Prime Minister Beata Szydło: The Eastern Wall is the part of our country which must be given priority. “It is in the interest of our Homeland”

On Monday, Prime Minister Beata Szydło participated in the conference “10 years of Łańcut Declaration – Via Carpatia today, challenges for the future”, which took place in Łańcut.  According to the Prime Minister, eastern regions must be given priority if we want Poland to develop evenly.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Via Carpatia

The time has come when the implementation of the Via Carpatia investment – a route of strategic importance for the Central and Eastern Europe – is actually beginning, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said at the opening of the conference, which took place on Monday. The Via Carpatia route fits perfectly well in the opportunities arising for our region, she added.

The Prime Minister recalled that it had been 10 years since the conclusion of the Łańcut Declaration, which was due to the initiative of President Lech Kaczyński. The 10 years of the Via Carpatia route which have passed since the signature and preparation of the Łańcut Declaration have not been wasted. However, now the most important moment comes, when we actually launch the implementation of this investment, Prime Minister Szydło underlined. According to the head of government, Via Carpatia is becoming an investment which will be of strategic importance for the Central and Eastern Europe because it paves our way to the world and constitutes a symbol of Polish development. We want to develop. This is our task, our goal, she underlined. A great opportunity has opened up for Poland and Poland has a great potential, she estimated. Our enormous value are people, citizens, who have a great potential for development, who want to realize their dreams and fulfil their ambitions, and the responsibility of the Polish state, Polish Government as well as local governments is to create opportunities (...) for their work and actions, the Prime Minister underlined.

According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Central and Eastern Europe is just realising that its time has come, it is time to seize our opportunity. And this route fits perfectly well in the opportunities opening up for our region. The Prime Minister also highlighted that the route has extremely important and strategic significance and was also the topic of Saturday discussions during the People’s Republic of China – Central and Eastern Europe initiative (16+1) summit in Riga.

Via Carpatia is the key trans-European transport corridor, which may become a new route connecting Northern and Southern Europe, integrating the transport systems of Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece.

Tribute to all Poles saving Jews during World War II.

During her visit to Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Prime Minister Beata Szydło visited the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II in Markowa near Łańcut. The head of government placed a wreath at the monument in the memory of Holocaust victims and their anonymous Helpers and lit candles at the wall engraved with the names of Poles Saving Jews in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. Then, she visited the Museum, accompanied by its director, dr Anna Stróż.

The idea of establishing the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II in Markowa appeared at the end of 2007. On 30 June 2008, the Sejmik of Podkarpackie Voivodeship unanimously adopted the resolution concerning the establishment of the museum. The construction lasted from October 2013 to October 2015. The museum was opened on 17 March 2016. It was founded in Markowa, where on 24 March 1944 German soldiers murdered eight Jews belonging to Didner, Gruenfeld and Goldman families, as well as the Ulma family, who were giving them shelter. Józef Ulma, his wife Wiktoria, who was in the last month of pregnancy, and their six children. The oldest daughter, Stasia, was eight years old.

The main aim of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II is to show the heroic attitudes of Poles who helped Jews during the German occupation, risking their lives and the lives of their families.

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