The Chair of Wroclaw City Council, Mr Jacek Ossowski, arrived in Oxford on yesterday (14 June) for a visit and talks about signing a twinning or friendship agreement between the two cities.
It follows a visit from a delegation from Oxford last May to Wroclaw, an important university city in Poland. The visit is also Mr Ossowski’s chance to get to know Oxford and for both sides to discuss more specific points of the potential agreement.
Mr Ossowski met representatives of the City Council, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, as well as cultural and community organisations, including the Oxford Polish Association, Rose Hill Community Centre and Oxford Playhouse.
This morning there was a reception at Oxford Town Hall where Mr Ossowski met The Lord Mayor, Cllr Colin Cook, former Leader Bob Price, Cllr John Tanner, Gill Wells and Gavin Bird (Oxford University International and European Office), Professor Marta Kwiatkowska (Department of Computer Science, Oxford University), Ewa Gluza (Oxford Polish Association), and Paula Redway and Marta Lomza (Oxford City Council).
Mr Ossowski said: "I am very happy that we are building this new relationship between Oxford, a city with such ancient academic traditions, and my own city of Wroclaw which is the most dynamically developing academic centre in Europe."
Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Chair of Wroclaw City Council is visiting Oxford to discuss setting up a twinning link. Oxford is a very international city and we believe that strengthening our links with councils elsewhere in Europe will provide real benefits for our local economy. Wroclaw is an important university city in Poland and twinning would benefit both cities.”