Representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) assessing Poland’s bid for Specialised Expo 2022/23 have completed the Enquiry Mission after visiting Warsaw and Łódź, the candidate city.
Members of the Enquiry Mission arrived in Warsaw on Monday, 3 April, where they met with senior political figures, and travelled to Łódź on Wednesday, 5 April. During the five-day visit, the BIE delegation was received by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the Prime Minister, Beata Szydło. They also met with senior political figures including the Speaker of the Senat, Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Expo bid, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development Jerzy Kwieciński.
The BIE delegation also held meetings to discuss the bid project with local and regional representatives including the Governor of the Łódź Voivodeship Zbigniew Rau, the Marshal of the Łódź Voivodeship Witold Stępień, the Chairman of Łódź City Council Tomasz Kacprzak, and the Mayor of Łódź Hanna Zdanowska.
In both Warsaw and Łódź, the delegation received detailed presentations of the bid project from local and national officials as well as experts in event planning, culture and architecture. Members of the Enquiry Mission conducted a visit of the proposed Expo site, in the New Centre of Łódź, and were invited to discuss the Expo project with members of the local business representatives at a reception hosted by the President of Łódź Special Economic Zone.
With regard to “City Re:Invented”, the proposed theme for the Expo focused on urban revitalisation, the BIE delegation had the opportunity to meet with art and cultural representatives in the presence of Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The delegation also met members of the scientific and academic community at the Łódź University of Technology, and held a meeting with non-governmental organisations at the city’s Art Inkubator.
The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, expressed his satisfaction at the visit, stating that “if this bid for Łódź is successful, it would be the first Expo to take place in Poland and the region."