Poland takes over chairmanship of Community of Democracies

On March 16, Poland takes over the chairmanship of the intergovernmental Community of Democracies (CoD), of which it is one of the founding members.

Established in 2000, the Community of Democracies (CoD) is an intergovernmental coalition of states whose common goal is to support democratic rules, expand political participation, advance and protect democratic freedoms, and strengthen democratic norms and institutions worldwide. The coalition's task to build more democracy is outlined in its Warsaw Declaration.

In a communique in the matter on Friday, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote that chairmanship of the coalition was especially important for Poland in light of its deep political, economic and social transformations and successful switch to democratic rule.

As a part of its CoD presidency, Poland plans to host a meeting of the coalition's Governing Council in Warsaw in June. The meeting is to be attended by delegates of the 29 states grouped in the council.

Poland will take the CoD chairmanship from Britain, and will be succeeded by Romania.