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Final partners meeting (Warsaw, Poland)

Warsaw, known in Polish as Warszawa is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River, roughly 260 kilometres (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometres (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population is estimated at 1.711 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 2.666 million residents, making Warsaw the 9th most populous city proper in the European Union. The area of the city covers 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the city’s agglomeration covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi)

Warsaw is an Alpha– global city, a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central Europe It is also known as the „phoenix city” because it has survived so many wars throughout its history. Most notably, the city had to be painstakingly rebuilt after the extensive damage it suffered in World War II, during which 85% of its buildings were destroyed.On 9 November 1940 the city was awarded Poland’s highest military decoration for heroism, the Virtuti Militari, during the Siege of Warsaw (1939).

The last project meeting has been conducted on 1-3 of July 2013 in Warsaw and coordinator [Foundation Ternopilska] was responsible for its organization with contribution from its various partners. The last mobility served as a platform for critical evaluation of project implementation during 2 years. Partners were eager to share their experience focusing on biggest achievements but also trying to analyze some of the drawbacks. Additionally, all of the organizations discussed the preparation of final report and possible ways of cooperation in the framework of future Erasmus+ grant scheme.

 30th of July 2013

 Arrival day.

1st of July 2013

After arrival on Sunday all partners met the next day to start their evaluation of the project. The meeting was held in the premises of Public Library of Zygmunt Jan Ruml in the Southern Prague district of Warsaw. One of the most important project results was the creation of multicultural library for migrants by the project coordinator. On December the 30th 2011 in the premises of the Public Library of Zygmunt Jan Ruml in the Southern Prague district of Warsaw an agreement  on cooperation was signed between the Library and Foundation Ternopilska. Under the signed agreement, the parties committed themselves to achieving a common ground for cooperation on education and culture, as well as to conduct the information policy on the activities f the Library and Foundation. So far, Foundation Ternopilska had transferred to the library a collection of approx. 4000 books in order to develop the multicultural library. All the partners were able to talk to the Director of the library Ms Miroslawa Majewska, who explained the activities of the library and answered questions about collaboration between coordinator and the library. Ms Iwona Wadrowska, who is responsible for the Department of Foreign Literature, made a short tour around the premises of the library while explaining how various facilities can be used by readers.

In the second part of the meeting every partner presented an evaluation of project activities in his country – either backing it up with presentation or simply by starting a discussion on project evaluation. You can find out more details by looking at some of the presentations.

Project evaluation (Latvia)

Project evaluation (Italy)

Project evaluation (Turkey)

2nd of July 2013

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to analysis of project results and preparation of final report. Coordinator presented the online platform [website] and explained what information/project results can be accessed through it – partners were all happy to hear that more than 90% of materials are already available and therefore only minor corrections have to be made or materials added. Participants discussed the dissemination of results and agreed to work on preparation of the missing materials as soon as possible. In the second half of the meeting partners focused on preparation of final report –  various recommendations of the National Agencies were analyzed and a common plan for successful submission of reports was proposed. Additionally, ways of cooperation under the new Erasmus+ scheme were presented by the project coordinator based on avaliable information.

In the afternoon participants visited IOM Warsaw office and were informed about cooperation established between Foundation Ternopilska and IOM. Two of the IOM employeed made presentations about IOM activities, Ms Oksana Postyhach explained how the helpline migrant.info works and Mr Pawel Barabasz concentrated on Assisted Voluntary Returns Programme. Afterwards, partners visited Klucz Mobile office in Warsaw – another important partner of Foundation Ternopilska in assisting migrants in Poland. Klucz is the MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) (trading under the Klucz Mobile brand name) established in Poland and designed specifically to serve immigrant communities as well as business commuters, international students, and tourists from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other CIS countries, Asia Pacific and EU. Klucz Mobile are committed to providing its customers with the best Quality of Service whilst calling internationally at affordable and competitive rates. Partners were able to speak with the Director of Klucz and learn about the new innovative approach being used by this company in attracting customers who come to Poland. Foundation Ternopilska helps Klucz to maintain a free helpline for migrants.

3rd of July 2013

Partner organizations visited the office of newspapers for migrants Our Word – this created a very good chance to understand how a publication for migrants is financed and distributed in Poland.

Presentation of Our Word newspaper

After the meeting participants visited a church on Miodowa street which serves for decades not only as a sacred place, but also a platform for migrants to meet and receive information. Various meetings with NGO representatives and authorities are being held in the premises of the church. The second part of the day was dedicated to cultural programme – every participant had time to get to know Warsaw and Polish culture better by visiting various places of historical and cultural significance.

4th of July 2013

Departure day