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Polish mayor racks up 90,000 km in business trips

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Paweł Kononczuk 26.09.2016 13:49
The mayor of the northern Polish town of Słupsk has made 56 business trips lasting a total of 208 days since taking office at the start of 2015.
Robert Biedroń. Photo: Lukas Plewnia/Wikimedia Commons Robert Biedroń. Photo: Lukas Plewnia/Wikimedia Commons

Some councillors claim that mayor Robert Biedroń is a rare visitor to the town. Marcin Sałata told Polish Radio that he has seen Biedroń twice attending meetings of town council committees.

“He usually sends his deputies,” Sałata said.

Biedroń has responded by saying that foreign travel is part of his approach to exercising his duties as mayor. “The presidents of Apple or Google will not come to Słupsk so I go to see them,” he said.

Foreign trips have taken Biedroń to cities including Paris, Las Vegas, Oslo, London and Amsterdam. He has travelled some 90,000 kilometres on such visits.

“I will continue my travels and work for the benefit of the town of Słupsk,” he said.

Before becoming mayor of Słupsk, Biedroń was Poland’s first openly gay member of parliament, where he represented a leftist grouping. He is also an LGBT activist. (mk/pk)

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