29 January 2014
The new Consulate will be dealing mainly with economic tasks, but with the help of the Polish Embassy in Ottawa will maintain consular and promotional activities, as well as supporting the Polish diaspora - funds for these purposes will not be reduced. Closing the current headquarters of the Consulate General and selling the building at Avenue des Pins will bring multimillion-dollar savings.
The current building occupies and area of 2,300 m2 where 8 individuals have been working. The annual cost of the operation amounts to 2.1 million PLN (720 thousand CAD). The 40 -year-old building requires many costly repairs in the coming years. Meanwhile, the number of consular activities from year to year has steadily decreased, almost tenfold in the past twenty years. In the previous year, the number of cases requiring personal appearance at the consulate was only 615. There was no need to intervene with the authorities in defense of the rights of Polish citizens nor the actions of consular protection.
Mr. Marcin Bosacki, Polish Ambassador to Canada, presented these changes during a meeting with Polish diaspora in Montreal on January 28, 2014. He declared maximum assistance of the Embassy to the Polish diaspora and also discussed plans of future cooperation.
At the same time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland ceased its intentions to move the Consulate General in Western Canada from Vancouver to Alberta.
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