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Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union

01. 07. - 31. 12.2011

The logo symbolizes dynamism, positive energy and of course solidarity. It depicts Poland as a modern and young-spirited country which is a force for change in Europe. The Presidency logo was created by Jerzy Janiszewski, designer of the now world-famous „Solidarity” logo which became the historic symbol of Poland’s transition to freedom and democracy in the region.


The Presidency in numbers

European integration as a source of growth

184 days

Internal market

EU Budget 2014-2020

Trade negotiations

Over 30 000 delegates attending meetings in Poland

E-Commerce European Patent

Commencement of negotiations on the EU budget concerning the Europe 2020 strategy

Reduction of roaming fees

The role of cohesion policy and the CAP

Completion of negotiations with Ukraine, India, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia

SME access to funds

Investments in infrastructure and human capital

Intellectual capital

PLN 430 million - total Presidency budget 2010-2012 Over PLN 10 million in savings thanks to support from private sector partners 50 ministerial meetings in 5 Polish cities

Progress in Doha Development Round negotiations

the auspices of the Presidency

European Union expansion

Neighbourhood Policy

Signing the Accession Treaty with Croatia

Development of the Eastern Partnership (Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw)

Continuation of accession negotiations with Turkey

Support for democracy movements in North Africa

Progress in negotiations with Iceland

New strategy for the EU’s relations with the Arab world

Support for the European aspirations of the Western Balkans

More than 300 expert meetings and 200 events under Around 1,500 meetings in Brussels and Luxemburg

Cities of the Presidency The most important meetings during the Presidency will take place in five Polish cities. These are: Sopot - July Wroclaw - September Cracow - October Poznan - November Warsaw – December Expert meetings and events are being organized under the auspices of the Presidency in many other towns and cities throughout Poland.

Selected events

European security Energy security

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Food security

Analysis of the EU’s external energy policy

Strengthening of the EU’s capabilities to plan and implement crisis management operations

Dyskusja nad przyszłością Wspólnej Polityki Rolnej

Strengthening of EU operational capabilities Development of NATO-EU cooperation

80 liaison officers from amongst 3,000 candidates

Opening of negotiations with Moldova and Georgia

Europe benefiting from openness

Development of recommendations to strengthen common EU energy policy

1,200 trained experts

Efektywne wykorzystanie środków finansowych UE Utrzymanie orientacji na rynek

Official inauguration of the Presidency (Warsaw) Joint meeting between the Polish cabinet and the European Commission (Warsaw) Informal meeting of EU-27 foreign ministers (Sopot) European Congress of Women (Warsaw) Eastern Partnership Summit (Warsaw) European Cultural Congress (Wroclaw) Single Market Forum (Cracow) European Tourism Forum (Cracow) 5th EU Equality Summit (Poznan) Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (Poznan) High-level conference for the EU’s southern neighbors (Warsaw)

Gifts promoting Polish design Delegates arriving at Presidency meetings

The winning projects are:

traditionally receive small gifts... The Polish Presidency promotes Polish young

Spinning tops (Monika Wilczyńska)

designers, minimalism, traditional materials and a modernism which alludes to tradition and nature.

Milk and honey (Beza projekt)

Document folders (Ania Kuczyńska) Striped flint cufflinks (Dorota Kempko)

National Cultural Programme

International Cultural Programme

Art for Social Change: 1,000 arts projects, 170 partner organizations,

I, Culture: 400 projects, 10 capital cities, 10 times zones, 100 days

60 recurrent events, 184 cultural days special projects in: Krasnogruda, Warsaw, Sopot, Bialystok, Katowice, Wroclaw, Lublin, Cracow, Poznan European Cultural Congress 8-11 September, Wroclaw grass-roots cultural initiatives and the Eastern Partnership debates, workshops, design, music, theatre

Projects in: Brussels, Berlin, Kiev, London, Madrid, Minsk, Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo. Mainstays of the programme: Karol Szymanowski, Czesław Miłosz, Stanisław Lem, Beats of Freedom, I, Culture Puzzle. Modern crafts workshop and I, Culture Orchestra. Polish projects developed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in cooperation with Polish and international partners will be presented at leading galleries, theatres, clubs and festivals: Bozar, La Monnaie in Brussels, National Theater, Whitechapel Gallery, London Jazz Festival in London, Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid. Numerous events by 22 Polish Institutes in Europe and the USA as well as hundreds of public and cultural diplomacy projects by

About Polska A modern, original and very useful guide to Poland.

over 100 Polish embassies all around the world.

This attractive and easy-to-read guide helps foreigners understand Poland and its people and discover many fascinating places recommended by public figures and organizers of cultural activities.

Kuchnia PL/Cuisine PL

Its 208 pages present a consistent, transparent and up-to-date review of the most significant areas in

The Polish Presidency presents an unparalleled opportunity to promote

Poland’s economic, community and cultural life

Polish cuisine. One of the country’s leading chefs, Adam Chrząstowski, is overseeing the creation of a select menu of Polish dishes based on ingredients native to the country which will be served at high level

(8 chapters). It draws attention to places, people and phenomena which emphasize Poland’s rich traditions on the one hand and its creativity, modernity and dynamism on the other. The guide is available on the Presidency website

meetings in Poland and Brussels. Foreign delegations and journalists visiting Poland during the Presidency will also be presented with a collection of recipes for Polish dishes specially prepared by 16 chefs, including three professionals from outside Poland,

Internet, social media

who on a daily basis work in some of Poland’s leading restaurants. The point of departure for each recipe is an ingredient commonly associated with Polish cuisine (e.g. herring, cucumbers, buckwheat groats, poppy seeds and venison). Each recipe is preceded by a description of the ingredient including its cultural context, which is aimed at being comprehensible for foreigners unacquainted with Polish cuisine. The publication is enhanced by the addition of modern illustrations.

It is available on the Presidency website

A lot can be written about the Polish EU Presidency. With the environment in mind however, we are limiting this brochure to key phrases, terms and statistics. For more information please visit the official website at

Poland’s EU Presidency is a green Presidency.

Ulotka - Miłosz Szymczak  

Polish EU Presidency leaflet.

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