Eastern Policy of Poland in Political Thought of Law and Justice Party (2005-2007)
The article concerns eastern policy of Poland in 2005-2007, i.e. a period governed by the political party of Law and Justice (PiS) and President Lech Kaczynski. In fact, it covers the years 2005-2007. Its aim is to present the main objectives and directions of eastern policy in Poland at that time. The paper consists of three parts: an introduction, an analysis of Polish eastern policy in the 2005-2007 period and a conclusion. For any government after 1989 eastern policy was one of the priority issues of foreign affairs. It was also the case during the rule of Law and Justice and President Kaczynski. The change of government in Poland in 2005 led also to a change in the implementation of eastern policy. One of the conclusions presented in the paper is that PiS government caused departure from Russia-centered perception of eastern policy, with the aim to develop equal relations with other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The instrument to achieve this goal was to be an effective and rational energy policy, in which the main role was played by Polish President Lech Kaczynski. The policy was to serve as a basis for cooperation between the countries exporting, shipping and importing energy resources. It was also one of few areas on which there was a relative consensus among stakeholders. In other words, that government in Poland aimed to make eastern policy as practical as possible. It also wanted to give it a more economical dimension. As a result, Polish eastern policy was becoming gradually more real, focusing on national interests of Poland.