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President Kaljulaid celebrated May 3 Constitution Day in Warsaw

President Kaljulaid celebrated May 3 Constitution Day in Warsaw © Mattias Tammet

03.05.2021

Today, at the invitation of the Polish Head of State, President Kersti Kaljulaid, together with her Lithuanian, Latvian and Ukrainian colleagues, participated in the celebration of the 230th anniversary of the Constitution.

The constitution, drafted in 1791, was the first modern constitution of our continent and the second modern constitution in the world, so nothing should be taken for granted and we should also stand for other countries, said President Kaljulaid in the discussion that followed the ceremony. "So that the peoples of Ukraine, Georgia and the Western Balkans can also strive for stability. So that those who wish can join us in the common family of the peoples of the European Union. Unfortunately, right by us, in Belarus, we see people fighting for the same things we in the European Union have long been used to, "said the Estonian Head of State. Thus, according to her, we must tirelessly defend our rights, freedoms and stand firm in our fundamental values ​​and show solidarity.

In her speech, President Kaljulaid also emphasized that the pandemic has ravaged the freedoms promised and won to our people, and so it is important to give confidence that the freedoms will return. "The European Union is a union of nation states. The Lisbon Treaty gave even more power, making the EU more and more at the service of nation states. For a small country, the European Union means more sovereignty – it gives us more sovereignty than we would ever have in Europe alone to solve complex issues. The future of the European Union therefore depends on the will of all current leaders to agree and move forward. This is the responsibility of all of us and we in this room cannot delegate this responsibility to anyone else, "the Estonian Head of State added.

During the official ceremony, all presidents signed a joint declaration supporting the efforts of all the people of our region, who share a common historical destiny with us and who bravely demand that their rights be respected in order to reap the benefits of freedom and democracy.

The Constitution Day will be followed by a two-day official visit of the Estonian Head of State to Poland. Considering the effects of Covid-19, economic recovery, the green and digital revolution that will be important for both countries in the coming years – these issues will be at the heart of the President's meetings with the President of Poland and other state representatives. In addition to the President of Poland, the Estonian Head of State will also meet with Marshal Elżbieta Witek of the Polish Sejm, Tomasz Grodzki, Marshal of the Polish Senate and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. President Kaljulaid will also hold a public conversation with the Polish Head of State on the Green Revolution at the Polish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, visit the Estonian company Inbank and talk at the Polish think tank PISM about the security situation of our region.

As Estonia's largest trading partner in Central Europe, Poland is an increasingly important market for Estonian companies. Thus, the Head of State will be accompanied by a business delegation to promote co-operation between the two countries in the field of business.

The President of the Republic will return to Estonia on Wednesday evening.

Joint declaration in english: https://www.president.ee/et/meediakajastus/avaldused/index.html

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