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1 Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union 1st July – 31st December 2011 Programme

2 Priorities of the Presidency European integration as a source of growth Secure Europe Europe benefiting from openness Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union

3 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union Lesson from the crisis is learned and all stability measures designed: European Semester Strengthened SGP (to be decided inJuly) Macro imbalances surveillance (to be decided in July) Euro Plus Pact European Stability Mechanism (to be ratified till 2012) European Systemic Risk Board EU needs closer economic integration and more focus on growth to face future challenges Without closer integration and further reforms the long-term growth may halve Before crisisAfter crisis 2,0-2,5%1,0-1,5%

4 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EUROPEAN INTEGRATION AS THE SOURCE OF GROWTH SINGLE MARKET MULTIANNUAL FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK NEGOTIATIONS

5 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union SINGLE MARKET Supporting economic growth by deepening the Single Market Building consensus on the Single Market Act initiatives so that they are adopted byPL-DK-CY trio Objectives: Concluding works on the unitary patent system. It will reduce cost of patent protection in the EU (EUR ) by 80%. Decreasing roaming charges by setting up maximum retail prices for data transfer and boosting competition between operators on the market. Revision of the Roaming Regulation Facilitating development of e-commerce by reduction of legal and administrative obstacles for entrepreneurs and increasing consumers` confidence and safety. Introduction of the 28-th legal regime ( blue button ) – 71 % of entrepreneurs would like to use it. Raising labour attractiveness of youth in Europe through broader support for Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Marie Curie Programs

6 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union SINGLE MARKET Single Market is the biggest asset of the EU However its growth potential is not entirely used Lack of transparent and simple rules consists a serious barrier for entrepreneurs and citizens 60% of cross-border on-line transactions are not carried out, mainly due to the legal constraints Development of the digital market could generate 4% GDP till 2020

7 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union SINGLE MARKET Other initiatives: Building consensus on common European e-signature rules, which will enable on-line authentication of documents, signatory identification and securing documents integrity Improving access of small research teams and SMEs to the EU Framework Programme and providing more synergy between cohesion policy and the Programme Modernizing higher education to achieve excellence in teaching and research, better match between graduates qualifications and labour market requirements and stronger links of business and universities Single Market Forum (Kraków 2-4th October) Setting up major annual debate on development of the Single Market Raising citizens` and entrepreneurs` awareness on their rights connected to the four freedoms Discussing barriers on the Single Market and ways to abolish them

8 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union MFF Beginning of the Multiannual Financial Framework Negotiations based on the European Commission's proposal EU budget plays a major role in achieving Europe 2020 goals European resources should be used to strengthen fundamentals of the Single Market. Investments in key assets of competitive economy such as modern infrastructure and human capital are needed EU budget serves other purposes than national budgets

9 Growing Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union MFF Objectives: Financial aspects Detailed technical examination of Commission proposal Gathering views of the Member States on political priorities Identification of main issues at stake Progress report to be presented at General Affairs Council in December Legal aspects Depend on publication dates of European Commissions proposals Advancement of technical work in the Council

10 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union SECURE EUROPE EXTERNAL DIMENSION OF EU ENERGY POLICY COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY FOOD SECURITY

11 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EXTERNAL DIMENSION OF ENERGY POLICY Objectives: Strengthening the energy security of the EU through reviewing the previously applied policy mechanisms in the field of the EU energy external relations in the context of their evaluation and modernization Impetus for development of the comprehensive EU external energy policy (EU single voice) Tools: COM communication expected mid–Sept Inf. Energy Council (Wroclaw, Sept) Energy Council (Brussels, 24 Nov) – Council conclusions as an input to the European Council conclusions (Dec 2011)

12 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EXTERNAL DIMENSION OF ENERGY POLICY Issues to be discussed: Coherent use of existing and new mechanisms and instruments (coordination & solidarity mechanisms) Common legal area with third countries based on acquis communautaire (i.a. extending and deepening the Energy Community Treaty, globalisation and modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty) Strategic Partnerships – rules-based, no exclusions or derogations from acquis communautaire for any companies from third countries (avoid market distortions) Well functioning internal market as a prerequisite for effective external policy

13 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY Objectives: Strengthening EU capability to plan and conduct crisis management operations Strengthening civilian and military operational capabilities Developing EU-NATO cooperation Developing CSDP cooperation with the Eastern neighborhood

14 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY Issues to discuss: Permanent civil-military planning and conduct structure as a prerequisite for effective EU crisis management Enhanced usability of Battle Groups as a means to strengthen EU rapid reaction capacity Multilateral cooperation on capabilities (ideas and concepts) EU-NATO cooperation and coordination in crisis situations Possibilities for comprehensive CSDP dialogue with Eastern neighborhood

15 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY Actions to be taken: Development of options to enable the full planning and conduct cycle - more coherence and comprehensiveness (civ-mil) Adaptation of the Battle Group Concept to the new operational requirements (including civ-mil issues) Promotion of permanent, operational cooperation between EU and NATO Drafting of a political document to open new venues of cooperation on CSDP issues for the Eastern neighborhood countries

16 Secure Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union FOOD SECURITY Objectives: To advance discussion on future of the Common Agricultural Policy The reformed CAP should use EU funds to good effect, maintain its market orientation, account for public goods including food security and the multi-functional development of agriculture and rural areas. Building consensus on reform of direct payments and support for rural areas, as well as agricultural product quality policy

17 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EUROPE BENEFITTING FROM OPENNESS ENLARGEMENT NEIGBOURHOOD POLICY COMMON COMMERCIAL POLICY

18 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union ENLARGEMENT Objectives: Making progress in implementing the EU enlargement strategy Promoting principle of conditionality – obligation of the aspirant countries to meet all criteria established in the EU accession process. Appropriate quality of enlargement process understood as a factor in strengthening the cohesion of the European Union Focus on relations with Western Balkans – supporting European aspirations of this region

19 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union ENLARGEMENT Finalizing the accession negotiations with Croatia and signing the Treaty of Accession. Opening and closing as many negotiation chapters as possible with Iceland. Keeping accession negotiations with Turkey on track. Supporting the process of European integration of Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Albania and Kosovo.

20 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union ENLARGEMENT Main events: Finalizing the accession negotiations with Croatia and signing the Treaty of Accession Conference: Future of the Enlargement - opportunities and challenges (16th Sept) Seminar: The Western Balkans on the path to the European Union ( 22nd Sept) Probability of leading two Stabilization and Association Councils for Albania (in July) and for FYROM (in December) at the request of High Representative C. Ashton

21 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EU NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY Objectives: Implementing extended offer for EU Neighbours Boosting Eastern Partnership Assisting in reforms in Southern Neighborhood

22 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EU NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY Eastern Partnership – objectives and events: Sending strong political message on EaP development 2nd EaP Summit (Warsaw, Sept) and annual EaP Foreign Ministers meeting (Brussels, in December) Boosting economic cooperation and business ties with EaP countries Ministerial economic conference on EaP (Krynica-Zdroj, 9 Sept) First EaP Business Forum (Sopot, Sept) Strengthening links between civil society in EU & EaP Conference on civil society (Warsaw, 29 Sept) EaP Civil Society Forum (Poznan, Nov) Strengthening sectoral cooperation (ia. transport, transport, agriculture, customs, migrations, education, culture, security) Launching local and regional cooperation Developing EaP parliamentary dimension through EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly led by European Parliament.

23 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EU NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY Southern Neighborhood - objectives and events: supporting quality change in EU relations with Southern neighbors, through the Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean emphasizing democratic transformation, partnership with societies, institution-building promoting trade, investment and industrial cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region

24 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union EU NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY Main events: High Level Conference for Countries of the Southern Neighborhood (Warsaw, 1-2 Dec) – to promote EU political engagement in the region Three-day seminars in Egypt (Cairo, Nov), Tunisia (Tunis, Sept) to share Polish transformation experience Seminar Eastern Partnership and Partnership with Southern Mediterranean Countries as two pillars of effective ENP (Brussels, Nov) to discuss ENP review Ministerial/expert meetings to support sectoral cooperation in urban development, information society, trade and health To promote intercultural dialogue, development of civil society and people-to-people contacts e.g. through Senior Official Meeting of the UfM and Anna Lindh Foundation Board of Governors Meeting (Cracow, Oct) To strengthen the UfM parliamentary and local/regional dimensions within the Euro-Mediterranean Assembly of Local and Regional Authorities (ARLEM) and higher education within the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI)

25 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union COMMON COMMERCIAL POLICY Pushing forward with the global multilateral trade system. Key objectives: Preparing the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva (Dec 2011); working out a package deal for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and moving further world trade liberalisation ahead (on a single undertaking basis) Striving for completion of Russia's accession to the WTO

26 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union COMMON COMMERCIAL POLICY Emphasis on enhancing commercial contacts with external partners and removing non-tariff barriers, that block access for EU goods, investments and services. Key objectives: Completion of the negotiations on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Ukraine Opening negotiations on similar agreements with Moldova and Georgia Completion of the Free Trade Agreements negotiations with India, Malaysia, Singapore plus economic & trade agreement with Canada Completion of EU-Mercosur association negotiations with vital commercial components Finalizing: 1) EU-Central America association agreement, 2) EU multilateral trade agreement with Peru & Colombia

27 Open Europe Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union In order to maintain influence EU should speak with one clear voice on all international fora such as G-20, IMF and the World Bank Presidency will do its best to work out with all relevant institutions a common and comprehensive voice of Europe for these fora (G20 Nov) Single European voice will be particularly important to make progress on the 17th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban (28th Nov – 9th Dec)

28 Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union 1st July – 31st December 2011 Thank you for your attention!


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