4 May 2019

Best wishes on the 15th anniversary of Poland’s EU membership

On the 1st of May 2004 Poland joined the European Union. The 15th anniversary is a great occasion to summarize the early years of Poland’s membership in the EU. That one and a half decade brought significant political and social improvement, as well as a sustained and dynamic economic growth. EU membership has also proven vastly beneficial to the young generation, born after the fall of communism.

The free movement of people created new possibilities for younger generations to work and study abroad and see the world from different perspectives. Participation in student exchange programs and accessible admission frameworks in EU universities unleashed the great potential of teenagers and young adult. Increased social mobility helped reduce educational and economic disparities.

The idea of European integration was always close to our Patron’s heart. Being a friend of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the EU, Ludwik Rajchman strongly supported the concept of European unity. His life provides a perfect example of how to think in terms of an international community, while remaining a devoted patriot. We consider him a role model in an increasingly globalized world.

On the 15th anniversary of EU’s Eastern enlargement we want to draw upon Ludwik Rajchman’s thought and experience. We believe that the European Union plays an important role in providing the youth with opportunities and greatly increases the scope for developing their potential – matters central to our mission. Happy 15th anniversary!