State Visit to Poland begins

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The King and Queen with the Presidential couple during the welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

The State Visit to Poland began on Wednesday 4 May. The Swedish Government was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson and Minister for Communications and Regional Policy Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd. Chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise Kenneth Bengtsson is leading a delegation of Swedish businesses and organisations to Poland in connection with the State Visit.
The King and Queen were received by Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna Komorowska in the inner courtyard of the Presidential Palace.
 
After individual meetings between The King and President Komorowski and between The Queen and Mrs Komorowska, The King and the President attended the signing of a Polish-Swedish cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
 
The King and Queen and the Presidential couple then visited the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, where The King laid a wreath.
 
The afternoon began with a visit to the Polish parliament: the Sejm and the Senate. The Sejm is parliament's lower chamber, with 460 members who are elected in general elections for a period of four years. The Senate is parliament's upper chamber, with 100 members who are also elected for a period of four years in general parliamentary elections.
 
Afterwards, The King, Minister for Foreign Affairs Bildt and Minister for Enterprise and Energy Olofsson met the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
 
The evening ended with dinner at the Presidential Palace.