ENLARGEMENT: SOLANA ENCOURAGES POLAND.
"It is normal that discussions about milk quotas or the administrative requirements of an Objective 1 region do not foster enthusiasm", admitted Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, speaking in Poland on October 16. But, he insisted, "the struggle about thorny details" should not ignore the fact that: "We are approaching a step which will be considered a milestone in the History of Europe".
The objective has not yet been attained, Mr Solana recognised. "The European Council meets in Brussels next week in order to finalise the common positions of the EU on the hard core of the accession negotiations. Between the meeting in Brussels and the European Council in Copenhagen in December we will continue to have intensive and, no doubt, difficult negotiations."
But Mr Solana, speaking at the inauguration of the diplomatic academy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, drew on his own recollections as a Spaniard to urge patience in the face of "the long and sometimes frustrating transition... from candidate to full member status". Nearly seventeen years after Spain's accession, he reassured his audience: "It is worth the effort. In economic terms, in political terms, in terms of the society in general. And last not least in terms of international influence."
And the High Representative held out the prospect of a key role for Poland in the future of EU Foreign and Security Policy: "I am convinced that Poland will make a valuable contribution to this process. Your experience and outstanding credibility will help to build bridges from the European Union to the East. Your untiring commitment to freedom and human rights will help others to develop democratic values and political culture... The European house of the future will also have Polish architects", he said.
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|Title Annotation:||Javier Solana on Poland's joining the European Union|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Oct 19, 2002|
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