31 March 2017
During his visit Ambassador met with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh and with the MSP members of the Cross Party Group on Poland. Together with the Minister of National Education, Anna Zalewska, Ambassador participated in a meeting with the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in the Scottish Government, John Swinney, with whom he discussed the Polish language learning in Scotland. Ambassador Rzegocki also spoke to Minister Nick Gibb about the Polish GCSE.
Ambassador Rzegocki visited the Polish Historical Collection at the Polish Room of the University of Edinburgh, where he was presented with a medal commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Polish School of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. On his visit to the University of Glasgow, Ambassador Rzegocki gave a lecture on Poland’s perspectives on the future of Europe, and contacts with Scotland. In Glasgow he also met with the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow and laid flowers at J. Gomoszyński gravestone at the Glasgow Necropolis.
In Edinburgh Ambassador Rzegocki met with the Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, to discuss strong links between Edinburgh and Kraków and visited Wojtek the Bear monument unveiled in November 2015. He also visited Mapa Scotland in Eddleston, designed by Dr Kazimierz Trafas.
During his visit in Scotland Ambassador Rzegocki also met with the Polish community living here. Together with Min. Anna Zalewska and the Polish Education Committee he discussed the Polish language learning in Scotland and paid tribute to the Polish WWII servicemen resting at the Costorphine Hill Cemetery in Edinburgh. During meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow Ambassador Rzegocki presented awards recognizing distinguished members of the Polish Diaspora for their outstanding service to the community.SEE MORE