Letter of President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Year 2017 was very active for our Association with many events organized by the AEA-EAL or with our participation. Thanks to your engagement we have achieved a lot. Please let me only mention the most important: we unanimously decided about amending our Statutes, enhancing membership to lawyers from non-EU jurisdictions, including colleagues from other continents. Thanks to successful conferences in Barcelona and Olsztyn three new collective members and several individual members have been admitted. An extensive work has been done on our media – since July we issued two numbers of the Newsletter, improvements of the AEA-EAL Facebook for better promotion of the Association has been introduced, our website have been changed and further developments are in progress. The AEA-EAL organized successful conference on cross-border insolvencies in Barcelona, holding on this occasion its annual congress. For Olsztyn GDPR conference, organised in cooperation with The Olsztyn Bar of Attorneys, we delivered four prestigious speakers, including prominent Chinese lawyer Susan Ning who familiarized us with the legislation on data protection in her country. Our Association took over a patronage on the celebrations of the 155 Anniversary of the Kraków Bar Association and participated in FBE conference in London. We organized meetings in Brussels and in Warsaw with the representatives of Georgian Bar Association -our new member bar, first one originating from country out of EU. Our committees have been working very intensively on new ideas and projects, including project submitted by young members of the AEA-EAL. Our Human Rights Committee sent a letter defending Belorussian lawyers, members of the Board had a number of bilateral meetings with our new collective members and potential partners in organizing future events. It was really a year full of work aiming on promotion of European values of our profession, on building a strong net among lawyers which in present times of globalization is very important for our practice, on exchange of information on legal matters.

I wish to say thank you very much to all of you for your engagement as well as for your hard and extensive work. Taking this opportunity, I permit myself to wish all members of the European Association of Lawyers all the best in your professional and private life. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With my best regards,

Maria Ślązak