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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • NEWS 2018

  • 15 November 2018

    “Poland has always shared the values on which the Council of Europe is based,” stressed the chief of Polish diplomacy at the forum of the Council of Europe in Strasburg. The foreign minister also recalled that this human rights organisation, composed of 47 European states, is one of the pillars of Polish foreign policy.

    While in Strasburg, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and President of the European Court of Human Rights Guido Raimondi. Furthermore, in his speech at the forum of the Committee of Ministers’ Delegates of the Council of Europe, he presented Poland’s assessment of challenges and priorities currently facing the organization. “Since the beginning of its democratic transformation, it has been Poland’s priority to consistently develop the human rights protection system, democratic standards and the rule of law,” emphasized Minister Czaputowicz.

     

     

    Speaking about the current international situation, the MFA chief stated that the challenges of the modern world and the changes taking place nowadays mean that the Council of Europe must enforce its values and principles to an even greater extent.

     

    The talks with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe focused on possible ways of reforming and strengthening the organization in the context of current political and financial challenges and the assessment of political situation in Europe. The foreign minister also stressed the importance that Poland attaches to the full implementation of a recent resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calling on Russia to return the Tu-154M aircraft wreckage without further delay. “I hope that the Russian side will approach this issue in a mature way, and will start working with us and the mediator appointed by the Council of Europe on implementing this resolution,” emphasised the chief of Polish diplomacy.

     

     

    In his conversation with Guido Raimondi, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz noted the significantly improved statistics relating to our country, which to a large extent results from measures taken to speed up the functioning of Polish judiciary. The foreign minister also stressed that Poland continues to be determined to efficiently and fully execute judgements and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

     

    The visit to Strasbourg was also an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence. At the Council of Europe’s headquarters, the chief of Polish diplomacy opened an exhibition devoted to the beginnings of the renascent Polish Foreign Service. Moreover, together with Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Secretary Thorbjørn Jagland, he was also a guest of honour at a reception held to mark Independence Day.

     

     

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