The diplomatic relations between the Republic of Malta and the Republic of Poland were formally established over forty years ago. Since this establishment, their relations have never looked back and have been strengthened in particular after the accession of both countries to the European Union in 2004 and to Schengen in 2008.

The development of these bilateral relations led to several important visits including a State Visit to Poland in October 2002 by the President of Malta, Guido de Marco, to the President of Poland, Mr. Aleksander Kwaśniewski as well as a State Visit of President Kwaśniewski to Malta in March, 2004.

Another State visit took place on January 2009 by the President of Malta Edward Fenech Adami.  The President was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Tonio Borġ, and by a business delegation made up of 70 representatives of Maltese firms and officials.

Other important visits included the Polish Prime Minister Mr. Donald Tusk’s visit to Valletta in October of 2009 and the visit of the Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Lawrence Gonzi to Warsaw in April of 2011. During his visit the Hon. Prime Minister inaugurated the Embassy of Malta in Poland.

More recently, in June 2014, President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, paid an official visit to Poland for the Celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Polish Freedom in Warsaw.

In January 2015, President Coleiro-Preca also participated at the Auschwitz liberation anniversary ceremony.

There is ample scope for our respective Embassies to promote and strengthen the bilateral cultural ties.

Cultural links between Malta and Poland are best personified by the common colours of the Red and the White of the two national flags.  But the cultural ties go far beyond this.  In 2007, a Maltese-Polish Friendship Society was established with the aim to foster people-to-people links while a town twinning agreement was concluded between Gzira in Malta and Wałbrzych in Poland.

The economic relations between the two countries are also very encouraging with statistics indicating an impressive expansion of trade and commerce. Tourism traffic between the two countries has also increased considerably and new all-year-round flights have been established between Malta, Warsaw and Krakow.  Seasonal direct flights have also been established to and from main Polish cities including Gdansk, Katowice, Wroclaw and Poznan.

John Paul Grech