Last Day in Brussels, MATEUSZ KIJOWSKI·WEDNESDAY, 26 MAY 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,
On the final day of our visit to the European Union institutions, our first meeting was with the distinguished Hungarian MEP, a member of Libe – The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs – Péter Niedermüller. We compared notes on similarities and differences between our countries led by Orban and Kaczynski. Mr Niedermüller is probably the best person in Brussels to understand our problems.
Later, we split into groups: Maciej and Kasia visited the people who deal with funding for non-governmental organisations. The rest of our delegation joined a conference organised by the European Conservatives and Reformists on the freedom of media. The conference was chaired by Krzysztof Skowroński … and three surprises there – first that without batting an eyelid, Bronisław Wildstein talked about the return of the pluralism in the Polish national media as a result of the ‘good change’ policy, then that according to Paweł Lisiecki, the greatest blunder of the Polish media in the last 27 years was to promote LGBT and that mad people can also be found outside of Poland…
We had dinner after the conference and a short meeting with Polish journalists at the European Commission. On our return to the Parliament, we dropped in on President Jacek Krawczyk from the European Social and Economic Committee – one of the first European consultative bodies, which includes employers, trade unions, organisations and social movements. We had a very good discussion not only on the current affairs, but also about KOD’s achievements and plans.
We raced to see Gianni Pittella, Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. A fleeting visit lasting about 30 minutes as he was due to attend a plenary session, but we agreed on closer cooperation and we were invited to join the party’s plenary session in a few months.
Rushing along the corridors of the EP to meet the First Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. Frans is a wonderful man and a great friend of Poland. He still remembers the soldiers of General Maczek who liberated his country and saved all his family. He treats the question of Poland’s return to the democratic rule of law, not only as a political objective, but also as his personal challenge. Kind, warm-hearted and perfectly aware of all aspects and constraints of the Constitutional Tribunal crisis in Poland. We ended up at Basia’s again to pay for our dinner – she has a lovely little cafe next to the EP building, then off to the airport.
Thank you to all who took part in organising our visit in Brussels. Thank you to Kasia Mortoń, Martin Mycielski, Agata Szybowska, Jagoda Gogolewska and all at KOD Belgium and KOD International – we couldn’t have done it without you!
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