it is with real sadness that we’ll have to cancel this years convention - again.
Please see Rafal’s mail below for details. This war surely is a real reason for cancelling.
It is up to you if you’ll ask for the proposed refund or if you’d like to donate. Totally up to you, no peer pressure. Please let Rafal know your decision through the convention email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First two years of Covid - now this war.
After trying real hard for three years now and not having received a single application during those three years for a convention proposal I am at a loss if and where we can host another European convention.
My email about a month ago did not trigger a single response from the membership. Not a single one.
If you feel like you could host next years event, please get in contact with me.
Thank you and safe flying to all,
European RD of GOPA
I regret to inform you that we will have to cancel the GOPA 2022 event in Krakow due to the situation in Poland, which due to the war in Ukraine is already difficult and is getting worse.
2.7 million refugees have arrived here, and this number is growing every day, there is a shortage of various goods in shops and we all have additional responsibilities here. In addition, we observe an unprecedented increase in the prices of virtually all goods and services - from food to gasoline, and it certainly exceeds 15-20%. Moreover, we are observing major turbulence - many employees return to Ukraine, there are many bankruptcies and company failures.
The money I received for the meeting via Wise, PayPal and bank transfer will be returned to senders with the proviso that some of them did not send 230 Euro but the equivalent in PLN converted at the time of sending. Currently, this exchange rate is significantly different to their disadvantage.
Participants who have booked a hotel in Krakow are asked to contact the hotel directly in order to cancel the reservation.
I think that Poland is not the best place for such meetings now, due to these circumstances, their existence was a force majeure.
Best Regards, Rafał