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4 February 2005

Distinction for Rector Hommelhoff from the Republic of Poland

The Polish foreign minister confers distinction on Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, the Rector of the University of Heidelberg, in recognition of his services in enhancing the standing of Poland abroad — Document presented by Consul General Waclaw Oleksy

The Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff, has been distinguished by the Polish foreign minister for his services in enhancing the standing of Poland abroad. The document was presented by Consul General Waclaw Oleksy. It is an expression of appreciation for Hommelhoff's commitment to the improvement of academic cooperation between Poland and Germany. "Your services in the field of international understanding are unique. They are known and recognised all over Europe," said the Consul General.

He went on to say that the document was the latest in a series of distinctions Hommelhoff has received from Poland, following the medal of honour of the Jagiellonian University of Cracow in 1999 and the honorary doctorate conferred on Hommelhoff by the same university, the oldest in Poland, in 2002.

The Consul General recalled Hommelhoff's activities as commissioner for the exchange relations between the Jagiellonian University and the University of Heidelberg and as a co-founder of the School of German Law in Cracow. He said that some years ago Hommelhoff had recognised "the importance, indeed the indispensable quality, of mutual acquaintance and the exchange of academic experience and knowledge for a united Europe."

Alongside his numerous obligations in Germany and the world as a professor of civil, commercial and business law, said the Consul General, Hommelhoff had found the time, the energy and the enthusiasm to help set up the first postgraduate research group in Central and Eastern Europe on "System Transformation and Legal Harmonisation in the Uniting Europe".

Consul General Oleksy: "Thanks to your commitment as an academic figure and an organiser, Poland is now the location of a renowned centre for continuing education on important and topical legal issues of central significance for Europe." This cooperation, he said, was a major contribution to making Poland better known and better understood.

As a good friend of Poland, Hommelhoff has "played a major role in the successful process of reconciliation between our two nations and made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the standing of Poland abroad." The distinction was a token of appreciation for his services. "And for this I should like to express my sincerest thanks to you," Consul General Oleksy concluded.

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