Warsaw mayor takes part in Berlin Wall fall ceremonies

Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski took part in the panel of cities’ mayors held on Friday in Germany’s capital city as a part of the ceremonies commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"In 1989, history was being made just before our eyes. In June, Poles began a new democratic phase with the elections. This Polish impact did not spare the Berlin Wall, which fell a few months later. Today, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of those events together," Mr Trzaskowski stated.

The Warsaw Mayor also spoke of the Free Capitals Pact, which associates the capital cities of the Visegrad Group: Budapest, Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw. The coalition’s goal is to acquire more funds from the EU directly for cities, not for countries’ governments.

"Cities have the courage and potential to take on the most important challenges. That is why today, with other mayors, we talked about obtaining EU funds and tackling the climate crisis," Mr Trzaskowski pointed out.

The meeting was also attended by the Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony, the Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu and the Brussels Mayor Rudi Vervoort.

The fall of the Berlin Wall is considered a symbol of the end of the so-called Cold War and communism in Europe. The fortification system, 156 km long, separated West Berlin from East Berlin for 28 years. On November 9, 1989, all border crossings between the divided parts of the city were opened.