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Important visit of Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski in Paris

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On 7 June a meeting between Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, and Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris was officially held. The discussion focused on the challenges facing the two European capitals and ended with the ceremonial signing of a cooperation and partnership agreement between them.

The discussion focused on topics related to sustainable development, the promotion of innovation, new - green technologies, mobility, but mainly the struggle against the effects of climate change and air pollution. This year marks the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the two cities. The history of Warsaw’s contacts with Paris indicates a variety of joint ventures, including economic relations and trade, urban planning and the protection of architectural heritage, local government administration, education and cultural activities.

Agreement on Cooperation and Partnership of the Two Cities

During the May session, the initiative received the full support of the Warsaw City Council - all councillors voted in favour of the resolution. The signing of the Memorandum constitutes a response to new challenges faced by modern European metropolises, which are open to cooperation and implement the principles of solidarity. Cooperation will take the form of joint projects and undertakings, as well as information exchange, study visits, visits by experts and official delegations.

Opening of the Jan Karski Square in the 10th district of Paris

Another element of the official visit of the delegation from the Capital City of Warsaw was participation in the ceremony of opening a square named after Jan Karski in the 10th district of Paris. The square was created following an initiative of the city's inhabitants as part of the civic budget. In addition to representatives of the Paris City Hall, the ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of the 10th district, Alexandra Cordebard, and Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, a representative of the board of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation.

The struggle for dignity, human rights and opposition to totalitarianism is the message of the heroic courier alarming the world about the Holocaust. “Jan Karski was one of the Poles who played the most important role in Polish-Jewish relations in the 20th century. His dedication to the mission of discovering the truth about the Holocaust and conveying that truth to the leaders of the West deserves the highest respect,” said the Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski during the ceremony.

Chopin's music united Paris and Warsaw again!

The 10th edition of the Chopin au Jardin festival was inaugurated on Sunday, the 16th of June. The event is part of a larger project - Varsovie s'invite à Paris.

“I would like to thank the city of Paris for its hospitality in Montsouris Park as well as all the partners for their involvement in the preparation of this musical event. The success of the previous editions of the Festival encourages me to hope that Warsaw, the city where Chopin spent his youth and where he developed as an artist, will be perceived by everyone as a place of cooperation and an interesting tourist destination,” said during the inauguration Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of the Capital City.

For the first seven years, the festival was hosted in the Luxembourg Garden and then established itself in the Montsouris Park. A total of 46 concerts were held, mainly piano recitals, but also a few vocal ones. In the Chopin year - 2010, the Sinfonia Varsovia appeared as the guest of the festival. The event is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the City of Warsaw, Stołeczna Estrada, Paris and the Polish Institute in Paris and continues the tradition of the Chopin Concerts in the Łazienki Królewskie Park. For five consecutive Sundays, the capital of Paris will resound with Fryderyk Chopin's compositions performed by outstanding artists, including Jacek Kortus, who opened this year's edition of the festival.

Furthermore, by the resolution of the Collegium of the Order of Honour for Meritorious Service to Warsaw, a representative of the Polish Institute in Paris, Wanda Kutyła, was honoured. The award was presented on behalf of the Collegium by Sławomir Potapowicz, Vice-President of the Warsaw City Council.

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