The practicalities behind the scene

Another day dominated by the Eastern Partnership.

And more specifically the upcoming Summit with our Prime Minister arriving tomorrow – like so many other Heads of State and Government.

But even more specifically – at an Embassy like ours a day before a huge event like this our life is dominated by the crucial details. Practicalities. Schedules. Coordination.

My personal assistant is one of those now doing a heroic job to put everything in order.

At the same time I know that there are so many Polish officials working almost day and night with the same kind of practicalities. A huge responsibility, coming on top of everything else included in a EU Presidency.

All these efforts – the blood and tears and late working hours behind the scene – should be remembered, acknowledged, appreciated. I think that is done much too seldom.

The summit in itself is extremely important as I tried to describe Monday morning.

I was interviewed by TV Polonia yesterday against the background that the initiative to the Partnership within the EU was taken jointly by Sweden and Poland. Why, they asked? Why the strong engagement fromSweden?

Because it is so much in line with our vision of Europe. And so much in line with the core ideas of the European Union – stabilising peace, securing democracy, promoting free trade leading to prosperity for all Europeans.

But even more. European integration has shown its capacity to contribute to such results in reality.

I tried to answer along these lines.

A totally different element in my schedule today – but a very encouraging one – was my meeting with representatives of the Polish-Swedish Association. Mostly held in Swedish and dominated by a refreshing ambition from the association to energise its activities during the years to come.

I am looking forward to that. It was the first meeting for me with them but it will be followed by several more, of that I am quite sure.


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