'The Missions of Polish and Albanian People Are Similar'
By Genc Mlloja
Albanian Daily News
Published July 11, 2018
In memory of Lech Kaczynski, one of the greatest personalities of the Polish nation and state, President of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland (NIK) in the years 1992-1995, a reformer of the public supreme audit institution of Poland and President of the Republic of Poland in the years 2005-2010, a ceremony has been held at Albania's State Supreme Audit Institution (KLSH) during which the main hall of the building was named after Lech Kaczynski.
This was announced on Tuesday by Bujar Leskaj, Chairman of the State Supreme Audit (KLSH), in a memorial event which was attended among others by Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the Polish Supreme Audit Office, Tomasz Glogowski, member of the Polish Parliament, Albanian senior officials as well as representatives of the Albanian-Polish Friendship Association.
Lech Aleksander Kaczy?ski (18 June 1949 - 10 April 2010) was a Polish lawyer and politician who served in different positions and as the President of Poland from 2005 until his death in 2010. He was the fourth President of the Republic of Poland when he died on 10 April 2010, after a Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed outside of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 aboard.
In his speech, Mr. Leskaj spoke of the figure of Lech Kaczy?ski highlighting key events in his life and work even as head of the Supreme Audit Office of Poland.
"It is not by chance that alongside the memorial plaque of this great personality of the Polish nation and state in this hall of KLSH bearing his name there are also three portraits of today's leaders of NIK, President Kwiatkowski, former -President Jezierski and deputy President Kutila," said Leskaj, who pointed out that many training audit courses have been organized for Albanians in Warsaw during the last years. He laid the stress on the twinning project which has made a contribution for the improvement of the work of the KLSH and its expertise. Further on he looked forward to further cooperation with the Polish audit institution.
"We know that we have much work to do but having mentors and collaborators like you we feel confident for the success in our common work along out path," said Leskaj.
In his speech the Polish Top Auditor, Kwiatkowski praised highly the event in memory of the former President Lech Kaczy?ski, saying that the mission of Polish and Albanian people are similar and linked since old times. Its roots stand in the decision of the Polish King to establish links with the Albanian Prince, Skanderberg, he said. "The figure of Skanderbeg is important for all," he said.
In the meantime, he recalled the deed of the Polish engineer, Stanislav Zuber who contributed in Albania from 1927 to 1947. Considered by Albanian specialists as the 'father' of the Albanian geology, in In 1947, Stanislav Zuber was executed by the communist regime and his work was left in oblivion.
"Stanislav Zuber loved the Albanian people and he made so many discoveries during his work. Albanians will be convinced more that his work will become brighter and his maps will be used in oil works," Kwiatkowski said.
"But now let us remember the good things between our two countries... Today's event is part of our history which is a living thing," he said bringing to the attention of the participants in the ceremony that more than 150,000 Polish tourists are expected to spend their vacations in Albania this year.
Speaking of the work of the KLSH, he said that its staff should be proud. He praised the achievements of the twinning project which lasted two years and a half. "The accomplishment of this project is a card in the European integration. Our help has been modest but I want to recall that what you are doing now was done by us in the 90s," said Kwiatkowski, who pledged that he would be an ambassador of KLSH and speak in its support.
In his contribution, the Polish lawmaker, Tomasz Glogowski said Poland supports the Western Balkans in its drive to join the EU and he was hopeful that all the countries including Albania will join the block in the future.