It is often said that diplomacy establishes universal models of elegant and cultured behavior. Recently, yet another lesson of good manners was given to me by Katarzyna Kasperczyk, Viceminister of Foreign Affairs. I have to admit that the customs taught are rather different from the ordinary – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
Malinowski recalls a situation where on the occasion of a recent delegation of Polish entrepreneurs to Israel, Minister Kasperczyk was involved in elaborating the agenda, despite the fact that neither of the co-organizers – Employers of Poland and the Manufacturers Association of Israel – asked for it.
This time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the President of Employers of Poland to vote for an ambassador who particularly distinguished themselves with their support for Polish companies abroad. – Let us look at the conclusion of the letter: “in our opinion, ambassadors in Brazil, Belarus, Chile, Iran, Canada, Romania and Singapore were particularly engaged in this regard”. So we are dealing with an open competition, but with explicit clues on who to vote for. These clues are provided officially an openly, without holding back – remarks Malinowski.
The President of Employers of Poland does not want to vote for any of the candidates suggested by the Ministry, as he would rather choose an ambassador in a country of strategic importance for the Polish economy – one who supports business and is not afraid to face difficult issues.
– Personally, I have more pressing concerns to deal with than complaining about manners. However, one should expect a viceminister of foreign affairs to adhere to certain basic standards known, one would hope, to all – such as that the organizer of a competition should not suggest who to cast your vote for – assesses Malinowski.