List/Grid Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pole of the Year 2015: We should protect our Polishness

”Polishness is our mother. You cannot be ashamed of your mother only because it is poor” – priest Józef Aszkiełowicz, the winner of the “Kurier Wileński” plebiscite, said during a ceremony of… Read more »

The AWPL conference and honoured strongmen of “Wileńszczyzna”

The annual conference of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania took place on 30th January in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. Its main part was the ceremony… Read more »

The AWPL summarised the year 2015

“An eight-percent support on a national scale that the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania [AWPL – Polish: Akcja Wyborcza Polaków na Litwie; translator’s note] gained in the municipal election… Read more »

Linguistic rights of Lithuanian Poles: European Parliament intervention

Last year the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the Lithuanian authorities concerning the linguistic rights of Poles in Lithuania. The official document was filed because of a… Read more »

The Subcommittee on Polish Minority in Lithuania to be formed in the Polish Parliament

Establishing of a long-term programme of students exchange between Lithuanian and Polish schools, supporting Polish schools in Lithuania in their efforts to gain accreditation and establishing the Subcommittee on Poles… Read more »

Saint John Bosco Secondary School in Egliškių – from a primary school to “gimnazjum”

The Saint John Bosco Secondary School in Egliškių (Vilnius region) proves that at the time when other schools are being closed because of the shortage of children attending them, it… Read more »

Kowalczuki kindergarten celebrates its 50th anniversary

A beautiful ceremony took place in Kowalczuki in Vilnius Region on 20 January, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the kindergarten. Present at the ceremony were: Mayor… Read more »

Land restitution: déjà vu of the Soviet times

The competences in the field of land restitution that were taken away from local governments in the mid-1990s are to be given back. Central authorities decide to take such measures… Read more »

Jan Dziedziczak: Education is the Number One Topic

“The situation of Polish education in Lithuania is the most important topic for us” Jan Dzedziczak, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who, among other things,… Read more »

The Session of the Polish Fraction of Lithuanian Freedom Union

On Monday, January 19th, the session of the Polish Fraction of Lithuanian Freedom Union took place. The issues concerning Polish education in Lithuania were referred to in the meeting. Not… Read more »

The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the leaders of the Polish community in Lithuania: You are an incredibly important partner

On 16th January, Jan Dziedziczak, the secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, who is responsible for, among other things, matters concerning the… Read more »

European Parliament concerned about discrimination against Polish schools in Vilnius

At the end of last year (2015) the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament issued another letter to the Lithuanian authorities regarding language matters of Poles in Lithuania. It… Read more »

The fifth anniversary of the Polish University of the Third Age in Šalčininkai

Active seniors, affiliated to the Polish University of the Third Age in Šalčininkai (PUTA), can be met everywhere: during national and anniversary ceremonies, local events in the Šalčininkai region, concerts… Read more »

Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland wrote favourably about Poles in Lithuania

A couple of weeks ago, an appeal in defence of Polish schools in Vilnius was made to the Polish authorities. The appeal was issued to i.a. Marshal Marek Kuchciński. The… Read more »

Fr. Józef Aszkiełowicz – “Pole of the Year 2015”

On 7th January results of the “Kurier Wileński” [trans. The Courier of Vilnius] Readers plebiscite, “Pole of the Year 2015,” were counted up. It is already the 18th edition of… Read more »

Polish scientists in Lithuania: It was a difficult, but very successful year

“Scientists are not to please politicians or even media. Sometimes we need to raise difficult topics” – says Prof. Henryk Malewski, chairman of the Association of Polish Scholars of Lithuania… Read more »

Problem of Spelling non-Lithuanian Names in their Original Form. Solution in the Spring?

Prime Minister of Lithuania,  the president of the Social Democratic Party of Lituania assures that the problem of non-Lithuanian names, including Polish names, will be solved this spring. He does… Read more »

Butkevičius: Solution on the Problem of the Spelling Non-Lithuanian Names

2015 was successful for Lithuania. For me it was a year of hard work. We had plenty of goals I it thing that those basis are accomplished. We would  like… Read more »

Dual citizenship – for some

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, has signed the amendments to the Citizenship Law, which will allow the especially meritorious for Lithuania to have dual citizenship. The amendment of the Act provides… Read more »

A challenge for the Senate in 2016 – three bills concerning the Polish diaspora

As the Polish Press Agency reports, Stanisław Karczewski, the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, promised that in 2016 the Senate would be more active. Karczewski assured… Read more »

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