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From the Editor
June 30, 2011   
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The rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union—which allows member states to take turns at managing the work of the EU for six months—was a powerful role before the Treaty of Lisbon. Being at the helm of the bloc involved not only prestige but also a great deal of influence. After the Lisbon Treaty ushered in two new key EU jobs—that of the “president” and that of the “foreign minister”—the role of the EU presidency diminished. Even so, the country assuming the presidency takes on responsibility not just for the course of affairs in the EU, but also for the continued development of processes that shape the EU and enable it to meet head on both present and future challenges—those taken over from the previous presidency and those that will be handed over to the next one.

This is precisely the role Poland is taking on as of July 1—for the first time in its history. While formally this is not yet another initiation rite for a new member, in practice it is something along these lines. As a country that ranks high in the EU in many respects, Poland aspires to be even more influential in the bloc and therefore is not treating its turn at the EU presidency as a routine event, but as a challenge and an opportunity. It is a test of our organizational efficiency, political skills and negotiating talent; and of our sense of responsibility for EU affairs, in both the short and longer term. It is an opportunity to showcase contemporary Poland—during official get-togethers and behind the scenes.

There will be ample opportunity for this during innumerable events routinely linked to the presidency and those—especially cultural events—that we are organizing off our own bat.

We still have a feeling—probably as a result of past problems and experience—that the world knows little about present-day Poland. Solidarity, the pope, Wałęsa, the Round Table talks, Balcerowicz’s reforms—these milestones of Poland’s modern history ring a bell with many people abroad. But my feeling is that few foreigners are knowledgeable about Polish science and our groundbreaking research projects (such as one focusing on graphene), and the same goes for the Polish economy, movies, theater, and literature. Nor does the average foreigner know an awful lot about our tasty foods, about the country’s breathtaking landscapes, and the fact that Poland has become a magnet for international investment.

There will be hundreds of events, large and small, tens of thousands of guests—ordinary, influential and extremely influential.

The six-month period that has just begun is tremendously important for the EU. The agenda of issues resulting from the natural course of integration is added to a high wave of suddenly emerging problems of great importance. The presidency has to navigate both these bodies of water successfully.
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