On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Europe's reunification, as part of the 82nd plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, a debate was held titled: "20th Anniversary of the Reunification of Europe, Looking ahead".
The meeting's key-note speakers were Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, and Alan Donnelly, former rapporteur of the European Parliament. Next, speeches were given by representatives of all four political groups represented at the Committee of the Regions.
On behalf of the European People's Party (EPP), i.e. the European Christian Democrats, whose members include Polish Civic Platform (PO) and Peasants Party (PSL), the floor was taken by Mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki. The EPP Chairman Isidoro Gotardo declared that Kropiwnicki was the right person because he was Polish and a former member of Solidarity and political prisoner.