Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Poland

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Poland were established on April 28, 1992.

The Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Poland opened in 2004.

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Georgia opened in 1997.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Poland:

  • Ilia Darchiashvili 2017 – to date;
  • Nikoloz Nikolozishvili 2011 – 2017;
  • Konstantine Kavtaradze 2006-2011;
  • Zaza Kandelaki 2004-2005.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Poland with residence in Germany:

  • Maia Fanjikidze 2004;
  • Konstantine Gabashvili 2001-2004.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Georgia:

  • Mariusz Maszkiewicz 2016 – to date;
  • Andrzej Cieszkowski 2013- 2016;
  • Urszula Doroszewska 2008-2013;
  • Jacek Multanowski 2004-2008;

Charge d'affaires:

  • Jacek Multanowski 2000-2004;
  • Piotr Borawski 1997-2000.

The main fields of cooperation:

Georgia and the Republic of Poland enjoy close cooperation on both bilateral and multilateral level. Poland, as one of the authors of the “Eastern Partnership" initiative, plays an important role through its active engagement and support in attaining Georgia’s European aspirations.

On April 15, 2015, in Tbilisi, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Republic of Poland signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing of Tbilisi Conference. The mentioned format of cooperation envisages experience and expertise sharing of Poland on the way of Georgia’s European integration.

Cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries is developing successfully. Friendship groups are established in both parliaments.

More than fifteen international agreements have been signed between Georgia and Poland regulating cooperation in the fields of defense, economy, tourism, regional development, culture, education, health, etc.

Since 2009 the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Poland has been functioning. Polish and Hungarian airlines (“LOT” and “Wizz Air”) are performing direct flights from Tbilisi and Kutaisi to Warsaw.

Since 2004 the "Development Assistance Program" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland is being implemented in Georgia. The priority areas of the program include: economic growth, rule of law, good governance, sustainable use of national resources, social welfare.

Defense cooperation is also active and includes consultations on military-technical issues, joint trainings between special task forces and the study visits to the military schools of Poland.

Cooperation in the field of regional development as well as experience-sharing in the process of reforming local municipalities is particularly important in Georgia-Poland relations. Polish experts rendered assistance to the Government of Georgia in preparing and implementing the Regional Development State Strategy for 2011-2017 years. Furthermore, many cities and regions of Georgia and Poland have established partnership in recent years.

Through numerous scholarships of Poland, many Georgian students are getting education at the Polish leading universities. Moreover, different Line Ministries of Poland are offering training courses for Georgian civil servants aimed at improving their professional skills.
Cultural days are frequently organized both in Georgia and Poland. The two countries are often visited by various artists.

Under the project named "Polish paths in Georgia" that has been carrying out in Georgia, the memorial plaques have been unveiled on the buildings which were designed by the Polish architects at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Archimandrite Gregory Peradze (later canonized as a Saint by the Georgian orthodox church) represents the unifying symbol of Georgia and Poland. Invited by the Polish side at the beginning of the 20th century, he served at the University of Warsaw, faculty of Theology. Gregory Peradze promoted the development of orthodox theological sciences in Poland and translated numerous works into Polish language. He died a martyr's death by voluntarily entering the gas cell in Auschwitz concentration camp instead of a prisoner having multiple children.

St. Gregory’s brotherhood is still present in Poland. It unifies young people, scientists and other representatives of intellectuals. The chapel of St. Gregory Peradze is functioning in Warsaw.

Georgian military officers serving in the army of Poland sacrificed their lives during Warsaw uprising in 1944. In 2007 the memorial dedicated to the Georgian officers was put up in the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

 


Useful links:

Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Poland
Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Government of the Republic of Poland
President of the Republic of Poland
Sejm of the Republic of Poland
Senate of the Republic of Poland