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Jubilee – it’s worth talking!

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XX ECONOMIC FORUM

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of European Commission Bronisław Komorowski, President of Poland Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

The reason why the citizens of Estonia agreed to such harsh reforms was the sense that the Estonians were the same Europeans as the others. In Ilves’s opinion the Estonians are ready to do that for the sake of Europe and for themselves. He said: “We hope that we will take another step in this direction, which is an extraordinary phenomenon. We must begin to evaluate the real actions of countries rather than the moment of their joining the EU. Estonia, just as Poland, introduced strict reforms quickly and consistently. It made the economy open and achieved privatisation. This was the basis of our further actions”.

he European Union is facing major challenges, not only in terms of econo- my but also in terms of the rights and obligations of its citizens. Thomas de Maizierè, the German Federal Minister of the Interior referred to the above by saying that the Treaty of Lisbon was important because it regulated anything that related to issues of freedom, internal freedom and lawfulness. The new challenge faced by European policy is making it public, as well as openness. Freedom of mo- vement means also freedom of nding a workplace, freedom of entrepreneurship, free access to research, studies, and freeedom of unconstrained nding of friends and settlement. T

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