EU Accession of Poland and other EE Countries; Deal is reached! (I)

A series of articles about a place of Poland in Europe was started a couple of months ago. We were discussing Poland as a part of Eastern Europe, Panslavism. List of general benefits for Poland in case of joining European Union was also described.
Check the most recent article: Before Brussels Summit (12-12-2003) - Poland in European Union - Referendum Outcome. We were discussing how forty years of communism shaped Poland. We will also focus a special relationship of Poland and the USA. Poland is becoming one of the most important American allies. I believe that the first article of this series was posted in July 2002. It is quite a long time in politics. Since this time many things changed.

In December 2002 a meeting in Copenhagen took place where the expansion deal with ten candidate countries was reached. Among these countries four are ex-Soviet satellites (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland and Hungary), three belonged to Soviet Union before (Baltic Republics: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and two are small countries from outside the Eastern Europe (Malta and Cyprus).
The President of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, Romano Prodi said with pride,
"Accession of 10 new member states will bring an end to the divisions in Europe."

But the deal was not easily accepted and the outcome was not certain till the end especially in the case of Poland, the biggest country-candidate. Poland is the most populous from the candidate-countries, having 38 million people which is about a half of the whole population of new candidates (75 millions). As a matter of fact Poland was a last country which agreed (after additional discussions and compromise) with the conditions proposed by European Union.

Below is a satirical drawing from a Polish newspaper, Rzeczpospolita. It shows spirit of the negotiations between the EU and the countries-candidates:

In the next article we will talk about EU Copenhagen Summit, Details.

I recommend a book written by Hernando de Soto, entitled:
The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Copyright by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn, 19 January 2003 (article #77)

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