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Logo for EU Presidency
May 27, 2011   
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Prime Minister Donald Tusk May 10 unveiled the official logo that will mark Poland’s turn at the European Union presidency. Poland will take over the bloc’s rotating presidency for the first time on July 1.

“I want to ask you for a bit of warmth towards this project,” Tusk appealed at a press conference. “We are absolutely convinced that the logo evokes what has happened in Poland over the past 20 years. Our dream is for the Polish presidency to become a new mark of quality, both at home and abroad.

The logo will be displayed by the Polish Foreign Ministry and other ministries at events hosted by Poland during its six-month EU presidency. The logo will appear on the website of the presidency, on conference accessories like pens and notebooks, and on official correspondence sent to addressees in Poland and other EU member states. The new logo was designed by Jerzy Janiszewski, an independent designer and graphic artist. In August 1980, he took part in the strike at the Gdańsk Shipyard and designed the famous Solidarity logo of the striking workers.

New Mayoral Election for Wałbrzych
Piotr Kruczkowski of the Civic Platform (PO) party, who was elected mayor of the southwestern city of Wałbrzych last year, resigned May 9 following a court ruling that the second round of the election was invalid amid allegations of a vote-buying scandal. “Despite being convinced that I have always behaved honestly, I have decided to hand in my resignation as mayor of the city. Those who really care about Wałbrzych will understand my decision. I am convinced that what I am doing is the best for the city,” Kruczkowski said in a statement.

At the end of April a court examined a complaint filed by Patryk Wild, who ran and lost in the race for Wałbrzych mayor, amid allegations that voters had been bribed to vote for candidates from the PO party.

The court ruled that corruption had been so extensive that it could have affected the results of the election. The court heard testimony that more than 800 people had been “financially encouraged” to vote for Kruczkowski in the second round. He won by just 325 votes.

The local prosecutor’s office has been conducting a corruption probe since Dec. 10 based on evidence submitted by the Central Anticorruption Bureau. Eleven people have been charged so far with buying votes for the PO. After charges were brought against a number of local PO party members, the Lower Silesian PO authorities disbanded the Wałbrzych branch of the party.
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