The former EP president was speaking yesterday at the opening of the ReAct Warsaw event, dedicated to the EU’s role abroad. ReAct Warsaw is the second in a series of five interactive conferences on subjects vital to the EU, ahead of the European elections in May 2014. They take place in different European cities where opinion leaders will share their ideas about today's issues. The next event about the EU and finance will take place in Frankfurt on 15 December.
Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, the former president of the Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG), warned that Europe had fewer energy resources than the US and Russia and that its competitive situation was deteriorating. To improve energy security, the EU would need to negotiate better terms of trade on behalf of all member states.
Adam Bodnar, the vice-president of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, highlighted the key role played by the European Parliament in improving current data protection legislation.