The social consultations hosted by the Delegation of the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy regarding the "Europe 2020" document are to last till October 31st. Tomasz Gibas of the EC Delegation, Horacy Dębowski from the Institute for Educational Research and Julian Zawistowski of the Institute of Modeling and Analysis of Public Policies, among others, discussed the possible changes in the Polish approach to the objectives of the strategy "Europe 2020". The panel was led by CIR's President, dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, and the discussion was summarized by Grażyna Henclewska, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Economy. Jacek Męcina (MLSP), Marek Ratajczak (MSHE) and Artur Radziwiłł (MF) also took the floor during the conference. In the opinion of the director Istvan Szekely of the European Commission, so far Poland has had two powerful "engines of growth": export and a large local economy. Now, the biggest challenge is innovation of companies.

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"For Poland, structural funds were a sort of "Marshall Plan" and helped make up for the many years of backlog. At the same time, Poland has used them to strengthen fundamental transformation processes, which have been taking place in our country for the last quarter of a century" - said CIR's President, dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, during the conference Beyond "Absorption": the Impact of EU Structural Funds on Greece (1981-2013). Participants analyzed the case of Greece and compared the effectiveness of the European cohesion policy in Italy, Romania and Poland. The event was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs in Athens. The conference took place on September 19-20 in Athens.

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British politicians face the challenge of determining the vision for the future of the United Kingdom and the reasons why, in the next century, it will be worth staying together - says Dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, President of the Centre for International Relations, in a special analysis on "the Scottish case". If the Scots remain in the UK, this should not lead London to triumphalism, because the situation will remain tense. The EU should also draw some conclusions. If it won't give all its members a sense of self-fulfillment in the wider community and in the name of great ideas, the same tensions await it, as those that the British union is faced with today. The Scottish referendum demonstrates an important truth about the situation of Great Britain: roughly half of the Scottish society further questions the point of being in a union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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