Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych, MSZ) is the Polish government department tasked with maintaining Poland's international relations and coordinating its participation in international and regional supra-national political organisations such as the European Union and United Nations. The head of the ministry holds a place in the Council of Ministers.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych

Official governmental wall plaque

Ministerial logotype
Agency overview
HeadquartersAl. J. Ch. Szucha 23, Warsaw
Agency executives
Parent agencyCouncil of Ministers
The current seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located on Szucha Avenue
During the inter-war period the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was housed in the rococoBrühl Palace in central Warsaw
The MSZ's new extension, Articom office building at 21 Szucha Avenue, which in 2011 displayed a large-scale version of Poland's then-presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Remit and responsibilities of the ministry
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible primarily for maintaining good, friendly relations between the Polish Republic and other states. In doing so it is required to act primarily as a representative of the Polish people. To this end all Polish diplomatic missions around the world are subordinate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassadors, whilst receiving their credentials from the President of Poland, are employees of the foreign ministry and are recommended to the President for their posts by the minister of foreign affairs.
The ministry is considered to be one of Poland's most important, with the minister of foreign affairs ranking amongst the most influential people in Polish politics. This position is typically reserved for seasoned, professional politicians, and is thought to require a great deal of tact and intellect.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was first established, with Leon Wasilewski as its secretary, under the authority of the Regency Council when Poland regained (albeit in name only) its independence from the occupying German forces in the First World War. However, the ministry began to fulfil its ascribed duties truly only after the fall of the Regency Council, adoption of the Treaty of Versailles and the rise to power of Józef Piłsudski. The ministry was then, until 1939, located in central Warsaw, with its seat in the Brühl Palace on Piłsudski Square. During the Second World War, the ministry was evacuated, along with the rest of the Polish government, first to France and then onwards to London, where it formed part of the Polish government in exile. During this period Count Edward Raczyński, a man who was later to become President of the government in exile, was the minister responsible. After 1945, when most countries began to afford diplomatic recognition to the new communist government in Warsaw, at the expense of the government in exile, the authorities of the new Polish People's Republic refounded the ministry and appointed, as its first minister, Edward Osóbka-Morawski.
Since 1989 and the establishment of the Third Republic, the ministry and its staff have been located in a complex of buildings on Aleje Szucha in central Warsaw, not far displaced from the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
Regional affairs departments
The departments for regional affairs exist to monitor the internal situation and politics of the countries within the area of any one specific department's competence. They coordinate development of bilateral relations, initiate the related undertakings and prepare evaluations. These departments oversee the issue of Poland's participation in the structures of multilateral cooperation with any relevant partner states, as well as handling interregional cooperation. They are responsible for the substantive activity of relevant Polish diplomatic missions abroad.
Currently the Following regional affairs departments exist:[1]
Ministers of Foreign Affairs (since 1989)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister Spraw Zagranicznych
since 20 August 2020
Formation26 November 1917
First holderLeon Wasilewski
Political Party:  PO  PiS  SLD  UW  SdRP  Independent
PartyTerm of OfficePrime Minister
Krzysztof Skubiszewski
Independent12 September 198925 October 1993Tadeusz Mazowiecki
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki
Jan Olszewski
Hanna Suchocka
Andrzej Olechowski
Independent26 October 19936 March 1995Waldemar Pawlak
Władysław Bartoszewski
Independent7 March 199522 December 1995Józef Oleksy
Dariusz Rosati
SdRP29 December 199531 October 1997Józef Oleksy
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Bronisław Geremek
UW31 October 199730 June 2000Jerzy Buzek
Władysław Bartoszewski
Independent30 June 200019 October 2001Jerzy Buzek
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
SLD19 October 20015 January 2005Leszek Miller
Marek Belka
Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Independent5 January 200531 October 2005Marek Belka
Stefan Meller
Independent31 October 20059 May 2006Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Anna Fotyga
PiS9 May 200616 November 2007Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Jarosław Kaczyński
Radosław Sikorski
PO16 November 200722 September 2014Donald Tusk
Grzegorz Schetyna
PO22 September 201416 November 2015Ewa Kopacz
Witold Waszczykowski
PiS16 November 20159 January 2018Beata Szydło
Jacek Czaputowicz
Independent9 January 201820 August 2020Mateusz Morawiecki
Zbigniew Rau
PiS20 August 2020IncumbentMateusz Morawiecki
Previous officeholders
Kingdom of Poland (1916–18)
Second Polish Republic
Polish government-in-exile
The Polish government-in-exile had a wide international recognition until 1945, and limited to just few countries until the 1970s
Republic of Poland / Polish People's Republic
^ "Organisational units". www.msz.gov.pl. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
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