Presentation of the second project report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe' in Warsaw, with Foreign Minister Schetyna
The second project report – Towards a New Pact for Europe – was presented and discussed at a public event in Warsaw on December 1. Following a presentation of the report's key points and recommendations by Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre, the new Foreign Minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, used to opportunity to deliver his first major speech on the Poland´s perspective regarding the future of the European Union. Minister Schetyna praised the quality of the report arguing that it both identifies Europe's key challenges and presents ambitious while at the same time also realistic proposals in view of the new institutional cycle. He announced that Poland wants to participate in the discussion on the EU future and that his country will lobby for making EU institutions more effective. Minister Schetyna explicitly underlined the need for an Energy Union, which could integrate all 28 Member States: "This is another Polish project – after the Eastern Partnership – that all the EU countries should intensely cooperate in".
The keynote speech of Minister Schetyna was followed by a panel debate with Marek Cichocki, Research Director at the Natolin European Centre, Roman Kuzniar, Advisor on International Affairs to the President of the Republic of Poland, Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska, Member of the Board of the National Bank of Poland, and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, which was moderated by Pawel Swieboda, President of demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy. The debate covered a number of issues including among others the prospects for the new investment package proposed by the Juncker Commission, the perspectives for Poland's entry into the euro area as well as the future regional and global role of the EU especially in light of the tense situation in the Eastern part of the continent.
For more information about the speech of Foreign Minister Schetyna see here: http://www.mfa.gov.pl/en/news/minister_grzegorz_schetyna_about_polish_view_on_eu_future
Download the second report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe' here: http://www.newpactforeurope.eu/documents/new_pact_for_europe_2nd_report.pdf