• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 7 September 2012

    Poland joined the Council of Europe on 26 November 1991. The accession became possible thanks to the democratic change that occurred in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe since 1989.


    Since the accession Poland has belonged to active members of the Organisation, committed to the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and always ready to share its experience with other countries embarking on the path of the democratic transition.


    Poland held the chairmanship of the CoE Committee of Ministers from 10 November 2004 to 17 May 2005. Upon the initiative and invitation from Poland Warsaw hosted the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, which defined the mission of the Organisation in 21st century.


    Poland is a party to over 80 conventions of the Council of Europe, among which the Convention Seat of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the Council of Europe in Strasbourgfor the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


    The Council of Europe has been permanently present in Warsaw – firstly through its Information Office and since 14 June 2011 through the Council of Europe Office in charge of liaison with the OSCE and the Community of Democracies.


    Wojciech Sawicki from Poland holds one of the leading posts in the Council of Europe Secretariat: Secretary General of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly.


    In September 2011 Poland commemorated the 20th anniversary of its membership of the Council of Europe by organising a conference and a special exhibition in Warsaw, with the participation of the CoE Secretary General T. Jagland as a guest of honour. The exhibition was also presented in the Council of Europe's main seat in Strasbourg on 3 October 2011.


    Accession by Poland to the Council of Europe (pdf)

    Polish aspirations for freedom and democracy (pdf)

    Visits of Polish authorities to the Council of Europe (pdf)

    First visits of the CoE representatives to Poland (pdf)

    Visist of the CoE representatives to Poland (pdf)