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Polish, European and Global “Solidarity”

Published 31st August 2010 - 2 comments - 1493 views -

In the second half of 2011 Poland will take over the Presidency of the European Union and lead works of the EU from June to December 2011. Not only is the presidency huge logistic and administration challenge, it also offers a unique chance to the leading country promotion of its goals and aspirations on the international arena.

Since few yours, in the second half of a year, presidencies started to organize European Development Days the leading European forum where the questions and issues about international development cooperation are debated”Last year’s edition in Stockholm gathered around 6 thousand participants from all over the world to discuss issues of state aid, international cooperation and engagement.

There is only one but…organization of such a huge conference costs around 7 mln euro. Therefore, whether eudevdays will take place also next year was put under a question mark. On the hand, the importance of such gathering cannot be denied and may bring development to the forefront of discussion. On the other hand, this same amount of money can be instead used for the aid itself, for various projects and programmes…

If it was organized, perhaps it would use “Solidarity” as its motto, linking Polish past and world’s future in one. But maybe instead, in the name of solidarity it should not be organized?

I would love to know what are your opinions on this topic.


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  • Iwona Frydryszak on 31st August 2010:

    Of course it should be organised. Polish involvent into development assistance is so week and the awarness of Polish people is so small, that the event like this could change something in our society. In Poland people still think that Poland needs the help and aid althought we are quite rich country nowdays. In fact Poland managed to put development&democracy; as a topic during Sweden and Czech presidency. And it was a big success of Czech NGO PIN as well. My first post was about it http://development.thinkaboutit.eu/think3/post/central_and_eastern_european_development_cooperation/. However it was more about Eastern Partnership. And development is not only about helping countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus as in Poland Ministry of Foreign Affairs thinks.


  • Hussam Hussein on 31st August 2010:

    Interesting the link between the Solidarnosc (Polish past) and how to link it with today, in other words whether to have or not to have an event that would waste money.
    Concerning the Polish past, for those who are in Brussels, tomorrow 1st of September at 6 pm at le Parc Cinquantenaire there will be the opening of the Solidarnosc - Solidarity of Nations event that will be attended by Mr Komorowski - President of Poland, and Mr. Buzek, President of the European Parliament.


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