On a working visit to Poland, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, met with the Ukrainian community of Gdansk.
With head of the Pomorskie Branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland Elizabeth Krzeminski and Mitrat Joseph Ulycki, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine discussed the possibility of creating conditions for learning the Ukrainian language for Ukrainian citizens temporarily staying in Poland, using the opportunities of Polish schools with Ukrainian as the language of education. Points for studying the Ukrainian language on the basis of Polish secondary schools are in the settlements of Biały Bór, Bartoszyce and Górowo Iławeckie. However, these schools are funded by the Polish Government, as schools for national minorities (Polish citizens), and do not provide for funding for education of foreign citizens.
The interlocutors also talked about the establishment of integrated centers of support for Ukrainians - Ukrainian homes - in places of sizeable population of Ukrainian communities. This is a joint initiative of the Consulate of Ukraine in Gdansk, the Pomorskie Branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Parish, with the prior support of local authorities. Such centers, set up on the legal basis of centers of Association of Ukrainians in Poland in large cities, in premises provided by local authorities on preferential terms, should include lounges, concert halls, rooms-offices for the establishment of legal and operational assistance centers for Ukrainian migrants.
Elizabeth Krzeminski told that Pomorskie Branch of the Association on the annual basis with the support of the Ukrainian Consulate holds a youth festival The Fair. This year's festival will take place in October during the "Third Ukrainian Week" with the participation of well-known Ukrainian music groups.
During his visit to the church and parish home, Mitrat Joseph Ulycki described the activities of the church, which, according to him, remains "the pillar of Ukrainian identity."
The Ukrainian Pomorskie community also has a theater, visited by both Ukrainians and Poles. In the near future, the theatrical studio will demonstrate a bilingual tale in Przemyśl.
Moreover, the visitors also attended the Monument to St. Volodymyr erected in 2015 near the Square of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine, - a cult place for Ukrainians in Pomorskie province. In Gdansk there have been erected monuments to the Holodomor victims, repressions, and forcibly displaced Ukrainians.
The parties considered promising projects of the Ukrainian community in Gdansk, in particular, the establishment of a Ukrainian House in this city.
"It's good that you are telling us about what is a true history of Ukraine. It is crucial for us to get ourselves back to the cultural, historical, intellectual map of Europe. At last, Ukraine and Ukrainian diplomacy are recovering. In times of countering the Russian aggression, it is very important for the Ukrainian community to stick together", stressed Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.