Bursting the Bubble

Patryk Szambelan

Patryk Szambelan

About Patryk

Patryk is a founding member of EuropeanPublicAffairs.EU.


I’m in a complicated relationship with Europe. When I applied to the University of Warsaw and was admitted to European Studies, I traded it for Political Science. In spite of that, I specialized in the European Administration and then again, I wrote my thesis on a completely unrelated subject. After a gap year marked by voluntary work for the Polish EU presidency and an eye-opening internship in China, I decided to jump into the wellspring of the EU and study European Public Affairs at Maastricht University. Later on, I worked at the European Hydrogen Association in Brussels.


I am a radical do-goodist and a socially oriented individualist. I enjoy writing on such subjects as transport, sustainable urban development, environment protection and animal rights. Besides that, I am a dedicated enthusiast of civil aviation and modern architecture. In other people, I admire such features as integrity, civic courage and self-distance.


Please feel free to contact me at *protected email*.


Articles by Patryk:

Why Russia will not close its sky to EU airlines (and why it might)

22 September 2014

With a new set of sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU last week, the trade war between the two sides is gaining momentum. Postulating the potential Russian response, the rumours say that the government at the Kremlin may decide to close its airspace to airlines from the EU and the USA. As alarming as […]

Charismatic mediator: Donald Tusk, the new president of the European Council

1 September 2014

Donald Tusk, the newly elected President of the European Council, is hardly a surprising nomination. His candidacy had been considered in the bidding process for several months, although he kept distancing himself from the recurring rumours about his plan to move to a new job in Brussels. But who is he? A moderate, compromise-seeking leader […]

Knitting road and rail networks: Integrating EU transport

30 June 2014

The successor of the EC Commissioner of transport, Siim Kallas, who has declared his retirement from politics after completing his term, is going to find their new office under significant renovation. At the end of 2013, the European Commission announced the most substantial overhaul in its transport policy since its inception, by replacing the existing […]

The European elections in Poland: Does no one really care? Not even the politicians?

5 May 2014

It certainly won’t be far from true to say that ‘en masse’, the people of Poland do not have much passion for EU politics. They hardly give it any attention and do not consider it to be an important part of public life. Sadly though, our politicians seem to be no exception to this rule. […]

A tight budget is no excuse – what must the EU do to end global poverty?

25 October 2013

Policy coherence for development Development aid, often viewed as a discretionary activity, is in fact an obligation of the Lisbon Treaty. It implies that all the policies of the EU must be coherent with its development aid objectives or at least not be conflicting with them. Having established the so-called ‘principle of policy coherence for […]

EU Falls Short Of Development Aid Declarations

17 October 2013

While writing this text, my unconditional reflex is to start with saying that today, the EU and the United Nations celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Sadly, a quick look at the numbers does not give much reason for festivity. In addition, the occasion is marred by tragic events, such as those […]

Combating Planned Obsolescence – The Opportunity For Europe?

25 September 2013

There was some big news in the tech world during the past weeks. The one I’d like to refer to is the Nokia mobile phone unit, taken over by Microsoft. Not that I’m very thrilled with that event, but I am not as opposed as the Finns who reportedly became quite depressed. When it comes […]

Stop the race to the bottom! Brussels interns take on the unfair work conditions

22 July 2013

Last week, the community of young people working in Brussels as temporary trainees took action to protest against unfair internship conditions. Most of them do not get paid, or they receive reimbursement which covers only a small fraction of their expenses. The event aimed to draw attention to the fact that something, which was initially […]

Perfect is the enemy of good – Europe negotiates the future of flying

10 July 2013

Soon, the opportunity to spot Edward Snowden stranded in the duty free zone may not be the only reason to choose a flight with a connection at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. If something goes wrong during the negotiations held in the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, air transport in Europe and the rest of the world might be […]

Greening the cities – a cost, or an investment?

19 June 2013

Bristol did it! Last Friday, it was announced the winner of the European Green Capital title. In 2015, the capital of South West England will represent the ambitions of Europe in the campaign to make cities greener and more comfortable to live in. But are these ambitions realistic in these financially turbulent times? These days, […]

Odd one out: Religious Freedom, Money, Animal Welfare

29 May 2013

In order not to let the issue of animal welfare dry up on these pages too quickly, I’d like to add one more snapshot to the full picture of how the EU declares to care about animals and eventually, does nothing. The case of ritual slaughter, the most cruel practice used in the meat business, […]

Zoosadism We All Pay For: How The EU Keeps Bullfighting Alive

22 May 2013

With his thought-provoking article on the EU approach to animals, published last Monday, my fellow blogger Emanuele seems to have magically brought about an event, that ultimately proved his point. Two days later, a group of European Parliament members asked the Commissioner of agriculture if it’s true that the EU Common Agricultural Policy funds are […]

Ups and downs in the EU environmental debate: commitment to eco-investment and the EPP tricks

24 April 2013

Among the many recent events significant for the environmental agenda, the vote on the backloading of the Emission Trading Scheme was particularly revealing. It not only made clear the demarcation line in the European Parliament, but it also became a stage for many deceitful arguments that led to the rejection of the reform.

7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

18 April 2013

This week, the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns is being held in Geneva, where numerous representatives of local and national governments, EU institutions, NGOs as well as businesses will be trying to find lasting solutions to the current crisis from an economic, social and environmental point of view.