wałęsa

    On September 22, Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, held a lecture at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first free elections behind the Iron Curtain and the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe. More than 300 guests, including diplomats, the EU institutions' staff members and journalists, took part in the event. The former president spoke about his vision of the European Union, challenges ahead, and values that, according to his viewpoint, should be followed by a united Europe.

       

    9 July 2009

    Demolition Party in the future seat
    of Permanent Representation

    July 9, a house-warming meeting was held on the occasion of the completion of the first phase of construction works in the future seat of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. The scheduled conclusion of the renovation and a transfer of the staff to the new premises will be held in autumn 2010. The new headquarter, purchased in 2008, located in the immediate vicinity of the European Institutions, is being prepared with a view to the execution of the Polish Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2011.

       

     4 June 2009

    A statement of Ambassador Jan Tombiński on the 20th anniversary of the elections
    of June 4th 1989

    In the history of Poland there has not been that many events that brought such good results with so few losses, apart from the one that happened twenty years ago. There are also not that many events which repercussions have had such a huge impact on the events outside of Poland, influencing the history of Europe and the world. We should be proud of the choice made on 4th June 1989, or actually of the referendum that then took place. It was a well passed exam of our civic, democratic maturity.

    Ways to this exam led through tragic events, through working peoples' protests sacrificed with blood, humiliation and disappointments; through the peasants' sharing of traditional values and economic self-sufficiency. It was also through movements of civil disobedience of the intellectualists who had enough courage and determination to stay faithful to a vocation, specific for well educated and conscious individuals, and so to ways of chasing the truth by using the most appropriate tool for democracy, that is a voting card, proved that as the majority of the society we preserved our civil instinct, and that we did not become sovietised, regardless of those millions who following a simple human conformism went under pressure or persuasion of the communist rulers. Going to the elections on 4th June 1989 we were aware of creating a new stage of the history of Poland. At the same time, the fear, that was a tool of power, suddenly reached those who previously had controlled the society.

    One of the biggest phenomenons of the choice made twenty years ago, was a key found to understand that despite a continuous existence of the Soviet Union and the presence of the Red Army on the territory of Poland, as well as the demonstrated hostility of all the neighbouring countries, wire-taping, invigilation, arrests and persecutions from the national militia or security services, we made that choice, dismissing our fears and feeling the freedom. The strength to do so was given to the Poles most of all by the Pope John Paul II. Thanks to Him we had a sense that the truth was on our side. And indeed, the truth must have won and change the face of our land and all of us within. Our strength came from the Solidarity and Lech Wałęsa, together with the main icons of the Polish opposition, who, through their own examples, were civically encouraging hundreds and thousands of people to leave the fear and to try reach the merit of their leaders. The strength was given to us also from other states that managed to free themselves from totalitarianism, and to change their destiny, and to show that in the history of the nations there is no imposed fatalism.

    European integration is a great answer to the insanity of the European history, its wars and partitions. The choice made in Poland twenty years ago proved our will to be a part of this extraordinary historical process. The Poles were followed by other citizens of Central Europe who also painfully suffered in the course of history. The civil revolution launched in Poland, renouncing the use of force and violence, overthrew, like dominos, successive communist governments in respective capitals, finally leading to the deconstruction of the symbol of the post-war partition of Europe - the Berlin Wall, and to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    A voting card cast into a voting box on the 4th June 1989 had a huge power, a power of toppling totalitarianism and the ability to bring the Cold War to an end. Therefore, it is worth remembering about this very power that each and every conscious citizen holds in his hands. We should remember it also now, while facing the next elections in our countries and in the European Union as a whole.


    Jan Tombiński
    Ambassador

       

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    Credit © European Union, 2011


    2008
     

    European Council, Brussels, 11-12 December 2008

    Od lewej: premier Donald Tusk, prezydent Lech Kaczyński

    From left to right: Mr. Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Lech Kaczyński,
    President of Poland



    Informal European Council, Brussels, 7 November 2008 

     

     Mr Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland

     


     European Council, Brussels, 15-16 October 2008

     

    From left to right: Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President fo the European Commission, Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister

     


     Extraordinary European Council, Brussels, 1 September 2008

     

     From left do right: Mr. Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland, Mr. Donald Tusk,
    Prime Minister


     European Council, Brussels, 19-20 June 2008

     

     From left to right: Mr. Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Janez Jansa,
    Slovenian Prime Minister


     European Council, Brussels, 13-14 March 2008

     

     From left to right: Ms. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor, Mr. Donald Tusk,
    Prime Minister


    2007


     European Council, Brussels, 14 December 2007

     

    From left to right: Mr. Jose Socrates, Portuguese Prime Minister, President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, Mr. Radosław Sikorski, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Luis Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs


    Visit of the Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU,
    Brussels, 4 December 2007

     
     
    Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Mr Jan Tombiński, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU

    Visit of the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the European Parliament, Brussels, 4 December 2007

     
     Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Mr. Hans-Gert Poettering, President of the European Parliament

    Visit of the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the European Commission, Brussels, 4 December 2007

     
    Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of European Commission

    Seminar "Growth and Jobs Strategy - Key Challenges for Polish Labour Market: Business Perspective", Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, 27 November 2007

    Mr Jan Tombiński, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU and Mrs Henryka Bochniarz, President of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan

    Signiture of Regional Operational Programs, Brussels, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, 11 October 2007

     

    Mrs Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Marshals of the Voivodships kujawsko-pomorskie, mazowieckie, podlaskie, warmińsko-mazurskie and zachodniopomorskie


    Presentation of the candidature of the City of Łódź for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016, Brussels, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, 26 June 2007

     
    Mr Jerzy Kropiwnicki, Mayor of the City of Łódź and Mr Jan Tombiński, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU

    European Council, Brussels, 21-23 June 2007

     
    Mr Lech Kaczyński, Poland's President, Mrs Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor

    European Council, Brussels, 8-9 March 2007

    From the left: Mrs Zyta Gilowska, Polish Minister of Finance, Mr Peer Steinbrück, German Federal Minister of Finance, Mrs Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Mr Lech Kaczyński, Poland's President, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, Mrs Anna Fotyga, Polish Foreign Minister

     
    Mr Lech Kaczyński, Poland's President, Mrs Anna Fotyga, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Meeting with the President of the European Commission
    Brussels, 18 April 2007

     
    Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and EC President José Manuel Barroso

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