The government of Poland (Foreign Minister) Decorates with the Medal of Honor “Bene Merito” the Chairman of ALSAI, Mr. Bujar Leskaj


On October 10, at a ceremony in the premises of the Embassy of Poland in Albania, the Polish Ambassador Mr. Karol Bachura handed over to Mr. Bujar Leskaj, Chairman of the Albanian State Supreme Audit Institution, the medal “Bene Merito”, with Decision no.69, on 12.08.2019 (Official Journal No. 189, position 1469), accorded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz.

Reading the relevant decision of the Polish Foreign Minister on the motivation of the high assessment, the Ambassador Bachura stated that “Mr. Bujar Leskaj is a distinguished friend of Poland, promoter of knowledge for our country in the Republic of Albania and holder of the Medal of “Knight’s Cross of Merit order in favor of the Republic of Poland” (2017).

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Further, the Polish ambassador underlined that “ With the initiative of Mr. Leskaj it was released the album titled “100 Polish Symbols - 100 Places, Figures and Events Important for Poland, Europe and the World”. The bilingual Albanian-English version is the first complex edition in the Republic of Albania, bringing to life and illustrating Polish history and symbolism. The publication presents the 100 places, events, figures and most important achievements by Polish protagonists that have changed Poland, Europe and the world.”

Mr. Bachura said that in the capacity of the Chairman of the ALSAI, Mr. Leskaj has intensified co-operation with the Polish State Audit Office (NIK). Evidence of co-operation has been the two year   twinning project IPA 2013 with European Union funding, implemented by NIK and Croatia-s Supreme Audit Institution to develop ALSAI audit capacity, conducting more than 100 expert missions in Albania and study visits to countries of the EU, including Poland.

Further, the Polish Ambassador continued, stating that “ In October 2018, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Stanislav Zuber, discoverer of oil, gas and many minerals reserves in Albania, tragically dead in communist prisons in Albania in 1947; Mr. Leskaj organized a national symposium on the work of Prof. Zuber ... Mr. Leskaj is author of many articles on Poland-s role in the international arena.

In his speech, Mr. Bujar Leskaj, Chairman of ALSAI thanked Ambassador Bachura and through him the Polish government and people for their appreciation. He said that: “ This medal is the second, after the one of Polish President Duda, and I feel very honored, as many things connects us with the Polish friendly people: national pride, hospitality, sincerity, strong character and integrity. I feel deeply appreciated, as there are hundreds of Albanian students who have studied in Poland and dozens of them, some of whom are also present in this room, are prominent personalities in the relevant fields in our social, artistic and cultural life and this appreciation given to me i think belongs to them too, for their contribution. I feel extremely obliged by this reverence to do more and more and better in promoting the values ​​of the Polish spirit and civilization.

Polish history, as well as the history of the Albanian nation, has known many divisions and national dramas. If I can paraphrase Polish history with the mazurka, the Polish national dance, Poland has played five major mazurkas in its history. In 1683, the Poles played the first “mazurka”, a decisive role for the salvation of Vienna from the Ottoman siege and thus, for the salvation of all of Europe. In 1920, the Poles saved Europe from the invasion of Bolshevik Russia, stopping the Red Army at the entrance to Warsaw. This was the second “mazurka”. If there had been no Polish resistance and the Red Army would have entered Germany, where the Communist movement was very strong, the whole Europe would have become Bolshevik, including France. The history of Europe and the world would have been much different than it is today.

In 1939-1945, Poland, as a state and as a nation, played perhaps its most heroic “mazurka”. Hundreds of thousands of Poles died in one of World War II's most magnificent fortifications, even though the country was occupied. At the time of the Cold War, when Poland seemed subdued, it played the fourth magnificent “mazurka” of importance to the fate of Europe and the world, with Pope John Paul II (or otherwise the Polish Erudite, philosopher and poet Karol Wojtyla) as the spiritual leader, who prepared the revolutions in Eastern Europe that overthrew the Communist “Iron Curtain” as well as with the anti-communist resistance of Solidarity, led by Les Valesa.

In the years of democracy, no other former communist country has performed better than Poland in all areas, in building democratic institutions, the rule of law, modernizing the army, civil society and the economy. Today Poland is actually a great European power, the fifth country in Europe for economic potential, and an important pillar of NATO in Eastern Europe.”

Further Mr. Leskaj emphasized that “ Poland is a friendly country of Albania and has shown this with evidence. For all the agreements for the integration of Albania into the euro-atlantic structures, which have needed ratification by the parliaments of the member states, Poland has always been in the first group of countries that has ratified them”.

The ceremony, attended by guests of the cultural, artistic and social life of Albania, who studied and lived in Poland, many analysts and connoisseurs of Polish culture and art, and auditors of ALSAI, passed in a warm atmosphere and friendly.

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