The program organized by the Warsaw Bar Association for providing legal advice to citizens of Ukraine has received the honorary patronage of President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.
In a letter to Warsaw Bar Association Dean Włodzimierz Chróścik, Sławomir Rybicki, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of Poland, wrote: “It is my pleasure to inform you that the President of the Republic of Poland has accepted your request and the invitation to extend honorary patronage to this important project of the Warsaw Bar Association. On behalf of the President, I would like to express my confidence that offering pro bono legal assistance to citizens of Ukraine present in Poland, ordinarily deprived of access to professional legal advice, will help solve many of their personal and legal problems and also express our solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”
The campaign was begun at the initiative of the Foreign Commission of the Warsaw Bar Association in December 2013. The purpose was for attorneys-at-law from the Warsaw bar to offer support to citizens of Ukraine in a desire to display solidarity with the Ukrainian nation, which has exhibited its pro-European aspirations during this difficult time. The Warsaw Bar Association expressed this solidarity in practical form by organizing volunteer shifts by attorneys-at-law providing free legal advice to citizens of Ukraine on matters related to their stay and work in Poland.
Several dozen Ukrainian citizens sought legal advice which was provided to them free of charge by members of the Warsaw bar.
On 5 December 2013 the Foreign Commission of the Warsaw Bar Association adopted Resolution No. 1/2013 on providing free legal assistance to citizens of Ukraine on matters related to their stay and work in Poland.
On behalf of the members of the bar, the Foreign Commission of the Warsaw Bar Association declares support for the efforts by Ukraine to achieve closer integration with the European Union.
We express the belief that Ukraine’s membership in the European Union will serve both Ukraine and the entire Community and provide a guarantee of observance of human rights and civil rights.
In light of the current events in Ukraine, the Foreign Commission has undertaken an initiative to provide free legal advice to citizens of Ukraine present in the territory of the Republic of Poland on matters connected with their stay and work in Poland.
The resolution shall be effective upon adoption.