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  • 13 November 2009

            On the occasion of the Foreign Service Day, Minister Radosław Sikorski has awarded the following persons with the Bene Merito distinction – an honorary award conferred upon those whose activities enhance Poland’s position on the international arena:

            On the occasion of the Foreign Service Day, Minister Radosław Sikorski has awarded the following persons with the Bene Merito distinction – an honorary award conferred upon those whose activities enhance Poland’s position on the international arena:

    Krzysztof Skubiszewski – Professor of international law, Minister of Foreign Affairs during 1989-1993. The first Foreign Affairs Minister after democratic transformations in Poland. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Polish foreign service and his academic achievements in the international arena.

    Władysław Bartoszewski – Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1995 and during 2000-2001. For tireless efforts to enhance Poland’s prestige on the international arena and for his outstanding contribution to the Polish foreign service.

    Adam Daniel Rotfeld – Professor of  Liberal Arts, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2005. In recognition of his academic achievements and outstanding contribution to the Polish foreign service.

    Ambassador Jerzy Bahr –Ambassador in Kiev, Vilnius, currently posted in Moscow. In acknowledgement of his many years of model diplomatic service for Poland.

    Archbishop Józef Kowalczyk – Papal Nuncio to Poland since 1989. In recognition of his merit and in acknowledgement of his many years of diplomatic service friendly to our country.

    Daniel Fried – United States Ambassador to Poland during 1997-2001. In recognition of his friendship and kindness shown to Poland, in particular when our country was applying for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and during the first years of our membership.

    Shewach Weiss – Ambassador of Israel to Poland during 2000-2003. For his meritorous contribution to the development of Polish-Israeli relations and for promoting cooperation and dialogue between our two countries and peoples.

    Edward Lucas – journalist, European correspondent of “The Economist”. For bringing closer to many readers all over the world  issues dealing with Poland’s interests to many readers all over the world in a well-disposed way.

    Andrew Nagorski – writer and publicist. For bringing closer to many readers all over the world issues dealing with Poland’s interests in a well-disposed way.

    Bohdan Osadczuk – political scientist and publicist, researcher of Central and Eastern European history. In recognition of his academic achievements and his efforts to promote Polish- Ukrainian reconciliation.

    Maria Przełomiec – journalist, former correspondent of the BBC Polish desk. For popularizing knowledge about the conditions of Polish foreign policy, especially in the East.

    Maciej Wierzyński - since1989 head of the first Eastern European Desk of Radio Free Europe, host of a TV program “Horyzont” on TVN24. In recognition of his work to popularize international affairs in the mass media.

    Wojciech Jagielski – journalist and correspondent. In recognition of his valuable and bold reporting of international issues.

    Norman Davies – historian, Professor of London University, member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy. For his outstanding achievements in popularizing Polish and European history, including the conditions of our foreign policy in the past and now.

    Steffen Moeller – actor, the author of a book “Polska da się lubić” (“Poland is likable”). For his merits in popularizing Polish affairs and for his well-disposed way of discussing issues which are important in our relations with our western neighbor.

    Borys Tarasiuk – former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for his consistently pro-European attitude. In recognition of his merits in fostering cooperation between Ukraine and Poland.

    Chief of Warsaw Police Superintendent Adam Mularz – for supporting the MFA and for his day-to-day work for diplomatic missions accredited to Poland.

    General Maciej Hunia – in recognition of his cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in implementing Polish foreign policy tasks.

    Commander of the Warsaw Garrison, Brigadier General Kazimierz Gilarski – In recognition of his kindness for and support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the implementation of important assignments dealing with the organization of international visits and the fulfillment of the Republic of Poland’s commitments.

    Janina Ochojska – President of the Board and founder of the Polish Humanitarian Action. For her merits in helping to build Poland’s international image as one of compassion and humanitarianism through her persevering humanitarian campaigns.

    Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz – Eastern affairs analysts, co-founder and former Deputy Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies. For his brilliant analyses, helpful in the formulation of Polish foreign policy.

    Aleksander Smolar –President of the Stefan Batory Foundation. For creating a forum of serious debate and for his achievements in promoting democracy, his academic work and for his meritorous work for the Polish foreign service.

    Professor Piotr Łossowski – historian, professor, author of the History of Polish Diplomacy, among others.  For his great s academic achievements, including the historical dimension of Polish diplomacy.

    Marek Dąbrowski - 1989-1990, deputy Finance Minister, co-founder of CASE. For his merits in promoting Poland and Polish foreign policy, and also for sharing his experience with others and for supporting market-oriented  reforms in post-Soviet countries, among others.

    Krzysztof Szczepanik – employee of the Archive and Information Management Office of the MFA. For his meritorious work in documenting the history and achievements of Polish foreign policy and for training diplomatic future diplomats.

    Piotr Paszkowski
    Press Spokesman

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