This report was commissioned by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), with the aim of assessing Poland’s Council Presidency in the second half of 2011. The first part of the study looks at the evolution of Poland’s presence in the European Union since 2004. In the second part, Poland’s preparations for the Presidency are examined in detail, including the set-up of the national coordination mechanisms, the role of the Trio Presidency and programming of the priorities. The third and final part evaluates the first months of the running of the Presidency, including the challenges such as confronting the eurozone crisis while being outside of the eurozone and the Polish parliamentary elections held in October.
Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski is head of the Politics and Institutions research programme and Research Fellow at CEPS.
The paper is also available for free downloading at the SIEPS website: http://www.sieps.se/en/publikationer/polish-council-presidency-2011-ambitions-and-limitations-20113op