• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland




    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinates issues with regard to imposing and implementing international sanctions.


    The Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also in the chair of the Inter-ministerial Group for International Sanctions established on the basis of the Prime Minister’s Ordinance No. 117 of 14 October 2003 on establishing the Interministerial Group for International Sanctions.


    The implementation of sanctions


    In the Republic of Poland, there is no single general and comprehensive law regulating the implementation of international sanctions. Sanctions are implemented by means of sector laws (e.g. the Act of 29 November 2000 on the Trading of Goods, Technology and Services of Strategic Importance to State Security as well as to the Maintenance of International Peace and Security) which create the grounds for the activities undertaken by competent ministers or institutions.


    From 1 May 2004, restrictive measures which are in the competence of the European Communities are implemented by means of the EU Council regulations (the list of the EU sanctions and the relevant documents can be found on the website: The restrictive measures issued on the basis of regulations have direct effect and are directly applicable in member states. That is to say that both the organs of public authority and the private entities are obliged to implement the regulations. Due to the above fact, the EU sanctions referring to the freezing of assets should be implemented directly by obliged institutions (e.g. banks).

    In order to facilitate the execution of commitments resulting from regulations, the European Commission in conjunction with the European Banking Federation, the European Savings Banks Group, the European Association of Cooperative Banks and the European Association of Public Banks established the list of entities covered by the financial sanctions of the community (list available on the following page:


    General coordination of sanctions-related issues is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legal and Treaty Department (Tel.: 48 22 523 94 24; fax: 48 22 523 83 29; e-mail:



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