During the VII Congress of Polish Student Associations at Oxford, Dr Agnieszka Łada debated on the Elections to the European Parliament, reasons why we should vote and how to encourage others to vote. ISP was the patron of the event.
The Poles permanently living in Great Britain have a choice, whether they should vote for Polish candidates in the elections to the European Parliament, or, as the European law enables, cast their votes for British candidates. Regardless of the decision, the participants of the debate “Civic Engagement – Why Poles should be more active in the EU elections?”, as well as the students taking part in the Congress agreed, that we must go to the ballot boxes and mobilize others. During the panel moderated by Krzysztof Bobiński, Dr Agnieszka Łada, the head of the European Programme of ISP, presented reasons for the electoral abstinence of the Poles, and together with other participants of the debate: Urszula Gacek, the ambassador of Poland to the Council of Europe and Agnieszka Kołek from Polish City Club, searched for solutions on how to prevent low turnout this year.
Minister Radosław Sikorski was the main guest during the Congress. Participants also had the opportunity to listen to the lectures of Professor Zbigniew Pełczyński, Maciej Stuhr, and to look at Poland through the eyes of Steffen Möller.
More information: http://www.polishcongress.org/
Photographer: Tom Rydel