- April 25, 2013
Polish MINISTRY of FOREIGN AFFAIRS will increase support for Poles abroad
Prime Minister Donald Tusk declared that he will accept the resignation of the deputy Foreign Minister Janusz Cisek. Previously the PiS came to him to report to the CBA.
A month ago, “Super Express” wrote that the Foreign Ministry has granted the Foundation for Development of Civil Thoughts grant of $ 1.4 million zł from a pool of funds for the project “Cooperation with Polonia and Poles Abroad”. According to the newspaper the foundation has been registered a month and a half prior to the invitation to tender for the allocation of resources, and its President is a friend of Slawomir Mitrowskiego, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs advisers of Janusz Dashes.
Marcin Mastalerek from PiS informed on this matter CBA. The Prime Minister was asked by journalists whether the submission of resignation by Dashes is related to recent publications on irregularities in the award of funds to help the Polish community. He said that matter knows mainly from information provided by the head of the MFA Radek Sikorski. As I said, Powell had also other reasons, not only in this matter, as well as personal reasons. ” He added that it is not authorized to talk about it.
— But resigned on my hands, on the grounds, inter alia, the need for the release of the MFA from the matter, that is to say, “said the head of Government. The Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said during Wednesday’s speech to the Senate that the Ministry may announce additional competition for NGO support for the Polish community. He noted that the competition pool will be allocated 8 million zl.
The Minister informed that not all of the funds allocated under the competition of 2012 will be released “for various reasons of chance”. Radoslaw Sikorski assured that resort listens to the voice of compatriots abroad, Polish public opinion, legislative environments, non-governmental organizations and the media. He added that where “there are errors, they will be drawn the conclusions
The decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the announcement of additional competition has been taken as the most at the time. As a result of the decisions of the previous contest, donating to the Polish media in Lithuania, including the “Courier Vilnius”, compared with the previous year have been reduced by about 40 percent.
In his speech in the Senate of the REPUBLIC foreign minister pointed out that they should “allay anxieties” about support of the MFA for Polish media. “This cooperation is a priority for us. Last year we spent more than £ 4.5 million for this purpose from the competition. Not less we’re going to pass this year, “said the head of the MINISTRY of FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
MINISTER of Poles in Lithuania
Minister Sikorski also raised the issues of the situation of the Polish minority in Lithuania. “The challenge for the department – the minister – a dialogue with Lithuania with Polish minorities.” He stressed that the case was “particularly taken into account” and raised at the highest level and in multilateral forums. “October’s elections have created an opportunity to improve the situation of Poles has brought a historical achievement Action of Poles in Lithuania, which won 5.83 percent of vote “- he said.
Tłumaczenie Katarzyna Dąbrowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Katarzyna Dąbrowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.