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Accompanying events POLISH PRESIDENCY OF THE EU, July-December 2011

The Assembly of Deputies and Senators on the occasion of Poland's assumption of the Presidency of the European Union, 1.07.2011, Warsaw

Contributions: Grzegorz Schetyna, Marshal of the Sejm, Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland, Bogdan Borusewicz, Marshal of the Senate, Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament (live transmission from EP), László Kövér, Speaker of the parliament of Hungary

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Conference African Development Cooperation Strategies towards the Millennium Development Goals - Lessons from the New EU Member States, 26.07.2011, Warsaw

SESSION I
Official development assistance strategies in Africa

SESSION II
Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals – cooperation between European Parliaments & African Regional Parliamentary Bodies

SESSION III

Roundtable discussion on EU Member States' African development cooperation

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Conference Europe of the Carpathians - XXI Economic Forum, 7-8.09.2011, Krynica-Zdrój

SESSION I
Presentation of the Carpathian Convention

SESSION II
Discussion Panel on European countries' cooperation in the context of the EU budget 2014 – 2020

Signing of the protocols to the Carpathian Convention by Poland

SESSION III

Discussion Panel - Good cooperation practices in Carpathian Europe

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International coference National, Ethnic and Language Minorities in the European Union, 14-16.09.2011, Lublin

OPENING SESSION
Topics: 1) Priorities of Polish Presidency of the UE Council in 2011; 2) Solving minority problems in bilateral relations. Case of Polish-German round table; 3) Poland's policy towards national and ethnic minorities and towards regional language communities

I PLENARY SESSION
Protection of national, ethnic and language minorities in the EU – emerging model?

Discussion Panel - European Roma - between EU standards and national policies (co-organized with Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE)

II PLENARY SESSION
European dimensions of multiculturalism – the prognosis

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EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, 14th meeting, 19-20.09.2011, Warsaw

  1. Discussion Panel - EU-Russia Committee: common solutions possible thanks to dialogue
    Contributions: Andrzej Halicki, Chair of the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee, Andrey Klimov, Committee Co-chair from the Russian National Assembly, Deputy Chair of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, Knut Fleckenstein, Co-chair of the EU-Russian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee from the European Union, Jerzy Pomianowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on behalf of Catherine Ashton)
  2. Debate on the situation in the Kaliningrad Oblast
    Contributions: Nikolay Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Marina Orgeyeva, Speaker of Kaliningrad regional Duma, Michael Pulch, Head of the Russia department of the European External Action Service, Natalia Burykina, member of the Russian State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes
  3. Debate on electoral standards with regard to Russian parliamentary and presidential election scheduled for 4th December 2011
    Contributions: Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz, representative of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Konstantyn Osipow, representative of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

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Conference of the Sejm and Senate Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Contemporary threats and challenges, 25-26.09.2011, Warsaw

Building Security in the 21st Century: New Challenges and Opportunities, Karl A. Lamers, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

SESSION I
Major challenges to the transatlantic sphere

  1. Role of NATO and the EU in the face of contemporary threats in the field of defence, Tomasz Siemioniak, Minister of National Defence
  2. Major challenges to the transatlantic sphere: Polish perspective, Jacek Najder, Undersecretary of State for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. NATO and the EU in the face of military threats. What international organisations are now necessary in Europe?, Zdzisław Lachowski, Deputy Head of the National Security Bureau
  4. Meeting emerging security challenges: the need for a transatlantic approach, Gábor Iklódy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  5. Determinants and challenges of European security, Deputy Jadwiga Zakrzewska, Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Delegation of the Sejm and Senate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

SESSION II
Development of the contemporary civilisation. New limitations

  1. Contemporary crisis of European humanity, Professor Tadeusz Gadacz, Collegium Civitas
  2. Diseases as threats, Col. Ewelina Zawadzka-Bartczak, Military Institute of Aviation Medicine

SESSION III
Major threats to security. Preventing and counteracting

  1. Introduction, Major-General Romuald Ratajczak, National Defence University
  2. Essence and nature of contemporary threats to security, Jarosław Gryz, PhD, National Defence University
  3. Civilian and military capabilities in ensuring international security, Col. Maciej Marszałek, PhD, National Defence University
  4. Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Marek Szczygieł, Ambassador of Poland to Romania

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Conference Insurance and Crisis Management with Special Focus on the Risk of Flood, 12.10.2011, Warsaw

Lectures and contributions:

  1. Insurance and Crisis Management Focused on Flood Risk – General Report
  2. Education as an Element of Crisis Management
  3. How to Reduce Risk Through Training and Education at Schools
  4. Risk Communication, Education and Community Resilience
  5. Challenges in Managing Supply Chain Disruption
  6. Financial and Fiscal Instruments for Catastrophe Risk Management
  7. Review of Catastrophe Insurance Systems in Selected European Countries
  8. Solutions for Natural Catastrophe Insurance Schemes in Austria.
  9. Polish Market's Experience in Adjusting Flood Claims. Construction of a Catastrophe Insurance System in Poland
  10. Implementation of the Floods Directive in Poland
  11. Economic Analysis of the Case of Bogatynia
  12. Concept of a Regional Flood Policy

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Two exhibitions were held during the Polish Presidency:

  • Poland. The heritage of parliamentarism until 1791, 8.07 - 8.10.2011, Warsaw
  • Federalism in the History of Poland. The free with the free, the equal with the equal, 1-6.10.2011, Warszawa