Ministers of Culture of Lithuania and Poland: it’s important to continue intensifying support for Ukraine’s cultural sector


2022 09 16


The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of Poland Piotr Glinski, who came to Vilnius with Poland’s state delegation, and discussed the matters of bilateral cultural cooperation, historical memory,  cultural heritage and support of Ukraine. The ministers of culture of Lithuania and Poland also attended a joint meeting of both countries’ governments.

During the meeting, the ministers of culture noted that Lithuania and Poland, as representatives of Ukraine’s cultural sector’s interests, are actively working both within the format of the Lublin Triangle and at the level of the European Union (EU) and international organisations. 

“Together, we aimed for the halting of the broadcast of Russian and Belarussian mass media channels in the territory of the EU, for their inclusion in the sanction packages, and for incorporation of support to Ukraine’s cultural sector in the EU programmes. We hope that we will also jointly strive for more long-term goals related to Ukraine’s aim to join the EU and to appropriately prepare for this membership”, Simonas Kairys emphasised and received agreement from Piotr Glinski.

The ministers agreed that, considering the long shared history and cultural heritage of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, it is important to continue intensifying the support for Ukraine’s cultural sector, especially for the restoration or renovation of its cultural heritage objects, and to include these objects in the national plans of Ukraine’s restoration.

The declaration signed by the governments of Lithuania and Poland also highlights the goal to continue working with Ukraine within the format of the Lublin Triangle on the shared challenges and opportunities that are the basis of regional cooperation. Expanding the cultural cooperation within this format, Lithuania and Poland will continue providing political support to Ukraine at national, EU, and international levels, will encourage participation of Ukraine’s cultural and creative sector in projects funded under national and EU measures, and will provide aid in the restoration of the destroyed cultural heritage of Ukraine.

While discussing cultural cooperation during the bilateral meeting, the ministers of culture of Lithuania and Poland noted that next year it will be even more intense: joint projects will be implemented that are related to the 80th anniversary of the destruction of Vilna Ghetto and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; the 700th anniversary of Vilnius and the 160th anniversary of the 1863 Uprising will also be commemorated.

Photo by Roberta Vaitkevičiūtė