Norwegian Minister for EU Affairs visits Poland
During a recent visit to Warsaw, Norwegian Minister for EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen, visited two very different projects partly funded by EEA and Norway Grants: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Siekierki power plant.
‘Museum of Life’
TheMuseum of the History of Polish Jewscelebrates the 1,000 year history of the Jewish community in Poland. The museum, set on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, opposite the monument which commemorates the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, is a defiant celebration of a people and their rich culture.
The museum tells the story of Polish Jews through many sources including paintings, videos, models, testimonies and interactive installations. The EEA Grants supports a €3 million programme of cultural and educational events at the museum through the Jewish Cultural Heritage Project. The project has many innovative components, including a ‘Museum on Wheels’ which brings a multi-media exhibition to local communities throughout Poland; and a virtual Shtetl, that provides a record of the Jewish settlements across Poland.
The project has a very strong bilateral dimension with several Norwegian organisations participating: the European Wergeland Centre, Falstad Centre, Jewish Museum Oslo, Jewish Museum Trondheim and the HL Senteret (the Norwegian Centre for studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities) which acts as the coordinating partner.
The official opening of the museum is scheduled for 28 October 2014.
Siekierki Power Plant, Warsaw
The EU has set ambitious targets to increase the use of energy from renewable sources. Poland’s target for 2020 is 15% renewable energy. With renewable energy currently accounting for 11% of consumption in Poland more investment is needed.
Minister Helgesen also visited the Siekierki Power Plant, with a Norway Grant of €5 million the plant is being converted from a coal-fired to a biomass fueled plant. This will lead to a massive 227 thousand tonne/year reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and significant reductions in air pollutants.
The project will completed by September 2015.