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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Polish Presidential Couple in the Republic of Croatia


The President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, and his wife today attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic. The Polish President also met with several heads of state.


The presidential couple arrived in Zagreb shortly after 10 a.m. During the ceremony at St. Mark's Square in Zagreb, the President of Croatia was sworn in and in his speech announced that he would combat corruption and steer his country towards joining the European Union.

The Polish undersecretary of state, Mariusz Handzlik, said that the presence of Lech Kaczyński at the ceremony is a token of Poland’s support for the efforts of Croatia to join the EU and that it emphasizes the importance of this country as our partner in the region.


Handzlik added that it would be best if Croatia became a member of the EU in the second half of 2011, when Poland takes over the presidency of the European Union. He also said that Lech Kaczyński met with leaders of other countries of the Western Balkans and that he expressed his support for their aspirations to join European organisations. At the same time, Handzlik announced that Lech Kaczyński had invited the presidents who attended the ceremony in Zagreb to a meeting of countries of Central and Southern Europe which will take place in Poland on 20th-21st May.


Apart from the President of Poland, presidents of numerous other states, including Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Kosovo, took part in the swearing-in ceremony of Ivo Josipovic.

After the ceremony, the presidential couple attended an official breakfast hosted by the new president of Croatia and his wife. The visit ended with a meeting of the Polish and Croatian presidents.


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