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  • 31 October 2018

    The main topic discussed Tuesday during a meeting between MFA Secretary of State Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk and Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan were preparations for Polish chairmanship of the Berlin Process and the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan in 2019.

     

    The deputy ministers discussed the situation in the Western Balkans, as well as cooperation between Poland and the United Kingdom, which will hand over the chairmanship of the Process to Poland. They also talked about selected bilateral issues, including guarantees for Poles’ rights living in the Isles after Brexit.

     

    “If the EU does not turn its eyes on the Western Balkans, other actors will and they will try to manage their interests there well,” said Deputy Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk at a meeting with Polish media representatives in London. “I have just returned from the Western Balkans and I have seen how many infrastructural investments China is carrying out there, for example. For this reason, the European Union has to have this region in the sphere of its continued interest,” he added.

     

    The Berlin Process is a format that supports the Western Balkan countries on their path to European integration and reforms. Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk stressed that cooperation with the UK should ensure continuation of themes important for the Western Balkans between the London and Poznan Summits. 

     

    Exchange of experiences between Poland and the United Kingdom in the framework of the Berlin Process will be continued through consultations between coordinators and teams organising the summit in the two foreign ministries.    

     

    During his London visit, Deputy Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk also met with representatives of leading Polish diaspora organisations in the UK. During a meeting at the Polish Social and Cultural Centre (POSK) in London’s Hammersmith, the issue of Poles’ rights in the UK after Brexit was discussed.

     

    Poland’s deputy foreign minister also took part in an evening event dedicated to Lili Pohlmann, a social activist, Holocaust survival and a friend of Irena Sendler. He also laid a wreath at the Monument to Polish Airmen in Northolt and toured the local military base, where Polish airmen had been stationed during WW2. He also visited two of the main Polish culture and history centres in London: the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum and the Polish Hearth Club.

     

     

    MFA Press Office

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