The Polish Presidency of the EU was kicked off on 1st July, and the EESC has already launched numerous invitations, events and documents linked to this Presidency. The July Plenary Session of the Committee received the Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar PAWLAK on 13th July, and the same day, the Polish Minister of Agriculture, Marek SAWICKI, took part, by the side of the Commissioner Cioloş, to the EESC conference on the future of European agriculture. On 13th July, in the framework of the EESC plenary session, EP President Jerzy Buzek took part in a thematic debate on sustainable Europe.
The second day of the plenary, on 14th July, Janusz Lewandowski, Commissioner with responsibility for budget and financial programming broached with EESC Members the challenging issue of the future of the EU budget.
On 13th July in the evening, the EESC organised a Polish national evening, which was preceded by the opening of the exhibition of Paweł Kuczyński "Satirical drawings". The opening speeches were given by the two Vice Presidents of the EESC: Jacek Krawczyk (PL) and Anna Maria Darmanin (MT). The following day, the Committee organised a literature lunch with the Polish author Jacek Dehnel. Other cultural events will follow throughout the Presidency.
The EESC programme during the Polish Presidency is now available in English, French and Polish. The July edition of the newsletter EESCinfo carries an special insert devoted to the Polish Presidency. Please follow this website for other news and other new items!