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Rising to the Challenge
December 21, 2011   
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European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the track record of Poland’s turn at the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2011:

“...What I would like to acknowledge is the important progress that has been accomplished on important political priorities and in public finances. We have been doing everything we can to address more structural issues for the EU. Poland took over the presidency at an extremely challenging time for Europe and I’m happy to see how efficiently Poland rose to the challenge. I really want to congratulate Poland for its dynamic and effective running of this presidency.

“I remember some skepticism at the beginning, because the situation was very tough, but Poland was not intimidated by the size of the challenge and has established itself as a confident and trustworthy member of the European family. I think Poland has brought some refreshing enthusiasm for Europe at a time of crisis, where enthusiasm is precisely in short supply. So I really want to welcome Poland’s commitment to running a long sequence of difficult negotiations...

“Important pieces of legislation, some of them historic in nature, were approved during the Polish presidency... I’m referring to what we call ‘the six pack.’ It is a reform... aimed at wider surveillance of the macroeconomic imbalances. The final negotiations on this pack between the Council and the Parliament took place under the Polish presidency. I think we now have the basis to complete our monetary union and economic union…

“Under the Polish presidency, we also finalized negotiations on the membership of Croatia. Next year, we’ll have 28 members of the EU. About that I’m very proud, because the Commission, as you know, worked very hard for this and, based on our assessment, member states have unanimously decided to support the accession of Croatia into our union.”

(from a news conference by Barroso in Warsaw in early December)
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