On 7 March 2020, KOD UK welcomed a candidate for the President of the Republic of Poland, Szymon Hołownia. Hołownia is a former TV presenter, journalist and book author. He has no affiliation with any existing political party and portrays himself as an independent candidate. In his speech, he talked about deep divisions in Polish society. In his opinion, a president that is not supported by the far-right Law and Justice Party nor by the liberal Civic Platform could end those divisions.
Around 60 (mostly young) people attended the meeting and many of them asked questions e.g. on his approach to the importance of the constitution and the rule of law.
What makes Szymon Hołownia different is that he talks with great honesty about the limited powers President has according to the Constitution. He made it clear that the main influence on the course of affairs the President has is to veto the bills submitted to him by the Parliament. He announced vetos on all acts that contribute to the devastation of the natural environment as well all acts that lead to centralisation of power and limit the funding available to the local councils.
During his stay in London Szymon Hołownia took part in the LSE SU Polish Economic Forum where he talked about the situation of young people on the job market and was a panellist in a discussion `The aftershocks of a successful revolution’.