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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Address of the President at the meeting with the Diplomatic Corps


Your Excellency Archbishop Nuncio, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Representatives of Polish National Authorities, Speakers, Mr. Prime Minister, Ministers, Mr. Chairman,


For the first time as President of the Republic of Poland, I have the opportunity to address the Diplomatic Corps - high-level representatives from all regions of the globe here in Poland. This is a moment where you can easily realize the unity of the world, despite all differences, including those that we politicians and diplomats are trying to solve by removing the most difficult issues through dialogue and through international cooperation.

In the Polish tradition dating back to the Republican era and the Second Republic of Poland of the interwar period, the president was an active representative of the state in its external relations. I intend to fully continue this tradition. Therefore, I would also like to share with you my assessment of the place of Poland in the family of European nations and the wider international community and the role that I would want my country to play in the near future.

Last year, apart form thrills of emotion and joy we also experienced some very difficult moments. In the tragic accident near Smolensk Poland lost its ninety-six prominent citizens. Polish president and many other important representatives of the Polish public and social life died. Then the solidarity of millions of Poles at the time of this painful April trial gave strength to our state. Polish constitution and institutions of Polish state passed this important and very difficult test.

The past year has strengthened the image of Poland as a stable and reliable country. Poland is an important participant in international politics, as well as a dynamically developing country. It is a trusted partner and ally among thriving democracies and one of the builders of the united Europe. Polish economy is in good situation, despite difficult confrontation with the crisis in the global and European economy.

The year 2011 will be a year of parliamentary elections in Poland. I am convinced that their result shall not change the priorities of our foreign policy. This applies both to our bilateral relations with individual countries and to multilateral relations.

The principles guiding Polish foreign policy are constant for many, many years. There is a social consensus around them, and the consent of the majority of political parties. We will, therefore strengthen our security and create conditions for social and economic development.  Democracy, human rights and freedoms, as well as international commitments, and objectives and principles of the United Nations in particular, were, are, and will be our compass.

Our political strategy is based on the integration within the European Union, the alliance with the United States and other allies in NATO, on building the best possible relations with our neighbours, on regional cooperation, as well as on cooperation with partners outside Europe, and on participation in solving global problems. Poland is and will be deeply involved in matters of modern Europe and modern world.

The ultimate strategic goal of Polish foreign policy is to ensure optimal international conditions guaranteeing security, and stable development of the state, enabling modernization of the country and increase in the Polish international authority. The realization of this goal requires long-term stability in Europe and its neighbourhood, a strong, effective, and united European Union, maintaining the role of NATO as the basic institution of security architecture on the continent, and further strengthening of relations with strategic neighbours and allies.

Poland is entering the New Year with hope. This year Poland has specific responsibilities in the field of international cooperation.

On 1st July 2011, the Republic of Poland will for the first time assume six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. We are determined in exercising not only efficient, but also significant presidency. For a number of reasons it will be a challenge for Poland. First of all, because the Polish government will be holding it for the first time, but also because it will be exercised in the period of still emerging practices, resulting from the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon.

The Polish presidency is an opportunity for our contribution to the deepening of European integration and to initiate joint activities in a spirit of openness and solidarity. We want the EU to be a robust, efficient and coherent organism. We want to get involved in finding effective solutions to problems common to Europe and common to the world as a whole.

A necessary element in building an international empowerment and identity of the European Union and a response to changes in its environment is the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy. We want to deepen the cooperation between the European Union, the United States, and NATO in this regard. This will be one of the priorities of the Polish Presidency in the EU.

Important dimensions of Polish foreign policy are warm, partner relations, linking us with many countries in Europe and other regions of the world. We will spare no efforts to maintain them and develop them further. Within the European Union, Poland is developing the best possible relations with all its members, listening with care and sensitivity to the voice of all countries of the Community.

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