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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION

  • 25 June 2019

    On June 13-15 the Embassy of Poland for the 4th time took part in “people’s meeting” on Bornholm, co-organizing debates on i.a. climate change, sustainable development goals, broad aspects of security and transatlantic relations. Presenting the priorities of Polish foreign policy, ambassador H. Mościcka-Dendys stressed the importance of EU-US relations, the necessity for EU active role in the world, also in the context of Brexit, she also presented the success of Polish COP24 Presidency and green transformation in Poland.

    The Embassy of Poland in Copenhagen is Folkemødet regular partner and have been taking active part in the festival since 2016. Each year the number of embassy’s partners and the co-organized events grows. This year Embassy was present at five panel debates. On the festival first day, during a discussion organized by renowned PR agency Rud Pedersen, the Centre for Military Studies and University of Copenhagen, ambassador Henryka Mościcka-Dendys and US ambassador Carla Sands addressed i.a. the issues of transatlantic relations, multilateral partnerships and investments in new defense capabilities, taking into consideration the strategic character of Polish-American cooperation. All of the panelists agreed on the importance of commitment to fulfill the NATO decisions made at the summits in Wales, Warsaw and Brussels as well as the strengthening the alliance, including through the goal of reaching 2% GDP spending on defense budget. “The strength of North Atlantic Alliance lays in unity, solidarity, values and freedoms that we are committed to defend. It has a special meaning in the face of Russia assertive policy and new threats in the region”, said ambassador Mościcka-Dendys.

     

    On the next day, during a debate prepared by the Polish Embassy, UN Women and Embassy of Australia the question of technical education for women was discussed under the lead “Gender equality 2030 – women in STEM”. It was highlighted that Poland when compared to EU, but also other countries, is a positive distinction when it comes to women’s technical education and is very advanced on its path to reach the sustainable development goals on education (goal 4), gender equality (goal 5) and common right to decent work and economic growth (goal 8). The debate gathered a large audience, and so did the next one, held by the European Commission Representation in Denmark, which touched upon i.a. the question of the future of Europe, Strategic Agenda 2030 and the most significant political, economic and demographic trends in the coming decades. The panelists stressed the importance of a stable neighbourhood for the future of EU, coming to a conclusion that “a friendly and predictable neighbours are better than walls and borders”.

     

    European Union policy, this time in the context of transatlantic relations, was discussed also on 15th of June, during the debate between ambassadors of Poland, France and UK, organized by LEAD Agency. “No matter which administration is governing in Washington, we need the US presence and engagement in Europe. The transatlantic relations are too strong and the US are too important as a partner to let us risk the weakening of this cooperation”, stressed ambassador Mościcka-Dendys.

     

    The goals of Polish energy and climate policy, including the success of Polish COP24 presidency, were also presented at Folkemødet. The panel organized by the Embassy, UNEP and Danish Technology University (DTU) gathered the key representatives of Danish business and renewable energy sector. The debate focused on how the technical development and the right government policy can contribute in synergy to reaching the global climate goals.

     

    It is to be noted that during the Folkemødet festival over 100 000 guests visit the island of Bornholm, including politicians, representatives of administration, business associations, media, NGO and diplomatic corps accredited in Denmark, the latter in growing numbers. It creates a great opportunity to reach the Danish public with the Polish point of view, including those who might not follow the issues of foreign, European or energy policy on everyday basis or are not familiar with the geopolitical challenges facing the transatlantic community.

     

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