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  • 12 September 2013

    Mr Arno Baltussen is a new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. His jurisdiction spreads over provinces Gelderland, Overijssel and Flevoland. Mr Baltussen is a well-known animator of annual commemoration of Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade input during the Battle of Arnhem and chair of Stichting Driel-Polen.

    During the inauguration in the city hall of Elst (Overbetuwe municipality) on 6 September 2013, Ambassador Jan Borkowski underlined his great appreciation for the competences of the new honorary consul. Mr. Arno Baltussen for many years now plays pivotal role in recognizing bravery of Polish parachutists who in 1944 were dropped behind enemy lines over the town of Driel close to Arnhem. He himself and Stichting Driel-Polen were very actively engaged in campaign which led to official recognition of the deeds of the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade and its commander gen. Stanisław Sosabowski by the Dutch authorities. Efforts of many people and organisations led in 2006 to awarding the unit with Military Willems Order. General Sosabowski received post mortem Order of the Bronze Lion.


    New Honorary Consul wants to focus not only on preserving memory about Polish soldiers fighting for liberation of the Netherlands, but also on stimulating trade and economic ties and academic contacts between Poland and the Netherlands.



    Contact details of the new Honorary Consul:


    Mr  Arno Baltussen

    Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Elst

    addres : Dorpsstraat 67, 6661 EH Elst

    phone  +31(0)26 3799984

    e-mail: (correspondence in Dutch, English and German)

    Jurysdiction: provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel and Flevoland





    Main tasks of Honorary Consuls are to protect the rights and interests of the Republic of Poland and its citizens in the consular district and the promote Poland in the fields of economy, culture, science and tourism. Honorary consuls are prominent citizens of the host country, engaged in activities on behalf of Poland and Polish people.

    Honorary Consuls are not authorized to carry out most of common consular issues such as visa applications, passports, citizenship matters, applications for certification of documents and financial assistance. Applications in these matters should be directed to the professional post - Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in The Hague (Alexanderstraat 25, 2514 JM Den Haag).


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