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About the Speech:

In his keynote address at the IIEA, Minister Waszczykowski outlined Poland’s perspective, and that of Visegrad Group, on how best to manage the current challenges facing the EU, particularly in the areas of migration and security. He also discussed the close ties between Poland and Ireland and how this relationship could be enhanced.


About the Speaker:

Witold Waszczykowski has served as Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since November 2015.  From 2005-2008, he served as Deputy Foreign Minister and was the chief negotiator during the Poland-US missile shield talks. He began his diplomatic career in 1992.  His previous positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: Head of Poland’s Liaison Office to NATO (1997), Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the North Atlantic Alliance (1997-1999), and Poland’s Ambassador to Iran (1999-2002). Minister Waszczykowski has a PhD in History from the University of Lódz. He is a member of the Law and Justice Party.