Lower house adopts act on Westerplatte Museum construction

The Sejm (Polish lower house of Parliament) adopted a special act on the construction of the Westerplatte Museum and the Defence War 1939, which will be a branch of the WWII Museum in Gdańsk.

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Thursday evening’s voting saw 262 MPs backing the act, 164 opposing it, and one abstaining. Now, the act will go to the Senate.

According to the act, the State Treasury will become the owner of all real estate in the area of the investment, when the decision to build the museum becomes binding. The estimated cost of its creation is PLN 150 mln (EUR 35.3 mln).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński said that the act was necessary to organise the area on Westerplatte which had been, in his opinion, unkempt for years.

The act states that the aim of creating the Westerplatte facility is to "preserve unique historic, spatial, material and intangible values, symbolising the heroism and sacrifice suffered by a Polish soldier".