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  • 17 September 2014

    On Wednesday, Minister Radosław Sikorski opened the new premises of the Polish Embassy’s Consular Section in London, which handles several hundred people a day



      Polish consulates give both Poles living abroad and foreigners an idea about how our country looks like,” said the chief of Poland’s diplomacy. “I hope that this modern building and people who will work in it will reflect well on Poland.”


      During the ceremony, Minister Sikorski honoured two Poles with the “Bene Merito” distinction for promoting Poland in the world: Dr Krzysztof Barbarski, head of the Polish Institute in London and Dr Andrzej Suchcitz, historian and publisher of archive documents.


      Poland’s top diplomat recalled that he had lived in the United Kingdom as a political refugee for eight years. “Today, Poles leave their country for other reasons, but I hope that this building will encourage them to follow in my footsteps and come back home,” he said. “A Polish office can be as good as a British office, or even better.”


      Approximately 800,000 live in the United Kingdom. The British Islands are becoming the destination of choice for many Polish citizens who want to work abroad. Poles are one of three most numerous minority groups there. The number of clients handled by the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy in London increased significantly within the past ten years. In 2013, the consulate issued a total of 43,000 passports.


      The Bravura House, the consulate’s new premises located in the City of London, dates back to the 20th century. It is equipped with environment-friendly installations and adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities. The hall has been designed to suit the needs of mothers with children, who account for a half of clients. Electronic information stands provide information about the consulate’s activity. Access and luggage control systems guarantee the safety of the building.


      The new consulate has been warmly welcomed by clients who have had a chance to visit it in the first days of its work.


      The London consulate is another modern diplomatic post in the so-called “new emigration” countries. The Polish Consulate in Manchester has new premises since last June, while the Polish Consulate in Cologne―since last year.


      Apart from the Consular Section, the building houses the Economic Section of the Polish Embassy in London and the Polish Cultural Institute, one of the oldest cultural posts in the history of Polish diplomacy.



      Marcin Wojciechowski

      MFA Press Spokesman


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