WARSAW, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Poland's preparations for the presidency of the European Union, starting in July 2011, are going as planned, Minister for European Affairs Mikolaj Dowgielewicz said on Wednesday.
Intensive preparations for the organization of the presidency started at the beginning of 2009 when the government accepted the timetable for carrying out individual tasks.
Foreign language courses and courses on European Union institutions are an important part of the preparations. Trainings are also offered in negotiation and time management.
A plan for Poland's promotion is being worked out, Dowgielewicz was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.
At the end of July, Poland's cabinet adopted a preliminary list of priorities for Poland's EU presidency, which included the EU budget for 2014-2020. The negotiations of the EU budget for 2014- 2020 will be a crucial factor, determining the success of Poland's presidency.
Special attention will be paid to Poland's relations with the East. In the relations with the countries covered by the Eastern Partnership project, Poland's presidency will seek to conclude association agreements, create free trade zones, make progress in visa and trade liberalization, and boost economic cooperation.
Poland's presidency will suggest the strengthening of the EU's internal market to continue activities for the free flow of commodities, persons, services and capital.
Poland proposed a discussion on new solutions to maintain competitiveness of the European power sector.
Together with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Poland's presidency will seek to raise the bloc's efficiency in crisis management, boost cooperation of member states in defense, and ensure partnership in NATO.