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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • BILATERAL RELATIONS

  • Bilateral cooperation

     

    Official diplomatic relations between Poland and Italy were established on 27 February 1919.

     

    On 5 July 1945 Italy’s government recognised the Provisional Government of National Unity in Warsaw and decided to establish diplomatic relations with it. Polish embassy in Rome resumed its activities in August 1945, and Italy’s embassy in Warsaw in September 1945.

     

    The primary document that regulates relations between Poland and Italy is the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation of 11 October 1991.

    The existing agreements concern, among others, cooperation in the fields of culture and education (2005), mutual protection of classified information (2005), fight against crime (2009), and issues related to the maintenance and protection of Polish war cemeteries in Italy and Italian war cemeteries in Poland (2012).

     

    Italy remains Poland’s major partner both in terms of bilateral relations and on the European and international scene. Bilateral contacts are enhanced by the mechanism of Intergovernmental Consultations chaired by the two countries’ prime ministers. The fourth round of Consultations, which were launched in 2009 and resumed in 2012, is scheduled for 2016. On 22 September 2015, during the Arraiolos Group’s meetings in Erfurt, Germany, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda met his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella.

     

    Italy is Poland’s second trade partner among the EU countries. In 2014, bilateral trade turnover exceeded EUR 16.2 billion (including Poland’s export to Italy worth EUR 7.3 billion, and Poland’s import – EUR 8.9 billion), with Poland’s trade deficit amounting to EUR 1.58 billion. In 2013 Italy was the 6thbiggest direct investor in Poland and its investments amounted to over PLN 38 billion.

     

    Around 120 000 – 150 000 Poles live in Italy. There are numerous Polish institutions and organizations of various nature. Most Poles live in south and central Italy, and 25% of the Polish population in the country live in Lazio (mainly in Rome). Polish communities in the largest cities of Campania and Tuscany are growing.

     

    Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Italy

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