King's Day celebration in Warsaw

On Thursday 25th April, diplomats, Dutch citizens and our Polish contacts gathered at a festive reception in honor of King’s Day, the birthday of H.M. King Willem-Alexander. In his speech, Ambassador Van Dartel referred to Poland’s accession to NATO and the EU, 20 and 15 years ago respectively. He stated that ‘’EU and NATO membership was not only to the benefit of Poland, but to all of us, including the Netherlands.’’ The ambassador also emphasized that we should always listen carefully to the concerns of those who question and criticize the EU. In this process, we should be frank about what European cooperation and sincere partnership means. In the end, transboundary challenges that we are facing can only be solved by a joint approach. In this world, alone we are too small. ‘’Last decades showed that, only together, through EU and NATO, we can continue the past decades of peace and prosperity.’’ See full speech of the ambassador below.