• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • Bilateral relations


    Poland and the Netherlands established diplomatic relations during the inter-war period. On 6 July 1945 the Dutch government recognized the Provisional Government of National Unity in Warsaw. The two countries re-established diplomatic relations at the end of 1945.


    Polish-Dutch relations are governed by a number of legal acts, the most important of which are: the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments and the Protocol thereto (1992) and the Convention between the Republic of Poland and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and the Protocol thereto (2002).


    Polish-Dutch political relations are being maintained at a good level. Political dialogue is regularly conducted at the highest level. Most important events during the last year: working visit of Prime Minister B. Szydło to The Hague  (8  February 2017); Polish-Dutch consultations between MFA’s Secretary of State K. Szymański and Director General for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands T. Van der Plas, visit of Secretary of State J. Dziedziczak to the Netherlands (31 January – 2 February 2017), PL-NL Economic Forum with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister M. Morawiecki (24 November 2016 r.).


    Cooperation is enhanced by the mechanism of bilateral consultations – the Utrecht Conference, established by Poland’s and the Netherlands’ foreign ministers in 1999 and aimed primarily at supporting Poland’s integration with the EU and bilateral relations. The Utrecht Conference’s annual sessions help strengthen cooperation between the two countries’ Ministries in the field of European policies (XXVI session was held in Warsaw 2-4 October 2016., proceeded by the consultations of Foreign Affairs Ministers) The Conference’s formula served as a model to the Skopje and Tbilisi Conferences. The Polish-Dutch dialogue is complemented by the series of The Bronisław Geremek Lecture. The 7th edition was held at the University of Utrecht on 14 February 2017.


    In the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland is seen as the most important partner in trade and economic cooperation among Eastern and Central European countries. Poland’s and the Netherlands’ bilateral turnover amounted in 2016 to around EUR 14,5 billion. The Netherlands is also the biggest foreign investor present in Poland.


    Approximately 170 000 Poles live and work in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the country is home to around 20 social and cultural organizations of the Polish diaspora.



    Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Netherlands



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