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Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation
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25 Years of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation
July 13, 2016   
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good Neighborly Relations and Friendly Cooperation between the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany. In the treaty’s preamble, both countries stated that they would work together to close painful chapters in their shared history and that they would draw from the best traditions of their centuries-long co-existence.

Poland and Germany are aware of their shared interests and of their mutual responsibility for building a new, free, and united Europe through human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The fostering of good neighborly relations and friendly cooperation between Poland and Germany through the promotion of dialogue between both societies is a fundamental goal of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, whose establishment is a direct result of the normalization of Polish-German relations.

The foundation is also marking its 25th anniversary this year. Over the past quarter-century, it has helped finance more than 10,000 bilateral projects and contributed to Polish-German understanding. The primary goal of the foundation is to support valuable Polish-German initiatives. In particular, the FPGC supports partnerships between institutions and educational projects that disseminate knowledge about Poland and Germany and promote the Polish and German languages. The foundation also supports scientific cooperation and artistic and literary projects. It has initiated and carried out a wide range of projects including study trips, scholarship programs, publications and debates.

Through its projects and grants, the FPGC seeks to have an inspiring effect on Polish-German relations. The projects in which it participates improve the quality of Polish-German relations, narrow existing differences and ensure the symmetrical nature of bilateral ties. They also open Poles and Germans to European challenges in the context of their common difficult experience.

Prof. Krzysztof Miszczak
Director of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and member of its management board
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