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  • POLITICAL COOPERATION

  • Poland and Ireland are important political partners. Relations between the two countries were deepened after the Polish accession to the EU. Both states develop their mutual relations and bilateral cooperation, especially in the multilateral formats. 

     

    In the interwar period, and immediately after WWII, Ireland and Poland did not maintain diplomatic relations. Until 1976, the states cooperated only at the trade level (worth to mention that in Dublin the Office of Polish Trade representative was established). The bilateral relations were formally initiated, by setting up the Embassies, on 30th September 1976. It was agreed that Ambassador of Polish Peoples’ Republic to Denmark (with the seat in Copenhagen) would also be accredited in Dublin (since 1977). Simultaneously, the Ambassador of Ireland to Finland and Sweden (with the seat in Stockholm) would be accredited in Warsaw. On 1979 the very first Polish-Irish political consultations took place in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland. They were chaired by the deputy ministers of both states, respectively Mr. Józef Czerek from Poland and Mr. Noel Doora from Ireland. In the following years Polish Ambassadors in Brussels (since 1979), in the Hague (since 1981) and in London (between 1984 and 1991) were also accredited to Dublin. After regaining its independence, the Republic of Poland opened its Embassy in Dublin in 1991.

     

    Poland and Ireland – the member states of the European Union – share many similar views and visions for further European integration. The bilateral political cooperation is executed mainly through meetings of the heads of governments, the ministers or the members of parliaments creating good grounds for intensifying this cooperation.

     

    Ireland, contrary to Poland, is a neutral state and is not a member of the NATO. However, Ireland has been a substantial contributor to the UN peacekeeping missions for many years. Ireland also supports effective transatlantic cooperation and TTIP mechanism, considering it as an important tool for further growth, competitiveness and jobs creation on both sides of the Atlantic.

     

    For Poland and Poles the decision of the Irish government to open labour market straight after the Polish accession to the EU was of significant importance. Since 1st May 2004 Ireland has become new home for many Poles who settled here starting their jobs, establishing businesses, at the same time, contributing to the recovery of the Irish economy after the crisis. Currently, it is estimated that there are approx. 150,000 Poles living in Ireland and the Polish language has become the second spoken language in Ireland.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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