Poland wants to use its six-month EU presidency – which began on July 1 - to strengthen the single market, press ahead with EU enlargement, and sort out the issue of migration.
The country’s leaders have admitted this is a time of crisis and the months ahead will be difficult and complicated.
With elections looming in October, some are worried that the domestic campaign might distract the Polish government from steering the EU through the choppy waters.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said:
“I very much count on this Polish presidency to move ahead in some important matters we have now, namely the deepening of the single market, to make it a real, integrated market with the freedom of circulation, of goods and persons and also on shaping the debate of the next budget.”
Warsaw, though, has flagged up its determination to make its mark during the six-month tenure.
euronews correspondent Paul Hackett in Warsaw said:
“Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has promised ‘energetic engagement’ on a host of issues – enlargement, migration, the EU budget. The reality, however, is a dark cloud overshadows the beginning of this presidency. That dark cloud is the eurozone’s debt crisis. It is likely to dominate for months.”
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