Citizens' Dialogue with DDG Maciej Popowski (DG NEAR) took place in Grand hotel in Cracow and attracted more than 100 participants.
Main topic discussed were: the neighbourhood of the European Union and dangers related to the current international security situation, migration crisis and its impact on European policy, future of the Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO).
Stage partner of DDG Popowski were the Polish Senator, Mr Bogdan Klich, former Minister for National Defence of Poland.
In his introduction Mr Popowski underlined, that the EU was aware of the importance of foreign policy and structured relations with the EU neighbours like Turkey, the Balkans and the Near East. He also mentioned that the stabilisation was and will be the overarching objective of the EU neighbourhood policy.
Both Mr Popowski and Mr Klich presented Ukraine as an excellent example of development, among others due to use of EU financial aid, increased access to educational programmes and visa-free travel. Another discussed subject was the fight against fake news and disinformation. Mr Popowski presented actions of the East StratCom Task Force and emphasised the need for action in this area.
A very active audience asked various questions on the development of PESCO and its impact on NATO, security of the EU and migration policy.
The recording of the Citizens' Dialogue is available here (in Polish).