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    Jan Kułakowski: The Man Who Led Poland into the EU

    On June 25, 2011, Jan Kułakowski, the chief negotiator of Poland’s accession to the European Union and Poland’s first ambassador to the EU, passed away. Learn more about his life and contributions to Poland’s European integration.


    On June 25, 2011, Warsaw bid farewell to Jan Kułakowski, a distinguished diplomat and negotiator who played a crucial role in Poland’s accession to the European Union. As the chief negotiator, Kułakowski led complex talks that ultimately resulted in Poland joining the community in 2004. His dedication and determination in achieving this goal were invaluable, and his contribution to Poland’s European integration process is immeasurable.

    Following the negotiations, Jan Kułakowski became Poland’s first ambassador to the European Union, where he continued his work to strengthen Poland’s position within the EU structures. His diplomatic career and contributions to the development of Polish foreign policy are a testament to his unwavering commitment to building strong international ties. The death of Jan Kułakowski is a significant loss for Poland and for the entire European community, which has lost one of its most important architects.

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