Polish ambassador to the UK to make virtual visit to Jersey

THE Polish ambassador to the UK has called for continued ‘co-operation’ with Jersey in the post-Brexit world as he prepared for a virtual visit to the Island today.

His excellency Arkady Józef Rzegocki (30444100)
His excellency Arkady Józef Rzegocki (30444100)

His Excellency Professor Arkady Józef Rzegocki was due to take part in a series of online meetings, including with the Lieutenant-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, who will officially welcome him to the Island.

He will also be met by the Bailiff of Jersey, Timothy Le Cocq, who will offer a virtual tour of the States Assembly and Royal Court, while Chief Minister John Le Fondré and External Relations Minister Ian Gorst are due to discuss bilateral and business relations with him, as well as support and co-operation with the local Polish community.

Meetings with representatives of Jersey Finance Ltd and the Jersey Financial Services Commission will also be held to discuss sustainable finance.

It is estimated that about 3% of Jersey’s population are Polish nationals. Mr Rzegocki said: ‘There are a lot of common issues and common interest for us. The Polish diaspora has been present in Jersey since the 19th century.

‘Poland is now one of the most dynamic countries in the EU. It is one of the closest allies of the UK, and Jersey, and we have a huge trade exchange.’

The ambassador said that he was pleased that the post-Brexit trade and co-operation agreement between the EU and UK, known as the TCA, had been signed at the end of last year and that Jersey agreed to sign up to it.

‘Poland is one of the countries which very much supported the TCA,’ he said.

‘We think that continued close co-operation between the UK, Poland and Jersey in the future is crucial for all sides and is in the best interest of all sides.’

He added: ‘We are very much interested in the status of our foreign citizens in Jersey, and in economic, culture and touristic co-operation with Jersey.’

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