I have just completed a hectic couple of GREAT days at the Krynica Economic Forum. Our mission was to promote British expertise, capability and innovation and highlight the opportunity that Poland and the rest of Emerging Europe represents for British business. Krynica is sometimes described as the Central European Davos and attracts a high profile audience of politicians, business leaders and commentators. How did we achieve this? By running a … A GREAT British Presence at the Krynica Economic Forum
I am just back from a long weekend working visit to Warminsko Mazurskie region in North Eastern Poland. It was a reminder that there is a lot more to Poland than cities like Warsaw. The region has a complex history. I visited the site of the Battle of Grunwald where Poles and Lithuanians defeated the Teutonic Knights in 1410 and Frombork, where Copernicus lived for many years. There is a … Escape from Warsaw: history, optimism and far too much cake!
It has been another really busy but rewarding week for me. The highlights included reminders of history, a visit to Poznan and further evidence of the potential to increase trade and investment with Poland. The Fourth of June was both the anniversary of the historic 1989 elections in Poland when Solidarity won a remarkable victory and the 31st anniversary of my first arrival in Poland in 1982. I freely admit … Anniversaries: why history matters.
19 April marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This was an extraordinary demonstration of heroism by a small group of Jewish resistance fighters against overwhelming odds. For nearly a month, they held out against some 2000 German soldiers with heavy weapons. Remarkably, a small group of the resistance fighters survived. The commemoration of this anniversary was truly moving. Together with the Head of the UK delegation, Don … Seventieth Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
It has been a busy time for both me and the wider Embassy team. A recent Tuesday found me trying not to confuse the financing of energy investment in Poland with a trilateral Afghan, Polish, British roundtable on progress and next steps in Afghanistan. Both are really important. Poland and the UK both need to invest huge sums to upgrade our energy infrastructure to ensure energy security and meet our … The multi-faceted life of an Ambassador
I am delighted to introduce today’s guest blog by an old friend, Dorota Mitrus*, who made an important contribution to helping promote effective democratic participation in Poland post-1989 and is now engaged in promoting democracy and effective governance in many other countries. Her blog speaks for itself. What I would like to stress is that while for some in Poland International Women’s Day is associated with the communist regime, the … Happy International Women’s Day!
You will of course be aware that David Cameron, our Prime Minister, delivered a major speech on Europe in London on 23 January. It has received a lot of coverage in the Polish media and Foreign Minister Sikorski commented on it on 24 January. The speech is a very clear commitment to keeping the UK in the EU, at the heart of the Single Market, and to maintaining our influence … PM Cameron’s speech on Britain and the EU
Na pewno są Państwo świadomi, że nasz premier David Cameron wygłosił 23 stycznia w Londynie ważne przemówienie na temat Europy. Polskie media poświęciły temu przemówieniu dużo uwagi, a 24 stycznia przemówienie skomentował minister spraw zagranicznych Radosław Sikorski. Przemówienie to w bardzo jasny sposób mówi o przywiązaniu do koncepcji pozostania Wielkiej Brytanii w Unii Europejskiej, w sercu Jednolitego Rynku, lecz także do koncepcji utrzymania naszych wpływów poprzez bycie na czele działań … Przemówienie premiera Camerona o Wielkiej Brytanii i Unii Europejskiej
December has certainly not been a quiet month for the Warsaw Embassy team. Just a few examples. We were extremely proud to be awarded the Medal of the Friends of Integration by the prestigious Integracja Foundation at their annual Gala last week. This reflects our work over several years to support the Polish government, Parliament and NGOs in their efforts to improve the situation of the disabled. Our engagement has … Merry Christmas and Wesołych Świąt
The following is a guest post by Stana Buchowska PhD on the serious issues of human trafficking and violence against women. It is an admirable analysis of a complex problem. Let me add a word on our Foreign Minister’s initiative on preventing sexual violence in armed conflict. When we think of armed conflict, we think first of soldiers and tanks. But war is also about civilians, all too often women … Preventing sexual violence including in armed conflict