Google to invest around USD 700 mln in its Warsaw centre
Internet giant Google will invest about USD 700 million in the purchase of the Warsaw Hub office complex, the company announced on Monday.
"Google's investment in Poland worth USD 700 million, or PLN 3 billion, is a sign of trust in the Polish market and Polish-US cooperation," Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, told a Monday press conference regarding the investment.
Morawiecki said that the investment was announced at "a special time" when Russia had invaded our neighbour.
"That is why such large companies, like Google, bear the responsibility for providing true information, ...for limiting Russian propaganda, which is an additional tool on the side of Putin," he added.
Mark Brzezinski, the US ambassador to Poland, told the same press conference that the Polish people had huge potential, and that young Poles were very well educated and had a huge knowledge of technology. He added that this was what Google wanted to make use of.
Brzezinski also praised Poles for their assistance being offered to refugees fleeing Ukraine, and added that this should be told to the entire world.
Referring to the situation in Ukraine, the US ambassador said that the US was standing shoulder to shoulder with Poland, and repeated that Poland was safe.
According to a press release by Google, the US technology company will become the owner of the Warsaw Hub office complex located in the capital's Wola district, where it has been renting space and housing Europe's largest Google cloud technology development centre since last year.
The value of the investment in the purchase of buildings and further development of the centre will amount to nearly PLN 2.7 billion, the statement added.
Google also said in the press release that it wants to use its resources and space to support people affected by the war in Ukraine. The Google for Startups Campus in Warsaw's eastern Praga district will be used as a place where local NGOs will provide legal and psychological assistance to Ukrainian refugees.