Poland within the EU

Sinces 2004

In 2004, Europe was enlarged to 25 members.

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Since our firm is involved in Poland, we would like to present you the history of its membership.

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Historical background

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During the European Council in Copenhagen in 1993, the EU Heads of State decided upon the criteria that a candidate country to the EU must fulfil:

  • the existence of stable institutions in order to ensure democracy,
  • the rule of law and compliance with human and minority rights
  • a viable market economy,
  • the ability to fulfil the obligations of the Union (political, economic and monetary)

The applicant countries for enlargement in 2004 began their progress towards the EU:

30 March 1998:
Luxembourg European Council; the start of negotiations with the first six candidate countries, including Poland.

15 December 2001:
Laeken European Council; launch of the Convention to prepare for institutional reform with a view to the enlargement process.

9 October 2002: the European Commission makes its recommendation to complete the membership negotiations with the 10 countries furthest advanced in meeting the Copenhagen criteria – including Poland.

20 October 2002: Irish referendum; “Yes” to the ratification of the Treaty of Nice.

13 December 2002:
the Government completed its four-year negotiations with the EU

14 December 2002:
European Council of Copenhagen: the 15 Heads of State and the President of the European Commission approve the completion of membership negotiations with the ten countries selected by the Commission on 9 October 2002, including Poland.

16 April 2003: the 15 member countries of the EU and the 10 new members, including Poland, signed the Treaty that constituted the legal basis for European Union accession.
The Treaty is a convention between the current and future members of the EU.
It regulates the conditions for membership for future EU members and for the unification of current treaties

7 and 8 June 2003: Poland votes Yes to join the European Union:
78% of votes in favor of the accession.

4 October 2003: the 25 current and future members of the EU participated in the first session of the Intergovernmental Conference in Rome, intended to lead to the adoption of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

until June 2004: ratification of the treaty by the current and future members of the EU, Poland having agreed by means of referendum.

June 2004: first elections to the European Parliament in the enlarged Europe.

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