Initial agreement reached on joint candidate for POLIN Museum director

After an over eight-months long stalemate over the appointment of a new director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, all co-founders and the institution's authorities came to an agreement on Zygmunt Stępiński’s candidacy for the post.

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The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, after consultations with two other co-founders of POLIN Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute Association and the city of Warsaw, confirmed that it intends to appoint Zygmunt Stępiński for a three-year term as a director of the institution.

In line with the binding provisions of a 1991 act on organising and conducting cultural activity, the Culture Minister, Piotr Gliński, will ask the trade unions operating in the Museum, as well as other professional associations for their opinion on the candidate.

Mr Stępiński has been an acting director of the institution for several months, since the winner of the open contest for the director post, Dariusz Stola, hasn't been appointed by the Culture Minister.

Previously Mr Stępiński was fulfilling the role of vice-director of the museum.

The new director will be officially appointed by the end of February 2020.