Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski presented the Eastern Partnership Program yesterday in Brussels, which according to Sikorski is to lay the foundations for potential further expansion of the European Union, according to the Warsaw Business Journal.

The plan to increase cooperation with Ukraine, Georgia as well as Moldavia, Azerbaijan and Armenia was warmly accepted by the EU`s largest states.

The gradual expansion of the EU is one of the main objectives of Polish politicians, as it would mean that Poland will no longer be the border of the EU with the "wild East" but will be surrounded by predictable, diplomatic neighbors. This idea will also be strongly promoted when Poland takes over the EU presidency in 2011.

The warm welcome of the plan was the result of long negotiations, during which Poland had to withdraw from plans such as financial aid for former Soviet Union republics, as well as any promises concerning their accession.

Warsaw Business Journal