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  • To serve Poland – to build Europe – to understand the world

     

  • RESPONSIBILITIES

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    • maintains relations with other states and international organizations;

    • represents and protects the interests of the Republic of Poland, Polish citizens and legal entities abroad;

    • promotes Poland and the Polish language abroad;

    • cooperates with Poles living abroad and supports Polish cultural and educational institutions abroad;

    • organizes and supervises the activities of Poland’s diplomatic missions and consulates;

    • proposes and develops the policies of the Council of Ministers in the field of foreign affairs; elaborates projects and drafts proposals for such policies and submits them to the Council of Ministers;

    • implements policies adopted by the Council of Ministers and coordinates and supervises their implementation through the relevant agencies;

    • fulfills the above tasks and responsibilities in cooperation with other ministers, national and local government bodies, the business community, trade unions and social organizations;

    • represents the Republic of Poland in international human rights protection bodies;

    • provides guidelines and supervision to the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw and the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznan as well as to diplomatic missions, consular offices and Polish Institutes abroad.

    Responsibilities and competences of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
     
    1. Pursuant to the regulation of the President of the Council of Ministers of 22 December 2009 concerning the detailed scope of activities conducted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
     
    • directs the government administration branches Foreign affairs and Poland’s membership of the European Union and

    • administers Section 45 of the national budget.

    2. Pursuant to the Government Administration Branches Act of 4 September 1997:
     
    1) In relation to foreign affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
     
    • maintains the Republic of Poland’s relations with other states and international organizations;

    • represents and protects the Republic of Poland’s interests abroad, including before international courts and tribunals with the exception of the judicial bodies of the European Union and the Court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Court);

    • coordinates the foreign policy of the Republic of Poland, including activities of government administration bodies and their subordinate units by:

    a) developing, agreeing and submitting for examination to the Council of Ministers, on an annual basis, the      government document defining the directions and objectives of Polish foreign policy and the promotion of Poland’s interests for the following year as well as developing and submitting long-term foreign policy strategies to the Council of Ministers;

     
    b) providing opinions on the consistency of annual and long-term international cooperation plans with the above document and submitting opinions on these plans to the President of the Council of Ministers;
     
    c) acting in international relations essential from the point of view of the interests of the Republic of Poland:
     
    • representing and protecting the interests of Polish nationals and Polish legal persons abroad as well as cooperating with Poles residing abroad, including giving his support to Polish cultural and educational institutions abroad;

    • dealing with matters in the field of international cooperation for development and humanitarian aid;

    • presenting the international image of the Republic of Poland;

    • dealing with matters in the field of public and cultural diplomacy as well as supporting efforts promoting the Polish economy, culture, language, tourism, technology and science undertaken in the scope of other activities;

    • presenting the report on Polish foreign policy tasks to the Sejm (lower chamber of Parliament) of the Republic of Poland;

    • determining the organization of foreign diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland, directing their activities and coordinating activities associated with their protection.

    2) In relation to Poland’s membership of the European Union:
     
    • in the scope of government involvement in the work of the institutions of the European Union, the Foreign Minister develops Poland’s EU policy strategy, initiates and prepares government documents on involvement in EU institutions and gives opinions in terms of their consistency with the strategy;

    • in the scope of information and education measures, the Foreign Minister disseminates knowledge about European integration and the functioning of the EU as well as the related policies of the Council of Ministers;

    • in the scope of the consistency of Polish law with EU law and the protection of the interests of the Republic of Poland in proceedings before the judicial bodies of the European Union and the Court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Court), the Foreign Minister acts by:

    a) coordinating the process of transposition of the acquis communautaire into the Polish legal regime;
     
    b) presenting opinions to the Council of Ministers on the consistency of government bills and draft versions of international agreements with EU law;
     
    c) subject to the regulations of the Sejm, giving opinions on the consistency of draft bills with EU law;
     
    d) subject to separate regulations, assuring representation of the Republic of Poland in proceedings before the judicial bodies of the European Union and the Court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Court):
     
    • preparing government administration bodies to perform tasks arising from Poland’s membership of the European Union;

    • employing Polish nationals in EU institutions and agencies.

    3. Pursuant to the Council of Ministers Act of 8 August 1996, the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
     
    • participates – pursuant to the Constitution – in the establishment of Polish national policies and assumes responsibility for the content and implementation of government tasks, in line with separate regulations;

    • initiates and develops government policy in the scope of his competences, submits initiatives, presents the assumptions underlying draft bills and draft regulatory acts at meetings of the Council of Ministers, subject to separate regulations;

    • implements policies of the Council of Ministers;

    • represents the government before the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in selected matters, pursuant to applicable laws;

    • participates in meetings of the Council of Ministers;

    • directs, oversees and controls the activity of subordinate bodies, offices and units;

    • presents matters pertaining to measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at meetings of the Council of Ministers.

     

     

     

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