The Indian Union consists of 29 states, 7 territories, and over 1,2 billion people, whereas the European Union comprises 28 states and over half a billion citizens. Despite geographic and cultural distance, we have many things in common. One of them is being faithful to democracy. We are also facing common challenges such as providing possibilities of growth to the young people, as well as appropriate education – said dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, CIR’s president, while delivering a speech at KIIT (Kalinga Institute for Industrial Technology) in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the Indian state Orissa.

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Development of cities is one of the subjects Europe and India should closely cooperate in. The main challenge is to provide the highest possible standard of living to people, which is more and more difficult in today’s expanding metropolises. The concept of "smart cities" presents "future cities" of our dreams. We have to work hard today to make them true – said dr Małgorzata Bonikowska, CIR’s president, in an interview for EURASIA agency during a conference "Smart Cities India 2015" devoted to intelligent cities. Representatives of science, business, think tanks and governments took part in this event.

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Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, used to say that culture widens both mind and spirit. We also believe in that and that’s the reason for launching a Polish Institute in the heart of the Indian capital – said Anna Tryc-Bromley while inaugurating a new headquarters of the Institute. The ceremony was attended by Rahul Chhabra (Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Director of the Indian Council for International Relations (ICWA); Polish Ambassador to India Tomasz Łukaszuk; Małgorzata Bonikowska, CIR’s President and J.J. Singh, President of Polish-Indian Economic Chamber.

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