Posts Tagged ‘European Union’


On July 1, Poland will assume the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union.  

This is a VERY big deal for Poland which has come a long way since the gloomy days of life behind the iron curtain. It’s also a great testament to the ambitious nature of the Polish people.

To commemorate the occasion the country commissioned celebrated filmmaker Tomasz Bagiński and the Platige Image company to create a short animated film titled Europe in Dance.

The film which took nine months to complete is based on a waltz metaphor and the transformations to which Poland is inviting Europe. You can view the film here.

But perhaps a more vivid showcase of Poland’s aspirations exist in a video which was shot last week.

On June 21st, the residents of Poznan, released 8,000 Chinese lanterns into the sky to mark Midsummer Night. The event was accompanied by the soundtrack Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. The effort set a national record and organizers are already planning to beat the World Guinness Record next year.

Poland’s future seems to be a bright one. And a sky filled with flickering lanterns seems like the perfect metaphor.


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A few weeks ago, 4000 representatives from the tourism industry from all over the world gathered in Germany for ITB Berlin – the largest tourist fair in the world.

The host of this year’s edition was Poland (or more specifically the Polish Tourist Organization).

In light of its upcoming presidency of the European Council and before the Euro 2012 tournament it wanted to create a splash with an innovative campaign.

The company entrusted with this was Platige Image; the Warsaw based Film Studio that we have written about numerous times.

Oscar nominated Tomek Bagiński, a self-taught illustrator, animator and director headed up a team which included: Marcin Kobylecki,  Jakub Jabłoński, Rafał Wojtunik, Damian Nenow and Bartłomiej Kik.

The result was the “Move Your Imagination” campaign – a five film animated journey that emphasizes Polish culture, nature, active pastimes, preparations for Euro 2012 and dance.

Have a look and let us know if you think they are a HIT or MISS.


DIRECTOR: Tomek Bagiński

“The new film directed by Tomek Bagiński promotes Polish preparations to European championships that will take place next year. It was done in 3D stereo.

In the middle of concrete desert, there’s a fit man who starts spectacular dance. As the result the space around him changes. Huge pillars, spans – the elements of National Stadium in Warsaw are built. We also see other Polish stadiums that will host EURO 2012.” Platige Image

Here is the TRAILER which includes elements from all five films of the entire campaign. You can check out each film at the Platige Image website.

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The world is changing fast and to stay on top of the heap and be competitive countries need to be innovative. Canada’s biggest trading partner is and probably always will be the United States. But you know what they say – don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

It’s refreshing to see that Canada is eagerly moving ahead with a comprehensive economic and trade agreement with the European Union.

Canada is currently the EU’s 11th most important trading partner and accounts for about 1.8% of the EU’s total external trade. While on the flip side, with a 10.5% share of its total external trade, the EU is Canada’s second most important trading partner.

The agreement being negotiated is a truly ambitious and unprecedented one. First, it’s a lot more comprehensive than the one we have with the U.S. And second, economically speaking, it would, in effect, turn Canada into a member of the European Union.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

The European Parliament

That’s pretty cool when you consider all the great things that Europe has to offer. Plus, a joint Canada-EU study promises $12 billion a year in economic benefits to Canada by 2014.

Of course, there are detractors and in Canada, one of the biggest, seems to be the Auto Workers Union (CAW). Recently, their chief economist proclaimed that the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement will cost Canada thousands of jobs.

Where do you stand?

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