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Thursday, 7 September 2006

Meeting in the Presidential Palace

On 7th September 2006 in the Presidential Palace the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Lech Kaczyński met with professor James Q. Wilson, former advisor to President Ronald Reagan, an eminent expert in criminal law, government corporate supervision, drugs, crime and prevention of crime among children. In 203 President George W. Bush decorated professor Wilson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Professor Wilson holds honorary degrees from seven universities, including Harvard University.

The meeting was also attended by: Dr. Janusz Kochanowski, Ombudsman, Mr Maciej Łopiński, Secretary of State and Ms Lena Dąbkowska-Cichocka, Undersecretary of State.

The meeting was followed by a joint briefing with participation of the President, Mr James Q. Wilson and Dr. Janusz Kochanowski.

During the briefing the President of the Republic of Poland said i.a.:

"I want to express my great satisfaction at having the opportunity of meeting with the Professor and Ms Wilson. Professor Wilson represents an approach to combating crime, which on the one hand appears to be obvious for it is in line with human experience and reason, but at the same time in the contemporary world it is so much different from the mindset of many other specialists that it takes great intellectual courage to preach it. Actually when six years ago – as Minister of Justice – I was trying to step up the fight against crime and to change penal policy, the views of professor Wilson came to me as intellectual support. It is very important to know – in matters of such significance – that there are people of great authority who represent similar views. For me, internationally, Professor Wilson, has been such support although until today I did not have the opportunity of meeting him in person."

During the meeting the President of the Republic of Poland invited his Guest to take part in one of the approaching meetings in Lucień. These meeting provide an opportunity for exchange of views between intellectuals and scientists. They are held every month in the Presidential resort in Lucień at the initiative and with participation of the President.
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