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  • 14 May 2019

    On Thursday, the Marshal of the Sejm visited the capital city of Lithuania to participate in the Seimas session organised for the 15th anniversary of Lithuania’s accession to the European Union. The Polish delegation also included: Vice-Marshal of the Senate Bogdan Borusiewicz and Ambassador of Poland to the Republic of Lithuania Urszula Doroszewska.

    The ceremony in the Parliament began at 10.00 a.m. The participants were welcomed by Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and former President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus. Subsequently, Mr Marek Kuchciński started a series of speeches.

     

    “Europe is an idea born centuries ago just here, in the area of Central and Eastern Europe,” said Marshal Kuchciński when referring to the history of the First Republic of Poland and Polish-Lithuanian unions. “I would like to express my principal belief that Poland and Lithuania have not only benefited from the membership of the European Union, but our countries have also contributed their centuries-old civilisation and material heritage to this international organisation. Poland and Lithuania are homes of parliamentarism and democracy, as well as tolerance,” the Marshal of the Sejm underlined.

     

     

     

     

    Mr Marek Kuchciński presented the most important benefits of Poland’s membership since 2004, underlining the particularly high GDP growth and influence of European funds on the domestic economy. “We are able to take advantage of opportunities provided by the united Europe. The Union is a chance for development, but it is us who create this heritage with our work and dedication. We want to be treated with the respect due to people who co-create the Union’s economy. We want our sovereignty, otherness, history, and right to care for national interests to be respected since such interests are not contrary to the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations. The European Union should remember its Christian roots. Indeed, Europe is not just a soulless market, it also aims to protect its citizens against threats of the modern world,” the Marshal of the Sejm stressed and recalled: “We are Europeans because we are Poles, because we are Lithuanians. It is worth to remember this simple but important truth.”

     

    In turn, the Speaker of the Seimas welcomed participants with the statement that Europe builds the prosperity of its nations, simultaneously protecting their freedom. “We are proud that we are a part of this great creative process that also guarantees the future of the Lithuanian nation.” The former President of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, took the floor next saying that increasing material well-being is an obvious, yet not exclusive, activity of EU members. “Lithuania joined the EU neither as part of a business plan nor to trade its sovereignty for prosperity, but to take back its historical place, to return to the family of democratic countries,” he stressed.

     

    The speeches at the plenary session of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have often reiterated the importance of the alliance of both countries and the value of good relations between Warsaw and Vilnius. This has also been stressed several times in the speech by the Deputy Marshal of the Senate, Bogdan Borusiewicz, who said that we should be part of the Union, and change and support it. “We should never say we do not need it,” he appealed. In turn, the Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Linas Antanas Linkevičius, stressed that Lithuanians are particularity enthusiastic about being part of the EU, with 61% of them declaring their confidence in the EU. “I believe that in the last 15 years, we managed to stand firm on our own feet. When someone asks me if the EU has clearly defined future, I reply that this will not happen spontaneously on its own. We have the chance to win if we focus on objectives. Only then can we achieve good results.”

     

    Following the celebrations at the Seimas, the Lithuanian and European flags were formally raised at the Independence Square. Then, the Heads of the Lithuanian and Polish Parliaments together with other members of their delegations held a meeting. One of the subjects raised during the direct talks between the two delegations was the celebration of the coming 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin on 30 June. The politicians also discussed the potential for parliamentary cooperation and the international situation in our part of the continent.

     

    The last place visited by Marek Kuchciński was the Rasos Cemetery, where accompanied by the Polish Ambassador to Lithuania, Ms Urszula Doroszewska, and the Deputy Head of the Chancellery of the Sejm, Mr Adam Podgórski, he laid a wreath at the tomb of Józef Piłsudski’s mother, where the heart of the Chief of State is also buried. Also there, the Marshal of the Sejm held his press conference.

     

    Available at: http://sejm.gov.pl/Sejm8.nsf/komunikat.xsp?documentId=395AA5C2AB86DBA8C12583F5004FEC97 

     

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