From Kielce to Krynica

Back to work after a fantastic summer in Sweden. And work meant immediate departure to MSPO i Kielce – for the third time.

MSPO is an international defence industry exhibition which is gaining in size, importance and quality every year.  This time 500 companies were participating, among them several Swedish like Saab, BAE Systems, Scania, Volvo Defence and FLIR. Additionally a delegation with companies from the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association organised by our colleagues from Business Sweden attended.

It is clearly important for an Embassy like ours to be there, adding to the visibility of Sweden and our companies. And I learn a lot by listening to my colleagues, both our Defence Attaché Claes Nilsson and Admiral Peter Bager from our Ministry of Defence. The ambitous modernisation of the Polish armed forces is definitely important to follow and understand  not only for defence experts but also for the rest of us including myself. I beleive the Swedesh companies has a lot to offer not only in terms of products and competence but also in terms of ability to cooperate and form partnerships, increasingly important in this area where countries simply cannot develop what is needed in splendid isolation from others.

From Kielce I continued yesterday to Krynica and the twentyfourth Economic Forum. Very much of the conversations these days obviously are related to the exciting decision last Saturday by the EU leaders to elect Prime Minister Tusk as new President of the European Council. One more illustration to the growing importance of this country in the EU. Now focus is shifting to the domestic consequences, which I try to follow as close as I can. First of all of course the key question: Who will become the new PM – and what will the new Government look like?

But today I have my focus primarily on the special event our Embassy and my colleague Jozef Neterowicz is arranging this afternoon – about environmentally sustainable urban development. I have just finished a coffee meeting with the impressive group of experts Jozef has brought here. I will also try to enjoy some minutes of Krynica itself – a lovely place with a kind of SPA-character.

It attracts around 3000 participants. They have made a good choice.

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