Importance of Logistics in emergency situations and crisis as one of the areas of work of the Consulate
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zakład, Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A., Polska
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article
Submission date: 2021-06-14
Acceptance date: 2021-07-20
Publication date: 2021-07-20
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Agnieszka Anna Klasa   

zakład, Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A., 1 Maja 1, 05-220, Zielonka, Polska
SLW 2021;54(1):89-103
The political, economic and social situation in many countries significantly affects the work of Polish diplomatic and consular representations. The obligations imposed by law for the consul and the office serving him require significant management and logistical skills, knowledge of the law and the ability to act efficiently and rationally in emergency and crisis situations. The basic law regulating the work of consuls and consulates do not change, and additional emergency situations and crises necessitate additional logistic activities. Many times the work of consulates is perceived through the prism of Poland's representation abroad. The subject of the complexity of the tasks of consulates and consuls, who would not be able to meet the requirements without the organization and management of logistics, is rarely discussed. The complexity of the processes and their impact on the organization of work have become the reason to start research aimed at showing the complexity of work, the need to take into account additional material, financial and personal inputs so that logistically the consulate could meet the requirements of the client (Polish citizen) and suppliers (state institutions in Poland and the host country). The aim of the research undertaken is to indicate the significance and complexity of logistic processes in emergency situations and crisis in the work of consulates and consuls, with limited human resources. The research hypothesis was formulated in several consecutive sentences, namely national and EU regulations clearly and precisely define the logistic approach to the consul's work. The work of the consulate is a continuous process of managing emergency and crisis situations in a changing environment. The methodology used in this article is to indicate the definition of emergency situations and crisis, present their phases and how to manage them. An analysis of the formal and legal regulations, regulating the work of a consul in the areas of consular protection, deaths and bringing the remains to Poland, consul's participation in detentions and prisons, procedures in the event of a natural disaster, dealing with the protection of information made available to third countries and the principles of providing assistance to citizens Poland and the European Union. The following research methods were used: the analysis of legal regulations, which was supported by the author's observation and own experience as well as the synthesis of his knowledge. As a result of the research, it was found that the work of the consulate and consul involves complex processes that are not repeatable. Each case should be treated as an individual logistic process and managed continuously. It should be stated that the function of a consul in a consular or diplomatic mission is a function for difficult, extraordinary, problematic and crisis matters. From the point of view of the management of logistic processes, the consul should be provided with human and material resources adequate to the social and economic situation of the receiving country, taking into account the number of tourists and citizens of the European Union.
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