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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • EASTERN POLICY

  • Poland was the first state to recognise the independence of Ukraine on 2 December 1991. The establishment of the diplomatic relations took place on 4 January 1992, while on 18 May 1992 the Treaty on Good Neighbourhood, Friendly Relations and Cooperation between the Republic of Poland and Ukraine was signed. Subsequently, there were signed several contracts and agreements, regulating specific areas of bilateral contacts.

     

    Poland and Ukraine are connected by links of common history, as well as by similar traditions and culture. Polish-Ukrainian cooperation has been very active and takes place at all levels, central, provincial and local. Particularly lively is the activity of Polish and Ukrainian NGOs, as well as scientific and cultural exchange. The key instruments of cooperation are the Consultative Committee of the Presidents, the Parliamentary Assembly of Poland and Ukraine, the Polish-Ukrainian Intergovernmental Cooperation Council on Interregional Cooperation, the Forum of Voivodes and Marshals of Voivodships of the Republic of Poland and Presidents of the Oblast Administrations and Chairmen of the Oblast Councils of Ukraine, the Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum as well as the Polish-Ukrainian Forum of Historians established in 2015.

     

    For the period of January-November 2015, the Polish exportation to Ukraine in relation to 2014 decreased by 22.1% to 3027 million USD, while the importation dropped by 26.3% to 1565 million USD. Thus, the overall commodity trading between Poland and Ukraine decreased in the examined period by 23.6%. It was connected with the deterioration of the condition of the Ukrainian economy due to the loss of Crimea and persisting conflict in Donbass.

     

    Poland supports Ukraine economically. The main source of financing of the aid is the Polish Development Aid, in the framework of which there are executed projects of governmental administrative bodies, NGOs, local authorities, universities, as well as by the Polish Embassy in Kiev (so called “Small Grants”). The support as the development aid in 2015 remained at the same level as in 2015 (16 million EUR). The priority of the support offered by Polish experts is still the aid within the scope of the decentralization reform, fight against corruption and institutional capacity building of the Ukrainian administration.

    An expression of this support was the allocation to Ukraine the loan of 100 million EUR in 2015 under  preferential conditions for improving the state of infrastructure of border crossing points with Poland, as well as the conclusion of the agreement on opening the SWAP currency line zloty/hryvnia to the amount of 4 billion zlotys by the Polish National Bank and the National Bank of Ukraine, which is designed to improve the stability of Ukrainian finances.

     

    According to the last national census of 2001, Ukraine is inhabited by approximately 144,000 people of Polish descent; many Polish institutions and organisations operate in the country. The Republic of Poland has Consulates General in: Lutsk, Lviv, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Odessa and a Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kiev. The activity of the Consulates in Donetsk and Sevastopol was suspended in the first half of 2014 due to the military actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

     

     

    Webpage of the Polish Embassy in Ukraine

     

     

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