Broadening of our cooperation
Friday afternoon – summing up a very intensive week.
Monday – bilateral talks between Ministers Henryka Mościcka-Dendys and Frank Belfrage. http://www.swedenabroad.com/pl-PL/Embassies/Warsaw/Wiadomoci-i-wydarzenia/Wiadomoci/Rozmowy-o-polsko-szwedzkiej-wspopracy-sys/ (and a similar text on the Swedish website).
Tuesday – visit by the Deputy Director from our EU-department in Stockholm Harald Fries.
Tuesday-Wednesday – subregional conference with my colleagues, the Swedish Ambassadors from Central Europe. As always informal and very exchange of experiences and perspectives on issues like EU, regional cooperation, democracy and minorities.
Thursday – two separate tracks: My deputy Ulrik Tideström hosted State Secretary for integration Jasenko Selimovic who participated in a conference on diversity organised by Minister Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz. In parallell I went to Kraków for the ceremony in Villa Decius where the laureates of the 2013 Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 2002-2003) were honoured, among them former Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld. http://villa.org.pl/villa/en/aktualnosci-post/znamy-laureatow-10-edycji-polskiej-nagrody-im-sergio-vieira-de-mello/ So well deserved – and it could be added that the lecture given by professor Rotfeld during the conference on foreign policy was extremely enlightening.
Friday – inauguration of the seminar on elderly care: “Symbiocare: Swedish-Polish seminar on innovative solutions” with Business Sweden as a driving force behind. And additionally preparing for the visit next week of Erik Ullenhag, Swedish Minister for issues like integration and human rights.
A recurrent observation in our everyday work is the increased interest from Swedish decision makers to visit Poland and develop relations with Poland. The follow-up of the Declaration on Cooperation that was made Monday this week by the Ministers clearly showed both the relevance of the partnership and the broadening of the thematic character. Many issues have shown that they play a very natural role in the cooperation (from Eastern partnership to energy). And several new issues have been added (from agriculture to ICT). I was happy to see gender equality among the themes highlighted – and to see the clear interest for exchange of experiences in areas like elderly care and the fight for tolerance.
The first theme was dealt with not least when Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz visited his Swedish colleague Maria Larsson two weeks (and today at the Symbiocare seminar as well). The second theme will obviously touched upon by Erik Ullenhag next week, who will start his visit in Auschwitz and then continue with talks in Warsaw.
I must admit, though, that right now I am looking forward to a couple of peaceful weekend days in the golden autumn that Warsaw is showing these days.