Poland in the EU
Poland has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 under the Accession Treaty signed in Athens on 16 April 2003.
As a member state, Poland has the power to influence EU decisions. In order to ensure effective representation of Poland's interests in the EU, there is a need for proper coordination of European matters within the government administration. Under the European Affairs Committee Act, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for this coordination.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a leading role in developing Poland's position in the framework of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), which is an instrument for the EU's activities in international relations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs takes part (since the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009) in the Foreign Affairs Council, which, together with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (currently Federica Mogherini), ensures the coherence of EU actions on the international stage. The High Representative is assisted by the European External Action Service (EEAS).