Enlarged EESC presidency on the trail of memory in Krakow, Poland

President Luca Jahier and the enlarged presidency of the European Economic and Social Committee visited Poland on 10-12 June for a meeting to launch the new EESC presidency.

Mr Jahier and the members chose Krakow in Poland as a symbolic place of memory and to galvanise and enrich the culture of dialogue within the European Union.

During the visit, delegation members took part in a debate at the University of Krakow, attended by Polish intellectuals.  The topic was the reconciliation through memory of the two lungs of Europe and brought a breath of creative understanding between western and central/eastern Europe.

Members of the enlarged EESC presidency paid homage to victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The members of the enlarged presidency are: Luca Jahier, EESC president, Milena Angelova, vice-president for Budget, Isabel Caño, EESC vice-president for Communication, Jacek Krawczyk, president of the Employers' Group, Gabriele Bischoff, president of the Workers' Group, and Arno Metzler, president of the Diversity Europe group. Also present were the section presidents: Stefano Palmieri, Ariane Rodert, Dilyana Slavova, Maurizio Reale, Christa Schweng, Pierre Jean-Coulon and Lucie Studničná. (eh)

President Luca Jahier's speech at the conference held at Krakow's Jagiellonian University