• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 1 May 2019

    On the eve of the fifteenth anniversary of the biggest enlargement in European Union history in 2004, our Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States organized a joint celebration with the ten countries of the 2004 enlargement, the “Big Enlargement Party.”

    “Our goal is the Union, which is an organization that forms the basis for a permanent, close and institutionalized cooperation of European states, based on the principles of solidarity,” Ambassador Piotr Wilczek recalled, quoting Poland’s former President Lech Kaczyński.


    The event’s co-host, European Union Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis, pointed out how the 2004 enlargement “was a geopolitical miracle that has moved the EU closer to the far-reaching goal set forth by its founding fathers, the goal of an organized, vibrant, united, free and prosperous Europe.” In her remarks, Julie Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU at the US State Department, emphasized that the historic expansion of the EU by ten countries was a great success and should serve as an inspiration for other nations seeking membership in the Union.


    During the celebrations, a short film prepared for this occasion by the EU Delegation was screened with greetings from the current foreign ministers of the countries of the 2004 enlargement. On an electronic display we showed the presentation “Poland – 15 Years in the European Union” by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the College of Europe in Natolin.


    The event was a joyful occasion. “Ode to Joy” was performed by Martin Labazevitch, a Polish-born pianist, graduate of the conservatory in Odessa and the Manhattan School of Music, and the artistic director of the Chopin Piano Competition organized annually by the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Washington, DC Center. Chefs from the embassies of the 2004 enlargement countries prepared desserts representing their national cuisines, and guests could try wine and other drinks from EU countries and take commemorative photos with a background with the logo of Poland’s fifteenth anniversary of joining the EU.


    The event affirmed the close cooperation between EU members, even when outside the EU itself. Ambassador Wilczek’s Residence hosted more than twenty ambassadors or their deputies from all current EU member states as well as Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, countries aspiring to EU membership. Over 250 guests took part in the celebrations, including members of the US government and the diplomatic corps, representatives of businesses, and many journalists.


    Celebrations of the fifteenth anniversary of the European Union’s 2004 enlargement were organized by the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in cooperation with the embassies of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.


    You can read the text of Ambassador Wilczek’s speech here.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC


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