Protests in Warsaw against low wages and the cost of living on the eve of Poland taking over the EU presidency did not hinder the party atmosphere in the capital. The presidency will be Poland’s first since the country joined the EU block in 2004.
As well as finalising Croatia’s EU accession and starting member talks with Serbia, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has made growth and reform inside Europe a clear goal during his sixth month presidency.
Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, the Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs, said: “I think what Poland can show is its European enthusiasm. I mean we are now the most pro-European country if you look at the opinion polls and that’s a certain political capital that we want to use. But I think that it is really essential that we try to go back to the basics as well in the EU, that we try to show collective leadership, all the EU institutions, that we have to pull the current European Union out of dire straits.”
However, the party could be clouded by recent tensions between Poland and other EU members.
Although not part of the euro zone the country wants to attend a meeting in Brussels with euro zone members to discuss the current financial crisis in Europe.
Poland looks to growth as it assumes EU presidency