Dep FM opens new Polish Embassy in Switzerland

Talks on the future of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil and the opening of new Polish missions dominated Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek's two-day visit to Switzerland.

During a meeting with Swiss Secretary of State Roberto Balzaretti on the first day of his visit, Szynkowski vel Sek discussed the situation around the Polish Museum in Rapperswil Castle, which Rapperswil city authorities want to close in 2022.

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil was founded on October 23, 1870 by Polish aristocrat Wladyslaw Broel-Plater as a refuge for Polish historic memorabilia, which were endangered in then partitioned Poland. The museum is housed in Rapperswil Castle, currently owned by the city of Rapperswil. The city authorities, who want to conduct reconstruction work on the site, have been attempting to remove the museum from the castle since 2008.

Later in the day, the deputy minister nominated Daniel Pfirter as the new Polish Honorary Consul in Basel, and attended the opening of a Polish Honorary Consulate in the city.

On the second day of his visit, Szynkowski vel Sek opened the new seat of the Polish Embassy in Bern.