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Celebration marking 90 years of history
of the Polish State Meteorological and Hydrological Service

On 7 September 2009, the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) in Warsaw celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Polish State Meteorological and Hydrological Service. Among invited guests were Professor Maciej Nowicki, Minister of the Environment, Mr. Bernard Błaszczyk, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Environment, Mr Krzysztof Banaszek, President of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Mr Jan Majka, Vice President of the National Board of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Mr Tomasz Skrzyczyński, President of the Voivodship Fund of the Environmental Protection and Water Management, Mr Leszek Bagiński, Director of the Regional Water Management Board in Warsaw, Mr Andrzej Jagusiewicz, Chief Inspector for the Environment Protection, members of the IMGW Scientific Council, Deputy Directors, staff and other guests who have contributed to the efficient operation of the IMGW.

The celebration was also attended by distinguished guests from international organizations: Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr Dominique Marbouty, Director of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Dr Lars Prahm, Director General of the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Poland PR
Prof. Mieczysław Ostojski
Director General of IMGW
Mr Michel Jarraud
Secretary-General WMO

Directors of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden and USA, were also present to congratulate IMGW on this auspisious occasion.

Prof. Mieczysław Ostojski, Director General of IMGW extended a warm welcome to invited guests. In his speach he presented 8 priorities which were adopted by IMGW Board of Directors. Then, Professor Maciej Nowicki, Minister of the Environment, expressed words of gratitude to the Director and his employees for their everyday work in support of the Institute. The Minister concluded his speech by wishing the best of luck for the future.

In his congratulatory remarks Mr Michel Jarraud thanked everybody who had supported the Polish State Meteorological and Hydrological Service to operate efficiently and to serve people. He recalled a catastrophic flood that hit Poland in June 1997. This event was a signal not only for the IMGW but for the whole Europe to start working on programmes which would enable to reduce the risk of hydrometeorological disasters in the future.

The programme featured also addresses by Mr Jack Hayes, Director of the National Weather Service (NWS), USA and Mr Wolfgang Kusch, Director of the German Weather Service (DWD). Mr Jan Sadoń, Director of the IMGW Cracow Branch presented the history of the Institute and its activities over the decades. Then Prof. M. Ostojski awarded the honorable guests with commemorative medals. The celebration included also unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the main hall of the Institute. An oak-tree called "Meteo-pewniak" (“Meteo-reliable”) was planted. At the end of the celebration the Director General unveiled a multimedia kiosk which displays current weather. 








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