President Duda meets former presidential hopeful Trzaskowski

President Andrzej Duda met with the Warsaw Mayor and his former rival to the presidential chair Rafał Trzaskowski on Thursday in the Presidential Palace. The officials found some common ground during the encounter which they dubbed "substantial" and "calm".

"We have spoken about many substantial matters with Rafał Trzaskowski," President Duda said following the meeting, adding that they talked "about the future of Poland, about how we want Poland to continue developing."

“We met today in our roles, myself as the President of the Republic of Poland and Mr Rafał Trzaskowski as the Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw," said the head of state adding that they discussed "the celebration of the Warsaw Rising."

“It is most important that we pay tribute to those who fell [fighting] and bow yet again before the living who are still with us, to honour them and underscore their heroism and merit to Poland,” said the president.

Mr Duda recapitulated the meeting as “a calm talk and a calm encounter.”

For his part, Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski said that conversation revolved around “the [recently completed presidential] election, the freedom of media, and also local authorities,” which the former presidential hopeful found “very important.”

“I have handed over my draft law to the President. The draft boils down to funnelling more income from taxes to local authorities,” said Mr Trzaskowski, adding that “Mister President said that he himself would first and foremost submit draft laws and that he, nevertheless, would acquaint himself with the draft law and the supporting arguments… Mister President has explicated his position as a proponent of strong local authorities, which is something that gladdens me.”

The Warsaw Mayor said that “for sure we differ in many regards but what is important is that the other side’s arguments be listened to and to talk in a determined yet substantial manner,” adding that during the meeting he had been “able to present his viewpoints to the President whilst he had the possibility of demonstrating his.”