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Art citizenship passport for the President

On October 21st, during the ceremony in the Presidential Palace, Krzysztof Żarnotal, the Chairman of the Management Board of PWPW S.A., awarded a commemorative passport manufactured in PWPW and bearing the signature of Frederic Chopin to the Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.


“Frederic Chopin” passport issued to Bronisław Maria Komorowski and bearing the note “art citizenship” and the facsimile signature of Frederic Chopin was awarded to the President by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski and Krzysztof Żarnotal. The President was touched by such a unique gift. Later during the ceremony Bronisław Komorowski individually awarded similar passports to professor Jan Ekier and to the laureate of the 1st prize of this year Frederic Chopin Piano Competition who accepted the passport personally.

The ceremony took place on the next day following the completion of the 16th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. The ceremony concurred with the award of the Order of the White Eagle to two outstanding artists – composer Mikołaj Górecki and musician and musicologist Jan Ekier.

All invitees present in the Presidential Palace liked very much the idea, design and the final look of the commemorative passport that shows manufacturing capabilities of PWPW S.A. and, in this particular case, the capabilities regarding modern security documents.

Piotr Pankanin

In the picture:
President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski accepts the Frederic Chopin passport awarded by Krzysztof Żarnotal, Chairman of the Management Board of PWPW S.A, Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and Waldemar Dąbrowski, head of Chopin Year celebration.

Photo by Maciej Chojnowski

Promotional Frederic Chopin passport

A study document produced by PWPW S.A. shows the capabilities of PWPW S.A. regarding the manufacture of e-passports.

The passport features graphic personalization (laser engraving on paper substrate) and electronic personalization (microprocessor fitted in the back cover storing data that are the same as those in the graphic personalization).

The leitmotif of the whole document is closely related to Frederic Chopin, its artistic work and personal life. Consecutive pages of the passport show pictures of the places connected with the biography of the pianist. In UV light one can see his letters, scores, portraits and other documents.

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