Walesa asks EU to save Gdansk shipyard
WARSAW - Lech Walesa, former president, appealed to senior European politicians yesterday to save the struggling Gdansk shipyard, the cradle of the pro-democracy Solidarity movement that he founded.
The Gdansk yard has been struggling for years with the threat of bankruptcy.
The money-losing business has been kept alive with state subsidies, putting Poland at odds with the European Union.
"The Gdansk shipyard is the one where the transformation of Europe started," Walesa told a congress of the European People's Party.
Poles have a strong emotional attachment to the Gdansk shipyard, a symbol of the demise of communism.