Polish-British Round Table

The Polish – British round table is an annual meeting of politicians, diplomats, officials, intellectuals and representatives of business and the media from Poland and Great Britain, dedicated to the most essential issues on the European agenda. The first meeting was held in 2008. In May 2011, the forum focused on diagnosing the turbulent processes taking place in economic policy, the European security system and relations with our Eastern neighbours. The aim of the project is to establish a debate on the most important themes on the European agenda with the participation of government officials, politicians, experts and representatives of business and the media. The discussion on the most hotly discussed European and global problems is aimed at consolidating a positive opinion about Poland in Great Britain and the rest of Europe as an involved, active country with a clear vision of foreign policy.


The previous editions of the Polish – British Round Table were attended by: Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Charles Grant (Director of Centre for European Reform in London), Robert Cooper (Advisor to the European External Action Service), Dr Robin Niblett (Director of the Chatham House), Denis MacShane (Member of Parliament), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times), Minister Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Minister Andrzej Olechowski, Aleksander Smolar and Jan Krzysztof Bielecki.


Polish-British Round Table 2013 organised by: Centre for European Reform (London), Chatham House (London), demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy (Warsaw), European Studies Centre (Oxford), Unia&Polska Foundation (Warsaw) and Villa Decius Association (Krakow).


Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world by taking on more responsibilities globally, on issues ranging from climate change to security. It aims to promote an open, outward-looking and effective European Union.


Chatham House is home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs which was founded in London in 1920. The Institute is a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.


demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy is an independent international research institution which aims to provide strategic insights into key aspects of the European Union, the functioning of its institutions and policies. It seeks to formulate answers to the challenges facing the European Union, its member states and citizens.


European Studies Centre the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Europe. It is home to Oxford’s new Programme on Modern Poland.


Unia & Polska explores issues dealing with the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood policy and other themes related to Poland’s membership of the European Union. Set up in 2001 as a part of the legacy of Unia & Polska magazine which prepared Poles for membership of the European Union.


Villa Decius Association is a cultural organisation of an international outreach which promotes intercultural dialogue and advocates pluralism in public life. Over the years it has become one of the most recognised and important institutions linking Poland with Europe.




Grzegorz Morek









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