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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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    Diplomatic relations with Czechoslovakia were established after Poland’s rebirth in 1919. The current Polish-Czech relations are based on the Agreement between the Republic of Poland and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic on Good Neighbourhood, Solidarity and Friendly Cooperation done on 6 October 1991 and signed Presidents Lech Wałęsa and Vaclav Havel.

     

    The Poland-Czech Republic have entered their best period in modern history. This is due to the development of bilateral contacts,  regional cooperation (especially within the Visegrad Group) cooperation on the EU level. The 2011 Czech foreign policy strategy describes relations with Poland strategic. In 2009, the Polish-Czech Forum was launched to promote Polish-Czech cooperation, including on the local level.

     

    Ranking 6th in terms of trade, the Czech Republic remains one of Poland’s key economic partners. In 2011, our southern neighbour was the fifth largest recipient of Polish goods, while Poland took the third position among the biggest Czech economic partners. Poland records a considerable positive balance of trade exceeding euro 2 billion.

     

    The cross-border cooperation is an important element of our bilateral relations. The Polish-Czech Intergovernmental Commission for Cross-border Cooperation holds regular meetings, Polish and Czech regions have undertaken efforts to create a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, while Polish Voivodeships and Czech Krajs are involved in intensive and direct cooperation.

     

    Approximately 60,000 people of Polish origin live in the Czech Republic. The majority (70%) are longstanding inhabitants of the Zaolzie region. The largest groups of Poles live in and around Karvina, Frydek-Mistek and Prague. 

     

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