MEPs go on a fact-finding mission to Poland to discuss artistic and academic freedom

MEPs go on a fact-finding mission to Poland to discuss artistic and academic freedom

Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee will travel to Poland from 15 to 17 of May to discuss recent developments in education, culture and media policies.

The 7-MEP-strong delegation, led by Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE) will meet representatives of the Polish government and media as well as the cultural industry and academic community in order to evaluate to what extent European citizenship and democracy might be strengthened through education and culture.

The delegation will also visit Lublin, the first Polish city that has been granted the title of European Youth Capital title in 2023.

Sabine Verheyen said ahead of the departure:

“The attention of our committee has been repeatedly brought to issues in the culture, education, and research and media policy in Poland. During our fact-finding mission, we want to the situation for ourselves and to talk to people and organisations on the ground”.

“I am happy that we can combine the mission with a visit to Lublin the European Youth Capital 2023”, she added.

In Warsaw MEPs will discuss education policy matters with Polish Minister for Education and Science Mr Przemysław Czarnek. Debate on academic freedom is planned with representatives of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools as well as with educational NGOs.

To gain insights into the media policy, MEPs will talk to the chairman of the National Broadcasting Council Mr Maciej Świrsk and representatives of major Polish TV stations and newspapers.

Cultural policy challenges will be discussed with deputy minister for Culture and National Heritage Mr Jarosław Sellin as well as with the Polish Filmmakers Association, Dramatic Theatre of Warsaw and Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

In Lublin Members will do a follow-up on how cooperation between young people, youth organisations and the Lublin Municipality is taking place, by underlining their determination to ensure the legacy of the European Year of Youth. Meetings are planned with Mayor of Lublin Mr Krzysztof Żuk, the European Capital of Youth Lublin 2023 team, as well as Lublin Social Committee supporting Ukraine.

Members of the delegation: Sabine Verheyen (Chair), Petra Kammerevert (S&D, Germany), Ilana Cicurel (Renew, France), Diana Riba i Giner (Verts/ALE, Spain), Irena Joveva (Renew, Slovenia). Accompanying Member: Tomasz Frankowski (EPP, Poland)

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