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Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Support for efforts to modernise Polish libraries

On 15 November 2006, Undersecretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, and Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland, Prof. Michał Kleiber, met with representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Martha Choe and Janet Sawaya.

The meeting came as a follow-up to the visit paid by Bill Gates at the Polish Presidential Palace on 2 February 2006 and the ensuing visit by Minister Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka and Prof. Michał Kleiber to the Foundation’s Washington office. Support offered by the Foundation to some 8 500 Polish libraries, including 5 700 rural libraries, that need to be transformed into up-to-date educational centres was discussed.

The President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, has on many occasions pointed to the need to ensure a more equal access to information. The Foundation has made a cooperation offer in this particular field to the Presidential Chancellery. To date, it has operated projects to modernise Lithuania’s and Estonia’s libraries, and Poland would become another beneficiary.

A meeting between the Chief of the Presidential Chancellery and the Irish Ambassador to the Republic of Poland
On 15 November 2006, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Szczygło met with the Irish Ambassador to Poland, Declan O’Donovan.

On 15 November 2006, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Szczygło met with the Irish Ambassador to Poland, Declan O’Donovan.

In the course of the meeting, bilateral relations were reviewed. Minister Szczygło expressed his satisfaction at the level of Polish-Irish political cooperation, at the same time pointing to the need to step up bilateral trade. Ambassador O’Donovan underlined the interest of Irish companies in the Polish market. The state of preparations for the Polish President’s forthcoming visit to Ireland was also on the agenda.

Opinions on European Union issues were exchanged in the course of the meeting. Minister Szczygło made it clear that Poland did not support the Constitutional Treaty in its present form but was in favour of drafting a new instrument to incorporate an explicit reference to Christian values.
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