Polish PM welcomes Ukrainian parliamentary leader to Warsaw | Culture ministers of “Lublin Triangle” commit to cultural cooperation | Visa announces plans to open new tech hub in Poland | Beach soccer season kicks off In Brzeźno | Local tour operators announce weekend cruises to Vistula Spit

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with Ukrainian parliamentary leader Ruslan Stefanchuk in Warsaw on Wednesday to discuss continuing military aid to Kyiv.

The two also discussed “the need to start Ukraine’s accession negotiations with the European Union as soon as possible” and “the postwar reconstruction of Ukraine,” according to the Polish Prime Minister’s Office.

Stefanchuk thanked the Polish government for its “all-round support of Ukraine,” which includes more than EUR 3 billion worth of weapons, ammunition, and military equipment, according to Polish officials.

During his two-day visit, Stefanchuk also met with the Speaker of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, and the Speaker of the Polish Senate, Tomasz Grodzki.

Today is day 456 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Source: Polskie Radio

The culture ministers of Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania have reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to deepening cultural cooperation on many levels in support of Kyiv’s war effort against the Russian invasion.

Representatives of the three countries—Piotr Gliński, Oleksandr Tkachenko, and Simonas Kairys—held three-way talks in Kraków on Tuesday under the auspices of the trilateral Polish-Ukrainian-Lithuanian format known as the Lublin Triangle.

During talks at Kraków’s Wawel Castle, the three ministers signed a joint declaration reaffirming Poland and Lithuania’s “full support” for Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion, as well as “a willingness to develop cultural cooperation” between the three countries “on many levels, both now and in the future,” the PAP news agency reported.

Additionally, Poland and Ukraine signed a memorandum of cooperation to inventory and document damage and losses of architectural and archaeological objects due to the Russian invasion.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński Gliński said he was happy he could attend the event with his Lithuanian and Ukrainian colleagues, telling reporters that “Ukraine has inherited the Republican traditions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its citizens’ love of freedom.”

“Russia wanted to destroy culture” by invading Ukraine, Gliński continued, “but it was the power of culture that turned out to be the most important weapon for all of us, and above all for the Ukrainian state and Ukrainian society.”

Source: Radio Gdańsk, Polskie Radio

US digital payments giant Visa has announced plans to open a new Global Product and Technology Hub in Poland, its first such facility in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to a statement released by Visa on Tuesday, the planned Hub “will house as many as 1,500 new tech and product hires over the next few years, as Visa invests worldwide to support its 24/7 development model for innovation and drives continued rapid growth in digital commerce and payments.”

Poland will serve as Visa’s fifth major strategic global Technology and Product Hub, the company said, describing Poland as “a growing location for top technology talent.”

Prime Minister Morawiecki praised the announcement after meeting with Jakub Kiwior, Visa’s General Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, on Tuesday, calling it a “confirmation of Poland’s attractiveness as an investment destination.”

Source: Polskie Radio

Energa Stadion Letni Gdańsk in Brzeźno will be hosting a series of beach soccer matches starting on Friday and continuing through the weekend.

Unlike its more formal counterpart, beach soccer is characterized by a large number of—often spectacular—goals. It’s not unusual, for example, for a half-court kick to be scored in most games.

Fans will have the chance to see local favorites Boca Gdańsk in action as they face off against teams from across Poland. Boca was the only Polish team in the finals of the Euro Winners Cup in Portugal last year, coming in 9th place overall.

Matches begin tomorrow at 15:00, with Boca Gdańsk set to take on Zdrowie Garwolin at 16:00.
A full schedule is available at: https://radiogdansk.pl/sport/2023/05/24/z-boisk-na-plaze-rusza-sezon-na-beach-soccer-w-brzeznie/

Source: Radio Gdańsk

Local cruise operators Żegluga Gdańska are launching a pilot program of Saturday cruises to the Vistula Spit, with the first cruise set for Saturday, June 17.

As the president of Żegluga Gdańska, Jerzy Latała, explained to Radio Gdańsk, each catamaran can accommodate roughly 350 people and an equal number of bicycles. Passengers on the 3-hr cruise will be able to see Sopot, the entrance to the Port of Gdansk, and Port Połnocy up close, and can then explore the port of Nowy Świat by bicycle before catching the ferry back to Gdynia.

The full-day cruise will start at 9:00 AM and finish at 5:00 PM. A return ticket for one person with a bicycle will cost PLN 250. More detailed information is available on the website of Żegluga Gdańska at: https://www.zegluga.pl/gdynia-przekop-mierzei-wislanej.

Source: Radio Gdańsk


Today will be partly cloudy and warm, with very little chance of rain and a light breeze coming from the northwest. Temperatures will be similar to yesterday, with a daytime high of 21°C or 69°F, dropping to a low of 9°C or 48°F overnight. Noticeably cooler weather is expected tomorrow, with more sun but slightly lower temps heading into the weekend.

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