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hat are the strategies for the future adopted by Europe? This key question W o p e n e d t h e d e b a t e s o f t h e 2 0 t h E c o n o m i c F o r u m . J e r z y B u z e k , P r e s i d e n t o f t h e E u r o p e a n P a r l i a m e n t , m a k i n g h i s i n t r o d u c t i o n t o t h e d i s c u s s i o n d u r i n the opening plenary session tried to answer the question of how the Union opera- tes now. In his opinion, the European legislation and decision-making table has been supported by one more leg. And one of the remaining three legs has been conside- rably strengthened. Dynamic changes set new challenges to the whole world, but also to the European Union, being an extraordinarily complex organisation. In his discourse, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, stated that nowadays nobody has doubts about the extent of interdependence between the European Union and the world. Mr Barroso stated that within the EU we have become even more interdepen- dent. Crisis in one country can aect the whole European Union, which refers not only to the Eurozone. Therefore, European thinking and global action is necessary. In Mr Barroso’s opinion particular countries used to consider reforms in terms of microeco- nomics, but now we need to think in terms of macroeconomics, from the perspective of the whole Union. Therefore, now, Europe needs to promote a real economic union. This is a clear lesson from which we should draw conclusions now. g


oland is facing a very important task. In 2011 the EU presidency will be ta- ken up by Hungary and Poland, successively. They will be able to play an important role in forming EU policy. What are the Polish priorities oered to

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

the whole Union? President Bronisław Komorowski replied to the question. In the President’s opinion the world’s multipolarity is undisputable and creates quite new challenges and new opportunities. The Treaty of Lisbon is still an incomplete, but no

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