Polish Christmas Eve in Brussels

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 r.

The annual Christmas Eve meeting with the participation of EU ministers of agriculture and delegations accompanying them, Permanent Representatives to the European Union, representatives of the European Commission was held in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU in Brussels. The participants were welcomed by Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki, doing the honours. The Deputy Minister also welcomed priests, Daniel Kopytto from the Polish Catholic Mission and Stanisław Dziura, parish priest of the Polish parish of St. Elisabeth in Brussels, thanks to whom the Christmas meeting also had a traditional religious dimension.

Photo. Undersecretary of State R. Zarudzki extending his Christmas wisher

Photo. Undersecretary of State R. Zarudzki extending his Christmas wisher

- The approaching end of the year is a good time to sum up what we have already achieved. It is also time to reflect on the challenges which we will need to face in the coming 2018 – the Undersecretary of State emphasised.

In his opinion, 2017 was another year of intense work under the leadership of the Maltese and Estonian Presidencies. After almost 4 years from the first draft, further agreements and negotiations, a compromise on a new regulation on organic farming was reached. The difficult work on the OMNIBUS package was also completed.

- We are facing another intense period of work on the future shape of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Communication from the Commission, published recently and presented in today’s session of the Council, is an important starting point for further discussions on how to make EU’s oldest common policy remain relevant now and in the future, consistent with its Treaty goals and capable of meeting the challenges that the European agriculture is facing – said Deputy Minister Ryszard Zarudzki.

While extending his wishes of peaceful and joyful Christmas and prosperity in the coming year, Deputy Minister also expressed hope for further good cooperation on European agriculture.

Thanking for showing up in such large numbers to the Christmas Eve meeting at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU in Brussels, Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki invited guests to consume traditional Polish Christmas Eve dishes, with the sound of well-known Christmas carols.