- March 6, 2019
Ludkowski: Skvernelis takes care of Polish-Lithuanian relations
“Lithuania is striving to ensure that in Suwalki, for the needs of the Lithuanian minority, a room for the Cultural Centre, following the example of the House of Polish Culture Vilnius, will be given” says Artur Ludkowski, advisor to the Prime Minister, who accompanied him during his recent visit to Suwalki.
Guest of the Political Salon emphasized that the structure of Lithuanians’ residence in Poland is changing. “More and more young families from Puńsk and Sejny are moving to Suwałki. There, the Lithuanian community is already several thousand people – said Artur Ludkowski.
“It seems to me that the Prime Minister also cares about Polish-Lithuanian relations. There are different opinions, but in my view it is a great merit for the Prime Minister that these relations have changed over the last two years” – noted Ludkowski. The counselor emphasized that unfortunately in Polish-Lithuanian issues a lot depends on the Sejm, not the government.
According to Ludkowski, the current relations between Vilnius and Warsaw are better than a few years ago, because it is better to meet and talk than to feel offended”. Without looking at the warming, Ludkowski believes that this year the Sejm is unlikely to solve the so-called problems of the Polish minority in Lithuania.
Ludkowski talked about the work of the EAPL-CFA fraction in the capital city council. “We were in opposition for two years. So I think that more or less this term has passed calmly and positively” – stressed the city councilor of Vilnius.
The programme raised the subject of accusations of the Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office at Michał Mackiewicz about forgery of invoices. “These Polish-Polish wars must be ended here or there” added Ludkowski.
Translated by Dominika Kownacka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.