26 February 2015
The conference “Pole Position – Investing in Polish Regions”, organised by the Polish Business Council in Scotland, was opened by Fiona Hyslop –Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Ambassador Witold Sobków and the British ambassador to Poland, Robin Barnett.
The Trade and Investment Promotion section of the Polish Embassy in London presented the current economic situation in Poland, possible conditions for conducting business, the benefits of investment in special economic zones and also how to receive EU's structural funds. Polish representation was from marshal offices and Special Economic Zones. From the British side, companies interested in investing in the CEE participated.
At the Scottish Parliament, on the same day, a ceremony devoted to General Stanisław Maczek was held, in connection with the resumption of the campaign to build a monument to Gen. Maczek in Edinburgh, which is managed by General Stanisław Maczek Memorial Trust. As part of the ceremony speeches were made by Ambassador Witold Sobków, Consul General Dariusz Adler, Jean Urquhart, Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Poland, Humza Yousaf Raza, Minister for Europe and International Development, and Capt. Zbigniew Mieczkowski, a representative of The General Stanisław Maczek Memorial Trust. The ceremony was attended by nearly 150 people, including the son of Gen. Maczek, his former soldiers, friends, family as well as representatives of the local Polish community and journalists, Parlamentarians, local journalists and representatives of Polish media. During the ceremony a documentary film about general Maczek by Pawel Nuckowski was shown.
A day earlier, Ambassador Witold Sobków met with representatives of the Scottish Parliament, including with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick.