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The Polish Presidency - pushing the agenda and shaping the Lisbon system

2 May 2011
Agnieszka Lada (External authors)


The successful conduct of the Council’s rotating presidency is a demanding task for any country. In this Policy Brief, Agnieszka Łada argues that this has become even more so since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, as many issues surrounding the presidency’s role in the new institutional architecture still need clarification. For Poland, a big and ambitious country taking over the presidency for the first time on 1 July 2011, this is a major and daunting challenge. At the same time, leading the Council of Ministers provides an opportunity to gain political influence and to create a positive image in the outside world, as well as developing a sense of EU-ownership at home.

The Polish Presidency - pushing the agenda and shaping the Lisbon system

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