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  • ARCHIVO 2014

  • 31 de diciembre 2014

    For Polish diplomacy, the year 2014 has been marked by the crisis in Ukraine and reactions to the mounting threats along the European Union’s and NATO’s eastern borders.

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    Rather than just reacting to developments, we have been actively influencing the course of events, especially by co-shaping the policy of the EU and NATO. Below follow ten most important events in Polish diplomacy’s 2014 calendar.
     
    1. Minister Radosław Sikorski joins an EU mediation mission to Ukraine. The chief of Polish diplomacy and foreign ministers of France and Germany, the other two Weimar Triangle countries, took part in a mediation mission between Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and opposition leaders. The mission helped to put a stop to the bloodshed on the Maidan, on 21 February.
     
    2. Award ceremony of the Lech Wałęsa Solidarity Prize on the 25th anniversary of free Poland. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of Polish freedom, the Royal Castle in Warsaw hosted the first award ceremony of the Lech Wałęsa Solidarity Prize for meritorious contribution to the advancement of democratic change and transformation. Its first laureate was Mustafa Dzhemilev, the spiritual leader of Crimean Tatars. The ceremonial dinner after the gala was attended by US President Barack Obama.
     
    3. Opening of modern consulate offices in Manchester and London. Polish consular service is undergoing continuous modernisation to improve the comfort and speed of services it offers to Polish citizens abroad, especially in countries with many Poles of the so-called new emigration. Modern consulate offices can welcome a few hundred customers daily; and it now takes on average only 30 minutes to deal with a customer in Manchester, down from 2 hours before. A new seat of the Polish Consulate in Cologne was also opened in 2013.
     
    4. Donald Tusk elected European Council President. At the end of August, European leaders unanimously chose the Polish Prime Minister as the new President of the European Council. His mission will be to coordinate meetings of the EU heads of state and government, and to work out common positions on key issues relating to the future of the Union.
     
    5. NATO summit in Newport reinforces eastern flank of the Alliance. In early September, a NATO summit in Cardiff, Wales, decided to reinforce the Alliance’s eastern flank in view of the new threats. NATO’s rapid reaction forces will be reformed, and its troops will continue to maintain a permanent rotating presence in the eastern member states.
     
    6. Grzegorz Schetyna succeeds Radosław Sikorski as chief of Polish diplomacy. On 22 September, President Bronisław Komorowski appointed Grzegorz Schetyna as minister of foreign affairs. Addressing the Polish Sejm on 6 November, Poland’s new top diplomat delivered a Report by the Council of Ministers on the Goals of Polish Foreign Policy in 2014 – 2015.
     
    7. New NATO Secretary General and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy pay visits to Warsaw. Jens Stoltenberg and Federica Mogherini chose Poland as the first country to visit after assuming their high offices. The talks focused on the future and priorities of NATO and the EU in the face of new challenges.
     
    8. Marking 600 years of Polish-Turkish relations. The past year has seen over 250 projects and events organized in Poland and Turkey, as well as several dozen more held in third countries to commemorate 600 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations. This was made possible by the engagement of Polish and Turkish diplomatic missions. The celebrations were inaugurated in Istanbul with the exhibition Distant Neighbour, Close Memories. 600th Anniversary of Turkish-Polish Relations, which has attracted 42,000 people.

     

    9. Judge Piotr Hofmański elected member of International Criminal Court. Professor Hofmański, one of Poland’s best and most experienced experts in criminal procedure, will become a judge of the International Criminal Court for the 2015-2024 term. He will be the first Polish judge in the Court’s history.
     
    10. Humanitarian aid convoy for refugees from eastern Ukraine. On 17 December, 34 State Fire Service lorries left Warsaw, carrying 150 tonnes of the most urgent material assistance. The transport, which reached Kharkiv two days later, was dispatched by the Polish government in response to Ukraine authorities’ appeals to support those of its nationals who are most in need and face the onset of winter.
     
    In addition, the MFA has been pursuing its regular tasks of helping Poles abroad and providing them with consular protection, promoting the good name of Poland throughout the world, enhancing Polish presence abroad, extending development assistance, and sharing Polish transformation experience with our partners.
     
    Marcin Wojciechowski
    MFA Press Office

    DIPLOMACIA POLACA 2014

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