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European Medals Handed Out
December 30, 2010   
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More than 150 companies received European Medals for Products and Services in the 21st round of a promotional program that was launched in the fall of 2000.

The European Medal is a noncommercial, nationwide project aimed at supporting Polish products and services on EU markets and promoting the idea of European integration among the business community. The medals go to products and services that meet European standards and are officially recommended by the Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE), the Business Centre Club, and the European Economic and Social Committee, one of the most important business institutions in the EU.

Maciej Szpunar, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the award-winning businesspeople that the European Medals were evidence that the number of Polish enterprises intending to export their goods and services was on the rise. Factors such as EU funds have enabled growing numbers of Polish companies to stand up to international competition.

As usual, several people from outside the business community received European Medals of Honor. These are individuals who promote European ideals in Poland and provide information about the implications of Poland’s EU entry, mentioning both the upsides and downsides of European integration. This time, the winners were Emilian Kamiński, an actor and director of the Kamienica theater in Warsaw; ¸ukasz Kardas, director of public television channel TVP Info; Leon Komornicki, an army general turned BCC expert, and Tomasz Wróblewski, editor-in-chief of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper.

European Medals were first given out a decade ago, and since then award-winning companies have included leading Polish manufacturers, banks, financial and insurance institutions, construction sector leaders, IT and telecommunication companies as well as smaller businesses from local markets, universities and even media outlets.

Since the fall of 2000, European Medals have been handed out every six months, alternately for products and services. A service or product nominated for the award has to meet specific legal standards and have all the appropriate licenses and patents. Also important is how fast the company has been developing and if it has received any other prizes or certificates. The judges also evaluate whether and how a given company uses the opportunities stemming from Poland’s European Union membership—whether it takes advantage of training courses, seminars on the European economy, legal consultations and analyses, market research and so on. A company whose product or service wins an award receives a special certificate and a medal made of bronze.

To date, more than 3,000 European Medals have been given out to products and services.

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