Polish PM discusses EU-Ukraine agreement with Dutch PM

WARSAW, Dec. 1 — Speaking on the phone on Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte discussed Ukraine’s association agreement with the European Union, local media reported.

“The conversation concerned resolving the crisis around the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine. We want to overcome the stalemate that arose some time ago,” Polish government spokesman Rafal Bochenek told the Polish Press Agency.

“We want all EU countries to support the positive changes taking place in Ukraine,” he added.

The EU has not yet completed the ratification of its association agreement with Ukraine, the obstacle being the result of a non-binding referendum in the Netherlands in April in which over 60 percent of voters rejected the agreement.

The Dutch government has been seeking a solution that would change Dutch public opinion and the parliament as well as enabling the association agreement to be ratified. Enditem

Congress discussing human, natural resources kicks off in Poland

WARSAW, Nov. 17  – A two-day economy event named Congress 590 kicked off in Poland on Thursday.

The Congress is a forum of exchanging ideas and experiences of Polish specialists in areas such as business, science, politics and legislation.

The event got its name from the prefix of the bar code, which is placed on goods produced or distributed by Polish companies. It was started by the Slawomir Skrzypek Foundation.

The event includes discussions of panelists aimed at designating new directions for development based on the country’s own human and natural resources. The Congress also analyzes way to strengthen and help Polish entrepreneurs.

Guests and speakers include Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development Mateusz Morawiecki.

The panels include talks on small companies, innovations and start-ups, as well as social capital, non-economic conditions of development and the Polish diaspora.

The event enjoys honorary patronage of President Duda, whose economic awards are to be granted during the congress in six categories, such as responsible business and R&D.

Polish FM gives priority to implementing NATO Summit resolutions

WARSAW, Nov. 17  – Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski on Thursday said implementing NATO Summit resolutions and sustaining transatlantic relations were top priorities for the country.

During a press conference held to mark the first year of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s government, Waszczykowski summed up the year from a foreign policy point of view.

“We seek to implement the decisions made during the NATO Summit which are to increase our level of security. We seek to keep the transatlantic ties among Europe and the United States,  to further integrate our region so that it can be an important part of both the EU and NATO,” Waszczykowski said.

Addressing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), Waszczykowski called upon the EU to draw conclusions and reflect on why it is happening. “In our opinion, there was a mistake made by the European institutions and those institutions have to make a reflection and carry out some reforms,” he added.

Among other goals for Poland’s foreign policy, he listed applying to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the year 2018-2019, revitalizing the Eastern Partnership and efforts to reform the EU.

Szydlo’s government was sworn in on Nov. 16, 2015.


Polish couple jailed for abusing foster children

A Polish couple has been sentenced to five years in prison for physically and mentally abusing four foster children aged between six and twelve.
Photo: cc/Flickr.com/Joe Gratz

The husband, a former Roman Catholic priest, and his wife were also banned from being foster parents for fifteen years.

The affair came to light after one of the abused children told a teacher at a primary school in Ostrów Wielkopolski, mid-western Poland, that he was afraid to go home, owing to punishments he would receive from his foster parents.

The court found that the foster parents had inflicted a wide range of abuse on the children, including beating them on the head with a pestle, tying them to a chair at night with tights, as well as kicking and slapping them.

Likewise, the parents regularly threatened to leave the children in an orphanage or abandon them in the woods in the middle of the night. (nh/rk)



President will visit Paris on Oct. 28

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07.10. Warsaw (PAP) – Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will pay a visit to Paris on October 28, Presidential Minister Krzysztof Szczerski announced on Wednesday.

While in Paris, Andrzej Duda will meet with French President Francois Hollande, the French PM, the heads of the two chambers of parliament and Poles living in France, he added.

“The decision has already been taken. The president will pay a bilateral visit to Paris on October 28 as part of a series of visits to important European capitals,” Szczerski told TVN24 television.

Asked about the date of a visit to Brussels, Szczerski said Andrzej Duda had already met with European Council President Donald Tusk. And the president will visit other European institutions when political emotions in Europe calm down a little, Szczerski added. (PAP)