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Interparliamentary meetings POLISH PRESIDENCY OF THE EU, July-December 2011

EU - NATO after Lisbon - a new concept of challenges and threats - Conference of Chairpersons of Defence Affairs Committees (CODACC), 3-5.07.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I

  1. Priorities of the Polish security and defence policy, Bogdan Klich, Minister of National Defence
  2. Role of the European External Action Service in creation of the European Security and Defence Policy, Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service

 SESSION II

  1. NATO – EU relations after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and NATO's New Strategic Concept, Deputy Jadwiga Zakrzewska, Deputy Chair of the National Defence Committee of the Sejm, Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  2. Current challenges to the Common Security and Defence Policy (Future of the transatlantic relations, situation in the Middle-East and Northern Africa), Prof. Roman Kuźniar, advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland

SESSION III

Relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation – contributions: Prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viktor Alexeyevich Ozerov, Chairman of the Council of the Russian Federation Committee on Defense and Security

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 Meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC, 10-11.07.2011, Warsaw

  1. The COSAC Troika meeting
  2. Briefing on the decisions of the Presidential Troika of COSAC and information on preparation for the XLVI COSAC
  3. Priorities of the Polish Presidency, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. EU institutions vis-à-vis conflicts on the EU's external borders, Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs

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Future of the cohesion policy - meeting of Chairpersons of Economic, Regional Policy and Infrastructure Committees, 17-18.07.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I
The importance and shape of cohesion policy after 2013
Contributions: Deputy Bronisław Dutka, Chair of the Local Self-Government and Regional Policy Committee of the Sejm, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister of Regional Development

SESSION II
Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) – cohesion and integration
Contributions: Deputy Zbigniew Rynasiewicz, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee of the Sejm, Dr Marcin Wołek, University of Gdańsk

SESSION III
Cohesion policy and Europe 2020 strategy
Contributions: Deputy Wojciech Jasiński, Chair of the Economic Committee of the Sejm, Paweł Szałamacha, Sobieski Institute

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Internal Market - meeting of Chairpersons of Economic Affairs Committees, 24-25.07.2011, Warsaw

  1. Introduction: Waldemar Pawlak, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy
  2. The sources of funding for measures strengthening the Single Market in the current and new Financial Framework, Senator Jan Wyrowiński, Chairman of the National Economy Committee of the Senate
  3. (Re)founding the EU: a new commitment to the Single Market, Prof. Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, Former European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Competition
  4. The European Parliament's activities for strengthening the Single Market in the current economic and financial crisis, Róża Thun, member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, European Parliament

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Eastern Policy. Europe's obligations
- meeting of Chairpersons of Foreign Affairs Committees (COFACC), 4-6.09.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I
Current foreign policy during the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Contribution: Jan Borkowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SESSION II
Eastern Policy. Europe's obligations (participation of guests from the Eastern Partnership countries)
Contributions: Deputy Andrzej Halicki, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Sejm, Jerzy Pomianowski, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SESSION III
The future of the COFACC
Contribution: Deputy Andrzej Halicki, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Sejm

SESSION IV
Situation in North Africa. Challenges for the European Union
Contributions: Bogdan Borusewicz, Marshal of the Senate, Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service

During an official dinner on 4 September 2011 Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, gave a speech about curent issues of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in the context of the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. Lady Ashton also summed up the topics of an informal Foreign Affairs Ministers "Gymnich" meeting held in Sopot on 2-4 September 2011.

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Energy security - meeting of Chairpersons of Economic Affairs Committees, 11-12.09.2011, Warsaw

  1. The position of the Polish Government on the needs and capabilities of financing the EU energy policy until 2020, Waldemar Pawlak, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy
  2. The objectives and implementation of European energy policy until 2020 in times of the financial and economic crisis in the EU, Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy
  3. The role and capabilities of the European Investment Bank in cofinancing the objectives of European energy policy, Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank
  4. How to ensure energy security in the EU by rationalising the investments as well as social and environmental costs?, Prof. Władysław Mielczarski, Technical University of Łódz

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Meeting of Chairpersons of Finance Committees, 18-19.09.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I
Challenges and prospects of European economic governance
Contribution: Jan Vincent-Rostowski, Minister of Finance

SESSION II
Sources of growth in the European Union
Contributions: Witold Orłowski, member of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, prof. Dariusz Rosati, Warsaw School of Economics

SESSION III
Financial Supervision: lessons learned from the crisis
Contribution: Stanisław Kluza, Chairman of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority

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Common Agricultural Policy - meeting of Chairpersons of Agriculture Committees, 25-26.09.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I
The future of the common agricultural policy 2014-2020

  1. Secure Europe – food, priority of the Polish presidency, Marek Sawicki, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  2. Common agricultural policy in the context of the European Union's basic principles, Janusz Wojciechowski, Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament
  3. The future of the CAP after 2013 from European farmers' perspective, Gerd Sonnleitner, President of Deutscher Bauernverband, President of COPA

SESSION II
Food quality and food safety in the European Union

  1. New challenges for food security, José Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
  2. Economic security of consumers – legal regulations and practice, Prof. Stanisław Kowalczyk, Main Inspector of Agricultural and Food Quality Inspection
  3. Quality and safety in the food chain, Prof. Mieczysław Obiedziński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

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 Plenary meeting of XLVI COSAC, 2-4.10.2011, Warsaw

  1. Meetings: the Presidential Troika of COSAC, political groups
  2. Presentation of the 16th Bi-annual Report of COSAC and information on decisions of the Presidential Troika of COSAC
  3. Discussion Panel - Multiannual financial framework for the years 2014–2020 from the EU budget perspective
    Contributions: Janusz Lewandowski, European Commissioner for Budget and Financial Programming, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Member of the special committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union after 2013 in the European Parliament
  4. Discussion Panel - Multiannual financial framework for the years 2014–2020 from the cohesion policy perspective
    Contribution: Waldemar Sługocki, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Regional Development
  5. Discussion Panel - State of play of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
    Contribution: Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. Discussion Panel - Two years after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon
    Contribution: Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
  7. Adoption of Contribution and Conclusions of the XLVI COSAC

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Single Market: current state and challenges of the future - Joint Committee Meeting, 9-11.10.2011, Brussels, EP

Contributions: Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for internal market and services, Marcin Korolec, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economy

Key debate: 1) future of Single Market policy, including the novempartite initiative on the European growth; 2) governance of the Single Market: leadership, partnership and enforcement

Other debates: consumer protection, citizens' mobility, Digital Single Market, public procurement

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Social cohesion and demographic development in a sustainable Europe - Joint Parliamentary Meeting, 5-6.12.2011, Brussels, EP

Intervention by the Guest Speaker: Michael Cichon, Director, Department of Social Security, International Labour Organization

Panel 1 - Economic and Budgetary Impact of the Demographic Change

Panel 2 - Social Cohesion and Regional Development

Panel 3 - Social and Equality Aspects of Employment and Demographic Trends
Panel 3 - PLENARY SESSION
Introduction: Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Minister of Labour and Social Policy (on behalf of the Polish Presidency), László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (on behalf of the European Commission)

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Meeting of the Secretaries General of the EU Parliaments, 5-6.02.2012, Warsaw

  1. Meetings: Secretaries General of the Trio, Secretaries General of the Troika
  2. Information exchange on the ratification procedures of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union in the individual Member States of the EU
  3. Presentation of the IPEX Annual Report, Harro Semmler, Secretary General of the Bundestag, Chair of IPEX Board
    Approval of the amendment of IPEX Guidelines
  4. Information on the progress in the implementation of the Conclusions of the last Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments, Ewa Polkowska, Secretary General of Senate
  5. Presentation of the agenda and programme of the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments 2012, Lech Czapla, Secretary General of Sejm

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Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments, 19-21.04.2012, Warsaw

SESSION I
The crisis of the European unity, what shall we do?
Contributions: Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Maria da Assuncao Esteves, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal

SESSION II
The parliamentary control of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)

Meeting in 1+1 format (topic: Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union – implications for the European Union Parliaments)

SESSION III
The parliament, public opinion and the media
Contribution: André Flahaut, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belgium

Adoption of the Conclusions of the Presidency

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