Press Release: The Council of the Baltic Sea States welcomes new Director General of its Secretariat

The Council of the Baltic Sea States welcomed former Ambassador of Poland to Estonia, Mr. Grzegorz Marek Poznański as its new Director General September 1st 2020. Mr. Poznański, a Polish national, is succeeding the former Director General Ambassador Maria Mora, who completed her tenure in August.

Director General Grzegorz Marek Poznański is familiar with the work of the Council and has been involved in its activities through coordinating the Polish presidency of the CBSS in 2015-2016. “Throughout my career, whenever I worked with issues specific to the Baltic Sea Region I encountered a special partnership between the countries of the Region, no matter what issues were discussed. From discussing sustainability to chemical weapons dumped in the Baltic Sea, the sense of working together persisted. So “balticness” grew within me throughout the years and I am very happy that as the CBSS Director General I have the privilege to be at the heart of the Baltic Sea Region co-operation.”

Looking ahead, new Director General sees the current COVID crisis as the most pressing issue in the Region that will negatively affect people-to-people contacts. He maintains that the CBSS is well suited to rebuild such contacts and “to work on mechanisms that could prevent such a closing of borders in the future as well as to demonstrate the innovative ways of sustainable development that could be useful when coming out of the pandemic.”

Grzegorz Marek Poznański, a graduate of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw and postgraduate in European integration, has over 20 years of experience in international diplomacy. He has been working at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1997 in the fields of security policy as well as European relations. He has also represented the Republic of Poland at the UN, in Estonia and, most recently, in Lithuania as the Deputy Head of Mission. Mr. Poznański speaks Polish, English, Russian and Chinese.

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