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  • 19 February 2018

    Over 250 leaders from civil society, science, business and politics will take part in the second edition of the Polish-British Belvedere Forum, starting on Monday. The main theme of the event concerns relations between the two countries in the face of changes in Europe.

     

    This year's Forum will start in London with a reception at Lancaster House, a mansion belonging to the British Foreign Office in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace.


    Both governments will be represented by deputy foreign ministers for European affairs: Sir Alan Duncan and Konrad Szymański.


    On Tuesday, the discussions will move to the 18th century Mansion House, located in the City of London, where a plenary session dedicated to the prospects of a changing Europe will take place.


    The session will be attended by the head of the Centre for European Reform think tank Charles Grant, historian Prof. Andrzej Nowak and business analyst Wojciech Jakóbik, as well as entrepreneur Marta Krupińska and Joanna Bagniewska, a representatives of Polish researchers in Great Britain.


    The participants will then take part in six debates on foreign policy, migration challenges, common history, the future of business relations and joint work on the development of innovative technologies, as well as social changes and the future of the one million-strong Polish community living in Great Britain in the face of the country’s planned exit from the EU.


    The first edition of the Belvedere Forum was held last year in the Warsaw Belvedere, where the event took its name. The initiative to organize the conference was raised in autumn 2016 after the inaugural session of intergovernmental consultations between Poland and the United Kingdom.


    Over one million Poles live in Great Britain. According to the Companies House register, they run over 30,000 companies. In turn, as many as 26 of the 100 largest British companies listed on the London Stock Exchange have investments in Poland, including Tesco, Rolls Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland, EasyJet and BAE Systems.


    The history of the significant presence of Poles in Great Britain dates back to the period of World War II. In 1940-1990, London was also the seat of the Polish government in exile.


    The Polish Press Agency is the media patron of the Polish-British Belvedere Forum.


    Source: PAP

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