Visiting Bydgoszcz and Toruń
Three fantastic days in Kujawsko-Pomorskie region – that is the easiest way to describe the prolonged working weekend we have behind us, my wife Karin and I.
Work in the sense that we participated in a journey organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the regional and local authorities with Ambassadors in Warsaw as target group. And in the sense that we learned a lot about important issues on our professional agenda. The visit to the PESA train and tram plant in Bydgoszcz is a case in point – a company with 4000 employees that is firmly established on the broad European Market and now reaching out beyond that. The same can be said about the Kopernikus University in Toruń where we i.a. were shown cutting edge research equipment co-financed by EU. An additional bonus in that context was to hear their assessment of the great performance of Skanska when constructing the premises.
But obviously there was also an element of professional touristing in the programme. Like the guided tour in the spectacularly beautiful Old town of Toruń. We had been there only very briefly last year so it was a real privilege to get this opportunity to spend more time there, admire the architecture and learn about the exciting history.
We had spent more time in Bydgoszcz before but this visit obviously gave much deeper insights. And two morning jogging tours for me which gave me a chance to orient myself geographically (which I otherwise have significant dificulties with). Now I know exactly where the Opera is located and I really hope we will able to return during the Opera festival next year.
Many thanks to the organisers both in the Diplomatic Protocol and in the regional and local authorities, not least our extremely inspiring regional host - the Vojevoda Ewa Mes.
Back in the Embassy I continue to prepare for upcoming visits – there are plenty of them this autumn. Last week Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund and after him a delegation from the Swedish Ombudsman (JO). This week Minister of Environment Lena Ek for a meeting on climate change, preparing for the huge conference in Warsaw in November (COP19).
And tomorrow October 1st I will have the pleasure to introduce our new Trade promoter, Jozef Neterowicz.
Jozef, you are most welcome to our Embassy!