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Poland taking its EU presidency seriously, early

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Poland taking its EU presidency seriously, early


Poland is getting a head start on preparations for its turn holding the rotating European Union presidency.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk and group of cabinet members have been discussing strategy with EU institutional heads in Brussels, outlining plans they want to put into motion a year from now.

Warsaw is focusing on the EU bloc’s economy, energy security and military capability.

“Some of the priorites that we have are ambitious. We want to give a major push to Europe’s defence identity. We would like to see not just a logistical centre, not just a command but perhaps the first deployment of a battle group.”

The Poles also intend to reinforce the voice of central and eastern EU member states. From January 2011 Poland will work hand in hand with Hungary during its six month EU presidency — both former communist countries.

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