European Tradition and Modernity
Poland is one of the larger European countries, conveniently situated in the middle of the continent and at the crossroads of important transit routes; it has a good access to the Baltic Sea. These conditions enhance the development of Poland’s economy, trade and all sorts of international relations.
For the last ten years, Poland has been making her best to benefit from the new opportunities that appeared after the collapse of barriers separating two social and political systems. Artificial divisions of the European continent have been removed, and the former Soviet block states rejoined a big European family of countries with the same history and culture.
Since 1989, Poland has become the leader of changes in the region, and it has been progressing at the quickest pace. Thus, it is better and better prepared for the integration with the countries of the European Union; Poland has already become an important economic partner for them. For a few years now, Poland has been readying itself for full membership in the European community; the process was speeded up the moment it had entered the NATO pact. The Polish parliament have been working hard on the adjustment of Polish law to the legal solutions valid in the European Union.
In the eyes of other Europeans, our country’s successes have different aspects: some of them turn attention to macroeconomic indices, for others important is Poland’s muchacclaimed national stand at the EXPO 2000, the presence of Polish brands on European trade markets, and promotional events organised in the capitals of various countries.
Europe of the 21st century is now under construction – Poland’s share in this pan-continental effort can be quite conspicuous. In the past, our country often drew on the heritage of West European civilisation, and also enriched the common European tradition; today, the continuation of this exchange brings about remarkable results.