Posted on 30.01.2014 in EU and the Eastern Partnership, Featured, News

Poland and Switzerland Introduce Visa Representation

“Polish-Swiss relations are developing very well. Our bilateral trade and investments are growing,” said Minister Radosław Sikorski on 27 January during a meeting with Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation who serves as the rotating head of State and foreign minister. During his visit to Warsaw, Didier Burkhalter met with President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

In Warsaw the two foreign ministers signed the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation on Mutual Representation in the Process of Examining Visa Applications and Issuing Visas. This is Poland’s eighth visa representation agreement, but the first it has signed with a non-European UnionMemberState that is part of the Schengen Area. The ministers emphasized that the agreement will contribute to closer cooperation between Polish and Swiss consular services.

The foreign ministers discussed political and economic bilateral relations, military cooperation and the future of the Polish museum in Rapperswil. They also raised international issues: cooperation in the OSCE in connection with Switzerland’s current presidency of this organisation, recent developments in Syria and Iran, cooperation in development policy as well as Swiss-EU relations.

Minister Sikorski presented Poland’s assessment of the Eastern PartnershipSummit held in November 2013 and of the current situation in Ukraine.

During the visit, the Presidents of both countries adopted a joint Declaration on Cooperation, which sums up past achievements and maps directions of future cooperation. On Tuesday President Burkhalter visits Krakow and the former German Nazi concentration campAuschwitz-Birkenau (Switzerland is one of the biggest donors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation with Bern contributing euro 1 million to the foundation in 2013).


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