The AGM of the APPG on Poland took place on the 22nd of March. It opened up with the elections – Daniel Kawczynski MP has been re-elected as Chairman, and Lord Rogan, Viscount Waverley, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Martin Vickers, Robert Halfon, Bob Stewart, Rupa Huq, Andrew Slaughter and Lord Panteg were elected and re-elected as Officers. The Members of the APPG also celebrated increasing the group’s membership to 80, making APPG on Poland one of the biggest groups in Parliament.
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Recent events may cause significant changes for the UK and for Polish-British relations. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic occurred just after the UK departed from the structures of the European Union. Due to Brexit, Poles in the UK will have to face new challenges in the introduction of new legislation. A significant increase in the migration of Poles from the UK to Poland is also noticeable. At the same time, the UK remains an important foreign partner for Poland, which whom we share common interests and points of view on many international issues in the European and global dimension. We invite you to read the interview with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Court of St. James’s, Prof. Arkady Józef Rzegocki.
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Poland and Britain’s relations are characterised by a long and harmonious cooperation. Both countries traditionally have had good political and economic relationships. Recently, Britain and Poland were celebrating the 100th anniversary of their mutual diplomatic relations. In 1918, Marshal Józef Piłsudski sent an official, diplomatic letter stating that Poland had become an independent state in the international arena. A year later, in July 1919, diplomatic relations between Great Britain and Poland were officially renewed. London and Great Britain were always very important allies for Poland. Great Britain was one of the first countries which gave its support to the newly formed Poland. Over the years, the friendship between Great Britain and Poland were developed and strengthened, especially during important historical events such as the Second World War. Later this was further amplified throughout the period of the political transformation and peaceful revolution in 1989 which resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2004, Poland become an EU member, and this further intensified the cooperation between London and Warsaw.
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The “General Kuklinski – Polish Solitary Mission” mobile exhibition dedicated to General Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish Cold War-era spy for NATO was presented in the House of Commons on Monday.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland invites all Members of the House of Commons and Lords as well as all Passholders to the first ever Taste of Poland event. The event will take place on 2nd May between 1pm and 4pm in the Jubile Room.
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On the 23rd of March 2017 the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland met Polish Minister Anna Maria Anders, the Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister for International Dialogue. The London-born Senator Anders is Poland’s representative to the Women in Parliaments Global Forum. She is also the daughter of General Wladyslaw Anders, a Polish World War II hero.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland met on 20th March 2017 and held its Annual General Meeting. All the main officers were re-elected – Daniel Kawczynski MP (Conservative) as Chairman, Paula Sherriff (Labour) as Deputy Chairman and Gavin Robinson (DUP) as Secretary. We are thankful to all those MPs who cast their vote. The group currently has 54 Members and aims to increase the number in the upcoming year.
The group declared that their main plans for the upcoming months are the organisation of the Polish Day in the Parliament, the Trip to Poland in May, a monthly newsletter being sent out to MPs with key information about recent events in Poland and of the Polish community in the UK. The group is also planning to record video interviews in order to promote the British-Polish cooperation.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland is organising a trip to Warsaw in May. The trip will take two and a half days. It will include meetings with politicians, diplomats, representatives of key British-Polish institutions and think-tanks. It will be an opportunity to meet war veterans who fought arms to arms with the British during the Second World War, as well as various famous people from the cultural and art scene of Warsaw.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland hosted a meeting with the members of the group’s counterpart in Poland – The All-Party Friendship Group with the United Kingdom. The Polish delegation was led by Beata Mazurek MP, spokesperson of the Law and Justice Party, and Sussex-educated Konrad Glebocki MP. The group was invited by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and had an opportunity to discuss Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe, the situation of Polish nationals living in the UK, the problems facing the European Union and Poland’s current state of affairs.
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