Krakow and Edinburgh extend partnership agreement

Krakow and Edinburgh extend partnership agreement Jacek Bednarczyk/PAP

A partnership agreement between Krakow, southern Poland, and Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, was extended at a ceremony which took place in the latter city during the two-day #KrakowExperience festival, the Polish embassy in London announced on Sunday.

Polish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Arkady Rzegocki during the ceremony said the signing of the partnership agreement between Edinburgh and Krakow symbolised a new beginning of cooperation. He said everybody knows that Edinburgh and Krakow are wonderful cities with interesting stories, though the potential of the two cities is much greater, especially in the areas of business opportunities, new technologies and expertise.

He said he believed that during the next five years of the cities' close and dynamic cooperation, they should focus more on economic aspects. In addition, they should think about how to unlock the full potential of their citizens and transform their cooperation into a tool that will provide them with new development opportunities.

Krakow and Edinburg first signed a cooperation agreement in 1994, which has been extended several times for a period of five years. The areas of cooperation specified in the agreement include education, historic preservation, social assistance, urban management and culture.

#KrakowExperience was organised by the Scottish-Polish Cultural Association in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh.