News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
22 September 2014
After the ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the office and seals of the Minister of Foreign Affairs were officially handed over to the new Minister Grzegorz Schetyna at the MFA headquarters.
“Poland’s international standing has been steadily improving, and our achievements of the past years include the European budget, the recent decisions by NATO, the choice of Donald Tusk as chief of the European Council, the Eastern Partnership, and the signing of association agreements with Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. I want to thank everyone with whom we have confronted these challenges and worked to attain these successes,” emphasized Minister Radosław Sikorski.
When handing over the office to Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, the outgoing minister said: “Minister, I’m leaving you a ministry which is the most modern public office in Poland and one of the most modern ones in Europe. You are going to be in the hands of patriotic, efficient and ambitious professionals, who act according to the motto we’ve chosen in a competition: to serve Poland, to build Europe, to understand the world.”
“Minister, you have built a great project – a modern Ministry of Foreign Affairs of an ambitious country that is capable of fighting and winning. Minister, Dear Radek, you have done a good job. I hope that when you enter a somewhat different, but equally interesting world on Wednesday, you will be able to work equally hard and well for Poland and that you will find this new work rewarding. I also hope that one day, when we are no longer here, the name Radosław Sikorski will be mentioned along with the names of other great Polish foreign ministers,” said Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, who also presented Minister Radosław Sikorski with a diplomatic sword on behalf of the Foreign Service.
Foreign Service Director Mirosław Gajewski thanked Minister Radosław Sikorski on behalf of all MFA employees for the seven years of working together and assured him that they are ready to fully cooperate with the new minister in implementing his intended goals.
MFA Press Spokesman
Grzegorz Schetyna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Since 2011 Grzegorz Schetyna was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Polish Sejm. In 2010-11 he served as Sejm Marshal, and before that as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Administration. The initiator of, among others, the National Programme of Local Roads Reconstruction, he was also responsible for the last stage of Poland’s accession to the Schengen Area. Schetyna’s supervision of the introduction of a modern system of biometric passports in Poland enabled visa-free travel between Poland and Canada. He set out to complete the public administration reform, create a central IT platform for the public services sector, and implement a modernization programme for the uniformed services.
In 2009-10, Grzegorz Schetyna was Chairman of the Parliamentary Club of the Civic Platform. He was one of the Civic Platform’s co-founders in 2001. On two occasions, in 2006 and 2010, he was chosen as Civic Platform leader in Lower Silesia; since 2010 he has been the party’s First Deputy Chairman.
Deputy to the Polish Sejm during its 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th terms of office. Sejm Marshal from July 2010 to November 2011.Until 6 August 2010, i.e. the swearing-in of Bronisław Komorowski, he served as Poland’s acting President.
In 1994-97 Grzegorz Schetyna was active in the Slask Wroclaw sports club. Prior to that, in 1990, he was Director of the Provincial Office in Wroclaw, and then Vice-Governor of theWroclaw Province.
Between 1986 and 1989 he led the Independent Students’ Union (Niezależne Zrzeszenie Studentów/NZS) at the University of Wroclaw, and in 1988 he was also elected leader of the Inter-University Strike Committee of the Independent Students’ Union. Moreover, he co-founded the underground publishing house Universitas. An active member of the Fighting Solidarity (Solidarność Walcząca) movement during martial law.
Grzegorz Schetyna read history at the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Wroclaw.See more
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