Warsaw mayor announces creation of association of local governments

Trzaskowski announced the move at a joint press conference in Warsaw with the mayors of Poznań, Opole, Białystok, and the mayor-elect of the south-eastern city of Rzeszów. Paweł Supernak/PAP

Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, has announced the establishment of an association of local governments on Thursday.

Trzaskowski announced the move at a joint press conference in Warsaw with the mayors of Poznań, Opole, Białystok, and the mayor-elect of the south-eastern city of Rzeszów.

All Poland's major cities are opposition controlled, and they have become something of a thorn in the flesh of Poland’s conservative government for a number of years.

"Our aim is victory in parliamentary elections and defeating (ruling Law and Justice party - PAP) PiS," Trzaskowski said. "The first step has been taken in Rzeszów and unity is needed."

The Rzeszów mayoral election was recently won by opposition-backed candidate Konrad Fijołek.

The Warsaw mayor said Fijołek's victory showed the need to develop a common environment and to consolidate local governments as well as to look for new people.

Trzaskowski said that in two weeks, a meeting of local government officials will take place in Poznań.