Ten years of Poland’s membership of the European Union – an attempt at assessment from the point of view of political science Cover Image

10 lat członkostwa Polski w Unii Europejskiej – próba bilansu z perspektywy politologicznej
Ten years of Poland’s membership of the European Union – an attempt at assessment from the point of view of political science

Author(s): Mikołaj Tomaszyk
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: Polish European policy; PO and PiS towards European integration; assessment of Poland’s decade in the EU

Summary/Abstract: The decade of Polish membership of the European Union has shown two fundamental models of integration presented in domestic policy by the two leading political parties. Both Law and Justice (PiS) and Civic Platform (PO) have had the opportunity to implement in practice their leaders’ declarations about Poland’s EU membership. Political differences between the two parties emerged as early as the referendum on Poland’s accession to the European Union. At that time, the PiS party constructed its political platform around the idea of a strong Poland whose position would result, among other things, from its power in the Council of the European Union and a hard-line policy strengthening Poland’s international interests. The PO party, in turn, saw the implementation of its priorities in European policy as a result of operating not only in the circle of members of the Council of the European Union but also by exercising efficient lobbying activities at the pre-legislation stage of consultation in the European Commission, in the European Parliament and extensive cooperation on various, frequently underestimated, forums of EU politics. This paper aims to indicate the most important characteristics of Poland’s EU membership as seen by the author. He categorises, describes and divides them into those European events that influenced domestic affairs, and those domestic events that determined Polish European diplomacy over the last decade. The author indicates the characteristic features of the two discourses about Polish European policy that have been attracting the attention of Poles to EU matters since the accession referendum. On this basis, the future directions of Polish European policy are outlined for further years of EU membership.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 197-212
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: Polish