Warsaw activists call on Norwegian ambassador over illegally sold area

The Miasto Jest Nasze (The City Is Ours) association appealed on Friday to Norwegian Ambassador to Poland Anders Eide for help in recovering historic areas of Warsaw's urban green space which have been sold, the activists claim, illegally to a developer.

The association appealed to the Norwegian government, as it owns a stake in the Dom Development company, which has been implementing investments the urban green area called Kamionkowskie Blonie Elekcyjne since 2019.

According to the association, the city authorities sold Kamionkowskie Blonia Elekcyjne to the Leoset company for PLN 38 million (EUR 8.5 million). The plot at Stanislawa Augusta street, which is a green area, has an area of 22,500 sq m.

Eighty-five percent of the real estate is under conservation protection due to its entry in the register of monuments. The transaction was not approved with the consent of the conservator before the sale, which makes the transaction illegal, activists claim.

"Due to the unlawfulness of the sale, we ask for help in reversing the effects of the sale and returning the park's historic land to the city. Given the Norwegian government's stake in Dom Development, the Norwegian government may use its corporate power as a shareholder to exercise control and try to stop this investment at the illegally sold area," the activists wrote in a letter to the ambassador.

Warsaw City Hall also submitted documents related to the plot's purchase to the prosecutor’s office in Warsaw.