Photo: Catarina Axelsson/MFA
Blue and yellow were the colours of the day in Słupsk this Sunday. 18 buses from Scania were standing at Plac Zwycięstwa, and they looked very Swedish – like all the buses in Słupsk.
They are however produced at the Scania factory in Słupsk and procured by the city as part of an ambitious upgrade of the urban transport system. My wife Karin and I were invited by Mayor Robert Biedroń and Scania in the official ceremony when the buses were taken over by the city.
Symbolically this took place as an introduction to the European Week of Sustainable Development – a theme very close to the heart of Robert Biedroń, which is illustrated not least by the fact that he has appointed a special commissioner for this, Ms Beata Maciejewska. And it goes well in line with the profile of the new buses, being at the forefront in terms of environment and ecology (the Euro6-norms).
They are comfortable as well. We made a test tour together with the Mayor and citizens of the city. Three packed buses – and still nice. I was invited to test the seat of the drivers. When preparing my speech I was told that their comfort was exceptional. Luckily, this statement that I just had made was proven more than correct when tested against reality… Good for the drivers and their working environment.
We arrived to Słupsk from Gdańsk where we participated in the Equality March, the first one ever in the Tricity area, the day before – together with a huge amount of happy participants. Among them Robert Biedroń and Deputy Speaker Wanda Nowicka. I have heard a figure of 1500 people and I am not surprised. When I looked backwards there were crowds behind us.
In less than two weeks I will be participating in the Equality Parade in Warsaw – for the third time. And this time actually with my whole family including our daughters from Sweden. I sincerely hope that many of you reading this blog will be there as well, Saturday June 13th at 15.00.
This year the letter of support was signed by more than 30 Embassies, which is great news. It has been presented both to the organizers and to Minister Małgorzata Fuszara. This year our French colleagues have been in charge of the coordination. Next year Sweden has accepted to take over that responsibility.
I would have loved to stay on in Warsaw also tomorrow, Corpus Christi. Warsaw is simply amazing now when summer finally has arrived. My jogging tour in Łazienki was such a great way to begin the day.
I will however need to go to Sweden for two days (which is very nice from another point of view since I will meet our daughters…). But Saturday June 6th – our National Day – I will back in Warsaw again. Hoping for more sunshine.