Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, deputy foreign minister of Poland, says that enlargement of the European Union and Iceland’s accession to the bloc will be among the top priority issues when his country takes over the EU rotating presidency on 1st July.
He was in Iceland on a visit directly connected to Poland’s preparation to take over the European Union presidency for the second half of 2011.
Dowgielewicz said that part of the role of the presiding country is to co-ordinate the stance of the 27 member states on given topics, including the accession of new countries. The deputy minister said he hopes that Iceland’s accession negotiations will end with a contract next year when the presidency of the EU moves on to Denmark, RUV reported. Poland and Denmark are already working closely on the issue, he added.