without the EU Poland would never be able to to increase her exports so quickly
Not really because a) Poland's major trade partners today are the same it had in the 90's before accession, and b) the EU only gave Poland an opportunity - it was up to Poland to allocate resources wisely, which it did unlike other new members like Bulgaria, Romania, etc. which lag behind because even though they have the exact same access as Poland, they did not take advantage of the situation, they poorly allocated resources, etc. In other cases, the EU has caused major problems for countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy (known as the PIGS countries).
The EU was merely an opportunity - it was up to Poland and Polish people to take advantage of it which obviously we did. .
Also, I said E. European countries were among those whos trade had the highest growth rates over that past 5 years - some of those E European countries are EU, some not. And they aren't my calculations - it is data I am using to support my claim.
Again, the EU was merely an opportunity - it was up to Poland to take advantage of it as much as possible which it most certainly did. It milked 100 billion euros and opened up countries for Poles to work in and send remittances, send products, etc. The EU provides certain benefits for trade amongst members - there's no doubt about that. But it's up to a country and its people to take advantage of that.
which was not true because the trade with non EU countries is a smaller part of Polish overall trade - only about 24%.
I'm well aware that the largest trading partners of Poland are W. European EU nations. I never denied that.
What I said is that those same countries that account for most of Poland's trade are the same countries that accounted for most of Poland's trade back in the 90's and even before the PRL years i.e. II republic AND that trade with those countries is stagnating while other countries - both eu and non - like Ukraine, Romania, Czechy, UAE, Brazil, Russia, etc. is growing rapidly, and now Russia, Czechy, and Ukraine are in the top 10 trade partners.